5 Must-Have Lifestyle Apps For Dog Parents

Smartphone apps for my canine kids – I just can’t get enough of them. Can you? Since I published this list of 15 Must Have Apps For Dog Parents, my list has grown. So I put together a new post featuring five of my new favorites. Included are lifestyle apps that map you and your pooch as you walk, help you check on him while you’re not home, assist you in finding a sitter or dog walker, help you find dog-friendly places such as restaurants, parks, playdates, and more. There’s even one that will contribute money to a local canine charity just for taking your fur baby for a walk! Check them out below and let me know what you think. If you have your own favorites that you use with your canine kids then let me know in the comments section below.



Walk for a Dog

By: WoofTrax, Inc.
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

How great it this? Just by taking your canine kids out for a walk you’ll be able to support your local animal charity. All you have to do is use the app each time you walk your dog. The app will track and map your walk. Giving to your local animal organization can’t get any easier than this. How’s that for motivation?!  Remember, the more you walk, the more fit you and your pooch will become and the more $$$ will be donated to your cause.


Map My Walk

By: Under Armour
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

Turn an ordinary walk into a fun and motivational experience for both you and Fido with the Map My Walk app. Just grab your pooch’s leash, hook him onto it and open the Map My Walk app. This app will make your walk more fun while it tracks and maps your every step through its real-time GPS locator.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or even an advanced power walker, this app has something for you. Some of the features include route finder, audio feedback, over 40 million other engaged walkers to keep you inspired, the ability to share workout data on Facebook and Twitter, and so much more. The app is free, but if you want to bump it up a notch to have even more features they do offer a premium upgrade.


Dog Monitor

By: TappyTaps s.r.o
Price: $4.99 iOS
$5.99 Android

At work or on the go? With this app, your canine kids are always close by … you just need to reach for your smartphone. You’ll be alerted when he’s barking and you can talk to him over the audio as you watch the real-time video. Want to see what he’s up to when he’s not barking? Watch via live streaming video. 

The app works on wifi or cellular and requires no other connections. No worries about security, because the connection is encrypted by SSL.

Watch a video demo of the Dog Monitor in action.


Bark Happy

By: BarkHappy, Inc.
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

Whether you’re on the hunt for dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, events, or play dates with your canine kids, this app’s got you covered.  Bark happy is a location-based app that lets you locate and even add dog-friendly places.    

Check out the video demo Bark Happy:


Wag! – Dog Walking, Boarding and Sitting

By: Wag Labs, Inc.
Price: Free
Available: iOS & Android

If you’re in need of a dog walker, sitter, or a boarding service, this app might be just what you’re looking for. You’ll have a network of local dog walkers to connect with on-demand that can be hired 7 days a week. They boast, “All Walkers Certified, Insured and Bonded.” The reviews for this app are extremely impressive – the 5-star ratings are accompanied by really positive comments.  If you are in the market for any of these services, you might want to give this app a try!