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How Does Advanced System Differ from Classic?

The Classic collar tag is the tried-and-true product we have been selling for almost 4 years. It’s primary advantage is longer battery life, up to 90-days when the locator is continuously monitoring the tag.

The Advanced system is half the size and weight and also half the battery capacity, so it can be monitored for 45 days instead of 90-days. Or be in idle mode for 15 days instead of up to 30 days with the Classic. The Advanced tag is much more waterproof and is Ok for prolonged swimming whereas the classic is good for rain and snow and an occasional brief swim. The Advanced tag is also designed to be more durable for dogs that run through brush or play rough with other dogs.

If you have a small pet or a pet that swims the choice is obvious, you want the Advanced tag. If you have a medium sized dog that doesn’t swim or roughhouse with other dogs then the Classic tag is a fine choice.

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Will Advanced Tags Work With My Existing System?

Yes. Existing and new systems can operate with either or BOTH – Classic and Advanced Tags.
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How Does Advanced Tag Attach To a Collar?

The Advanced Tag uses an extremely rugged ballistic nylon holder to protect the tag. Secure attachment to your pet’s collar is done using velcro straps. But we don’t use just any garden-variety Velcro you can get at your local hardware store. Our Velcro is Type III, Class 4 Military Spec Velcro material (Mil Spec A-A-55126 Rev. B) and is far stronger and resistant to wear, water, fraying and debris pick up than the Velcro you may be familiar with. Our extensive field testing has shown that the Marco Polo Advanced Tag and holder is the most reliable and rugged system available anywhere and holds up well even on active dogs.
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Is The Advanced Tag Range The Same as the Classic?

Yes, they are both the same.
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Can The Advanced Tag Be Attached To A Harness or Wide Collar?

Yes, the collar holder will attach to a strap that is up to 2 inches wide and ¼” thick, or it will fit a round object up to 1.5 inches in diameter.
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Can My Dog Swim While Wearing an Advanced Tag?

Absolutely! We designed the Advanced Tag to be waterproof so that it meets IP67 specifications, meaning it can withstand submersion in 3 ft. of water for up to 30 minutes without problems.
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Is the Advanced Tag Safe for My Dog?

Yes, Marco Polo is very safe for your dog. The reason is that Marco Polo, unlike, for example a cell phone, emits a very small amount of RF energy. That is how our tiny 5-gram battery can power it for up to 6 weeks on a single charge.

When in idle mode the Marco Polo Tag only turns on its receiver once every 10 seconds and never transmits any RF energy at all. When in monitor mode, which is the typical case, it emits an average RF power of about 1 millionth of a watt. The average power output is so low in all modes of operation that it is automatically qualified for use, even on humans, without the SARS (Simulated Absorption Rate) safety testing that is required for cell phones and other RF devices. This testing is not required for animals and we suspect that the cellular/GPS based dog tracking providers have taken advantage of this loophole and ignored the safety issue altogether.

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Can I Purchase Additional Advanced Nylon Tag Holders?

Yes. They will be offered on our website very soon and will be priced at $14.95.
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Cinnamon Spices Up Life

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My nearly blind 17 year old cat who has always loved to go outside (but return within a few hours) was lost for nearly 5 days in our neighborhood. I tried everything to try to find him. I was frantic and so sad that I hadn’t invested in a tracking system before that happened. Fortunately he returned, and I immediately invested in the Marco Polo system.

I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through so I’m writing this to urge anyone that is contemplating buying this to do it now! I did a lot of research on different products and I found the Marco Polo system has benefits that most people don’t even realize will be helpful until you use it. I’ve been using it for a little over a year now and it’s been so reliable. I love the long (rechargeable) battery life and the way it shows exactly how much battery is left so there is no doubt when I let Cinnamon out that I know I can either Monitor or Track him for many hours or even days if need be. It is able to search even through heavy woods, or brick houses. It allows you to easily set different zones which is great for me because when I’m at our cabin, I need to set a different closer zone in which he should stay within and it’s also easy to switch back and forth. The way it tracks also is very reliable unlike satellite which sometimes doesn’t update for 20+ minutes. I also like the fact that it doesn’t run off cell phone signals as that is also unreliable in areas like where I live. Monitor and Track are two different things on this system and both are great to have for different reasons.

Save yourself the aggravation of a lost pet! I was one who thought my pet would never get lost and he had always found his way home after all those years – but there comes a time in a pets life – due to the pet aging or just a bad situation where they can’t always get back to you. I’m sure it was a very traumatic time for him and me! He rarely wants to go out anymore after that experience but I feel confident when he does go outside that we’re covered.

– Joni K., Stillwater, MN

Trooper’s T-Storm Adventure

Marco Polo works on larger cats, too. Trooper was found hiding under a neighbor's shed during a thunder storm.

Trooper, our eight year old tabby cat, is wild as a bug — he is outdoors every chance he gets, chasing squirrels up trees and napping in the sunshine. This past August, he didn’t come home for dinner and went missing for nearly two and a half weeks. After sending notices to all our neighbors and every vet hospital and shelter in the tri-county region to no avail, we feared the worst — until one evening my husband opened the door to go outside, and Trooper walked right in! He had lost half his body weight, and his nails were worn to a nub — we surmise he wandered into a neighbor’s shed for a nap and was locked inside all that time. Our vet didn’t have high hopes for our bony little guy’s recovery, but we dosed him up with love, antibiotics, fluids, and Revolution (hundreds of deer ticks fell off him immediately), and within less than two months, our old guy was back!

That’s where the Marco Polo comes in — we will never let this happen again! I did quite a bit of market research to find the best device for us. Although it took a while to get Trooper back up to the minimum 10 pounds for the Marco Polo device (he was normally 12 pounds), we patiently waited. Surprisingly, Trooper was waiting by the door to go outside within two weeks of his return! We’ve trained him to know that in order to go outside, his “Trooper Tracker” collar goes on first.

One recent late afternoon, the sky was darkening with an oncoming storm just as the Marco Polo alarm sounded. Within less than 10 minutes, I tracked Trooper down through the woods separating our neighbor’s houses (about a quarter mile away) — he was huddled underneath a shed. The peace of mind the Marco Polo offers is priceless — it is exactly the easy-to-use and reliable device for which I was looking to help keep our buddy safe.

– Michele M., Huntingtown, MD