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10 Fun Apps for Dog Owners

10 Fun Apps for Dog Owners

Being a dog owner is a big responsibility, but it’s also a lot of fun. This list of apps for dog owners helps to make sure you’re keeping it fun, whether you’re on the go or at your desk.

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    Dog Boogie

    The difficulty that can come with catching a cute picture of your dog is the bane of every dog owner’s existence. This free app for iOS aims to help, with sound effects to make them actually look at the camera, as well as fun filters and a social networking element (you can follow users within the app for your daily dose of cute dog pictures and share your pictures to Facebook and Twitter).

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      Puggin.it

      This isn’t a mobile app – it’s a Chrome extension. It magically turns any photos on a website into photos of pugs, often with hilarious results (like the above screen-cap of a ‘puggified’ Buzzfeed article). Proud pug owners can add their pet photos to the extension by posting them on the Facebook page.

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        Dog Whistler – Your Free Dog Whistle

        This free app makes training your dog that much easier, with a built-in dog whistle and multiple options. You can change the frequency of the dog whistle and also modify the sound patterns. Possibly the niftiest feature: you can set an alarm that’s motion activated and triggers a dog whistle! So once you figure out which frequency is most effective for training, you could, for example, click the motion activated alarm and set it to trigger a dog whistle when your dog jumps on the couch. Automated training and a better-behaved dog!

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          DogeWeather

          Okay, it’s not technically an app, but if you’re a fan of the doge meme, this should totally be on your browser’s bookmarks. It’s exactly what it sounds like – it gives you the weather forecast in doge-speak.

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            Dog Translator

            We’ve all wondered what our dog is thinking – the Dog Translator gives you an entertaining way to find out. The free novelty app for iOS lets you record your dog’s barks and other noises, and then gives you a translation (like the example shown above). Good for a laugh!

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              DoggyDatez

              DoggyDatez is sort of the dog owner’s Foursquare. The app (free for both iPhone and Android) lets you “mark your territory” and claim a spot, letting you see who else visits your “territory” – just like dogs do. You can also steal territories from other dog owners, as well.

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                BringFido

                Finding dog-friendly hotels, parks, beaches, and other pooch-friendly places can be difficult as a dog owner – but not when you use BringFido. The app allows you to filter out hotels that have pet size or breed policies, and can even let you find hotels that don’t have a pet fee. Once you’ve found the hotel you want to go with, you can book straight through the app. You can also search for other attractions and establishments that are dog-friendly inside the app, too.

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                  MapMyDogWalk

                  A healthy dog is a happy dog, and MapMyDogWalk will keep you and your dog healthier by keeping track of when you walked, how long you walked, and what route you used. You can spice up the routes to keep your dog from becoming bored, and view all of the data either in-app or online at MapMyWalk.

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                    Pavlov Dog Monitor

                    This training app ($1.99) is just for the iPad, letting you keep tabs on your dog’s behavior while you’re gone. It helps train your dog to be more independent and behave better while you’re out of the house – great for getting barking dogs to be quieter during the day.

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                      Dognition

                      Dognition is another app that’s web-based, not mobile based. However, the concept is truly intriguing – you sign up, get a set of tests, perform the tests on your dog, and record the results. You’ll receive a profile of the way your dog thinks, which you can then use to understand your dog better and train them more effectively. You can choose to pay a monthly fee in order to receive monthly games and analysis, as well as tailored training tips and activities based on your dog’s profile.

                      Featured photo credit: Good Night, My Friend/Stefano via flickr.com

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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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