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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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