29.12.20

The Best Apps for Pets in 2021

As a busy pet parent, you probably don’t have much free time to trawl through the endless number of apps available for pet owners, so we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve looked at everything from the most practical (dog whistle apps, dog walking apps, apps for pet sitters, pet camera apps) to the fun and frivolous dog talk apps, virtual pet apps and dog selfie apps! We’ve tried and tested them all and rejected plenty of them, so that we can give you our recommendations of the very best apps for pets that you need to download in 2021.

Pet Health / Pet Care (4 apps)

Potentially the most useful of all the categories investigated for our best pet apps of 2021, pet health care apps aims to simplify your pet care management by entering and tracking your pet’s medications, vaccinations, nutrition, weight, growth, exercise, contacts, events and more, to make sure you are keeping them healthy and that you never miss an event or appointment.

There are many apps that fit this category, but not all are equal – we found that some are not user-friendly, some have limited features and others are just far too glitchy!

While many of the pet management apps can definitely help you keep on top of your pets needs, particularly when it comes to keeping track of appointments, medications and other on-going health issues, these types of apps are only useful if you use them diligently.

Getting to know the app’s features and entering the required information may take a good chunk of time, but if you’ve chosen wisely, it will pay off and you may even find yourself wondering how you managed without it!

pet diaries app

The Pet Diaries app was created in Australia by pet owners who also developed the Baby Diaries App, their aim being to make life easier for both parents and pet-parents. The Pet Diaries app allows you to create a profile for each of your pets and to enter information that will help you keep on top of the important things in their lives.

The ‘home’ tab displays the latest and most relevant information about your pet for you to view at a glance, depending on what you’ve entered in the ‘track’ categories, these being nutrition, exercise, weight, medical, calendar and contacts.

Probably the most useful aspect of this app is the comprehensive medical tab, where you can enter information into the following categories: medication, vaccination, incident, allergy and health checklist. In the ‘medication’ tab, for example, you can enter and track all of your pet’s medications including dates, times and dosages in the ‘medication’ tab, while in the ‘weight’ tab you can regularly enter how much your pet weighs, and as well as having this information safely recorded, you can view a graph of your pet’s weight over time.

You can enter scheduled appointments and events in the calendar tab, and you can set alerts to remind you when medications, vaccinations, deworming, health checks etc, are due.

Additional features:

  • A ‘memories’ tab where you can create special memories of milestones with your pet by entering the date, description and photos.
  • A ‘contacts’ tab to save your pet-related contacts in one location – the vet, groomer, walker, pet shop, pet-sitter, etc – and make bookings with them by calling or emailing directly from the app.
  • Family sharing – other family members can install the app, join by sharing a PIN, and sync the data across different devices.
  • An unlimited number of pets can be added.
  • The app is partnered with FitBark (the FitBit for pets) to record your pet’s exercise and let you know how much exercise and sleep his breed and age requires.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 6.0 and up.

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vet check app

Developed by Australian veterinarian Dr Moss Siddle to simplify pet care for owners, the VetCheck app allows you to manage and keep track of all your pet’s details, contacts, appointments and treatments. It also gives you access to comprehensive veterinary medical information, pet management tips covering a range of topics such as barking dogs, toilet training puppies and thunderstorm anxiety, a canine teeth chart, and interesting animal trivia (did you know that a baby platypus and a baby echidna are both called a puggle?).

The ‘pets’ tab is where you enter your pet’s details – with fields for basic data such as age, breed and microchip number as well as more in-depth information such as personality traits (favourite toys and treats, likes, dislikes and fears), insurance info, weight, medical conditions and vaccinations.

The ‘appointments’ tab allows you to create appointments in the calendar that integrate with your iPhone and sends reminder alerts, while the ‘contacts’ tab allows you to manage and store all your pet-related contacts by connecting with your iPhone’s address book (access to your phone’s contacts and calendar is required for these features).

