If you have a dog, you know that being a pet parent can be a full-time job. Although being a dog mom (or dad) is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, the responsibility of caring for another living being also comes with a fair share of challenges.
You can make your life as a dog parent easier by using technology to your advantage. With a smartphone, you can do anything from ordering groceries to your door to booking an international flight, all with the click of a button. Why not apply this convenience to caring for your four-legged counterpart?
We have vetted hundreds of mobile applications to create this comprehensive list of the best dog apps for dog owners. You may be surprised by our findings. Take a peek at this list of the best dog apps that you can add to your arsenal and ultimately make being a pet parent a walk in the park.
1. Instagram - Best Dog Photo Sharing App
Show your dog to the world! It may come as a surprise that we have chosen this photo sharing app as #1 on this list, but there is so much potential for Instagram to add value to dog owners and their pets. Instagram is one of the most widely used applications in the entire world.
Users can snap a photo on their iPhone, enhance it with a filter, check into any location in the world, tag friends, and share it with the world in one click. Adding trending hashtags into a caption or a comment can even promote a photo to go viral and reach millions of users.
So why does this matter to dog owners? The rise of influencer marketing on apps like Instagram has made it possible for your dog to have his or her own following. With a high enough following and engagement rate, your dog’s Instagram can easily turn into a full-on a revenue stream, a fun side hustle, or simply a hobby that brings in a little extra cash.
- Instagram is extremely widespread, so there is a built-in the network already available to you. All your friends are already using it so you can easily connect and share your fur baby to the world.
- It’s no surprise that the #1 app is highly engaging. But beware, this app is so awesome that it can become an addiction!
2. Rover - Best Dog Sitting App
Skipping town? No need to worry about asking your neighbor to care for your fur babies while you are away. Rover to the rescue! Trust us, Rover is the best dog sitting app and will become your new best friend immediately. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. Within the Rover app, you can create a profile for your pet(s) and filter by the services you are looking for. For example, you can choose to have a dog sitter come to stay in your home, or if you prefer, can choose to drop your dog off at someone’s house. Rover also offers doggie daycare, drop-in visits, and most recently has added dog walking services to their offering.
- Rover out shines any other dog sitting app because of its high standards. All sitters must pass a basic background check, provide a detailed profile, and then be approved by a team of sitter specialist. The Rover app also offers a large selection of high quality pet sitters which makes it extremely easy to find a great sitter, even for last minute bookings.
3. Dogo - Best Dog Training App
- Ultimately, you are employing an independent worker, not an employee of Rover. Be sure to set aside time to meet your dog sitter for first-time bookings to make sure you and your dog are comfortable with them.
You don’t know what it’s like to train a dog, until you’ve trained a dog. Training can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a pet parent, and the most challenging. With all the options out there it can be a bit overwhelming choosing what training method works best for your dog. Dogo is a dog training app available for download in the palm of your hard.
It doesn’t get more convenient than that! The great thing about choosing a dog training app as your training method is not only the obvious convenience, it also offers the flexibility and mobility to train your dog whenever and wherever.
- With Dogo, you can tailor the program to your dog’s needs and then modify as you make progress. Dogo is also one of the most affordable dog training options. Dog training can become very costly especially if you choose the private class route. You can start training with Dogo for free!
4. Wag! - Best Dog Walking App
- One downside to this dog training app is that it lacks in-person community. Socializing with other dogs is a big part of training. This app may best be supplemented with group activity training to get a full experience.
Your dog owner app collection would not be complete without a dog walking app. For those dog parents who are away for many hours during the day, this one's for you! Wag has revolutionized dog walking for good. Wag provides “instant dog walkers” at the click of a button. Basically, this app allows you to book a dog walker on demand at any given time.
As soon as your request is entered, Wag locates an eligible walker in your area and dispatches them to your house in as little as 15 minutes. The best part about Wag is the live text updates that you receive while your dog is with a walker.
Wag updates you with a live GPS tracker in real time and even sends pee and poop notifications. The best part is the report card your dog gets at the end of the walk which includes a new photo every time!
Not only can you schedule a dog walker ahead of time, but Wag will notify you if there is a walker in your area and offer you the walk at a reduced price. It has never been so easy to make your pup’s day by giving them an extra walk!
A little bit of prep work is needed before you schedule your first walk. You will need to set up a lockbox somewhere outside your house to leave your key for the dog walker to access. Once this is set up the first time, you are good to go for all future walks!
Never run out of dog food again with the king of all dog app, Chewy. Chewy is basically the Amazon of dog supplies. You will find everything from dog beds to raw food at Chewy.com and now you can access everything Chewy has to offer via the mobile app.
What we love about this app is the way they categorize products making it super easy to navigate and shop for whatever you need. You can shop by your favorite brand or by product type. Add what you need to your cart and experience the super quick shipping. (Watch out Amazon!)
Our favorite thing about Chewy is the option to save 30% on all your dog supplies by taking advantage of the auto-ship feature. You will receive 30% off your first auto ship and 10% off all future orders. You also won’t have to worry about running out of anything since you can schedule auto-ship based off your typical supply needs.
No downsides here, unless you particularly love fighting tracking in the parking lot of Petco. We vote Chewy all the way!
6. 3 Favorite Photo Apps - VSCO - NOMO - 1SE
Taking a good photo is hard sometimes, but there 3 apps make it easier and fun! VCSO is my go to deep dive editing app. It has all the filters, adjustments, and tools for getting that look you want. It also has a pretty good photo-taking app, but you can also import your photos in. NOMO photo app is a fun throwback to the time of film cameras.
The interface resembles whatever old camera you decide to you and can take photos on. You can also import which is a get feature! And last but not least, 1SE the 1 Second a Day photo app. I love this app because you can add live, video, or still photos to it.
