20 Best Apps to Download for Dog Owners (Updated 2020)
Need a helping paw with your canine pal? Check out these helpful dog phone apps
Today, technology is king. You can do a multitude of tasks from your phone, including looking up important information, finding directions, ordering food, shopping, counting your steps, well, the list is pretty endless. It’s true what they say these days, “there’s an app for that.”
Well, if you’re a dog owner, there are quite a few apps out there that are geared specifically toward people with canine companions. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to download every single one, you’d never have the storage space on your phone. Instead, focus on these 20 choices when it comes to the best apps for dog owners, and take your pick based on what makes the most sense for you and your puppy pal.
The 4 Best Apps for Finding Dog-Friendly Spots
This convenient app lets you explore different pet-friendly places that you can enjoy with your pooch. Users can search through over 250,000 different locations, including dog parks, hotels, attractions, restaurants, vacation rentals, and more, and learn each location's doggy rules, such as leash laws and other important info.
This global database (The Pet Atlas) includes multiple features such as the ability to explore over 100,000 pet-friendly locations, over 50,000 listings of vet practices throughout the world, and even danger alerts. You can give (and get) a heads up from other pet owners about potentially dangerous situations for pets, such as poisonous plants in a park.
If you’re into hiking, biking, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures that take you to the trails, this app lets you find all of the top trails where your dog can tag along with you. You can explore over 100,000 trails and filter them by difficulty level, length, and more. You can get driving directions through the app as well as create a list of your favorite trails.
Connect with nearby dog owners, discover dog-friendly events and locations, engage in fun activities with your pup, and receive lost and found alerts with this useful app. You can even create and host your own doggy playdates and invite others through the app, plus receive exclusive deals on certain pet products.
The 7 Best Apps for Doggy Wellness
How would you like to be able to get expert advice about your pup through a convenient online chat? PetCoach lets you do just that -- with its live chat tool, you can talk with veterinarians and other pet experts about your pet’s health, behavior, and nutrition.
If you’re a pet owner, then this app from the American Red Cross is a must for you! The app puts expert veterinarian advice for everyday pet emergencies right at your fingertips. The info is easy to understand, informative, and best of all, right there when you need it. The Red Cross also offers in-person pet first aid classes.
This app lets you track your dog’s location, monitor his fitness level, health, and more. The app is free, but you will need to purchase the device and a subscription is required. Users get handy notifications when their pet leaves a designated safe zone, as well as virtual vet support to help you be the best pet parent possible.
This helpful app provides a crowd-sourced list of over 250 items that are considered toxic to dogs and cats. You can search for items or browse via convenient categories. Now you’ll never have to worry if those plants you want to put in your garden are poisonous for your pooch, or if your dog gets a hold of some table scraps, you can run a quick check to see if they’re on the tox list.
This app uses your phone’s GPS to track your pup’s walks, plus you can log how far and long your pooch traveled, and snap photos as you stroll along together. You can even record your dog’s bathroom habits! This app is great for dog owners, and also a great tool for professional dog walkers that want a thorough record to provide to their clients.
Keep track of your dog’s vet visits, vaccines, health records, medications, activity level, walks, and more with this app. You can also record milestones, photos, and a doggy diary, as well as access basic pet CPR and first-aid info, and set up reminders for vaccinations.
This app provides a database that gives you quick access to a list of common foods and tells you which are safe for your pup to eat. It also provides information about the foods, including health benefits, feeding instructions, and how to properly prep the food. You can keep track of your dog’s favorite foods, and safely introduce new foods to your pal.
The 5 Best Apps for Dog Services
This app (and website) allows you to search through an extensive database of trusted services for dogs and cats. You can find pet sitters, dog walkers, house sitting, drop-in visits, boarding, and doggy daycare, all through a convenient search tool. All of the services are backed by the Rover Guarantee and include 24/7 support, photo updates, and reservation protection.
Search through a database of background-checked dog walkers and other service providers, including sitters, boarders, and more, all complete with 24/7 customer support and backed by $1 million in home liability insurance. The company also donates a portion of each walk that is booked through the platform toward feeding a shelter dog in your local area.
Set up a convenient auto-ship for your pet’s dog food, medications, and more through the Chewy app. You will get access to 24/7 support and receive discounts on most auto-ship orders.
This app and monitor system is like a baby monitor for your pooch. You’ll need a subscription service, but then you’ll have full, real-time access to your fur baby no matter what time of day or night. Use the app to keep an eye on your pet or soothe him when you’re away, which can come in super handy if you have a dog that is dealing with separation anxiety.
This site allows you to check for insurance rates, quickly and easily submit claims from anywhere, upload pet photos, update your information, review your insurance policy, and check the status of your claims, all from the palm of your hand. You can also access their blog for helpful health and training resources.
4 Extra Apps for Doggy Fun
Want to get the perfect pic of your puppy pal? BarkCam features 15 different sounds designed to get your dog’s attention so you can snap a great photo.
This app is like having a little dog trainer in your pocket, just BYOT, Bring Your Own Treats. You can look at easy to follow photo instructions to teach your pup over 50 tricks using the built-in clicker, plus get your training questions answered via a live chat feature.
This app is exactly what it sounds like, a dog whistle for your phone. You can choose from a variety of frequencies and create different lengths for your whistle. Use it as a training tool for your pooch, or just test it out on your friends to see how long they can take it.
Okay, so this one is completely all in fun, and of course, it isn’t going to actually tell you what your dog is saying...but if you ever wondered what your pup was trying to tell you, this app gives you a silly way to do it.
While you may not need all of these apps (and hey, maybe you do), this definitely helps narrow down your options! Depending on what you need the most help with when it comes to your furry friend, this list can help you handpick the dog phone apps that best fit your lifestyle. For extra insights into ways to make a better life for you and your dog, make sure to check out the rest of our blog!
- Fernando Becattini