Additional features:

  • Human age calculator for dogs, cats and horses converts your pet’s age to human years.
  • A comprehensive weight graphing feature to record and view your pet’s weight in pounds or kilograms.
  • A large range of species of pet to select from, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, turtles, ferrets, fish and birds.
  • Link to Medechat – a partnering company providing online veterinary consultations.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.0.3 and up

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11pets pet care app

11pets is a comprehensive pet care app that was designed by pet owners to help others take the best possible care of their pets by keeping on top of every aspect of their lives, from vaccinations to medical conditions to food supplies. To start, add your pet by entering data in the following categories: main information, registration data, other information, behaviour, contacts and documents. The next step is to input all the information you have available regarding your pet’s health condition and care requirements.

Finding your way around the app can be a bit confusing, but 11 pets sends regular emails with instructions and tips to make sure you get the most out of the app.

Basically, the home screen summarises all important information: it shows your pet’s info and upcoming scheduled events. The ‘care’ tab allows you to schedule events and/or input data in the categories of hygiene, periodic maintenance, vaccination, cleaning, measurements, incidents and food. In the ‘medical’ tab, you can enter your pet’s complete medical history including vet visits, diagnostic tests, genetic tests, surgeries, medications and allergies.

The calendar tab shows you all upcoming scheduled events and you can add new events directly into the calendar. You can enable daily automatic reminders on every aspect of your pet’s care, whether appointments or everyday needs – there are over 50 pre-defined categories for scheduling (allow the app to send notifications for this feature).

Additional features:

  • Detailed food section with reminders of feeding times and supply tracking so that you don’t run out.
  • Monitor vital metrics such as weight, height and temperature
  • Follow-up symptoms using logged records, photos, and notes
  • Maintain contact details of your vet and key pet care professionals.
  • Photo gallery to store your precious photos.
  • Secure cloud backups of your data and photos.
  • Create various reports that you can share with pet professionals and other owners.

Details:

  • Free, in-app purchases
  • Paid subscription for additional features including synchronising with device calendar, batch pet care actions, behaviour tracking and expense tracking (approx. AUD$5 per month).
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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dog log app

With the DogLog app, you can always know how your dog’s day is going, even when you’re not around. A great app for pets with multiple caretakers, this app allows you to form a “pack” containing your dog/s and all those involved in its care – family members, walkers, sitters, etc – by inviting them to join your pack.

DogLog keeps all your dog-related information in one centralised place that is accessible to all the humans in the pack. The app can help owners and other caregivers track the animal’s health, coordinates daily pet-related tasks, and reminds everyone when it’s time to give medicine or go to an appointment.

Basically, the current caregiver logs the dog’s daily activities in the Events tab – eating habits, appointments, weight, temperature, and much more (even their pees and poops can be logged!). If something you want to log and keep track of isn’t already in the extensive list, you can add custom events. The Log tab shows you all the events that have been logged by your pack members, or you can use filters to view only certain events. The Info tab is where you track all the information, view statistics and analyse the data.

The Reminders tab allows you to create reminders for tasks, with a nifty pre-alarm option.

Additional features:

  • Add comments and photos to activities to provide additional information to other caregivers.
  • Get notified when activities are logged for your pet with alerts.
  • Create reminders and alerts so you never forget to take care of your pet.
  • Use the Statistics page on the Info tab to get insights about your dog’s life.

Details:

  • Free, ads
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.1 and up

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Diet & Dog Food (3 apps)

Shopping for dog food and other pet supplies via an app can certainly make the task quicker and easier, especially if you like to buy in bulk. Instead of schlepping to and from the store and lugging heavy bags of kibble around (assuming they have your go-to brand in stock), you can simply and easily use an app to do the work for you, with delivery right to your door. We found two Australian on-line pet food suppliers that offer purchases by app as well as via their websites. And if your dog is on a special diet, there are apps that can help with that too.

the barf app

The B.A.R.F (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet is designed to replicate what dogs would eat in the wild: raw meat, raw bones, raw vegetables, herbs and fruits. When feeding your dog this way, it is important to feed these components in a healthy ratio, to ensure that the dog will be supplied with all the nutrients it needs.

The BARF app allows you to create an individual B.A.R.F weekly food plan for your dogs with enough nutrients. However, you will need to purchase the premium version to see the whole BARF plan for your pet and to print as a PDF. The premium version is also ad-free.

