15 Must-Have Dog Apps For Pet Parents


Apps … I love them and can’t even remember living in a world without them! While I don’t have a lot of game apps on my phone, I do have a bunch of work-related and dog-related apps. Since I find my dog apps so useful, I figured why not share some with all of you?!?! Below you will find apps that cover various topics, such as emergency medical, general health, first aid, travel, rescue & adoption, pet coaching, training tips, and fun (just to name a few).  Trust me, there’s a lot of information here!

1) Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid

By: American Red Cross
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android

If you have a fur baby then you should definitely have this app readily available. It’s loaded with information on emergency medical situations, first aid, general health issues, demonstration videos (including dog CPR), a section to store your fur baby’s information, follow-up quizzes, and lots of advice.  I highly recommend this app. It’s a must-have!


2) ASPCA

ASPCABy: 3 Sided Cube
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android

From missing pets to natural disasters this app will prepare and guide you. It provides a section to record vital information pertaining to your fur baby’s health and any special needs he may have. This is another must-have app for pet parents.


3) Rover – Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers

unnamed 5By:  Rover.com
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

Looking for a pet sitter? If so, this app is perfect for you! They have more than 50,000 pet sitters and dog walkers listed, advertising their services. On the app, you can connect with nearby sitters, pay them through the app, and get photo updates while you’re away. The platform offers insurance, 24/7 support, background checks, and a reservation guarantee.


 4) BringFido – Pet-Friendly Hotels

BringFidoBy: BringFido
Price: Free
Available: iOS 

This top pet travel app will assist you whether you are looking for a pet-friendly hotel, dog park, beach, or other attraction while on vacation.  This is a great travel resource for you and your fur baby and its service is global.


5) PetCoach

PetcoachBy: Notorious
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

This free service allows you to find answers to your questions in their PetCoach Forum. Questions are answered by vets, trainers, and other pet professionals. Along with their app, they also have an extremely helpful website


6) iClicker Training Clicker

iClickerBy: Savvy Appz
Price: Free
Available:  iOS

Training clickers are popular with a lot of trainers.  This free electronic clicker can be a valuable tool for your training sessions too. If you choose to use this tool, make sure you read the directions and training tips before you begin.


7) My Pet Can Talk

Messages Image(540741211)By: Rongyan Xiao
Price: Free
Available:  iOS

This app is purely for fun. Upload images or video of your pooch and make your pet talk. It will surely make you laugh. With well over 3,000 reviews on iTunes, most of which are 5-star, I would say this is a fun and entertaining app.  For the best user experience, make sure to take advantage of the tutorial before diving right in.


8) Dog Sounds & Body Talk

Dog SoundsBy: iGreenEarth
Price: Free
Available: iOS  & Android


This is another fun app! It has loads of options for fun and funny sounds — like dogs barking, squeaky toys, knocking, doorbells, clickers, and many more. Most are funny, but a few can be a bit scary (like the growling dog)! When I was playing with the app and I got to the dog whistle, it really did get my toy poodles attention. My dogs seemed to really get a kick out of this app.  It’s definitely something fun to play around with. 


9) WeRescue (Formerly Woof Rescue) 

By: Mark Wade
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android

Excellent app if you are looking to adopt a fur baby. Coverage area includes the U.S. and Canada.  As soon as I opened this app, before I knew it I was viewing pages of Rescue dogs within a short distance of my home. You just have to insert your zip code. The app has lots of info, pics, and slideshows. You can customize it for your personal specifics. Whether you are looking to adopt or not, you could still help these little guys possibly find a forever home by sharing their info on social media. The app offers an upgrade if you want to do even more specific searches. I didn’t do the upgrade.   


10) Walk For A Dog

By: Wooftrax Inc
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android 

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning and take your dog for a walk around your community. Before your pup’s paws hit the pavement, you open up an app, which turns your steps into cash for shelters. How cool would that be? Well, now you can do just that with apps like WalkForADog by WoofTrax. When you download this free app, you get to choose which shelter or rescue organization you would like to walk for.  Add your dogs to your profile and just hit the “Start Walking” button. The app tracks your distance and your impact!


11) Dog Walk

Dog WalkBy: Tractive
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android 

With so many people tracking their steps these days, this app is a great way to track your walk with your fur baby. It will track your route and log the distance and duration of your walk.   


12) Tractive GPS Dog & Cat Finder

By: Tractive 
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android 

Gain peace of mind while you keep track of your pooch with this GPS tracking app. It will track your pooch in real-time, trace his path, and show where he’s been. You can set boundaries and make your own safe zone where you’ll be alerted if he happens to leave the area. This app is a must-have on your phone. Share it with friends and family so that if someone is walking your pooch you can always pinpoint where they are. Plus, the app is free!


13) Paw Parks

Paw ParksBy: Cindy Vannoy
Price: Free
Available:  iOS 

Looking for a dog park? This app will help you locate one. It even has an option for adding one, so if you happen to know of a dog park that’s not listed you can just add it yourself!  


14) TripAdvisor

Trip AdvisorBy: TripAdvisor, LLC
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android

Whether you are on a trip or planning one, you should have this app ready on your phone. There are over 225 million reviews on this site. Although it is not specifically a dog app, it’s an app that can provide you with tons of pet-friendly information. I always check TripAdvisor when planning a trip.


15) LaQuinta Inns & Suites Hotels 

la quintaBy: LQ Management LLC
Price: Free
Available:  iOS & Android 

If you’re traveling with your fur baby, you shouldn’t leave home without having LaQuinta information. Just in case you need a place to stay, you can call them. I personally, always travel with my dogs.  For me, since they are a total dog-friendly chain, I like to stay there. They don’t charge you extra for your pet’s stay and don’t make you pay a pet deposit. The do make you sign a waiver in case your dog causes any damage (you are responsible to pay for damages, which is certainly fair)!  The hotels aren’t the fanciest, but they are clean and most that I’ve stayed at are really nice.  I’ve stayed in a couple that were older, but they were still clean. Additionally, although it varies per location, they usually put out a nice breakfast selection.  You can eat it there or grab and go!

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