Like the title says its a snippet of video of a photo 1sec a day! Great way to keep track of all the fun and exciting things you did that year, month or week.
Tons of great filters and tools to get whatever look you're trying to achieve. Easy to use interface and full resolution export. Also, if you're into organizing it has a great folder system to keep are your photos and even upload to your own VSCO site.
The filters cost money and there are tons of filters for just about everything. It's defiantly worth it for a few but not the entire collection.
Pros: This is by far the funniest of the 3 camera apps! You can take photos or what looks like a Polaroid or a vintage camera. Easy to navigate interface and auto add to your camera album so you do have to export the images.
Cons: Most of the cons on these apps are the hidden cost it will take to get all of the features. You've got 2 options with NOMO. You can buy individual camera filters or subscribe. I subscribed for a month and then just bought the ones I liked the most.
Super easy to use and great for keeping memories for years to come. You can different timelines one of course just for your dogs or one for travel!
It will cost you either 3.99 a month or 29.99 for a year. For that, it will back up and give you tons of new features including Longer snippets and even a music editor. You can use the app for free, but just having the backup
7. Pet Trackers - Whistle & Link AKC
These apps pair with your dog's collar and uses GPS to track their whereabouts. They can even track how much rest and exercise your pet is getting! If you hike or go on runs this is a must for your pet. Now, at first I did think it was silly, but with all the features attached to these devices, its defiantly a must buy.
The collars both have functions that help you with training with a sound that can beep on commands and a light that is all app controlled. I'm not sure keeping a Fitbit like tracking of your dog's activity is that important, but it does allow some insights on its behavior and you can always download the data for your vet visits.
Both apps have alerts if your pet gets too far away from how or updates you if you're close to your dog's activity goal for the day!
Great for simple activity tracking or general tracking. With always-on cellar connection, you can see your pet's location from around the world! The app is simple to use and super easy setup.
Whistle is lacking in all the features that LINK AKC has. You if want more features and options this would not be the one to buy. The cost gets pretty pricy too. Once you buy the $99 you'll end up paying anywhere between $10 and $6 a month to keep your dog's collar connect.
Tons and tons of features on this collar and app! Tracking, wellness, 3-day battery life, and training. All the features are great if you need them all. They have options after a hike or a walk to upload photos in their virtual scrapbook on the app! Best overall app and devices features!
Price. Same as Whistle apps and service plan. You not necessarily need it but you will lose the ability to track your dog if it gets lost on a hike or out the back door.
8. Pet Cube - Interactive Treat Cam
This is a security camera that has the ability to shoot treats at your pets. You have 2-way communications and can load the device up with your pets favorite treats. We've all felt that guilt about leaving the house and you see that look in your dog's eyes :(
Pet cube is here to solve that problem! You have the ability to talk to your pet and have him sit, stay, or whatever command you want and then you can flick the app and a treat pops out! I'm sure a few pups might wonder what this magical treat giving device is, but they will love it. It also can be used as a home security device as well.
It's just a super fun idea! Leave your house and continue playing with your dogs... who doesn't want that! The device looks absolutely amazing and the app functions great! Everything is cloud-based for the recordings so it's easy to access and shore the videos with friends and family!
Let's be honest here this is a very large and expensive ($179) dog toy. For a fraction of the price, you could get most of the features from Wyze (below).
9. Wyze Cam - Pet/Home Monitoring
The Wyze Cam is a great alternative to those super expensive pet focused cameras and apps. Wyze Cam starts at 19.99 and the most expensive item they have sells for 29.99.
Now you're first thought must be " this camera must be trash" and the answer is, it's nowhere close. First, it has some of the best feature's you'd end up paying a ton for you with one of those silly pet food dropper cameras. It has the ability to have a two-way convo when you login to the app.
You can say "Hi" to your pups or just check in and hear and see what they are up too! The video is absolutely beautiful at 1080p and night vision it's like you're actually there. And just in case you forgot it's only 19.99. If throw down the big bucks (29.99) you'll have the ability for a 100-degree rotation and scan.
First if you have any smart home devices this integrates so simply and has a great app. The 2-way audio is such a great feature, for such a great price. The app also gives you automatic alerts when it detects motion or sound so you don't have to keep checking the app to see you how your dog is doing.
The motion tracking is amazing, you can tag items, people, and pets so you get alerts for what you want. The Wyze cam also works with any Alexa device so you can watch at your desk or bedside.
For 19.99 you really can't complain about the Wyze Cam. It may not be the prettiest design or have the best speaker quilty, but its a camera that can work for you if you're on a budget or just want to try out home security.
10. Pawprint - Pet Health Tracker
The PawPrint app is designed to help you keep track or your pet's health records, birthday, weights, and more! It's always hard to keep track of your last appointment, vaccination, and any vital information you might need for your pet. That's why Pawprint app was a lifesaver to our household.
We have two pups James and Zoey who have two different schedules at the vet. it get confusing fast! The app is designed to make everything about getting your records easy. You don't even have to call, just a few clicks and they send a request to your vet.
You can even add your pets insurance information to submit via the app. Its also get because you can share this information with a pet sitter and family member when traveling. Also, this app isn't just for dogs, you can add anything from horses to reptiles!
The great thing about PawPrint app is that you just need to set it up and you're done. It does most of the heavy lifting for you. It reminds you of your next visit, or when you need to update vaccines. You can even track your pet's weight. Retrieving your pet's record was the easiest and most pain-free thing. You find your Vet on the search tab and click, sign, and request. Two paws up from me!
For the full medical records of your pet you'll need to dish out 9.99. Now that isn't crazy, but you can also just call your vet for free and retrieve them.