We recommend that you try out this app if you are exploring this type of diet for your dog.

Additional features:

  • The “Shopping Organizer” tool allows you to calculate the components your dog needs for a specific period of time.
  • The “fat nutrition calculator” shows how much fat must be added to a ration in order to reach the target fat content (between 15% – 25% of the meal).

Details:

  • Free, Contains Ads
  • Offers In-App purchases $3.49 to $44.99 (App Store); $5.49 – $22.99 per item (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 13.0 or later
  • Requires Android 6.0 and up

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vetsupply app

Operating out of NSW, VetSupply is a Australian online pet store that offers an app for quick and easy purchasing. They have a vast range of dog foods and other pet products such as flea and tick preventatives, worming treatments, skin and coat supplies and dietary supplements from renowned pharmaceutical suppliers.

Every product is selected by their veterinarian and checked for quality before shipping. Price-conscious shoppers should note that VetSupply claims to offer their products at some of the lowest prices online and offers free shipping on all orders, irrespective of size, to most cities and regions in Australia.

Listed food items contain the various size options with corresponding prices as well as the product’s description, which includes an ingredients list and feeding guide. You can view other users’ ratings and reviews of every product. Searching for your items of choice is simple. If you don’t want to scroll through the countless products available, you can easily search for your favourite products using the search icon, or you can search by brand or category.

Additional features:

  • Money-back guarantee if not 100% satisfied.
  • Auto-order facility on all products and orders.
  • Save favourite products to make shopping easier.
  • Caters for other animals including cats, horses, reptiles, fish and farm animals.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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budget pet products app

Budget Pet Products is an online pet store operating out of Queensland. Their app offers a wide range of premium brands of pet food and vet prescription food, as well as flea, tick & worming treatments, toys, treats and other pet products. Food brands offered include Royal Canin, Hill’s Science Diet, Black Hawk, Advance, Iams and Meals For Mutts.

The app gives you access to the same specials as the website, as well as exclusive app promotions and a system to earn points from tasks such as reviewing products. You can set up ‘Auto Delivery’ so that you’ll never run out of your pet’s essentials and save a further 5%. Orders of over $49 to most metro and major regional areas including (but not limited to) Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle & Sydney attract free shipping.

Although the selection is huge, searching for products is easy. Listed food items contain the various size options with corresponding prices as well as the product’s description, ingredients list and feeding guide. You can view other users’ ratings and reviews of products on offer. If you don’t want to scroll through the countless products available, you can easily search for your favourite products using the search icon, or you can search by brand or category.

Additional features:

  • Scan product barcodes to add them instantly to your shopping cart.
  • Save favourite products to make shopping easier.
  • Tracking feature so that you know exactly where your delivery is.
  • Supplies for other animals including cats, reptiles, birds, fish, horses, livestock and small animals.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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First Aid / Pet Safety (2 apps)

Do you know what to do if your pet experiences a medical emergency? It may be a great help to have one of these apps accessible on your phone in a time of crisis. While not the most innovative nor engaging of apps, these pet safety resources offer plenty of valuable – and potentially life-saving – information and have therefore made it onto our list of best apps for pets 2021.

first aid for pets app

First Aid for Pets Australia is an educational app containing many in-depth articles that could help in the event of an emergency or potential health risk for your dog or cat. The app also links you with your selected local participating Australian veterinary clinic so that you have access to their contact information in the event of an emergency (if your regular vet practice isn’t listed, select any vet practice in any postcode to access the information).

Once you select a vet and your pet type (cat or dog), you can view a list of main topics which includes behaviour change, injury/trauma, skin problems, poisons/toxins and emergency procedures. Each of these topics contains a list of sub-topics, for example, under the topic “Bites & Stings” are the following sub-topics: insect stings and bites, snake bite and tick paralysis in dogs. Each of these sub-topics contains detailed information about how to respond to each particular situation, including step-by-step instructions on what to do, an explanation of the condition (what is it?), clinical signs, causes and treatment.

Note that there are almost no pictures and no videos, which could make this app more helpful if you are urgently trying to find information in a stressful situation.

