“There’s an app for that.”
You’ve seen it on TV, heard it on the radio, and discovered it at your gym, restaurant, or movie theater. Apps are everywhere! So it won’t come as any surprise that plenty of apps exist just for pet parents. Which ones 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 ideas for improving your pup’s life, each app makes your life—and your dog’s—a little easier.
Let’s get started by heading out for a stroll. Map My Dog Walk helps you keep track of how much time and distance you’re actually covering during each walk. The app even considers factors like pace, speed, and elevation. On the one hand, you won’t be able to cut corners when it comes to putting in a healthy workout for your four-legged friend. On the other hand, when you’ve gone the extra mile and they’re whining for more, you won’t feel guilty. Best of all, it’s free!
The Rover App
You love your dog, and so do we! Much as you’d like to, you can’t always take your dog with you, or be there when she needs companionship and exercise. 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.
Dog Park Finder
Now that you’re out and about, you might discover that finding an awesome place to play isn’t a walk in the park. That’s where Dog Park Finder comes in. Whether it’s exploring fresh local options or finding a place when you travel, this app offers up over 6,000 park ideas. It catalogues off-leash parks, beaches and hiking trails, rest stops, and more. Reviews and pictures allow you to see what other pet parents have experienced and what you can expect. It’s a bargain at $1.99.
Bringing your dog with you on a trip? There’s a lot you need to know. Are there dog-friendly hotels? What about restaurants? BringFido can tell you. It will also help if you’re relocating and want to know all the new haunts you and your four-legged roommate might check out. Oh, and it even tells you about upcoming dog events in the area. Use filters for locations, prices, dog sizes, and more with this free app.
It’s happened to most pet parents. You’re at the dog-friendly restaurant or trying a new snack, and your dog wants a taste. He’s using those cannot-resist-me eyes. You’re willing to share, but is the food appropriate for dogs? Thanks to iKibble, you no longer need to wonder if it’s safe. This free app gives you helpful information about how specific foods affect dogs, and even offers cooking tips for healthy dog nutrition. Plus, if your pup swallows something new before you can stop her, you can look it up on iKibble for a quick safety check.
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.
If it’s been a while since that dog obedience class, you might want a refresher. Or maybe you have a new puppy family member who needs extra reminders. Either way, iClicker can help. Used by some of the most experienced trainers, the clicker is well-respected dog training method. iClicker is the app version. Unlike standard clickers you might buy and lose, this one is never farther away than your smartphone. The app is free, so your behavior training can start right after the download.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes dogs CAN get away from us. While Tagg sports a much higher price than the other options listed here, it’s one of the most valuable investments a pet parent can make. The app itself is free, and works in tandem with a GPS tracker that costs $80-$100. Tagg gives you the ability to locate your dog in real time, anywhere, even it’s just to check on their activity during the day. That peace of mind is priceless.
The rest of these apps make pet parenthood easier, and we love them for that. But our favorite just might be BarkBuddy, because it’s the app that inspires a new addition to the family. Swipe your way through photos of dogs until you find a likely match. BarkBuddy isn’t unlike some dating apps, but instead of questionable human matches, it offers up nothing but adorable puppy pics. Well, and detailed descriptions to help you decide whether you’d be a good fit for each other. Even if you’re not ready right now, you can dare to dream.