Despite all the bad rap that smartphones get, it’s undeniable that they have become an integral part of our daily lives. We use them for nearly everything, and caring for our dogs is no exception. Let’s face it — as rewarding and fun as dog ownership is, it can also be challenging, and technology can make our lives so much easier.
So whether you need a GPS tracker, a digital health record, or a way to find potential playmates for your dog, read on to find out which apps you should have on your smartphone.
#1 – Pet First Aid by American Red Cross
Being sick is never fun — for you or your dog. Pet First Aid can help you look for early warning signs of illnesses and has videos on how to respond to common emergency situations. If you need an emergency veterinarian, you can use the app to locate and call the nearest one.
Pet First Aid also has information on emergency preparedness plans with recommendations on first aid kits and pet-friendly shelters or hotels.
#2 – Dog Buddy – My Dog File and First Aid
Think of Dog Buddy as a digital diary for your dog, a place where you can keep his/her records — veterinarian’s info, weight, vaccinations, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, medication, allergies, and any milestones — all in the palm of your hands. This way, you’ll never have to worry about keeping a paper trail ever again.
#3 – Petable
Similar to Dog Buddy, Petable is a one-stop app for your dog’s health. Petable features pet-a-points, which are awarded every time you use the app to add an event or comply with tasks. Your points can then be traded for meals that Petable will donate to your preferred animal shelter.
#4 – PupTox
Many human foods can be toxic, if not deadly, to dogs, and a trip to the emergency vet is something you want to try to avoid as much as possible. Before you share your dinner with your pup, check PupTox’s list of over 250 things that are unsafe for your dog. The app even has a built-in chocolate toxicity calculator in case your dog ever steals your bag of M&Ms.
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- Guide to Weight Control Dog Food
- Guide to Vegetarian Dog Food
#5 – Walk For A Dog
Walk For A Dog tracks your walks and donates money to the animal organization of your choice. The donations vary from 11-25 cents per mile depending on the number of active walkers for that organization per donation period.
#6 – Rundogo
Fitness trackers aren’t just for humans anymore. If you participate in dog sports like bikejoring or canicross, you know that keeping track of your dog’s performance is essential. With Rundogo, you can check your dog’s pace, splits, activity level, and calories burned.
Running alone? No problem, Rundogo lets you choose who is running, and will analyze each runner’s performance separately.
#7 – Dog Date Afternoon
Many dog owners, especially women, prefer to date other dog owners, and Dog Date Afternoon seeks to fulfill this need. Think Tinder…for dog lovers. Swipe left or right to see profiles of people and their dogs in your area, and if anyone sparks an interest, start chatting!
Dog Date Afternoon is currently only available in California, but it will be launched in other cities soon.
#8 – BarkHappy
If there is a Tinder-like app for dog owners, it only
makes sense to have one for dogs. Connect with other dog owners in your community to set up playdates for your dog, or find local dog-friendly events and/or places.
#9 – Instagram
Did you know that the most famous dog in the world, Jiff the Pomeranian (@jiffpom), has over 8.8 million followers on Instagram? Yes, it’s true — dogs can be worth millions of dollars, just for doing what they do best.
Think your dog has the looks to become the next “it” dog of Instagram? Start snapping those photos and join the #DogsofInstagram community!
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#10 – Rover
Boarding facilities can be a great option for many dogs, but your dog is special and you want someone to read him a bedtime story or tuck him into bed. Next time you go out of town, consider hiring a background-checked dog sitter from Rover, the largest network of dog sitters in the U.S. and Canada.
Rover dog sitters will provide you with daily messages and adorable photos of your favorite fluff ball. And like Uber, clients can leave reviews for dog sitters, so you will feel confident that you’re leaving your dog in good hands.
Not interested in boarding? Rover also provides doggy daycare, dog walking, drop-in visits, and house sitting services.
