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12 Must-Have Apps for Dog Lovers

As  technology addresses real life needs more and more each day, companies and non-profits are rolling out apps to make sure every dog receives the attention he or she deserves. 

Some apps are particularly helpful in relation to what dogs should not eat and they cover a wide range of needs whether it is keeping track of your companion’s health and fitness to pet first aid. Some are just a bit of fun: capturing this elusive still shot to share with fellow dog lovers or checking on your best mate whilst you are at work.



iCam-app

If you want to see what your dog is up to in real-time, iCam is the app for you. You can watch your canine friend remotely, just to make sure everything's all right. This is especially useful if you're leaving your dog home for the first time, you recently moved or you're travelling. 

Available on iOS and Android







BarkCam-app
Even the most photogenic dog needs a little help to get that Facebook-worthy shot! 

If you’re like us and you can’t show anyone your photo feed because it contains pictures of your dogs, selfies with your dogs, and then more photos of your dogs, you need this right now. The BarkCam app helps get a dog’s attention before a photo is taken.

First you choose from a range of sounds to peak your dog’s interest, including squeaky toys, doorbells or a bag of treats rustling. The sound is triggered by tapping the shutter, hopefully getting your pet to deliver his best expression before the photo is taken. Reviewers seem to agree that the sounds make dogs look straight into the frame.

Once the photo is taken, you can add text, filters and stickers, or share it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If that’s not enough, BarkCam has its own built-in social network to share doggy photos. Images can also be shared on one of the increasing number of ‘social petworks’, such as Klooff or YummyPets.

Available for free on iOS and Android




PetPhone-app

The Pet Phone app lets you track your dog's health with ease. You can keep track of vet appointments, medications, allergies and food preferences for each of your dogs, and the app can be synced with your calendar to get reminders. 

Available on iOS.









iKibble-app
Know what your dog can safely eat!

iKibble is an app for dogs and dog owners everywhere. As a new dog owner, how many times have you wondered, "Can I feed this to my dog?" With hundreds of food types and built-in search function, you can browse foods by category or by health ranking. Quickly scroll through some common foods you know to check if your dog can eat them too. 

For the dog owner on the go, iKibble helps bring peace of mind that you will not feed your dog potentially toxic foods

Available for free on iOS and Android platforms. 






Petoxins-app


It's tough, if not impossible, to keep track of plants in your garden that are harmful to your dog. The Petoxins app from the ASPCA helps you out by including an impressive list of poisonous plants, and most of them you probably were not aware of. For example, did you know that lilies and tulip bulbs are hazardous? Now you can keep similar vegetation out of your dog's reach. 

Available on iOS and Android platforms. 






First-aid-for-pets-add
In an emergency situation, would you know what to do? 
Effective first aid could save your pet's life. 

First Aid for Pets Australia is an educational tool that contains many helpful and potentially life-saving articles for quick reference in the event of an emergency however you should also seek professional help.This app also links with your local vet clinic* to provide fast access to contact information in the event of an emergency. 

* Please note: not all vet clinics participate in this program so you may not be able to connect with your local vet via the app, however you can still access valuable first aid information by selecting any clinic from the list. We recommend that your vet clinic is also added to your phone’s contact list. 


Available for free on iOS and Android platforms. 


Heart2Heart-Canine-RRR-app




If your dog is at risk of heart disease, the Heart2Heart Canine RRR app can help you spot the first signs of heart failure.

This app allows you to count and record resting respiratory rate for a number of different pets and then facilitates transfer of the information to your veterinarian. 

You can also opt to post the results on your (or your dog’s) Facebook Page or Twitter. 

Available for free on iOS and Android platforms. 







The-Dog-Massage-App

The Dog Massage app was created by two highly-qualified Australian animal professionals, who combined their experience in dog massage and understanding of a dog's behaviour. 

This new app will teach dog owners the basics of canine massage and how it is set to improve the bond they already share with their pet. 

$4.49 on the Apple App Store and $3.99 on the Google Play store.






Tagg-app-GPS-Pet-Tracker

Tagg is essentially a GPS attachment for your dog's collar, and because of its many features, it can give you peace of mind. The app will track your dog's activity and send you a message if he goes beyond the boundaries you set. Not only that, Tagg allows you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise by measuring movement. 

* In order for this app to be of any use you have to buy the tracker ($99.95) and pay a monthly subscription fee. However, if your canine is a runner (Husky anyone?) this seems incredibly worthwhile. You receive an alert when your dog leaves the house and can track your dog in real time as they meander through the local shopping centre!

Available for iOS and Android platforms.







Map-my-dog-walk-app
With MapMyDogwalk, you and your dog can get fit at the same time. 

To keep you motivated, you can log your walks, track your calories and map your favourite routes using GPS. 

The app also has sharing and geotagging features for photos and data. 

Available for iOS and Android platforms. 







Sound-proof-puppy-training-app
Have you ever wondered why some dogs are so calm around noisy environments, while others look nervous and stressed? 

There are many loud, new and unusual sounds a dog must get used to as a domestic pet or working dog. It is essential to expose your puppy to their new environment during their developmental phase and as new puppy owners you can start this training from 8 weeks of age. 

Training our dogs to be comfortable with sound is essential to having a calm, well-adjusted dog. 


But if you have a dog who is scared of particular noises (fireworks, thunderstorms) then it is not too late to help them by getting this app. You can even record your own sounds (like the doorbell) to use in the training of your pet.


RRP $3.99 on the Apple App Store or $4.49 via Google Play Store



iClicker-training-app

Because you need to train your puppy (or let’s be honest your adult dog sometimes forgets what you mean by “WAIT”) there’s the iClicker app

Yes, you can buy real clickers, but this is free and most importantly, unlike real clickers, this one is impossible to lose. (Unless you are talented at losing your smartphone, then you will need a different App entirely.) 

Free on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store

If there is another App you would like recommend to other dog lovers, please feel free to comment below...
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