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Tractive Review

This pet tracker’s live tracking function impressed us with its accuracy and usefulness in a real-life scenario searching for a lost pet.

Our Verdict

Tractive is an affordable yet accurate pet tracker that has one of the most exact monitoring apps we tested.

For

  • It is waterproof.

Against

  • The app continually tries to sell you more content and features.
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The Tractive instruction manual lists everything in the package: one tag, two clips, one charging cord, one wall mount, one instruction booklet and zero dogs.

The Tractive instruction manual lists everything in the package: one tag, two clips, one charging cord, one wall mount, one instruction booklet and zero dogs.
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To set up the Tractive, you download the free app and follow the prompts.

To set up the Tractive, you download the free app and follow the prompts.
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Chikaya ran back and forth on this stretch of hiking trail while wearing the Tractive. The app’s live tracking feature showed us exactly where she was the entire time.

Chikaya ran back and forth on this stretch of hiking trail while wearing the Tractive. The app’s live tracking feature showed us exactly where she was the entire time.
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Tractive is a small, waterproof pet tracker that comes with a charger and two clip attachments.

Tractive is a small, waterproof pet tracker that comes with a charger and two clip attachments.
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The Tractive’s charger connects to the tag with six small pins that our testers found difficult to line up the first few times they tried.

The Tractive’s charger connects to the tag with six small pins that our testers found difficult to line up the first few times they tried.
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Tractive’s charger clamps onto the tag.

Tractive’s charger clamps onto the tag.
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The Tractive is small and waterproof.

The Tractive is small and waterproof.
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Two plastic collar clips come with the Tractive.

Two plastic collar clips come with the Tractive.
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The Tractive tag weighs 1.4 ounces, including the collar clip attachment, and is waterproof.

The Tractive tag weighs 1.4 ounces, including the collar clip attachment, and is waterproof.
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Once the clip is on the back of the tag, you simply slide your pet’s collar through the space between the clip and the tag.

Once the clip is on the back of the tag, you simply slide your pet’s collar through the space between the clip and the tag.
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Tractive has a very accurate live tracking function.

Tractive has a very accurate live tracking function.
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The Tractive was small enough so that it didn’t bother Chikaya and would be useful on dogs even smaller than her.

The Tractive was small enough so that it didn’t bother Chikaya and would be useful on dogs even smaller than her.
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Tractive’s app was accurate even on hiking trails, far away from real roads.

Tractive’s app was accurate even on hiking trails, far away from real roads.
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Chikaya didn’t like sitting still during our tests, but the Tractive tag was easy to attach to her collar regardless.

Chikaya didn’t like sitting still during our tests, but the Tractive tag was easy to attach to her collar regardless.
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Tractive’s live tracking mode draws a red line wherever your pet moves. During our tests, Chikaya ran back and forth across the same stretch of trail several times.

Tractive’s live tracking mode draws a red line wherever your pet moves. During our tests, Chikaya ran back and forth across the same stretch of trail several times.
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Even though the edges of the plastic clip that holds the Tractive tag stick out a little bit and could possibly catch on something, that didn’t happen during our tests.

Even though the edges of the plastic clip that holds the Tractive tag stick out a little bit and could possibly catch on something, that didn’t happen during our tests.
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Tractive is rated waterproof, but we put it in a sink full of water just to make sure.

Tractive is rated waterproof, but we put it in a sink full of water just to make sure.

This pet tracker’s live tracking function impressed us with its accuracy and usefulness in a real-life scenario searching for a lost pet. It is a GPS tracker that pairs with a free smartphone app that requires a monthly service plan to use, though it is one of the most affordable monthly plans of the tags we tested. This tracker relies on cell phone service or Wi-Fi to work and includes tracking capabilities on the Tractive website should your phone be on the fritz. You should get anywhere between two and five days of battery life depending on your cell phone coverage.

The tag weighs 1.4 ounces, including the plastic clip that comes with it, and is compatible with thin collars. An extra plastic clip is included as well as a unique charging cord, which connects to the tag with small pins we found rather difficult to line up. Once you’ve created an account, you can personalize it with your pet’s name and other information including a photo before you start tracking. We also noted that all of Tractive’s default settings were in meters and kilograms, so users in the United States might want to go in and change that setting.

This tracker was incredibly accurate both in town and on a hiking trail away from the city. The live tracking function draws a red line on the map as the tag moves, showing you exactly where your pet has been and where they’re going in real time. The dog we were working with got really excited while wearing this tracker and ran back and forth several times in the same spot with the live tracking function turned on. The app showed exactly where she had been running with a zig-zag red line. One of the app’s downsides is it doesn’t have a pin showing where you, the user, are. This wouldn’t be a problem in an area with streets and other landmarks, but we were a little confused on hiking trails where there aren’t any intersections or road signs.

The tracking app has geofencing capabilities that allow you to set up digital fences and receive alerts if your pet goes outside of them, similar to the Whistle 3 and the Trax Play. There is also an activity monitoring mode if you want to see how sedentary your dog is while you’re not around.

There are also other Tractive apps available, like Dog Walk and Tractive Photos, if you’re interested in more than just the ability to know where your pet is. This waterproof, compact pet tracker is accurate and affordable.