A new tool helps you keep tabs on your pooch.

By Amy Jamieson
December 16, 2009 07:00 AM

Think of this new product as LoJack for dogs. Zoombak’s GPS Dog Locator is a gadget that can locate your dog in real-time and send you alerts via email or text, telling you exactly where he or she is.

The first step is to attach the 2.5-oz. Zoombak locator to the pup’s collar – only pooches that are 15 lbs. and over are big enough to wear this device, which is about the size of a box of Tic Tacs (the company is currently working on a smaller GPS for felines).

When you want to know where your dog is you can sign onto a website that shows you a Google-like map of your dog’s location. Via that site you can set up “personalized safety zones,” such as the busy street you live on. When you flag that zone, a message will be sent to you whenever the dog approaches it. You can also request a location detail at any time.

How much does it cost? $199 for the gadget itself, $14.99 on a month-to-month basis for unlimited alerts and website access. The locator, which is water-resistant, has a battery life up to five days.