10 Must Have Apps for Dog Owners
I don’t know about you, but I spend a considerable amount of time on my phone. Be it, checking the weather, reading fellow blog posts,paying bills, scheduling events, or just socializing. It’s not always for pleasure, but sometimes it is ;). And when you consider how much blogging and of course my three dogs-are apart of my day-to-day life, it should come as no surprise that I have apps to help me with just that!
So let’s jump right into it!
*These apps are listed in no particular order*
Pet First Aid by American Red Cross
This app is perfect to help you through emergency situations with your dog OR cat. Though I hope you never have to use it, this app provides step-by-step instructions to help in emergency situations. If the situation is too immediate or requires vet-professionals, it also provides a list of the closest emergency veterinary facilities. You can also customize your pet profile specific to your pets breed- this can help narrow down the search/facilities in the event of a pet-emergency. Which, let’s be real, is one of the worst emergencies to have! So in the event make sure you’re ready!
I just think this app is really cool, and can come in handy more often than you would think. Created by the joint efforts of Columbia University and University of Maryland- they have procured a database of every dog breed! To use the app simply snap a pic of a dog, upload to the app, and visual recognition software will help you identify the dogs breed!
I really can’t wait to try this on Carlos, why have’t I thought of this before???
This app is basically the dog-friendly version of Tinder. Which I think alone is hilarious. Let’s say you take your dog for a walk but they are feeling extra rowdy and restless today- simply set-up the app to your location and find other DoggyDatez users near you, then meet up for a quick doggy impromptu play date and make a new friend.
Now, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with boarding your dog- but me personally, there’s no way I can leave my dog in a cage in an unfamiliar area for days at a time, and pay to do so! No, that’s a hard pass for me, but to each his own… with all of that being said, my out-of-town fam wouldn’t necessarily appreciate me bringing my 3 dogs to the reunion. But who will take care of my 3 large dogs while I’m away? DogVacay sure will! It provides a list of thousands of dog sitters near you, willing to come dog-sit your pet while you’re away. It’s up to you whether the sitting takes place at your home or theirs. There are also options for private correspondence between you and the dog-sitter so you can still receive pics/videos of your pup pending your inevitable return!
Similar to DogVacay- Rover offers a variety of services like dog boarding, dog walking, doggy day-care, and house sitting. My favorite feature about this app is that it offers insurance, 24/7 support, and background checks on all of their doggy-caretakers!
Scratch the doggy sitters and day cares- maybe you want to bring your furry friend along with you for this trip! Bring Fido is an app that makes it easy to find dog-friendly hotels, attractions, and restaurants to where ever it is you might be going! You can search by distance, popularity, ratings, and pricing.
*Bonus* if you download this app and use coupon code FIDOAPP- you’ll save $5 on your next booking. Just don’t spend it all in one place.
This app is pretty self-explanatory. Like the Fitbit dog edition! Sync the app to your GPS and when you and your dog finish your walk the app will show you an overview of a map with your route highlighted. It also tells you the recorded distance of your walk, and track the amount of calories you both are burning!
Dog Health- Take care of your puppy
This app helps you create the perfect puppy profile in all health aspects of your dog. Keep track of your dogs personal info name, weight, age, chip. Also, keep track of future vet appointments, upcoming vaccinations, veterinarian contact info, medication administration reminders, and the ability to manage multiple pet profiles if you’re a multi-dog owner like myself.
Dog Training-for beginners
Cash is my big, fat, sweet baby! But even fat sweet babies can be flawed. Cash knows a number of commands and typically listens and follows them accordingly, it’s only when I’m just arriving home that we have our obedience issues. He tends to get over excited and wants to jump all over you- full force! For the life of me, I haven’t been able to put a stop to this. He’s just to cute and excited to see me! But thanks to this app we are working on correcting that. There are 10 categories to help you with the most basic training commands a dog should know. Aside from the commands, there are also a few dog-friendly recipes to be learned from this app.
Dog Health Guide
This is the only app I’ve reviewed that isn’t free to download- it’s a one time only downloading fee of $1.99.
It’s similar to the other dog health apps I’ve listed, except with a much broader scope. This app features some on the best and most accurate dog health articles (as a blogger I’m prone to reading articles for hours at a time so I love this), dog health gallery, and best of all the Ultimate Dog Care Kit Ebook (typically $37).
Let’s just say the Ebook will help answer ANY questions you could have regarding your dog, it will also answer questions you didn’t even know you had.
*Disclaimer* I’m team Iphone all the way everyday- but these apps should be compatible with most other smartphones.
Are there any other apps that help you through your dog-mom days? Let me know in a comment!