Additional Features:

  • The ‘Contact Us’ tab brings up your selected vet clinic’s contact details, their after-hours contact number, and a link to an Emergency Centre Directory.
  • You can change your selected vet clinic in the ‘Settings’ tab.

Details:

  • Free, no ads
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.4 and up

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pet poison app

Designed by and emergency veterinary surgeon in the UK as an educational aid for veterinary surgeons and students, the Pet Poison App by VETCPD can also be a useful tool for pet owners. Basically, the app contains in depth toxicology notes for over 2000 pet poisons.

These are listed in 6 toxin categories: inside the home, outside the home, medications, plants, mushrooms and venomous animals. Each category is further sub-divided, for example, ‘inside the home’ contains the following sub-categories: garage, kitchen, bedroom, lounge, cleaning products, toys and crafts, handbag, indoor parasite control, personal products, home alterations and carbon monoxide.

Each potential poison is described along with its level of danger risk, clinical signs, treatment and prognosis.

Despite being a UK-developed app, there is plenty of relevant information for Australian dog owners. While there is a lot of highly technical information (particularly in the ‘clinical signs’ and ‘treatment’ sections) that most non-medical people will merely gloss over, this app will certainly let you know whether or not your dog requires urgent medical attention after ingesting something out-of-the-ordinary.

Additional features:

  • High quality images with detailed descriptions of most listed toxins for easier identification.
  • Colour-coded sad/smiley faces to quickly indicate the seriousness of exposure to the toxin.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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Behaviour Training / Puppy Training  (7 apps)

While training your dog in basic etiquette is essential, attending face-to-face training classes can be a costly exercise, and going-it-alone can be frustrating and time-consuming. If you are struggling to get your dog to follow basic commands or to master a new trick, getting some help from a dog training app could well be a worthwhile investment. A good dog training app generally provides clear, detailed, step-by-step instructions for each command or skill by way of videos and text and is generally a lot less costly than face-to-face classes.

There are many dog training apps available, ranging in complexity and cost – from dog whistle apps to comprehensive training programs – and we’ve selected seven of these to be included in our list of best apps for pets in 2021. We suggest that you try before you buy and if the app doesn’t seem to be working for you and your pup, perhaps try another one with a different training approach.

01-dog-clicker-training-app

This basic dog clicker app simply turns your smart phone or iPod into a clicker. It is very handy for pet owners who are looking to use clicker training to reinforce good behaviour, without having to carry a clicker around. To use the app, you click the button on the screen at the exact moment that your dog performs the behaviour that you want to reinforce, then give a treat as quickly as possible. If you do this often enough, your dog learns that if she repeats the desired behaviour, she will receive a treat.

Additional features:

  • Clicker training tips to help you become familiar with the concept of clicker training.
  • 3 clicker sounds, so you can choose which one your dog responds to best
  • Adjust the volume of the click with your iPhone volume buttons

Details:

  • Free, with ads (small banner ads at top of screen)
  • Requires iOS9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android
    4.4 and up.

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iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker app

iTrainer is a simple and easy-to-use dog whistle app with a customizable frequency from 100hz to 35kHz. Whistle training is a method of dog training that pairs a high-frequency sound with a behaviour you want your dog to do.

This behaviour is typically recall, which can be especially helpful for working dogs such as shepherds or hunting dogs that need to have excellent recall over large distances. The high-frequency sound can travel large distances and prevents the handler from needing to yell for their dog.

As well as the whistle, the free app offers a squeaker toy sound, a clicker sound, and 12 animal sound effects to entertain your dog, such as bee, bark, chirp and moo. The paid version unlocks five clicker sounds and over 40 sound effects. The free version contains ads that tend to pop up just as you want to press the whistle or clicker, so the paid version may be worth the small investment if you will be using it regularly.

Additional features:

  • Ability to record your own sounds and play them back.
  • Information on clicker training, whistle training, and positive-reinforcement obedience training.
  • Widget to quickly access whistle, clicker, and squeaker sounds.

