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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

iClicker
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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

        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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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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