Apps are everywhere! So it won’t come as any surprise that plenty of apps exist just for pet parents. With so many choices, which pet app should you get? We’re here to help. We’ve combed through the choices to tell you about our hands-down favorite dog apps. From training to health tips and even adoptions, each app makes your life—and your dog’s—a little easier.
Puppr is a super-popular new app that includes step-by-step photo instructions and a built-in clicker to help you train your dog. The lessons cover everything from basic obedience like “sit” to advanced tricks like “skateboard.” If the trainer and dogs featured look familiar, it’s because they’re legitimate dog training stars: Sara Carson & The Super Collies (America’s Got Talent top 5 finalists)!
Some of Puppr’s coolest features:
- Over 50 tricks taught by Sara & The Super Collies
- Live chat to get your training questions answered (requires premium subscription to access)
- Built-in tracker to track your progress and record all the tricks your pup has learned
- Daily training reminders
- Puppr Shop with hand-picked product recommendations to boost your training game
The Rover App, of course!
We’re not afraid to toot our own horn! There’s a reason the Rover dog walking app has an average rating of 4.9 stars with over 101,000 reviews. In fact, it’s the number one dog walking app available.
Much as you’d like to, you can’t always take your dog with you on outings or be home to take her for a walk midday. That’s where Rover can help. Our free app gives you access to the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers.
Read reviews, browse photos, and message the perfect sitter for you, your dog, and your budget. Then, book and pay all through Rover’s secure app. It’s never been easier to find the best care for your best friend.
ScritchSpot is a one-stop resource for all things pets. Some of our favorite features include:
- Interactive maps to find the best pet-friendly parks and businesses in your ‘hood
- Built-in camera access with fun sound effects
- Training and care guides
- Pet profiles: save and share veterinary info and care notes in one spot
One of the most unique and fun features of the ScritchSpot app? The “Adopt the Perfect Dog” quiz that matches you with nearby adoptable pooches. Take it just for fun, or take it to find the next four-legged member of your family.
Best Dog Walk Mapping App
This handy app lets you record the route, distance, and duration of every walk you take with your dog. It’s a great way to maintain accountability for exercising your dog (and yourself), and to share stats like your annual distance walked.
You can even take photos within the app to share scenes with friends and family, and track your dog’s potty output for health records (or just for fun…come on, aren’t you curious to find out if you dog pees in the same spot every day?)
Best Dog Whistle App
Do dog whistle apps work? The idea is that a high-frequency whistle can get dogs’ attention better than the human voice alone. These days, trainers consider whistles useful training aids alongside clickers. They both can be used as cues to reinforce good behavior, or to call dogs away from distractions.
Install iTrainer to find out for yourself how well your dog responds well to sound. In addition to the whistle and clicker, the app has squeaky toy sounds and 50 other sound effects to entertain and captivate your dog.
Best Pet Friendly Place-Finding App
If your dog is joining you on vacation, there’s a lot of research to do ahead of time. Where are the dog-friendly hotels? How about dog-friendly restaurants? BringFido can tell you. Search by location, and use the built-in filters for price, dog size, and more to find the best dog-friendly accommodations for your canine companion.
BringFido is also worth exploring if you’re about to move and want to find the best dog-friendly places in your new neighborhood. You can even sign up to receive alerts for upcoming dog-friendly events!
Is something wrong with your dog? All the caution in the world might not prevent the occasional need for first aid. Whether the incident involves a cough or a car, this free app from the Red Cross has answers and useful information. There are step-by-step instructions for over 25 common situations along with how-to videos for on-the-spot training. You can also locate the nearest vet or pet hospital.
Best Dog Barking App
Do you ever wish you could translate your dog’s bark? Well, there’s an app for that. This “dog sound translator” claims to be able to tell you exactly what you’re thinking. We’ll be honest: actual translation seems a bit unlikely. But the app is a whole lot of fun! It also has a library of bark sounds you can play to “tease” your dog and record their reaction.
Best Dog Finder App
The rest of these apps make pet parenthood easier, and we love them for that. But one of our favorites is WeRescue because it’s an app that inspires a new addition to the family. WeRescue is similar to dating apps, but for dogs: swipe your way through pet photos until you find a likely match. Even if you’re not ready right now, you can dare to dream!
WeRescue lets you set up extensive filters to find a dog that’s the right personality, size, and breed mix for you. And hey, if you’re considering branching out from canines, you can use WeRescue to search for horses and reptiles, too!