9 Apps For Dog Owners

There are more than 3 million apps available for our smartphones and finding a decent one outside of the top lists can be a daunting task. Who really has time for that?

As a dog owner, I figured there had to be some apps that could make my life easier and save some time with the pups. I mean, I have an app for almost everything else I do, why not a few more for our dogs? After searching through what felt like hundreds of apps, I’ve found some that are great, some that are pretty good, and some that are terrible.

The great apps can help make your life and your pet’s life even easier. Give a few of these a try and hopefully they’ll save you some time and prevent some unneeded stress.

1. iKibble

iOS and Android

There are foods that are good for your dog and foods that are bad. I know it’s hard to remember all of them, and I’m sure there’s some foods you didn’t know were bad for your dog. This app answers that question in an easy way. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing app, but it definitely gets the job done.

2. PetCoach

iOS and Android

Finding an answer to a specific question about your dog on google isn’t always the easiest thing to do. This app allows you to view answers that others have asked the experts and ask your own questions. It also has “Virtual Practices” which are pretty cool, if your vet participates. Virtual Practices allows you to have online consultations with your vet, schedule appointments, and soon you’ll be able to access your pet’s medical records.

3. MapMyDogWalk

iOS and Android

If you’ve ever used RunKeeper or MapMyRun, this app is the same basic premise. You can select routes that others have walked there dog on in your area, or just track your dog walk. There’s challenges and “coaching” to help motivate you and your pup through your walk. It’s sponsored by Subaru and owned by Under Armour, so the quality of the app is high quality.

4. BringFido

iOS

BringFido allows you to search by location for accommodations that will allow your dog. All you do is put in the location, and click what you want, whether it’s a hotel, an outdoor restaurant, parks or beaches, or dog events. This makes the task of searching every hotel in the area a lot easier. The app also allows users to leave reviews, so you’ll know what you’re getting into. I would recommend using the app to find the hotel you like, and then booking directly with the hotel.

5. DoggieBuddies

iOS

DoggyBnB is a social network that allows you to connect with dog boarders, dog walkers, pet sitters, or other pups to play with. The difference between this and other similar apps, is you only connect with people you know, friends of friends, or highly qualified pet lovers. The other qualified pet lovers are someone else on the apps friend that was invited. This way unqualified people can’t just create an account and offer to watch your dog. Whenever you want a specific service, you just send out a “woof” with what you need and your connections in the area will respond!

6. DogClicker

iOS

This app doesn’t need much explaining. If you train your dog with a clicker, this app will save you a few bucks and it’s always on you. All you have to do is choose one of the three “clicker sounds” and press the giant orange circle in the middle of the app. It also has daily training tips in the settings portion of the app which can be helpful.

7. Finding Rover

iOS and Android

Finding Rover uses facial recognition to match a pet you found with a pet that’s listed as lost. When you lose your pet, you submit a picture to the app and the network is on the app. If someone gets the alert and sees your dog, they snap a picture and are given your contact information and you get an alert.

8. YourVet

iOS

If your pet is sick and displaying symptoms, you can check this app to see what could be causing them. Each symptom is listed with an explanation and has several things that could be causing it. Although it’s not a substitute for a vet, it helps you understand what is going on before you call the vet.

9. Pet First Aid

iOS and Android

The name of this app pretty much explains what it does. It has numerous issues that could occur such as burns, car accidents, and electric shock. I’d say this is an essential app to have if you have pets. It saves time if an accident happens and you don’t know what to do.

Bonus! Fetch!

iOS

This isn’t a substitute for a DNA test, but it’s fairly accurate and fun! You snap a picture of your dog and it will do it’s best to determine what breed your pup is. It’s developed by Microsoft, so the algorithm behind it seems to be pretty solid. As an added bonus, you can do human’s too. So now you’ll know what kind of dog you look like!

Which app is your favorite? If you have any other apps that help you or your dog, let me know in the space below!

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