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It should come as no surprise that people are spending more and more money on their mobile devices these days. But with the abundance of informative and entertaining apps available for purchase or download, it’s sometimes hard to blame them. However, when all this mobile playing and browsing takes time away from the more important things in life – like spending time with your pets and family, it can be a negative time suck.
Luckily for pet owners, with the increasing availability of fun, inexpensive apps available on the marketplace, there’s no shortage of canine-centric options that allow your four-legged friend to get involved. To help you assess someof your options, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most fun and helpful apps for dog owners that we’ve come across.
Whether you’re serious about teaching your dog every awesome trick in the book or just needing some extra help housebreaking a puppy, Apple’s iClicker app is a fun and easy way to do so. With step-by-step clicker training tutorials and convenient links to helpful YouTube videos included right on the app, trainers both seasoned and new can get in on the fun.
This app boasts a host of features that allow the user to do everything from immediately call emergency services to quickly locate nearby vets to stay up-to-date with various pet crisis protocols. A very assuring seal of approval from the American Red Cross certainly doesn’t hurt the app’s legitimacy, either.
While there are a number of factors to consider when planning a vacation with your dog, BringFido can help. This handy app works wonders when seeking dog-friendly hotels and activities wherever you are. Sort results by distance away, overall popularity, user reviews and price of nearby vets, events and more with this fast and convenient travel-based dog app.
Guide to Dog Breeds ($0.99)
If your love for your own dog is rivaled only by your fascination with the seemingly endless diversity of dog breeds, then you’ll spend hours interacting with this lavishly detailed, fully web-integrated app. Perform a manual search or browse by country of origin to begin your canine history lesson, and before you know it, you’ll be an expert on over 400 different breeds of dog.
If you’re looking for something a little less practical but still a lot of fun, this “Dog-to-English translator” is right up your alley. Hold your phone near your dog as it barks, and just like magic, it will translate those barks into English, making owner-pet relationships a lot more manageable and removing those pesky language/species barriers.
A variation of the popular GPS-enabled MapMyWalk app, this dog-friendly variation logs your route on an interactive map, all the while tracking you and your canine partner’s speed, distance, calories burnt and much more. If you’re a dog owner living a healthy lifestyle, this is the perfect way to get your dog involved with the fun and productivity.
So, with all these affordable, dog-friendly apps to choose from, why not try some out until you find one that you and your dog can both enjoy? After all, until someone invents a device or app that the average household retriever can navigate, this is as close as dogs will be getting to having their own smartphones. Of course, we’re sure that they don’t mind, so long as they’re getting to spend more time with their favorite people in the whole wide world.