#11 – BringFido
Some of us have separation anxiety and can’t imagine being without our best furry friends, even on vacation. BringFido gets it. As the world’s #1 pet travel website, BringFido developed an app that makes it possible for you to search for dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and beaches on the go. The app’s filters allow you to search for hotels that don’t charge pet fees and/or welcome multiple dogs. You can even book directly through the app.
You can also search for dog events and attractions, dog walkers, veterinarians, groomers, sitters, and pet supply stores with BringFido.
#12 – Yelp
Ah, Yelp. This trusty little app is your best friend when it comes to navigating through hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses and services in your city. Similar to BringFido, you can use Yelp to search for reviews on just about any business, service, dog parks, or dog-friendly locations. Use BringFido along with Yelp to ensure that your next vacation with your pooch will be an enjoyable experience for both of you.
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#13 – Whistle 3
Whether you just enjoy letting your dog off leash or you have a dog that likes to bolt out the door, Whistle 3 is the device you need in order to keep your dog safe. For a small monthly fee, this highly-rated pet GPS tracker can locate your dog up to 3,000 miles away, and allows you to follow your dog’s location and activity levels over 24 hours.
If your dog is more of a couch potato who prefers his adventures in the form of a dream, Whistle 3 can still help you monitor your dog’s health, so that you can be notified if there are any significant changes to your dog’s sleep or activity patterns.
#14 – Nuzzle
If you’re not a fan of monthly subscription fees, we got your back. Like Whistle 3, Nuzzle’s app allows you to stay connected to your dog even when you’re apart — all for just the one-time cost of the Nuzzle collar.
The Nuzzle collar features the following:
- Activity monitoring
- GPS tracking
- Temperature monitoring
- Safety lights
- Rechargeable batteries
GPS monitoring for Nuzzle is available for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Full disclosure: The Nuzzle collar comes at a cost of $149.99, but we think it’s worth the price for the peace of mind knowing that your dog is safe and healthy.
#15 – Dog Monitor
We get it; not everyone enjoys coming home to a place that looks like a ginormous cotton ball exploded in there. In an ideal world, we would be able to take our dogs to work, but Dog Monitor might just be the next best thing.
Like its name suggests, Dog Monitor is a multiplatform app that allows you to keep an eye on your dog with live HD video. The app features a smart notification system that will alert you if your dog is being too noisy (a.k.a. causing trouble). If you catch your dog being bad, you can either issue a pre-recorded command or speak to your dog through the app.
#16 – Chewy
Sometimes life just gets in the way and you may forget that you’re out of dog food or treats. Chewy.com’s app makes it super easy for you to set up autoship orders so that you can just set it once and never have to worry about running out of dog food. Choose from over 1,000 top brands of dog food and supplies, and Chewy will ship it to your door in 1-2 days.
#17 – Dogo
The Dogo app offers a fun way to train your pup with clicker training. You can track your dog’s progress as it masters everything from basic commands to advanced tricks. If you have any issues, you can purchase a consultation with a professional dog trainer through the app.
#18 – Puppr – Dog Training and Tricks
You might recognize the creator of Puppr from TV. This app was created by Sara Carson and The Super Collies, who have appeared on TV shows like America’s Got Talent, Ellen, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Marilyn Denis Show.
Puppr provides step-by-step tutorials on over 40 tricks using clicker training. If you subscribe to Puppr’s premium service, you can chat with Sara and her team to get expert training advice.
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#19 – Cutesy – The Cutest Pets!
You know you have the cutest dog, and now you can show her off to the world with Cutesy. Create a profile and upload pictures or videos so your dog can get some love. Your dog might even become Cutesy’s dog of day, week, or month.
If you don’t want to compete, you can just download the app and look at all of the cute animals…we won’t judge.
#20 – Weather Puppy
Rainy weather can be depressing, and Weather Puppy gets you. Weather Puppy will show you an adorable puppy every time you check the weather, and with over 800 puppies in 16 themes, we think you’ll actually look forward to it.
Our phones don’t have to steal us from our dogs and make them sad, on the contrary, they can bring us together! We hope that one introducing you to one of the above apps has struck your curiosity and that you’re potentially excited to give one a go.
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