Doggone Smart Apps

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Doggone Smart Apps
15 great iPhone apps for dog lovers

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1. Dog Toy Free
Simple yet amusing, this app has just one function: shake your phone and it will emit a compelling squeaky sound to surprise and entertain your dog (wonder if they make a Whoopie cushion version of this?).
2. Pet Dossier: A Lifestyle Information Organizer $1.99
Keep a digital copy of your pet’s dossier in your pocket. Organize vet and grooming appointments, keep track of medications, dietary requirements, store photos, and more, for multiple pets. Plus, 25 percent from each sale goes to the ASPCA.
3. Dogs Playing Poker $1.99
If you love dogs and poker, this is the app for you. Watch the Texas Hold’em tutorial before playing against 18 dogs (plus one fox and a walrus). Pet the dogs, learn their personalities and “tells,” keep score, and unlock new breeds with each tournament win. Great practice for beginner to intermediate players for that upcoming weekend in Vegas.
4. Pet Acoustics $1.99
This app plays mellow music designed especially to soothe dogs, cats, and horses. Of the 29 songs, nine songs are specifically for dogs, which users report help their dogs to relax and sleep. The app includes a timer, which is great for when you’re stepping out and want your dog to be calm and relaxed in your absence.
5. Eukanuba’s Off Leash Free
This sweet dog-park-finding app is currently for US users only; however, they plan to add other countries in the upcoming months. Great for locating new parks in less familiar areas or when travelling, it’s super easy to use, showing dog parks near you and offering routes and directions on how to get there. And if there is a missing park, you can let them know.
6. Modern Dog Magazine Free
Read Modern Dog on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with the treefree Modern Dog app. Complete your MD library—download any back issues you’re missing for just $0.99 or get the new issue for just $2.99. Hyperlinked features, products, contests, and more make checking out points of interest fun.
7. Pet First-Aid 3.99
This app provides concise 24/7 access to step-by-step articles and video on dozens of topics including bleeding, poisoning, rescue breathing and CPR, and more, as well as what’s normal. Each one is bundled with an offline access application and you can store your pet’s medical information for emergency visits.
8. Dog Whistle Free
We’re not all that sure this works (or maybe our dogs are just really good at ignoring us) but it certainly creates an exceedingly annoying sound to guarantee the animosity of your office mates. The variable frequency tone generator mimics dog whistles in 11 incredibly shrill customizable sound patterns.
9. Screen Cleaner Free
Keep your iPhone screen “clean” with this screen saver of a dog licking the screen. In the free version, choose from eight dogs, or pay $0.99 for the pro version to access more breeds. Takes a lickin’ keeps on tickin’.
10. Dog Tricks: Best of 101 Dog Tricks $0.99
Impress the guests at your next gathering with your pup’s repertoire by teaching tricks while out and about with this app. Trainer Kyra Sundance provides step-by-step instructions for eight basic tricks: sit, down, crawl, roll over, shake hands, fetch, spin circles, and hoop jump, as well as videos, tips, and troubleshooting. Portable how-to instruction, perfect for teaching your puppy at the dog park.
11. Petfinder.com: Adopt Pets Free
Take your matchmaking one step further by finding potential new BFFs for your dog-less friends. Search more than 290,000 pets from over 13,000 shelters and rescue groups while on the go (or at the bar). Customize your searches, save favourites, and instantly share adoptables via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
12. Click Dog Free
This simple, yet addicting app makes learning dog breeds fun. Small circular breed images crowd the screen and your task is to select all the, say, Bull Terriers or Schnauzers as quickly as you can. Oddly fun and compelling and every level passed presents new breeds.
13. Cover Puppy $1.99
Give your dog his 15 minutes of fame with these funny covers (“Bone Appetite,” “Spots Illustrated,” “Rolling Over,” “National Barker,” “Vanity Fur”), then instantly share from the app via email, Facebook or Twitter. Tip: you can’t manipulate the image within the app, so crop anything extraneous from your chosen image before employing it.
14. Dog Teaser Sound Box $1.99
Have some fun with your dog with the Dog Teaser Sound Box. Surprise and confuse your best bud by pressing the buttons to elicit different funny sounds designed to promote (or would that be provoke?) your dog’s interest. You big tease, you.
15. The Dog $0.99
This handy little app offers over 450 photos of 92 different breeds, along with a shortlist of facts on everything from personality and activity level to grooming demands. Easily navigated and searchable, you can mark favourites and group the dogs in categories. Great for brushing up on breed knowledge or choosing a new best friend.

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