If you’re a smartphone owner you’re no doubt aware of the multitude of apps currently available on your handset. No matter what your needs happen to be, there seems to be “an app for that”. And yet even we were surprised recently by the number of impressive apps designed to help transporting your dog easier and more pleasant.
If you’re transporting your dog any sort of distance – whether this is in the back of your car or with a professional pet transportation service – here are some of our favourite apps to help you keep track of your pet, provide emergency care if needed and even find dog-friendly parks and beaches to exercise on.
Losing your pet is always a stressful situation, but this can be especially so if you’re in an unfamiliar location. Neither you nor your pet will be familiar with the area, which can make locating an escaped pooch that much more challenging.
Fortunately though there is a simple and effective app that makes locating your dog simplicity itself. Tagg interfaces with a small GPS transmitter on your dog’s collar to provide a detailed map on your handset of your dog’s location in real time.
Even better, the Tagg app can be of use on home soil too. The app lets you set a perimeter around your home, and should your dog cross that line you’ll receive an instant alert. That’s just perfect to ensure your dog never goes far if he or she manages to get out of the garden.
Lastly you can use the app to measure your dog’s activity levels even in your absence. In this way you can not only monitor how much exercise your pet is getting but also note any unusual signs of inactivity or lethargy that may indicate sickness.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tagg-the-pet-tracker/id474539050?mt=8
Does your pet get anxious during travel? If so, the Pet Acoustics app has a unique way to calm your pet down. The app is like a music player for pets and houses a huge range of music designed for cats and dogs. If your dog becomes stressed during transportation, simply select the “relaxing” category and let the music soothe away the anxiety.
While some pet owners will no doubt laugh at the seeming madness of this app, numerous customer reviews support the theory behind it and claim that it really does have a calming effect on pets.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pet-acoustics/id333229175?mt=8
Sound Proof Puppy Training
Many dogs find unfamiliar noises cause them stress. This is one reason why guide dogs in training are regularly taken out into unfamiliar environments such as busy roads in order to de-sensitize them to the sounds and keep them calm even in noisy situations.
These unusual and stress-inducing noises can be frequently experienced when travelling with your pet, particularly in unfamiliar locations. However the goal of Sound Proof Puppy Training is to facilitate this same desensitization process experienced by guide dogs, without the need to go outside.
Simply spend some time before travelling to replay these sounds on your phone, using an increasing volume, so that your dog can quickly learn that there is nothing to fear from them. Select from a wide variety of common stress-inducing sounds such as thunder, metal crates, planes and crowds and just watch the difference next time you’re out in public with your pooch.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sound-proof-puppy-training/id700513321?mt=8
Pet First Aid
While most journeys with your dog will be uneventful, there is always a risk of injury. Worse, if you’re miles from your own vet and need medical assistance, what is the solution? The Pet First Aid app aims to talk you through a wide range of potential canine first aid situations; everything from giving your dog CPR to dealing with bites and cuts. Having this guide in your pocket at all times could just save your dog’s life.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pet-first-aid-by-american/id780415389?mt=8
Sadly, not everyone in the world loves dogs as much as we do. Many hotels, shops and other destinations are permanently dog-free zones. However if you know where to look you’ll find all manner of dog-friendly hotels, parks, beaches and more.
Bring Fido is your guide to all the best pet-friendly locations around the world and now you can take their ever-popular directory with you when on your phone. In this way even if you’ve never visited a place before you’ll know the best dog-friendly locations before you even arrive.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bringfido-pet-friendly-hotels/id682820712?mt=8
If you’re travelling with your pet then it’s essential that you keep their medical records with you in case of an emergency veterinary visit. However finding all that paperwork and carrying it with you at all times may simply not be practical.
Fortunately though the Pet Phone app will store all that information and more – acting as your own personal dog journal in your pocket. It also allows you to set reminders so you don’t miss important vaccinations and so on, thus enabling you to always keep your pet records up-to-date and accessible at all times.
Download the app at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pet-phone/id298342540?mt=8