Grab a Leash, Grab the Collar, Grab Your Phone: The Best Apps for Dog Owners
by Penny Martin
As a responsible pet owner, you probably already have a leash, collar, and a great big bed for your fur baby to relax. You probably also make a point to feed them the best food and ensure their water bowl is never empty. However, as a modern dog mom or dad, you also have access to one important tool that your parents and grandparents never did: your phone.
Not only does your mobile device help you contact your vet in case of emergency, but it can also serve as a source of info when you need it most. Plus, there are hundreds of apps you can download that can help in a variety of different ways, from understanding toxins in the home to reinforcing positive behaviors. This guide will help you get started.
The Right Phone for You
Before you start looking for apps, however, you’ll need to make sure that your device is fast enough — and has enough memory — to support the apps you want. Look for a comprehensive model with a long battery life, a large display, and a great camera. The iPhone 11 Pro has an elaborate camera system, and you can customize your display with pictures of your favorite pet. PCMag lists several Android models that are comparable, including the Google Pixel 3.
Once you’ve upgraded to the right device, you can download to your heart’s content. Here are a few of the best apps for both first-time and experienced dog owners alike.
If you don’t have a fitness tracker, you probably know plenty of people that do. Fitness trackers help humans stay in shape. But, did you know that there are ways to monitor your dog’s activity levels as well? Fitbark is the fitness tracker for dogs. It is unquestionably one of the highest-rated dog health monitors on the market and is used in more than 125 countries.
If you are thinking that it is silly to track your dog’s fitness, you might want to rethink that. Even though dogs are naturally active, living indoors and with stagnant humans can leave them with a few lingering pounds where they need it least. Dog obesity, according to Dr. Phil Zeltzman of Pet Health Network, can trigger everything from arthritis and breathing problems to tumors. Even more concerning, overweight dogs often experience a shortened lifespan. Making sure they get enough exercise is one way to get more time with the animal you love the most.
iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker
The American Kennel Club explains that clicker training is a way to positively reinforce good behaviors. Dogs respond naturally to sounds they enjoy. As such, many animal trainers use clickers to help their pets identify healthy habits. The iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker by Jade Lizard Software offers you the chance to use sound to train your dog as well. With more than 40 different sound effects, you’ll find something that resonates with your pooch. Unfortunately, this innovative app is only available in the Apple Store.
The developers at Salerno Labs are no doubt pet lovers themselves. They’ve made the PupTox app available for free, and pet parents are taking advantage. PupTox gives you basic info on all things poisonous. This allows you to look up whatever it is that your dog just ingested to determine quickly if a visit to the vet is in order. While you can still look up toxins online, having the app at your fingertips means you won’t have to search for long.
While your phone can’t do everything, it does make pet parenthood less stressful. From training and knowing the dangers that lurk in your dog’s surroundings, technology gives you greater control over your pet’s life. A good device also makes it easy to share pictures with your friends and family. So, make sure that your phone is top-notch, and spend some time looking for applications that make sense for you.
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