What if you could make your dog tag smarter? Instead of the typical rabies tag on a collar, DOTT wants to place your best buddy on a virtual leash. Out of all pets lost daily, only 10% are ever recovered.

Unfortunately, I’m in the 90% statistic. My first dog, a border collie, wandered off when my brother and I left the house for maybe 30 minutes. Days of searching yielded nothing. If you live rural, you know once you step into the woods, the terrain becomes intense. You can walk by your missing dog and not have a clue.

DOTT’s Kickstarter campaign aims to use the power of the crowd to make missing pets a thing of the past. It all starts with a lightweight, Bluetooth-enabled dog tag. How light? It weighs in at a quarter of an ounce and a diameter of just over an inch.

Perfect for dogs like mine who randomly decide which objects they like and which ones they hate.

The project offers a solution for GPS collars that absolutely destroy batteries. The low energy Bluetooth enables a single battery to last up to six months and is replaceable. No more forgetting to charge the GPS collars.

How Does DOTT Work?

Attach the tag to your pet and sync it with the mobile app. It automatically pairs your pet to form what the company calls a virtual leash. If the leash is broken, it will automatically notify you.

Family owners that assign their pet to a group will all be notified once the leash is broken. The DOTT will start to emit a signal in a 350 ft radius to alert the owners. Other DOTT owners that pass within the mark will ping off the location, and you will be immediately notified of the last location.

The system seems incredibly useful for days at the park, living in suburbs, etc. I’m curious to test it out living in a rural area. If you know a general location of where your dog or cat might head, you can use the 350 ft signal to your advantage to speed up the search.

Though the system works more intelligently than a microchip implanted in your pet, you should not opt out of the system. Countless animals have been reunited thanks to the microchip technology. My dogs have them. Please chip your pets.

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The project has already met its funding goal of $10,000 ($16,521) with 22 days left to go. At $25 per tag, the cost is more than reasonable. Ship dates have been set for December 2015 making the turnaround fast for a Kickstarter project.

We will have a prototype of the system soon to review. Living in rural Alabama will give us the chance to test the ‘virtual leash’ in an environment that can be harsh once you leave the trail.

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