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Top 10 Must-Have Apps for Every Dog Owner: From Training to Health and Everything in Between

In today's digital age, there's a plethora of apps designed to make your life as a dog parent easier and more enjoyable. Whether you're seeking assistance with training, health monitoring, or even finding pet-friendly activities, these 15 must-have apps are here to help you navigate the wonderful world of dog ownership.

Rover: Pet Care & Dog Walking

Connects dog owners with local dog sitters, walkers, and boarding services. It's a great option for finding trusted caregivers when you can't be with your dog (I know these guys are my competition, but I guess I can't walk ALL the dogs...).

App is good for...

  • Dog owners seeking reliable pet sitting and dog walking services

  • Busy individuals looking for convenient and secure booking options

  • Pet parents who want to stay connected with their pets through photo updates

App Features:

  • #1 choice for pet care, designed by The Dog People

  • Enjoy adorable photo updates and GPS tracking of your dog's walks

  • Effortlessly message sitters or manage your pet care business

  • Secure booking and payment options for peace of mind

  • Over 200,000 pet sitters and dog walkers in the U.S. and Canada

Puppr: Dog Training & Tricks

Offers step-by-step training lessons and videos for teaching your dog new tricks and behaviors.

App is good for...

  • Dog owners seeking effective training and behavior solutions

  • New puppy parents looking for step-by-step training guidance

  • Individuals who want to teach their dogs new tricks and commands

  • Those who prefer convenient and accessible training resources

  • Owners of dogs with behavior challenges or specific training needs

App Features:

  • Over 100 lessons taught by celebrity dog trainer Sara Carson & The Super Collies

  • Puppr Masterclasses that provide in-depth guidance on topics like leash training taught by certified experts

  • Live chat with our team of world-class trainers to get your training questions answered

  • Track your pup's training progress

  • Support for multiple dogs

  • Puppr Shop that includes hand-picked product recommendations from Sara and the team to help with your training

Pet First Aid: American Red Cross

Provides valuable information and instructions for administering first aid to your dog in emergency situations.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners seeking knowledge and guidance in administering first aid to their pets

  • Individuals who want to be prepared for emergency situations involving their pets

  • Dog owners who want to learn essential first aid techniques for common injuries

  • Pet caregivers, such as pet sitters or dog walkers, wanting to enhance their pet care skills

App Features:

  • Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.

  • Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.

  • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.

  • Early warning sign checker for preventive care.

  • Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.

A GPS and activity tracker that monitors your dog's location, tracks their daily activity, and offers insights into their health and behavior.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners who want to monitor their dog's location and activity in real-time

  • Individuals seeking a GPS and activity tracker for their dogs

  • Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers who take their dogs on hikes and trips

  • Those who want to ensure their dog's safety and prevent them from getting lost

App Features:

  • GPS tracking of your dog's location in real-time

  • Monitors your dog's daily activity levels and behavior

  • Sends alerts if your dog leaves a designated safe area

  • Provides insights into your dog's behavior and routines

  • Offers a comprehensive activity and health dashboard

  • Includes a built-in night light for visibility in low-light conditions

  • Offers remote tracking and monitoring through the app


Helps you find dog-friendly places and activities, including pet-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants, and events.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners looking for pet-friendly travel accommodations and activities

  • Travelers who want to include their dogs in their vacation plans

  • Dog lovers seeking dog-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants, and attractions

  • Families planning trips that include their beloved dogs

  • Dog owners interested in connecting with a community of like-minded travelers

App Features:

  • Helps users discover and locate pet-friendly hotels and accommodations

  • Provides information on dog-friendly parks, beaches, and attractions

  • Offers details about pet-friendly restaurants and dining options

  • Allows users to filter and search for services based on location and preferences

  • Offers real-time availability and booking options for hotels

  • Provides a community platform for sharing pet-friendly travel experiences


Allows you to conveniently shop for pet supplies and order food, treats, and other essentials for your dog.

App is good for...

