These days, there’s an app for everything. Need help sleeping? Get an app. Want to calculate your daily steps? An app will do it for you. Little surprise then, that the app market is also teaming with apps for your pet. If you want your dog to get as much fun from your smartphone as you do, you shouldn’t have to much trouble in finding something to suit. Here, we look at the top 10 pet apps your dog is guaranteed to love.
If you want to monitor your dog’s activity levels, Fitbark is the app for you. Working in tandem with FitBark dog activity monitors (little monitors that fit nicely onto your dog’s collar), Fitbark will help you keep an eye on your pet’s health in much the same way as FitBit’s let you keep an eye on your own. As fueled.com notes, Fitbark has been extensively tested for both safety and accuracy – it’s even used by researchers at prestigious organizations like Cambridge and the Mayo Clinic for research purposes. If you want to know everything about your dog, from their sleep activity to their stress levels, their skin condition to their activities, this is the app for you.
2. Bring Fido
If the thought of leaving your dog behind while the rest of the family goes on vacation gives you palpitations, there’s an app you’re sure to love. The Bring Fido app has been bought to us by the same people that gave us BringFido.com, the one-stop vacation planning tool for people with pets. Find out which hotels will charge you a fortune in pet fees, which restaurants will let you dine alongside your pooch, and which beaches won’t kick up a fuss if your dog start’s kicking up the sand. Best of all, it’s completely free to download.
3. Pet Snap
Dog’s might be all big eyes and Disney-star good looks in real life, but capturing them in their full glory on film can be a struggle. If you’ve never managed to take a picture of your dog that’s worthy of the mantlepiece, Pet Phone could be just the solution you’re looking for. As well as coming highly recommended by lifehack.org, it’s got a score of good things going for it, including 32 sounds that are guaranteed to draw your pet’s attention and get them smiling for the camera. It’s also got a nifty range of photo styling tools you can use to make your picture even better.
Your dog is going to love you for downloading this next app. Chewy is a handy delivery app that lets you browse from over 1000 brands to order more food and supplies than your furry friend could get through in a lifetime. The additional perks aren’t bad either – order over $50 and you’ll get two-day shipping for free. You can also set a profile for your pet to help narrow down on the types of food, toys, and supplies they’ll love the most. If you’re tired of spending your weekends tracking down supplies at the pet store, this handy little app is going to be your ideal partner.
Is your dog an only child? Do they long for the company of other dogs? Then get them DoggieDatez, a doggie “dating” app that lets you hook up with other dog owners in the area and set up playtimes. You never know, you might even make some new friends in the process, too!
6. Pet Minder PRO
Recommended by Dogtime.com as one of the top apps for pets, Pet Minder PRO will make sure you never forget mealtime again. The app (which, by the way, is a breeze to navigate, even for the less tech-savvy among us) lets you keep track of exactly when it’s time for meals, medicines, vet appointments, and even walks. For busy pet owners (or maybe just forgetful ones), it’s a godsend.
7. Pet First Aid
Developed by the American Red Cross, Pet First Aid is an incredibly useful app that could just help save your pet’s life. If an emergency happens, the last thing you want to do is waste time scrolling the net trying to find out what to do. Pet First Aid puts all the information you need at your fingertips. With videos, ‘how-to’ tutorials, and even early detection fact-checkers, it’ll help you navigate the less happy responsibilities of owning a pet with aplomb.
8. Puppy Coach 101
If you’ve just welcomed a new pup into your home, there’s an app you need to know about. Puppy Coach 101 is the accompaniment every new pet owner needs, breaking down the sometimes tricky task of training and housebreaking a new pet into easy-to-manage, bite-sized chunks. With over 30 videos covering such topics as crate training, house training, handling and grooming, and some great teaching aids for mastering basic instructions like ‘come’, ‘sit’, ‘take’ and ‘drop’, it’ll make the first few months with your new puppy a walk in the park. As an added bonus, it’ll even let you keep track of all your pup’s achievements as you progress through the various modules.
9. Pet Coach
Want to have the expertise of hundreds of dog trainers and vets at your fingertips? Pet Coach is an app that gives you just that. Find out everything you could ever want to know about behavior, nutrition, and training, discover what foods your pet should be eating (and the ones they really shouldn’t), ask a vet a question (without receiving a bill in the post), and learn how to stop fleas and ticks making a meal of your pet.
10. Pet Acoustics
People aren’t the only ones that can get a little anxious from time to time. If your dog is feeling a little blue, calm them down and cheer them up with Pet Acoustics, an app that carries the kind of tunes that have been specially created for your dog’s listening pleasure. On long car rides and during thunderstorms, it’s invaluable.