Whistle Go Explore impressions: A smarter pet tracker

The new trackers have a health-monitoring platform based on research from a three-year study conducted on more than 55,000 dogs in the country. The dog needs to wear the tracker for at least two weeks, and then the data can show changes in sleep, licking, scratching, and more, and can alert pet owners.

I’ve had the Whistle Go Explore attached to my dog, Tobu, for about a week, while it hasn’t been on him long enough to deliver health reports, here’s what it’s like to use one.

But first, there are two new pet trackers from Whistle, following the Whistle 3. Here’s a quick breakdown of their features.

The Explore model is meant for more active dogs that travel long distances with their owner. It’s why it’s slightly thicker and heavier, but also shock-resistant and IPX8-rated for 2 meters of water submersion for 30 minutes. The standard Whistle Go is also shock-resistant, but it’s only IPX7-rated, which delivers 1 meter of water submersion for 30 minutes.

The bigger size means a bigger battery on the Explore, and Whistle claims it can last up to 20 days; the Whistle Go halves that with just 10 days of battery life (this also depends on the activity level of your dog). When the Whistle Go or Go Explore are connected to a familiar Wi-Fi network set in the companion app, the tracker goes into a power-saving mode, which is what enables its lengthy battery life.

Other than that, the two devices come in different colors: Blue, pink, and taupe for the Whistle Go, and green, magenta, and gray for the Whistle Go Explore. The former costs $100, whereas the Explore will set you back $130.