This smart collar just got sporty
Our customer reviews of the classic Link AKC smart collar have been consistently good so I was really excited when we added the non-leather sport version to our lineup. It is rugged and waterproof and packed with features to help keep your dog healthy, happy, and home where she belongs.
Establish a safe zone
My most recent rescue is a hound who is not entirely accustomed to the good life yet. I want to let her play, but she can (and will) easily scale the fence at the dog park. And I'm pretty sure if she catches a scent, she will follow her nose far away from me. Knowing I could pinpoint her location within the app's map would give me so much peace of mind.
Link AKC uses advanced GPS, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, and cellular data to monitor the location of your dog. The Bluetooth Safe Zone feature uses the standard radius of Bluetooth — roughly 33 feet — to create a perimeter around the collar's base station or your smartphone. Download the free app, and it'll send instant notification to your smartphone any time your dog leaves a safe zone. That way you can grab her before she gets too far away.
You can also temporarily expand that safe zone within the Link AKC app. Just tap the “Temporary Safe Zone” button on your location screen, choose the time duration, and pinch and drag the arrow to increase it to a radius of up to 2400 meters. That way you don't get a million “away” notifications while you and your buddy enjoy a game of fetch in the park.
A paws-on review
"I've been testing out the Link AKC smart collar with my boxador, Grizzly, and so far I love it. The added safety of the GPS tracker in the collar is invaluable when I walk him off-leash. At night, the light on the collar keeps us both safe when we walk near roadways. On the rare occasion I leave Grizzly at home, it's nice to use the Link AKC app on my phone to check up on him."
— Brady, Crutchfield Advisor
Uh-oh — it looks like we caught Crutchfield intern Cooper "hardly workin'!"
A customized exercise plan just for your pup
I know a few people with fitness trackers who have gotten very focused on achieving their daily step count goal. But unless they are running laps around the kitchen island while we are away, our dogs rely pretty much entirely on us to make sure they are getting the right amount of exercise they need to stay healthy. So shouldn't we be tracking their “steps” with the same level of enthusiasm?
Well now we can. Enter your dog's age, breed, behavior, and size into the free app, and it will recommend a custom exercise plan designed to keep her healthy and happy. The 3-axis accelerometer inside the Link AKC can even tell the difference between moderate activity (walking) versus intense activities (running and playing).
Make some memories
The Link AKC app has a cool "Adventures" feature that allows you to record the special journeys you take with your pup. Whether it's hiking the Appalachian Trail or just walking through your neighborhood, you can create a virtual scrapbook that includes a map of your hike and photos you took along the way.
This device requires a subscription-based cellular plan.