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Phone Apps for Dog Parents

If you have a dog, you know that being a pet parent is a full-time job. Although being a dog mom (or dad) is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, the responsibility of caring for another living being also comes with a fair share of challenges.


You can make your life as a dog parent easier by using technology to your advantage. With a smartphone, you can do anything from ordering groceries to booking an international flight. Why not apply this convenience to caring for your four-legged counterpart?

INSTAGRAM

It may come as a surprise that this photo sharing app is #1 on this list, but there is so much potential for Instagram to add value to dog owners and their pets. Instagram is one of the most widely used applications in the entire world.


Users can snap a photo on their phone, enhance it with a filter, check into any location, tag friends, and share it with the world. Adding trending hashtags into a caption or a comment can promote a photo to go viral and reach millions of users.


So why does this matter to dog moms? The rise of influencer marketing on apps like Instagram has made it possible for your dog to have his or her own following. With a high enough following and engagement, your dog’s Instagram can turn into a full-time job, a side hustle, or a hobby that brings to you both.

POSITIVE

  • Instagram is widespread, so there is a built-in the network already available.

  • All your friends are already using Instagram; so you can connect and share your canine companion with your network.

NEGATIVE

  • It’s no surprise that Instagram is highly engaging. But beware, this app is also addictive.

ROVER

Going out of Town? Can't find a friend or neighbor to pet sit? Rover to the Rescue! Rover is the best dog sitting app and will become your new best friend immediately. Rover is the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. Within the Rover app, you can create a profile for your pet(s); then filter by services you are interest in. For example, you can choose to have a dog sitter come to stay in your home, or you can drop your dog off at the sitter's pad. Rover also offers doggie daycare, drop-in visits, and daily dog walking services.

POSITIVE

  • Rover out shines any other dog sitting app because of its high standards.

  • All sitters must pass a basic background check, provide a detailed profile, and then be approved by a team of sitter specialists.

  • The Rover app also offers a large selection of high quality pet sitters which makes it extremely easy to find a great sitter, even for last minute bookings.

NEGATIVE

  • Ultimately, you are employing an independent worker, not an employee of Rover. Be sure to set aside time to meet your dog sitter for first-time bookings to make sure you and your dog are comfortable with them.

DOGO

You don’t know what it’s like to train a dog, until you’ve trained a dog. Training can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a pet parent, but the most challenging. It can be overwhelming to select a method and a trainer that works best for you and your pooch. Dogo is a dog training app available for download.


It doesn’t get more convenient! The great thing about using a dog training app is the obvious convenience, but also the flexibility and mobility to train your dog whenever and wherever.

POSITIVE

  • With Dogo, you can tailor the program to your dog the adjust as your dog makes progress.

  • Dogo is also one of the most affordable dog training options. Dog training can become very costly if you utilize a private trainer. With Dogo, you can start your dog's training for free!

NEGATIVE

  • One downside to dog training via an app is the lack of an in-person community. Socializing with other dogs is a big part of training and development. This app may best be supplemented with group activity training

WAG

For those who work outside the home; a dog walking app can be the difference between a happy dog and a stressed dog. Wag has revolutionized dog walking services. Wag provides “instant dog walkers” at the click of a button. This app allows you to book a dog walker on demand at any given time.


As soon as your request is entered, Wag locates an eligible walker in your area and dispatches them to your house in as little as 15 minutes. Then, Wag updates you with a live GPS tracker in real time (and even sends pee and poop notifications). The best part is the report card your dog gets at the end of the walk which includes a new photo every time!

POSITIVE

  • Not only can you schedule a dog walker ahead of time, but Wag will notify you if there is a walker in your area and offer you a walk at a reduced price. Allowing you to make your pup's day with an additional walk and head rub!

NEGATIVE

  • A little bit of prep work is needed before you schedule your first walk. You will need to set up a lockbox somewhere outside your house to leave your key for the dog walker to access. Once this is set up the first time, you are good to go for all future walks!

CHEWY

Never run out of dog food again with Chewy. Chewy is basically the Amazon of dog supplies. You will find everything from dog beds to raw food at Chewy and now you can access everything Chewy has to offer via their mobile app.


What we love about this app is the way they categorize products, making it super easy to navigate and shop. Add what you need to your cart and check out super quickly. Shipping is extremely fast like Amazon too!

POSITIVE

  • Our favorite thing about Chewy is the option to save 30% on all your dog supplies by taking advantage of the auto-ship feature.

  • You will receive 30% off your first auto ship and 10% off all future orders.

  • You also won’t have to worry about running out of anything since you can schedule auto-ship based on your typical supply needs.

  • You can order your pets basic prescriptions like heartworm meds via the app (they just have to verify with your veterinarian first)

NEGATIVE

  • No downsides here, unless you particularly love fighting for parking and lugging large bags of dog food at Petco or Petsmart. We vote Chewy all the way!

WHISTLE

Whistle pairs with your dog's collar and use GPS to track their whereabouts. It can even track how much rest and exercise your pet is getting! If you hike or go on runs this is a must. Now, at first I thought this was silly, but with all the features attached to these devices, it's definitely a must buy.


The collars have functions that help you with training with a sound that can beep on command and a light that is all app controlled. I'm not sure keeping a Fitbit like tracking of your dog's activity is that important, but it does allow some insights on your dog's behaviors and you can always download the data for your vet visits.


The app has alerts if your pet gets too far away from you, and updates you if you're close to your dog's activity goal for the day!

POSITIVE

  • Great for simple activity tracking or general tracking.

  • With always-on cellular connection, you can see your pet's location from around the world!

  • The app is simple to use and easy setup.

NEGATIVE

  • Whistle is lacking in all the features that LINK AKC. If you want more features and options, this would not be the one to buy.