Details:

  • Free, with ads (small banner ads at top of screen and full-screen ads)
  • In-app purchases (Premium version for $2.99 – ad free and more sounds)
  • iOS only – requires iOS 12.0 and watch OS 5.0 or later. For iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

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brave puppy app

Developed by Australian ‘dog parents’ who needed to sound socialise their own puppies, Brave Puppy is a dog training app designed to help socialise a puppy to different sounds, so she doesn’t react or develop fears or phobias when she hears them in the real world. It can also help adult dogs who become scared or overexcited by certain noises, for example, thunder or fireworks, in order to condition them to stay calm and not react.

Simple to use, the Brave Puppy app contains more than 85 realistic, high quality sounds presented in 8 categories: animals, city, fireworks/explosions, garden, household, people, transport and weather. Individual sounds can be paused or looped, and the volume can be adjusted with the phone’s volume button. If the sounds are a little soft for your purposes through the phone, you can play them in stereo via Bluetooth.

Additional features:

  • Record your own custom sounds
  • Save sounds as favourites for easy access.
  • Quick (1 minute) video and written instruction on how to use the app.

Details:

  • Free and ad-free
  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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Puppr – Dog Training and Tricks app

This comprehensive dog training app contains more than 70 skills to teach your dog in the format of step-by-step written instructions with accompanying videos. The training method used is clicker training, which is based on positive reinforcement, so you will need to have lots of treats on hand – and easily accessible – before you begin.

The app includes a built-in clicker on the bottom toolbar and a tutorial on the basics of clicker training.

The lessons are grouped in various categories, which include New Dog, Basics, Silly, Charming, Circus, Performer, Useful, Frisbee and Agility. There are plenty of free training lessons and tricks available, so if the clicker training approach appeals to you, this app could be very useful. The paid version unlocks all skills and offers live chat with Puppr trainers to get help with training.

Additional features:

  • Access to a free trick of the week.
  • A weekly photo challenge in which users can participate by sending in a photo of their dog performing the trick of the week.
  • A built-in clicker with tutorial on clicker training.
  • Links to purchase relevant and recommended products, such as treat pouches, accessories and training equipment equipment, via Amazon.

Details:

  • Free, with limited content
  • Paid – individual categories to monthly or annual subscriptions $2.99 to $164.99 (App Store); $2.79 to $154.99 ((Google Play Store).
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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Dog Training and Clicker by Dogo app

This popular and highly rated dog training app uses positive reinforcement in conjunction with the clicker training method and is based on the concept that repetition is key. The app includes a built-in clicker with a flash-light option for hearing-impaired dogs. Numerous treats and various accessories may be required, depending on the skill being taught.

To start, you complete a short test, after which Dogo provides a training program tailored to your dog’s needs. There are daily lessons in which you practise 3 to 4 previously learned skills as well as learn a new one. You rate how well your dog does on each activity and the following daily lessons are built from those ratings. The lessons increase in difficulty and you unlock more complex activities as your dog becomes more skilled.

Dogo currently offers 5 in-depth training programs that span around 2 to 4-weeks each: New Dog, Basic Obedience, Stay Active, Strengthen your Friendship and Little Helper. Each program is made up of several modules, and each module is made up of a set of daily lessons. When you complete a lesson, you unlock an optional ‘exam’ in which you can record and submit a video of your dog performing the skill and receive feedback from Dogo’s trainers. Workouts are designed to be no longer than 15 minutes so that the dog does not lose concentration; however, you can choose to do 3 to 4 training sessions per day if you wish.

The free app gives you access to one complete training program (based on your input at the start) and one free video exam with feedback from Dogo’s trainers, so you can trial it and decide if this style of training works for you before making a financial commitment. The paid versions unlock additional training programs and allow you to submit unlimited video exams and get feedback within 24 hours, as well as to consult with Dogo’s professional dog trainers.

Additional features:

  • Video examples of other dogs performing the activity you are currently learning.
  • Weekly themed photo challenges.
  • A library of exercises, games, good manners and articles.
  • Over 100 tricks and commands to teach your dog in the paid version.
  • An active dog parent community and social page to share videos, photos, advice and encouragement.

