Mobile Phones are Taking Over
I might, just might, be considered by some strict with my kids when it comes to “screens.”
My children were not allowed to watch any tv until they were two years old. Neither child (now 8 and 12 years old) will have a phone until they have a job and can pay for it. And we have a NO SCREENS (this applies to tv since they don’t have an iPad either) policy during the week and limited viewing on the weekends.
Just watch the movie WALL-E and you will see why. There is a whole world around us, but none of us can see past the screen in front of our faces.
But for as much as I complain about society’s reliance and obsession with “screens,” I use my mobile phone extensively. There are so many mobile apps on my phone that make operating my business, serving my family and my dogs, while on the go, easier and more efficient, that I feel it is a necessary evil in my life.
Hey pot, your kettle is calling!
But since Big Dog Mom is dedicated to serving big dogs, let me share some of the best mobile apps that I have found to help you, as a dog owner, take better care of your dog.
The 7 Best Mobile Apps for Dog Owners
Given the difficulty describing a mobile app using the combination of text and images, and to lessen the amount of time you are sitting here in front of a screen, I put together this video so you could see them in action in real-time.
Below the video, you will find all of the links and resources for each mobile app and any additional details not covered in the video.
1. Raw K9’s Thrive *NEW*
This mobile app is brand new and I believe going to be, dare I say, life-changing for many raw feeding dog owners. Available for iPhone and Android phones, Raw K9’s Thrive is a mobile app designed to help dog owners easily transition to and maintain their dog on a raw food diet.
The creator of this mobile app, Kristin Clark, MA, CSAN, is a certified Carnivore Nutrition Consultant and Small Animal Naturopath. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Raw Pet Digest an international online magazine devoted to natural feeding and healthcare for dogs and cats. She has authored two wonderful books on the subject of raw feeding as well.
This post contains affiliate links from which I may receive a small compensation. There is NO ADDED COST to you should you use these links.
I mentioned GoodRx in The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Pet Medications. This is a mobile app that I use for all of our medications, human and pet. GoodRx allows you to search and compare prices from over 75,000 pharmacies, receive coupons, and save your prescriptions in order to track pricing and get refill reminders and savings alerts.
GoodRx is free to use and is available for both iPhone and Android.
Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5‑star pet sitters and dog walkers. With Rover, you can search and read verified reviews for all the pet sitters in your area and book and pay securely through the app.
Available for iPhone and Android, Rover is a one-stop-shop for the treat-your-dog-like-family dog people you want and need when you are away.
Available for iPhone and Android, Puppr is a user-friendly mobile app for dog obedience and trick training.
Puppr was developed by Sara Carson, one of the top dog trick instructors in the world and a top-5 finalist on season 12 of America’s Got Talent with Hero. She and her Super Collies (@thesupercollies) travel North America teaching dog trick workshops and performing with a popular stunt dog team.
Puppr teaches using positive reinforcement and comes complete with a built-in clicker. With over 40 possible tricks for paid members, Puppr is easy to follow track your progress toward your trick training goals.
With over 200,000 places to stay, play and eat with your dog, Bring Fido is the perfect mobile app for all of your traveling needs. Available for both iPhone and Android, Bring Fido allows you to read reviews, book pet-friendly hotels and other travel arrangements worldwide, and rate your experience all through the mobile app.
If you want to learn more about traveling with large dogs, read Traveling With Dogs Made Easy: 5 Tips for Road Trip Success [Large Dogs].
6. Raw Pet
I am including Raw Pet on my list of favorite mobile apps for dog owners simply because I have been using it for a couple of years.
Raw Pet is easy to use and offers some valuable resources for raw feeders and those transitioning to a raw dog food diet. But to my knowledge, Raw Pet is only available for iPhones at this time.
Pet First Aid is a must-have mobile app for EVERY dog owner. Developed by the Red Cross, Pet First Aid provides instant access to expert guidance on how to plan and prepare for emergencies with your pet BEFORE they occur. Emergency preparedness is key!
With critical information from what emergency supplies to have when to contact your veterinarian, and how to assemble a first aid kit, to provide step-by-step instructions and videos for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations, Pet First Aid is a mobile app you DO NOT want to leave home without!
Pet First Aid is available for both iPhone and Android and can be downloaded by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999 or by searching ‘American Red Cross’ in mobile app stores.
Your Favorite Dog-Friendly Mobile Apps
Now that you have a little insight into how I spend my “screen” time (when I’m not busy dictating my anti-screen propaganda to my kids), I would love to know what mobile apps you would add to this list.
Are there any other dog-friendly mobile apps that you recommend? Please share in the comments below and I will add them in my next round-up of favorite mobile apps for dog owners.
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Now, get off the phone.