  • Individuals seeking a wide range of pet products, from food to toys and accessories

  • Busy pet parents who prefer online shopping and home delivery

  • People with multiple pets who need to regularly replenish supplies

  • People who want to manage and customize auto-ship orders for regular deliveries

App Features:

  • Offers a vast selection of pet products, including food, treats, toys, and more

  • Allows users to easily browse and search for specific brands and items

  • Offers personalized recommendations based on your pet's preferences and needs

  • Allows users to set up and manage auto-ship orders for hassle-free regular deliveries

  • Provides access to exclusive deals, discounts, and promotions on pet products

  • Provides real-time order tracking and status updates

  • Offers 24/7 customer service and support for any inquiries or assistance needed.

iKibble Free: Homemade Dog Food

Offers a comprehensive list of safe and unsafe foods for dogs, helping you create homemade meals and treats.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners who want to provide homemade and nutritious meals for their dogs

  • Those looking to create balanced and customized diets for their pets

  • People with dogs that have specific dietary needs or restrictions

  • New dog owners looking for guidance on feeding their pets

App Features:

  • Comprehensive list of safe and unsafe foods for dogs

  • Helps users create nutritious homemade meals and treats

  • Provides detailed information on portion sizes and preparation methods

  • Provides a valuable resource for pet parents interested in homemade dog food

  • Suitable for dogs with dietary restrictions or health conditions

Pupford: Dog Training & Videos

Provides expert-led training videos and resources to help you train and care for your dog.

App is good for...

  • Dog owners looking for effective and positive training methods

  • Individuals seeking step-by-step training lessons and tutorials

  • Pet parents who want to teach their dogs new tricks and behaviors

  • Owners of dogs with behavior challenges or specific training needs

  • New puppy parents in need of comprehensive training guidance

App Features:

  • Step-by-step training lessons and tutorials for dogs

  • Video demonstrations for teaching various tricks and behaviors

  • Positive reinforcement training methods and techniques

  • Training plans customized to your dog's individual needs

  • Expert-led content from experienced dog trainers

  • Access to a library of training resources and tips

PetDesk: Pet Health Reminders

Helps you manage your dog's health with reminders for vaccinations, medication, and vet appointments.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners seeking a convenient way to manage pet health and care

  • Individuals with multiple pets needing organized medical records

  • Pet caregivers, such as pet sitters or dog walkers, managing multiple pets

  • Owners of pets with specific health conditions requiring regular monitoring

App Features:

  • Reminders for pet health appointments and medications

  • Access to pet medical records and vaccination history

  • Allows users to schedule and manage vet appointments

  • Provides a convenient platform for communication with veterinarians

  • Offers notifications for upcoming pet care tasks and appointments

  • Enables users to track and monitor their pet's health and well-being

  • Includes a calendar to organize pet-related activities and events

  • Provides a centralized hub for all pet-related information and needs

PetCoach by Petco

Connects you with licensed veterinarians for professional advice and answers to your pet-related questions.

App is good for...

  • Pet owners seeking expert advice and guidance for their pets

  • Individuals with questions about pet behavior, training, and health

  • Those seeking personalized recommendations for their pets' needs

  • People with pets facing behavioral or health challenges

  • Owners of pets with specific dietary or medical requirements

App Features:

  • Access to certified veterinarians and pet experts

  • On-demand virtual consultations for pet-related concerns

  • Personalized recommendations for pet health, behavior, and nutrition

  • Convenient platform for seeking expert advice and guidance

  • Chat and video options for remote consultations

  • Secure and confidential communication with pet professionals

  • Suitable for a wide range of pet health and care inquiries

  • Provides peace of mind through professional insights and recommendations

These apps can help simplify various aspects of dog ownership, making it easier to care for, train, and enjoy quality time with your furry friend. Always ensure to check reviews, compatibility, and any associated costs before downloading and using these apps

I hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment if you already use one or some of these apps - I'd love to know how they work for you!

Lots of love and happy tails,

Heather, Pack Leader

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