Details:

  • Free, with limited content
  • Paid – monthly or annual subscriptions $15.99 or $159.99 (App Store); $3.99 to $249.99 (Google Play Store).
  • iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch – requires iOS 12.2 and watch OS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 6.0 and up

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Pocket Puppy School app

The Pocket Puppy School dog training app contains loads of useful, free content in written and video format, starting with introductory lessons and moving on to basic commands and simple tricks. The training method is described as “the culmination of multiple proven training methods – focusing on positive reinforcement and non-physical forms of correction” – in other words, lots of time and patience, as well as plenty of treats, are required!

The app currently offers 128 lessons comprising everyday basic lessons (e.g. potty training, biting, feeding) as well as tricks you can teach your dog (e.g. lie down, stand up, wait ,come etc). Topics are divided into separate days, so as not to be overwhelming. The idea is that your dog learns something new during the day and you try to practise it the same evening.

New lessons unlock each day, although you can watch an ad to unlock a lesson early. Lessons contain instructional videos (and some amusing videos of dogs behaving badly!), as well as plenty of useful and informative reading material that explains the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ of the activity. On completion of a lesson, you are rewarded with a gold star. You also get to rate how well your dog did at the end of a Tricks topic.

Additional features:

  • Guide for new dog owners for first day and night with your new dog.
  • Lots of content on how to raise your dog to be healthy, happy and well-behaved.
  • Updates posted each week (update the app to access the latest lessons and videos).
  • Links to websites for merchandise purchases.
  • Post your dog’s attempts on Instagram to receive comments and tips.

Details:

  • Free, with ads
  • Paid – upgrade to PRO ($5.99 per item).
  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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Pupford- Dog Training Videos app

The Pupford dog training app provides a free 30-day basic training program taught by Zak George, a very popular dog trainer on YouTube. He uses positive reinforcement techniques to guide you day by day through the comprehensive program. Day One’s lesson is titled ‘Laying the Foundation with Leave It”, while later lessons include crate and potty training, leash walking, problem behaviours and more. Each training session comprises an instructional video, as well as written step-by-step instructions.

You complete the same lesson for several days in a row to allow you to practice the behaviours and reinforce your dog’s understanding. Persistence, consistency and patience are key, with the focus being on your relationship with your dog and building the communication between you.

You’ll need to subscribe if you want full access to additional training programs and premium content from the Pupford Academy, which includes topics such as ’21 Impulse Control Games’, ‘Trick Training’ and ‘Separation Anxiety Course’. However, you can start off for free to cover the basics of training before deciding whether to purchase the complete program.

Additional features:

  • Access an eBook of the training program.
  • Sign up to receive daily email tips.
  • Private Facebook community and get support and advice from the Pupford team and other dog owners.
  • Option to follow the course as prescribed or to train by a specific behaviour.
  • In-app store to purchase training treats, leashes and other useful accessories (USA and Canada only).

Details:

  • Free, 30-day basic training program
  • Paid – Monthly $16.49 / Lifetime $319.99 (App Store); $9.99 / $199.99 (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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Dog Walking (1 apps)

While there are numerous apps available to track your dog’s steps – Fitbark and Tractive are current trends – most of these require you to purchase an expensive wearable tracker for your pooch. We found just one app worthy of inclusion in our best apps of 2020 list that can be used on your phone without any additional expense.

rundogo app

The Rundogo app is a performance tracker that utilises the GPS on your mobile phone to monitor your dog’s physical activities.

Despite its name, this app is not just a dog running or dog walking app; you can also use it for dog sports such as canicross, mushing, bikejoring, skijoring, scootering and biathlon. This is a useful app for dog sports enthusiasts and those who run or walk regularly with their dog, as it allows you to track your activities, analyse both your own and your dogs’ performances and keep all your activities in one place.

The free version is largely functional and easy to use, provided you use your phone as the tracking device. If you own a Garmin device, you can link the app to your Garmin account. You can then use your Garmin to track your workouts and import the data into Rundogo app after you finish the workout.

However, after the free trial period you will need to purchase a Premium membership to use this feature and access Garmin Connect support, as well as other premium features such as auto pause, no ads, export GPX and priority support.

