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Link AKC

Smart dog collar with location tracker and activity monitor (Extra Small)

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I've had this same dilemma with every dog I've ever owned: I want them to be able to run around and stay healthy, but I don't want them to get lost. The Link AKC (American Kennel Club) smart collar is loaded with features that help you create a customized health routine for an active pup, along with location and tracking features that help to keep him safe at home.

A hard-working, versatile smart collar for dogs

I've had this same dilemma with every dog I've ever owned: I want them to be able to run around and stay healthy, but I don't want them to get lost. The Link AKC (American Kennel Club) smart collar is loaded with features that help you create a customized health routine for an active pup, along with location and tracking features that help to keep him safe at home.

Establish a safe zone

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.

If you happen to be at the grocery store when you get the alert, and can't get home quickly, don't worry. Link AKC uses AT&T cellular (subscription required) to show you where your dog is on a map, making it easier to track her down and bring her back home safely.

Keep 'em healthy with a customized activity plan

There's also a 3-axis accelerometer inside the Link AKC, so you'll be able to tell how much activity your dog is getting during the day. Enter your dog's age, breed, behavior, and size into the app, and it'll recommend a custom exercise plan designed to keep him healthy and happy. The app's patent-pending algorithm can even tell if your dog is engaging in intense activity, or just... dogging it.

Link AKC is an award-winning pet activity monitor and activity tracker that fits lovable dogs of all sizes.

Link AKC is an award-winning pet activity monitor and GPS tracker that fits lovable dogs of all sizes.

But wait, there's more!

Sorry to go full infomercial on you there, but Link AKC really did pack this collar with some other useful features that I feel compelled to mention. 

  • lets you consolidate vaccination records and set important dog-related reminders
  • built-in temperature monitor lets you know if your dog is getting too hot or too cold
  • virtual scrapbook lets you save maps of your favorite walks, along with photos from your adventures
  • puppy plan: upsize the device for free for the lifetime of your dog
  • built-in LED light helps you keep your eyes on your dog at night
  • remote-controlled sound helps you get your dog's attention during training
  • 24/7 free access to the Pet Poison Helpline

The tracking unit is impact- and water-resistant, and the rechargeable battery can last up to 2 days on each charge.

This device requires a subscription-based cellular plan.

Product Highlights:

  • track your dog via GPS anywhere in the US
    • requires a service plan and a stable AT&T cellular connection
  • ergonomically curved, multi-functional tracking device helps keep your dog safe and healthy
    • premium leather collar included; tracking device also fits easily on standard collars
  • receive notification on your smartphone if your dog leaves established "safe zones"
    • Bluetooth® Safe Zones are automatically created around your phone and the collar's base station
  • 3-axis accelerometer lets you know how much activity your dog is getting during the day
  • free app for Android™ and Apple® smartphones
    • recommends a customized exercise schedule based on your dog's age, breed, behavior, and size
    • virtual scrapbook lets you save maps and photos from your adventures
    • consolidate vaccination records for easy access on the go
    • set reminders for vet visits and other important pet events
  • compatible with Amazon Alexa
  • temperature monitor lets you know if your dog is getting too hot or cold
  • LED light helps you keep an eye on your dog at night
  • remote-controlled sound to aid with training
  • puppy plan: upsize the device for free for the lifetime of your dog
  • impact- and water-resistant
  • battery life: up to 2 days with normal use
Included Accessories and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • Link AKC tracking unit
  • Base Station
  • Tracking Unit sleeve
  • Leather collar (Extra Small)
  • 40" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • AC adapter (DC Output: 5.0V 1000mA)
  • Brochure
  • "Welcome to the Pack" letter

Was a skeptic at first of this new tech but the link has quickly become an integral part of our daily routine!! It's easy and fun to use, and it keeps my baby girl healthy!

Anonymous, Sterling, VA

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Link AKC

Anonymous from Sterling, VA on 11/29/2017

Was a skeptic at first of this new tech but the link has quickly become an integral part of our daily routine!! It's easy and fun to use, and it keeps my baby girl healthy!

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Link AKC Smart Collar Medium

Anonymous from White Plains, NY on 11/28/2017

I moved about a year ago and got a dog walker for the very first time. I found myself questioning if what was being reported back to me was 100% truthful so decided to look into some options. Cameras are kind of weird and the apps out there aren't the best. I came across an ad for Link and gave it a shot hoping it would be able to help me out. Once I got the hang of things and understood how it works (a lot of admitted user error in the beginning) I've never been more happy with a purchase for my dog. I know exactly when they go out for a walk because the charger station sends an alert to my phone! I can then see how much activity he gets during their walk AND when he's returned safely home. It's really dark where I live at night and early morning so the LED light something I use absolutely every day.

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Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 11/23/2017

GPS as good as my Garmin; Activity Tracker has taught me about my dog; The light is so smart AND BRIGHT. Battery life is less than 2 days if you use it as much as we do.

