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How to Track Your Dog with Apple AirTag

Updated by Amy Granger on Dec 27, 2021

The last scene the dog owner wanted to see was that the dog was lost, but he could do nothing. But, Apple users, here is a trick! AirTag, you have it, right? And you might have used AirTag to get lots of lost things back, now you can also connect the AirTag to your iPhone and attach this tracing device to your dog's collar. Keep reading to know more about this brilliant idea.

use apple airtag to track dog
  • Can I use Apple AirTag to track my dog?
  • How to use AirTag to track your dog?
  • How far can AirTag track?
  • FAQs about Apple AirTag dog tracking

Although AirTag was not originally designed to track people or pets, it's not a bad idea to track the location of your dog. It's very easy to set up. Just register the AirTag with your Apple ID and affix to a dog's collar. You will be able to see your dog's exact location using Find My app.

Pros and cons of using AirTag to track your dog


  1. You can play a sound through AirTag's built-in speaker and know where your dog is.
  2. It's water-resistant and lightweight.
  3. AirTag battery will last about a year.
  4. If you put AirTag in Lost Mode, it will automatically report location information to you when it is detected by a device in the network.
  5. If someone finds your dog, they can use the NFC function to scan the AirTag and read the information you left, contact you for the dog's location.
  6. It does not require additional apps.


  1. Water-resistant.
  2. Customize the AirTag with your initials, emoji, or both.
  3. A battery that is designed to last more than a year.
  4. Available in different colors.
  5. Customized Hermes AirTag.

No matter how well you train your dog, they have a habit of running out of the home. While they do find their way back home, some occasions might still occur of getting lost, or worse, be stolen by dog snatchers. In these cases, one wishes that having some ways to track the lost dog.

Thanks to Apple's AirTag, tracking your dog has become a reality. Now let's follow the simple steps below to set up Apple airTag dog tracking.

Step 1: Register for AirTag

First of all, make sure Find My, Bluetooth and Location Services are turned on. Then take your AirTag nearby your iPhone or iPad. Tap Connection. Name your AirTag and register it with your Apple ID. Tap Continue and then Done.

connect airtag to track your dog

Step 2: Attach AirTag on dog's collar

To do this you need a dog collar made specifically to incorporate AirTag, or an AirTag holder with hoop. Many manufacturers including Apple are offering such small accessories but we would recommend iPetor PU leather AirTag case. It looks like a keychain, so it can be firmly attached to a dog's collar.

  • Provide perfect match and excellent protection for AirTag
  • Waterproof & sweat-proof
  • Easy to hang on
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Step 3: Track the location of your dogs

After setting the special dog collar to your dog, all you need to do is open the 'Find My' app on your iPhone to track your dog. If you can't locate your AirTag, you can put it in 'Lost Mode'. Now, if another iPhone device detects your dog's AirTag, you'll receive the exact location of your dog. Your iPhone will guide you towards the dog's location.

After setting the special dog collar to your dog, all you need to do is open the 'Find My' app on your iPhone to track your dog. When getting lost, it will alert you towards the dog's location.

check dog's location on airtag

It's believed that AirTag can be tracked within 800 feet due to its Bluetooth technology. The shorter the tracking distance, the higher the position accuracy. Therefore, it's a good idea to track your dog in small areas. When you take your pet for walks in the dog park, wear a collar with a proper AirTag case so that you can let him enjoy the fresh air with his friends.

How does Apple AirTag work to track your dog?

When connected AirTag to the phone, you can play a sound through AirTag's built-in speaker. Using Bluetooth signals, the AirTag will alert your dog's location. So, all you need to do is follow the sound. Also, you can ask Siri for help. Just say, 'Hey Siri, find my dog.'

If it's out of range, AirTag can work in another way to help you find your dog back. You can put AirTag in lost mode and enter a custom message that you would like others to read when they have detected your AirTag. If any iPhone comes into contact with the AirTag, they will receive a notification displaying your personalized message and phone number, and may contact you.

Apple AirTag vs Tile vs Galaxy SmartTag – Which is better for pet tracking?

apple airtag vs tile vs samsung smart tag
  Apple AirTag Tile Galaxy SmartTag
Compatibility Apple's Find My App Tile App Samsung's SmartThings Find App
Requirement Apple ID Tile App Samsung ID
System iOS iOS + Android Samsung Galaxy Phones Only
Range 61m 80m 120m
Design 39.1 x 39.1 x 8.0mm, 11g 42x42x6.5mm, 12g 38x38x8mm, 12g
Additional Features NFC (Compatible with Any Device that has NFC Including Android) Smart Alert (Premium Feature) Which Alerts the Owner if they Have Left Something Behind Programmable Button
Price $29.00/£29.99/€35.00 $24.99/£19.99/€24.99 $29.99/£29.00/€35.00

As all Apple devices require an Apple ID to run, Apple users have a greater chance of finding their lost dog. In Samsung's case, not all users use the Samsung ID because it is not necessary, nor do all people have the Tile App. Choose the one that right fits you according to your circumstances.


If you have any suggestions regarding Apple AirTag and using them to track your dog, please feel free to leave a comment below. Apple AirTag is not the only choice that you can use for tracking your dog, what we encourage you is to take action to protect your pets. While nothing can guarantee absolute protection, taking action is better than do nothing.

Amy Granger
Amy is an editor from iPetor, owns a 4-year experience in writing tips and tutorial for users. As a pet owner, she will share more pets care methods and recommend more useful products for all pet owners.
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