Additional features:

  • Create a profile for each of your dogs (you can add an unlimited number).
  • Add photos to your activity, rate how you found it and enter notes.
  • Find and follow your friends in Rundogo, Facebook or your contacts, then like and comment their workouts.
  • Track any runs you do without your dog by choosing the ‘no dog’ option.

Details:

  • Free, with ads and In-app Products
  • Rundogo Premium: $6.49 monthly or $30.99 annually (App Store); $3.29 – $32.99 per item (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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Webcams / Pet Monitoring (3 apps)

Would you like to be able to check in on your pet when you are away from home without having to install expensive cameras or special equipment? There are numerous pet camera apps for both iOS and Android devices that will turn your mobile phone, tablet and/or laptop into a pet monitor. In fact, using a pet monitor app is great way to re-purpose any older devices that you may have lying around your home.

Two devices are required – one to keep with you and the other to leave at home to monitor your pet. With one of these pet camera apps set up, you can get some idea what your pooch gets up to when she’s in charge – depending on where your home device is positioned, you may be surprised to see her chewing the rug, chasing her tail or just lazing on your favourite couch! Most pet monitor apps offer more than just a live video stream of your pup getting up to mischief; they also allow you to have remote conversations with her, so you can even try to comfort her if she seems upset or tell her to stop tearing up the cushions or eating the plants!

The limitation of these types of apps is that they cannot be easily (if at all) set up with multiple dog monitoring devices, and there is only a small range that can be captured by the single video and audio recorder. If your dog roams freely around the house, you may not receive much information at all. Most pet camera apps require a paid subscription, so it’s worthwhile finding one with a trial version or a monthly payment plan to see if it works for you. We found three apps in this category that were worthy of inclusion on our best pet apps of 2021 list.

pet monitor vigi

The Pet Monitor VIGI app turns two iOS or Android devices into a Pet Monitor with live two-way audio and video streaming and activity alerts. One device runs the app in Pet Camera mode and stays at home monitoring your pet. The other device works as the Pet Monitor that you keep with you to check at any time and to receive alerts when the Pet Camera detects noise or motion activity. You can choose if the sound, motion, or both should be detected, and if these should be sent as notifications, or just saved in the Activity Log.

You can use the two-way audio and video to communicate with your pet by tapping the microphone icon to just say hello or to comfort your dog if she appears to have separation anxiety or is barking excessively. She can hear and see you anytime you wish to communicate through the Pet Camera unit left at home.

Additional features:

  • Record videos or snap photos of special moments during live video streaming.
  • Zoom in on live video.
  • Save videos or photos or post them to your social media.
  • The Activity Log automatically records past activities with pictures to give you an overview of what has happened at home while you were away.
  • Remotely controllable pet camera night light for when you want to check on your dog at night.
  • Support for Apple Watch notifications.
  • Works on any Wi-Fi network, over 3G or LTE.
  • Requires no special configuration of your home Wi-Fi router.
  • Protected by industry standard encryption.

Details:

  • Paid app: $7.99 (iOS App Store)
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • iOS version works on iPhone 4s or newer, iPod touch 5th generation or newer, iPad mini and iPad 2 or newer.
  • Single purchase can be installed on up to 5 devices using your Apple ID. You can use iOS Family Sharing to share the app with other family members for free.
  • Requires Android 4.4 and up.
  • One purchase of Pet Monitor VIGI for Android can be installed on all devices that use your Google account for Google Play Store.
  • You can use Google Play Family Library to share the app for free with members of your family.
  • Also available for Macs from the Mac App Store and Kindle devices via Amazon App Store.

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dog monitor app

The Dog Monitor app turns your two devices into a pet video camera that allows you to check on your pet remotely and monitor what he or she is up to. This app can help pet owners calm their pets while they are away from home and reduce separation anxiety (their own and/or their pet’s!).

It will alert you when your dog is barking and enable you to talk to her via the app to calm her down or use recorded commands in your own voice to keep her entertained and well-behaved. You can also watch your pet on a live video stream using the camera on the home device.

