Now that the much-anticipated Verizon iPhone is here, it’s just the time to take another look at some of the practical and fun iPhone apps created for dog owners. When Woof Report last featured some of Apple’s apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the app store offered 30,000 apps of all kinds, which sounded like a lot — and now there are more than 300,000!
Below are some of the best apps for dog owners. Download them to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to find dog-friendly locales, off-leash parks, pet first aid tips, and more; many are free or cost just $.99 each. And if your favorites are missing from the list, please add them to the Comments section on the site.
Dog Park Finder
Near home or on the go, the Dog Park Finder app powered byDogParkUSA.com has you covered with listings of 2,400+ dog parks. Using your phone’s GPS, it finds the nearest park, and includes photos, user reviews and details, such as if it’s fenced, has small dog areas, and the hours and days of operation. FREE.
With the Paw Card app, create an unlimited number of profiles for your dogs, cats, and other pets to keep track of their vital information and always have it with you. Record your pet’s ID tag numbers and vet contacts, and track your pet’s medications, medical and vaccination history, and more. That’s not all, email your pet’s Paw Card to your dog walker, pet sitter, or vet. FREE.
Search pets by breed, age, gender and size from 13,000 shelters and rescue groups around the country with the Petfinder app. It’s just what you need when someone tells you they’d like to buy a pet, or if you’re looking for a new family member. Bookmark your favorite pet profiles and share them with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter. FREE.
Pet First Aid
Be prepared with the Pet First Aid app and you’ll have instant access to clear, concise advice for common pet emergencies. With detailed articles, video, and illustrations, you’ll know exactly how to care for your pet. Learn how to handle bites and stings, bandaging, burns, bleeding, fractures, poisoning, and much more. $3.99.
Locate all the dog friendly spots in your area with the FidoFactor app – dog parks, dog friendly restaurants, bars, pet stores, hotels, and more. And not only will you find directions, hours and contact information in its growing user-generated database, but you’ll find user reviews too. FREE.
MixItUp with Adopt-a-Pet.com
Take a gamble on the MixItUp with Adopt-a-Pet.com app that allows you to seamlessly insert your dog (or cat, or your significant other) into three famous paintings from the classic 1903 Brown & Bigelow “Dogs Playing Poker” calendar. The best part, a percentage of the proceeds from each download is donated to Adopt-a-Pet.com. $.99.
With the Pet Acoustics app, you’ll get music specifically designed for the hearing sensitivities of your pet in terms of frequency, volume and rhythm. Use it to calm and soothe your pet for rest time, car travel, veterinary visits, and at other times. $1.99.
Best of 101 Dog Tricks
Teach your old or young dog a few new tricks with the Best of 101 Dog Tricks app. The app includes eight tricks from Kyra Sundance’s best-selling book, 101 Dog Tricks, and teaching your dog the tricks is a snap with video, photos and step-by-step instructions. $.99.
Download the iKnowDogs app and become an absolute expert on dog breeds. This detailed reference guide includes over 1,200 photos and facts about AKC recognized dog breeds, and lets you identify dogs by appearance, temperament, purpose and country of origin. $3.99.
Always have a squeaky toy on hand to get your dog’s attention, thanks to the iSqueek app, a virtual squeak-toy that reacts realistically to your touch. Press on any of the 18 toys, each with it’s own sound, to create long or short sound bursts to which your dog will respond. (Have plenty of praise or a treat for your dog to make up for the fact he doesn’t actually receive a squeaky toy when he responds!). $1.99.
Pet Services Finder
Find all the services for your pet’s needs at home or on the road. The Pet Services Finder helps you locate the nearest veterinarians, emergency clinics, doggie daycare facilities, dog sitters and walkers, dog groomers and more. Once the results appear, it’s your choice: click to call, get directions or read and post reviews. FREE.
Pictures of your dog on your phone are a must, and the PetSnap app improves your odds of taking a great shot. The app offers 32 different sounds to instantly get your dog’s attention, perfect for getting him or her to look right into the camera. $1.99.
Those with cats, be sure to download the CatPaint app, which lets you effortlessly add all or any of sixteen adorable cats to your photos.
Please leave your favorite pet-related apps in the Comments section below!