We’re well into the 21st century folks, and smartphone apps aren’t just for humans anymore. In fact, there are dozens of dog and pet apps out to help you manage your job as a devoted dog parent. Need to talk to a vet or trainer after business hours? Searching for pet sitters or someone to walk Fido while you are on vacation? Have some time to kill while your waiting in line for lunch? Well there is an app for that–The Poo Doo crew compiled a list of our favorite useful to down right silly apps for your Android and iOS devices.
1. Pet First Aid App
The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app gives you vet advice in case of emergencies right at your fingertips. It’s easy to use and has a ton of features, step-by-step advice, videos, interactive quizzes and more. And it comes highly rated by consumers, animal organizations and news outlets. This is a great app for any pet owner to have on hand.
1. Easily toggle between dog and cat content.
2. Emergency tools include a vet hospital locator, and contact your vet with an early warning signs checker.
3. Pet first aid step-by-step tips for more than 25 common pet ailments, including “how to” videos.
4. Advice on how to administer medication and behavioral help.
5. Create multiple pet profiles and store all your vet records so they’re in the palm of your hand at all times.
6. Set vet appointments and reminders.
….. best feature….it is free!
2. Wag!: The Mobile Dog Walking App
Enables dog owners to book dog walks instantly or on a recurring basis, as well as monitor the dog walker via GPS. While your dog is out walking, you get live tracking of where the dog walker is taking your dog. Then when the walk is finished you get a full report of how long the walk lasted, how many miles they walked, pee and poop notification, notes from the walk along with picture or video. You can even then rate your dog walker!
3. Eukanuba’s Off Leash-
Use your current location to show the five nearest off-leash dog parks closest to you. The app’s list of dog parks still isn’t comprehensive, and you still only get a list — no descriptions or reviews of the parks are provided. However, it’s still free, and with funding from Eukanuba behind it, it has a good chance of becoming an even more useful resource than it currently is. Make sure and send in the names of dog parks you know about to increase the list!
Move over, Tinder, and make way for Barkbuddy, this free app aims to pair humans with their perfect pet. After registering, you complete a survey that tells the app your preferences in a companion animal (size, age, gender, etc). Barkbuddy then generates a list of matches located in shelters near you. Swipe right for animals you love, and swipe left to pass. Each animal’s profile has the contact information of the shelter at which they are located, making it easy to meet your new best friend!
Even if your pack is already complete you can still help animals in need of loving homes. With ResQwalk, you can raise money for animal rescues and shelters when you and your pups are out for a stroll. Each week, the app announces a donation pool. To earn money for your favorite rescue, turn on the app’s GPS while you and Fido are out for your daily walk. At the end of the week, ResQwalk pays out donations to various rescues in proportion to the total distance covered that week. Not only will you help saves animal’s lives, but you’ll get a little exercise! Now that’s a WIN WIN!
6. PooPee Puppy
PooPee Puppy is another free (the Poo Doo crew loves free!) app that lets you track when your puppy goes to the bathroom. PooPee Puppy’s main screen has three buttons: Poo, Pee, and Oops. Whenever your puppy does his business, just tap the correct button and the app will automatically log it for you. The puppy progress log that lets you scroll through his various movements and see his success rate for the previous week. The app also has a couple of other features, including “automatic alarms,” which are set whenever you log one of your puppy’s movements. These alarms let you see your puppy’s schedule, so you can try to take him out around the same times each day.
7. Fetch Training
Alrighty, now that Rover has been potty trained thanks to PooPee Puppy its time to tackle obedience. Training a dog has requires the owners to fix behavioral issues such as destructive chewing, excessive barking, and aggression. Also training includes teaching your dog tricks, such as how to sit, stay, and speak. Fetch Training is an easy-to-navigate Android app that tackles both of these angles. Fetch Training features 27 articles broken down into three categories: Behavior, Training, and Tricks. This is a great app for a beginner dog owner because it only offers a select few basic commands. Each category has nine articles, the first two of which are free, and the last seven of which can be purchased for $0.99 (you can also unlock all articles for $1.50). This is nothing compared to what you would be spending buying those new shoes after Rover has a field day in your closet. Leather tastes delicious, right?
8. Pro Plan P5 Dog Training App
Purina put this app together and it is one of my families favorites. It’s training techniques are a bit more advanced so it is perfect to use after you have laid some initial ground work with your pup. This app is also free with many photos and videos. You track your puppy’s achievements in training categories, including obedience, agility, and flying disc. Each category takes you to a list of tricks. Tap on a trick, such as “sit” under obedience, or “basic water retrieval” under diving dog, and you’ll see comprehensive instructions on how to train your dog to do that trick, complete with photos and a video. I also can post my fur babies victories straight to Facebook from the app!
These are just a few of the new apps out right now. If you have one you would like to add or brag about, please let the Poo Doo Crew know and we will gladly add!
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