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Overview: Link AKC (licensed by the American Kennel Club) is an innovative activity monitor and GPS tracker for dogs over 10 pounds. Using the Link AKC app on your smartphone or tablet, you can know at a glance where your dog is, and also monitor his daily activity level and wellness. The tracking unit uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS technology, plus AT&T's cellular network, to keep you connected to your pet, whether you're at home, at work, or on the go. Link AKC requires a service plan to keep the unit connected to the cellular network. The package includes the tracking unit and sleeve, a premium leather collar, charging base, and charger. Link AKC is impact-resistant and water-resistant up to 3 feet (IP67), so it'll withstand most any activity, even swimming. The lightweight tracking unit weighs slightly more than 1 ounce (2.5 ounces with the carrier). Link AKC carries a 3-year limited warranty.

Service Plans: Because GPS location and other data are transmitted through the AT&T cellular network, a service plan is required. Plans automatically renew to a monthly plan at the end of the applicable plan period, unless you cancel or start a new term plan. (Tax is required for plans in CT and TX.) The Service Plan also includes 24/7 direct access to the Pet Poison Helpline, and a Puppy Guarantee (upsize your growing dog's collar through Link AKC at no cost). When you activate your tracking collar in the app, you can select one of the following plans:

  • Monthly: $9.95 per month, billed every month
  • 1 Year (20% savings): $7.95 per month (average), billed once a year ($95.40)
  • 2 Years (30% savings): $6.95 per month (average), billed once every two years ($166.80)

Link AKC App: The free Link AKC app is required to keep you connected to the tracking unit, and informed concerning your pet's whereabouts, activities, and health. You can keep track of up to 10 dogs with the Link AKC app, however, each pet requires a separate collar and tracking unit. The app is available for smartphones and tablets with iOS 9.0 or later, and Android 4.4 and up.

Leather Collar: Link AKC includes a premium leather collar in the signature shade of Hask Brown. The tracking unit securely clips into a leather-trimmed sleeve, which is curved to give maximum comfort to your pet. The sleeve slips over the included collar, or any standard 1" wide collar. Five sizes of collars are available, so you can find the right size for your dog:

  • Extra Small (XS): (This Model) Fits necks between 9" and 13". (Instead of a carrier, the XS unit comes with a specially-designed leather sleeve for the tracking unit.)
  • Small (S): Fits necks between 9.5" and 14".
  • Medium (M): Fits necks between 14" and 17.5".
  • Large (L): Fits necks between 17" and 21".
  • Extra Large (XL): Fits necks between 20.5" and 25".

Smart Collar: Link AKC and the Link AKC app offer many features to help you keep track of your dog's health and well-being, as well as their location:

  • Location: The tracking unit uses Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular GPS to help you know your dog's location at all times. Should your dog become lost, you'll be able to use the Link AKC app to locate him quickly.
  • Safe Zones/Geofencing: You can easily set up digital safe zones for your pet. Bluetooth Safe Zones are automatically created around your phone and near the Base Station. As long as your dog stays within the zone, you can rest assured that he's safe. If your dog should leave a safe zone, the app will send a notification to your smartphone or tablet, alerting you that your dog is on the move.
  • Activity Monitor: Using the built-in 3-axis accelerometer, Link AKC can track your dog's activity levels to make sure they're getting enough exercise, or to warn you of a possible illness or injury (if activity levels suddenly decrease). Normal activity levels for your dog's breed and age can be compared to your pet's daily and historical activity levels over a period of time on the Link AKC app.
  • Ambient Temperature: Link AKC can monitor the ambient temperature at your dog's present location. You can set up temperature alerts on the app so you can receive notifications if it's too hot or cold for your dog.
  • Adventures: You can capture information of new adventures that you can repeat over and over. The app can record your path so you can come back to it when you desire. Along the way, you can take pictures and videos to share with family and friends.
  • Light and Sound: The Link AKC tracking unit has an LED light on the front that you can turn on remotely from the app so your dog can see (and be seen) in the dark. In addition, sound can be remotely-generated from the app and emitted from the collar tracking unit to be used as a training aid.
  • Health Records: The app will allow you to keep your pet's health records, vaccinations, vet visits, training certificates, and other documents in one place. Just take photos of the records and save them to the app for instant access.
  • Amazon Echo Compatible: The Link AKC collar is the first connected smart collar that is compatible with Amazon Echo voice assistants. You can ask Alexa to check your dog's activity for the day.

Rechargeable Battery: Link AKC operates on a rechargeable battery that lasts for approximately 2 days under normal use. The tracking unit can be easily removed from the carrier and placed in the magnetic charging cradle. Full charging time for an exhausted battery is approximately 2.5 hours. The charging cradle is connected via the supplied Micro USB cable, which can be connected to any USB charging port (with a Type A USB port) or to the included AC adapter. The cradle has a convenient Type A USB outlet (5V/1000mA), so you can charge your phone at the same time.

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