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10 Apps That Every Dog Lover Should Have

10 Apps That Every Dog Lover Should Have

Whether your dog has eaten some cheese off of the kitchen floor or you need someone to take them for a walk: there’s an app for that! Here are ten must-have apps that every dog owner needs so you and your pup can lead a happy life:

1. iClicker – Free Dog Training Clicker

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    Any successful dog trainer will tell you that clickers combined with treats are a fantastic and quick way to train any unruly puppy. The iClicker – Free Dog Training Clicker App by Savvy Apps is free on both iPhone and iPad and aims to help you train disobedient dogs, teach tricks and battle behavioural problems. The app features nine clicker tutorials, 32 Youtube videos that will help you utilise the app and a Noise Box with 48 differing sounds.

    If you’re an Android user then here is an Android equivalent you can use called Doggy Clicker.

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    2. PetCoach

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      If you’re using the iClicker then it may be a good idea to download a training app like PetCoach to help you along. Again, this app is free and available across iOS platforms and allows you to become ‘the ultimate pet parent’. Petcoach offers 24/7 advice and forums that will enable you to train and care for a happy dog!

      3. Pet First Aid

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        Pet First Aid is a $0.99 app from the American Red Cross that’s available on both iOS and Android that offers veterinary advice to pet owners. If you have an emergency regarding your dog, chances are Pet First Aid will be able to offer step by step guides on how to help your beloved pet or what to do until a vet arrives. Not only is this app fantastic in an emergency, it also offers preventative care by listing symptoms and warning signs that your dog may be experiencing.

        4. iKibble

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          One such emergency that you may be faced with is that your dog has eaten something that may not be good for them. Despite the fact I have never owned a dog, this has happened to me with friends’ dogs so many times – one even ate my birth control pills one time – that I’m convinced this app is a must have! iKibble lets you look through hundreds of foods and judges whether your dog is fine to eat it or if it’s time to take them to the nearest vet.

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          5. MapMyDogwalk

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            Free and available on iOS as well as Android, MapMyDogwalk is a way to track how much exercise your dog is getting, much like your average running or fitness app for humans! The app tracks your movement on GPS as well as distance, pace, speed and elevation. It even lets you post your progress online via the MapMyDogwalk website or Twitter.

            6. Trottr

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              If you don’t have time to walk your dog, then Trottr will partner you with vetted, trained, certified and insured dog walkers in your area who you can schedule walks with and pay through the app. You can even track where the walker takes your dog, so there’s very little to worry about!

              7. DoggyDatez

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                If you’re pup is looking for a fellow dog-friend to go on walks with, DoggyDatez is the iOS and Android app to use. All you need to do is ‘mark your territory’ and other users within a 200mi radius will be able to plan doggy dates with you and your dog!

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                8. DogVacay

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                  If you’re a dog owner then chances are you’re all too aware of the ‘who’s going to take care of the dog?’ conversation every time you want to go on holiday. Instead of paying ridiculous amounts for kennels, DogVacay will partner you with dogsitters who will send you daily updates whilst you’re away!

                  9. Tagg

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                    There are a few things worse than realising that your pet has run away. Fortunately for iOS and Android users, with Tagg you can find your lost dog, track their movements and even get driving routes to their location. All you need is the Tagg Tracker that easily attaches to your dogs collar and you’ll never have to worry about your dog being lost again!

                    10. BarkCam

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                      Let’s end with a fun one! BarkCam is a free, doggy-based app very similar to Instagram that will aim to ‘make your dog a star’. Yes, it may be silly but who knows, your dog could go viral.

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                      Featured photo credit: Shannow via flickr.com

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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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