Being a modern day dog owner is a lot different from when people owned dog’s around 10 years ago. With technology keep developing, there’s so many different apps for the modern day dog and dog owner to make your life easier. As a huge lover of my iPhone and never leaving the house without it, there’s some apps which I use daily and would never delete off my phone.
1. Map My Dog Walk (Available on iOS and Google Play)
I use this app every single time I take Rufus out. It’s a GPS pedometer for you and can track how far you’ve walked with your dog and I love it. It’s great to know how far you’ve taken your dog and how many calories you’ve burnt. It makes walking to the beer garden or the cake shop a little less guilt ridden. One of the best elements is that the map shows dog waste bins, dog friendly restaurants, lead free parks as well as toilets for you. Perfect if you want to plan a big adventure or trying somewhere new!
2. DogSpot (Available on iOS and Google Play)
I did a post on DogSpot here but it really needs a mention again. DogSpot is an app by HolidayCottages where it locates all the dog friendly beaches in the UK. Perfect if you’re out and about and want to make 100% your dog is allowed on the beach. It also has a GPS feature which links with your maps on your phone so it can give you directions to get to the beach which is great when, like me, you live in the landlocked Midlands! Another favourite feature on DogSpot is that it tells you what type of beach it is, what restrictions are on the beach for dogs and the weather.
3. Doggie Places (Available on iOS and Google Play)
I always use this app wherever we take Rufus somewhere new, it’s a life saver. Doggie Places is an directory of dog friendly places across the UK. It lists pubs, restaurants, hotels and beaches. It works on your location so if you are ever anywhere new you can just go on the app and find where for you and your pooch to go. You can use the location services for free, but, you can also join up as a member where you receive discounts at the dog friendly places as well as some goodies for your pooch.
4. Borrow My Doggy (Available on iOS)
This app is not only perfect for dog owners but for dog lovers too. Borrow My Doggy is a website and app where you can sign up as a dog owner who needs their dog looking after from time to time. And as a dog lover who wants to get their doggy fix and look after someone else’s dog. It’s a win/win situation! You simply sign up, pay the admin fee and it’ll list all the people who are wanting to look after your pooch. Some dog lovers offer overnight stays or simply just walking your dog whilst your at work. It’s a perfect solution if you don’t want to pay a dog walker or pay kennel fees. Of course, you can chat to the borrower first and I’d recommend meeting up with them before letting them borrow your dog!
5. BarkCam (Available on iOS and Andoid store)
This is for the blogger and Instagram obsessive in me. I love taking pictures of Rufus, I honestly think he is the most adorable and handsome dog in the world. But, having a dark coloured dog crossed with two terriers is hard work when it comes to photographs. Always finding something to distract him and never wanting to look at the camera, I can never get a posed photo of him. Since discovering BarkCam, it’s been a dream. BarkCam is a photo app where it has sound effects that grab your dogs attention then quickly take the photograph. The noises range from a rubber duck squeak (my favourite), to a bark and even opening a packet of treats! It also has some photo editing elements and filters. I love it!
These are the apps that I use on a regular basis and really do enhance my dog owning experience. All the apps are free but some of them do have some paid elements which are completely optional. Let me know if there are any apps I must try!