Can I Track My Dog With an AIRTAG? (Sort Of)

Can I track my dog with an AirTag?

Yes! While it’s not as effective as dog trackers, you can attach an AirTag to your dog’s collar to keep tabs on your pet.

Though Apple does not officially condone their product AirTag for tracking pets, many dog owners have found the device to help keep tabs on their furry friends.

Keep reading to learn more!

Product at a Glance

FeaturesApple AirTag
Size1.2 inches in diameter
CompatibilityWorks best with iOS devices, but can work with Android
BatteryCR2032 button cell batteries – lasts up to 1 year (replaceable).
PriceOne-time payment of $29.00
Safe ZonesNo, but does have a separation alert feature
WaterproofNo, but is water resistant
Activity TrackingNo

How Airtags Work

Can I Track My Dog With An AirTag?
AirTags are great for keeping track of belongings, but are they a good choice for pets?

AirTag is a small, round, coin-sized device that can be placed on keychains, wallets, purses, or anywhere else to help keep track of your belongings.

They work by emitting a continuous Bluetooth signal that nearby Apple devices can pick up.

AirTags DO NOT use GPS. If you’re looking for the best dog gps trackers, check out this article.

The location of the AirTag is then viewable by the tag’s owner in the Find My app.

AirTags are powered by CR2032 button cell batteries, estimated to last approximately 1 year with regular usage.

If an AirTag is lost or stolen, the owner can put the AirTag into Lost Mode.

Lost Mode will prevent anyone else from using the AirTag and sends notifications to the owner of the AirTag if it is moved or found.

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Benefits of Using Airtag to Track Dogs

There are a few benefits to using Airtag to track your dog:

  • AirTag allows you to keep track of your pet’s whereabouts at all times by utilizing the built-in speaker and pinging them.
  • AirTag helps you keep your pet safe. If your dog ever gets lost, you can use the Lost Mode feature to find him quickly.
  • AirTag is affordable and easy to use. The device has no monthly fees and is simple to set up. Plus, it comes with a 1-year warranty.

Read our related article where we compare Fi vs Airtag to see which is better for keeping up with dogs!

Getting the Most Out of Your AirTag Tracker

AirTag Tracker
It’s important to have a secure keyring for your pet’s AirTag. Waterproof protection is also available.

Make Sure your dog is comfortable

Most dogs won’t mind the extra weight on their collar, but some may take some time getting used to the Airtag.

Try putting the tracker on the collar for a few minutes to get your dog used to the idea before attaching it to its neck.

Separation Alert

Once you’ave attached the AirTag to your dog’s collar, open the “Find My” app on your iPhone and select the “AirTags” tab.

You can set up a Separation Alert that will alert you if you and your dog get 30 to 50 feet apart.

Apple AirTag Community

Take advantage of the AirTag community forums and resources.

Here, you can ask questions, find helpful tips and connect with other dog owners using AirTags. 

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remember: AirTags Aren’t Waterproof

AirTags cannot last more than 30 minutes underwater, so they should not be left on your dog while swimming or bathing.

If possible, try to attach the tracker to a part of your dog’s collar that will not come into contact with water.

If the tracker gets wet, dry it as soon as possible to prevent damage.

Watch this video to get more information on how to set up the AirTag:

Read our related article where we put the Best Dog Tracker Without Subscription to the test.

Will My Dog Be Able to Remove the AirTag Tracker?

The AirTag tracker is designed to stay securely in place, but it’s not impossible for it to fall off.

It’s always a good idea to get a secure AirTag keyring for your dog’s collar and to check the tracker periodically to ensure it’s still attached.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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