  • The cost gets pretty pricey too. Once you buy the $99 you'll end up paying anywhere between $10 and $6 a month to keep your dog's collar connected.

PET CUBE

This is a security camera that has the ability to shoot treats at your pets. You have 2-way communications and can load the device up with your pets favorite treats. We've all felt that guilt about leaving the house and you see that look in your dog's eyes :(


Pet Cube is here to solve that problem! You have the ability to talk to your pet and have him sit, stay, or whatever command you want and then you can flick the app and a treat pops out! I'm sure a few pups might wonder what this magical treat giving device is, but they will love it. It also can be used as a home security device.

POSITIVE

  • It's just a super fun idea! Leave your house and continue playing with your dogs... who doesn't want that!

  • The device looks absolutely amazing and the app functions great! Everything is cloud-based for the recordings so it's easy to access and shore the videos with friends and family!

NEGATIVE

  • Let's be honest here this is a large and expensive ($179) dog toy. For a fraction of the price, you could get most of the features from Wyze (below).

WYZE

The Wyze Cam is a great alternative to those super expensive pet-focused cameras and apps. Wyze Cam starts at $19.99 and the most expensive item they have sells for $29.99.


Now your first thought must be this camera must be cheap for a reason; and the answer is NO. First, it has some awesome features you'd end up paying a ton for with one of those pet food dropper cameras. It also has the ability to have a two-way conversations when you login to the app.


You can say "Hi" to your pups or just check in! The video is absolutely beautiful at 1080p and the night vision incredible. And just in case you forgot it's only $19.99. AND If you upgrade to the $29.99 option; you'll have the ability for a 100-degree rotation and scan.

POSITIVE

  • First if you have any smart home devices this integrates so simply and has a great app.

  • The 2-way audio is such a great feature, for such a great price.

  • The app also gives you automatic alerts when it detects motion or sound so you don't have to keep checking the app to see how your dog is doing.

  • The motion tracking is amazing, you can tag items, people, and pets so you get alerts for what you want.

  • The Wyze Cam also works with any Alexa device so you can watch at your desk or bedside.

NEGATIVE

  • For 19.99 you really can't complain about the Wyze Cam.

  • It may not be the prettiest design or have the best speaker quality, but it's a camera that can work for you if you're on a budget or just want to try out home security.

PAWPRINT

The PawPrint is designed to help you keep track of your pet's health records, birthday, weights, etc! It's hard to keep track of your pet's last appointment, vaccination, and vital information. That's why the PawPrint was developed. The app is designed to make getting your dog's records easy. Just a few clicks and they send a request to your vet.


You can even add your pets insurance information. You can share this information with a pet sitter. Also, this app isn't just for dogs, you can add anything from horses to reptiles to cats!

POSITIVE

  • The great thing about PawPrint app is that you just need to set it up and you're done.

  • It reminds you of your next vet visit, or vaccine update.

  • You can even track your pet's weight, height, etc.

  • Retrieving your pet's record is easy. You find your Vet on the search tab; then click, sign, and request. Two paws up from me!

NEGATIVE

  • For the full medical records of your pet you'll need to pay $9.99. Now that isn't crazy, but you can also just call your vet for free and retrieve them.

PUPPR

Puppr is a step-by-step photo instruction that contains a clicker to help you train your dog. The app covers everything from basic training like “sit” to advanced tricks like “skateboard.”


Puppr coolest features include:

  • Over 50 tricks taught by the experts

  • Live chat to answer your training questions

  • Track your progress and record the tricks your dog has mastered

  • Daily training reminders

  • Shop with product recommendations to boost your training game

SCRITCHSPOT

ScritchSpot is a one-stop resource for everything pet-related. Some of our customers’ favorite features include:

  • Interactive maps to find the best pet-friendly parks

  • Built-in camera with fun sound effects

  • Training and care guides

  • Pet profiles with veterinary info and care notes in one spot

TRACTIVE

Tractive lets you record the distance, route, and duration of every walk you take with your dog. It’s an excellent way to ensure that you and your pup gets the proper amount of exercise, so you can hold each other accountable.


You can even take photos to share beautiful scenery with friends and family, and track your dog’s bathroom schedule for health records.


ITRAINER

A high-frequency whistle can get your dogs’ attention, which is why trainers consider whistles alongside clickers to make excellent tools to train your dog. They both can be used as tools to reinforce good behavior or to get your dog's attention.


Install iTrainer to find how well your dog responds to sound. In addition to the whistle and clicker, the app has squeaky toy sounds and other sound effects to captivate your dog.


BRINGFIDO

When it comes to bringing your dog on a vacation with the whole family, there are a lot of things to consider, such as dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and much more. With this app, you can search by location with a filter for dog size, price, and accommodation. It’s worth exploring more to find the best place that you can join with your companion.


PET FIRST AID

If something is wrong with your dog, then it makes sense to search for a solution. Whether that accident involves a car accident or a cough, this free app from the Red Cross can answer any question. There’s also step by step instructions for a variety of situations and videos to demonstrate what to do to save your dog's life. You can also track the closest pet hospital in case of emergency.


HUMAN TO DOG TRANSLATOR

Do you ever wish you can talk to your dog? Well, this is a dog sound translator, which tells you exactly what your dog is thinking. The whole point of the apps is to have fun and to utilize the library of "barks" to play with your dog.


WERESCUE

WeRescue is similar to a dating app, but it caters to finding the perfect dog. The idea is to swipe your way through pet photos until you find the perfect match. Even if you are not ready to have a canine companion, you can still explore what’s out there by setting up a filter to find a dog based on its size, breed, and personality. If you want to branch out from dogs, you can search for cats or horses.


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