It’s time for this analog girl to get caught up in the digital world. We have hundreds of thousands of apps available on our phones. Some, like Candy Crush are a waste of time but extremely addicting. Now we have tons of apps to make our lives easier when taking care of our pets. I have tried and tested these various apps, and here is my list of Top 5 BEST apps for dog owners:
BringFido: This app is great for road trips and summertime patios. I first downloaded this app when Stout and I were making the long journey from California to Chicago. I was able to locate various dog parks and dog friendly restaurants near where I was. Although I only booked at La Quinta Inns that I knew in advance were dog friendly, you can book hotels directly through the app as well. It maintains its own database of reviews, but while you get great reviews from dog owners on how accommodating a restaurant is, you may need to cross check on Yelp to see if the food itself is any good.
Stout’s Paw Rating: **** (Perfect app for exploring new neighborhoods, cities, or for road trips. Although I recommend planning your hotel stays in advance, even if you use the app).
iClicker: New puppy parents, heads up! If you’re looking to use a clicker train your pup, than go no further than this app. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about carrying around anything but your phone, so unless you’re completely ADD, you are in good shape.
Stout’s Paw Rating: *** (Great for new parents)
Pet First Aid, American Red Cross: Oh crap. My dog ate some grapefruit. Is that bad? Why won’t he stop licking his paws? That’s can’t be good. Look up symptoms, dog illnesses, cures, and even find a vet near you. A must have for any paranoid pet parent like I am. Just don’t go too crazy. Sometimes dogs puke. And that’s okay.
Stout’s Paw Rating: **** (A must have app for all dog owners. Save $$ by skipping vet appointments when not necessary, and identify real problems quickly)
Tagg: Nothing is worse than the feeling you get when your dog runs away. If you’ve got a runner, this app is for you. Warning: you have to get the $99 tag attachment and sign up for a $20 monthly subscription, buuuuuuut if you’re worried about your pup running off, it may be worth it. Equip GPS on your dogs collar with this cool app, get an alert on your phone as soon as he leaves the house, and even track his daily activity and resting time! Pretty cool stuff.
Stout’s Paw Rating: *** (Great app for mischevious dogs, the expense may not be worth the benefits)
MapMyDogWalk: Your dog’s not a runner and you don’t feel like dropping $220 this year to GPS your dog? Than map your walks with this app. A free app made by the same people that track my running schedule, this one allows you to track distance, steps, calories and time of your walks with pup. However, if you’re paranoid that your dog walker isn’t taking your pooch out for as long of a walk as you’re scheduling, than this won’t quite get the job done.
Stout’s Paw Rating: *** (Good for personal use, wish I could track dog walker walks)