I’d love to report that everything is going swimmingly! It is not. So typically the GPS System is mounted to the roof of the customer’s house, but we have a metal roof so it is mounted to a 6x6 pole outside that we have electric on. Now this is not an issue EXCEPT.
The dogs reside underneath our garage when they are not out on the prowl. ALL of our buildings have metal roofs. The garage has a metal roof. Being underneath the metal roof for an extended period of time seems to be interacting with the signal their collars receive from the sattelites for the GPS systems. Whether or not this is actually making the system not work properly, we do not know for sure.
If this was the only issue we were dealing with I don’t think it would be a huge deal at this point. 4 of our 6 dogs are getting irritations from the contact points of the collars. They are now all on antibiotics prescribed from our veterinarian. We have them on a 2 dogs on, 2 dogs off, duty case right now, with no collars on at all, while their irritated skin heals. Our Boston mixes are not showing any signs of irritations from the new collars. We think this may be because their collars come off every night. Where the 4 LGDs collars were only coming off every 3-4 day (at night) until now. The Boston mixes are not working dogs, so they are up at night, every night, and have no reason to be out.
The third issue we are having with the system is the battery life! We were sold on a minimum of a 2 day battery life. We are barely getting 1 day out of the batteries. Our sales guys seem to think this is due to the constant search for the satellite signal while the dogs are under the metal roofs. 1 day battery isn’t what was advertised – but is still totally doable. Less than one day and we are going to have a problem.
I hope our next update has some more positives to share. We definitely have our fingers crossed that things start looking up as we were are banking on this system working on keeping our dogs safe from the road. Not mention keeping the motorists safe, as well.