Dog Monitor was released in 2013 by the developers of the successful Baby Monitor app. It’s quick and easy to use, configure and run by even the least tech-savvy pet owner. Dog Monitor app works on multiple Apple and Android platforms and is compatible across different platforms; for example, one device can be on iOS and the other on Android (however, you will need to pay for the app on both platforms in this case). It is compatible with WIFI and cellular networks and uses only 1 MB of data for every hour of standard use. Your security is not at risk as the entire connection is encrypted by SSL.

Additional features:

  • Smart night light to see your pet in the dark, using the device’s built-in flash or LCD display.
  • Sensitises the sound so that you can hear softer noises.
  • Vibration alerts enable you to be notified discreetly when your dog is barking.
  • An alert is sent if the connection is lost or something goes wrong.
  • Activity log allows you to check how often your dog was noisy and replay sounds from current or any previous monitoring.

Details:

  • Paid: $7.99 (App Store), $8.99 (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 9.0 and watch OS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.
  • Requires Android 4.1 and up

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barkio pet cam and webcam app

Launched in November 2019, Barkio is the new dog monitoring app from the developers of Dog Monitor and Rundogo. The Barkio app enables you to watch live video of your pet, hear when your dog’s barking, and interact with your pet remotely. The video streaming is 2-way, so your dog can see you as well via the device set up as the dog cam at home.

Whenever noise is registered, such as barking, howling or whining, Barkio will send you a notification with an audio snippet, allowing you to detect any signs of separation anxiety in your dog, or to know if she needs your attention.

You can then communicate with her remotely to ease her boredom or anxiety, either with or without a live video of yourself. You can also prerecord commands to calm your dog down for times when you are unable to talk, for example, if you are in a meeting or at the movies.

The Barkio app works on multiple platforms – phone, tablet, desktop and laptop – and is available for macOS, Windows and Linux as well as iOS and Android. You can use any of these platforms together. The video transmission works on any network, including WIFI and cellular data.

Multiple family members can connect to the dog station and monitor the dog at the same time. While you can set up multiple dog stations in different rooms in your home, the app doesn’t allow you to connect with all of them simultaneously, so you would need to connect and disconnect from each dog station in turn to check on all the rooms.

There is a free 3-day trial so you can try Barkio out before you commit to a purchase.

Additional features:

  • Two-way video so your dog can see as well as hear you.
  • Activity log to monitor what your dog has been up to, whether barking or resting.
  • Night Light helps with brightening up the room and catching the attention of your pet.
  • 5 levels of microphone sensitivity to capture every sound.
  • Connection issue sound alert.
  • Background mode informs you about your dog through notifications, saving your battery.

Details:

  • Free trial, In-App Purchases
  • Monthly and annual subscriptions $4.99 to $32.99 (App Store); $4.79 to $31.99 (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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Pet Social Networking (2 apps)

Do you long to interact with like-minded pet-owners, whether remotely or face-to-face? If you’re after an exclusive network of fellow Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog lovers or just a local group to meet up with at the neighbourhood dog park, you are sure to find something to suit your needs on one of the growing number of pet social networking apps. Two recent and very promising additions that made it onto our best pet apps of 2021 list are both Australian-developed, and their value for Australian pet owners will largely depend on the number of users they can attract and keep actively engaged.

baxta app

Developed in Australia and released on the App Store in June 2020, Baxta claims to be the most comprehensive app for pets of all types, anywhere in the world – more than a pet social networking app, Baxta says it is community advocating for a better future for animals. Like most social networking sites, you create a profile for your pet (or pets) and post to their feed, check in, share pics and tag friends, as well as like, follow and comment on other users’ posts. You can also chat directly with your contacts through the ‘messages’ tab and receive notifications via the ‘notifications’ tab.

However, we found the ‘explore’ tab to be the most useful aspect of Baxta – here you can connect with pet-friendly businesses, services and products in your local pet community, join pet groups such as Cavoodle Club, French Bulldogs for Life or Lab Lovers, read articles from Baxta Vet, search for pet events and access a ‘lost and found’ page.

From the ‘Places & Services’ map you can search your local area for pet-friendly places such as cafes, parks vets and pet stores, or if you’re planning a visit to another location, you can zoom out or move around the map to search that particular area, or you can search and filter by category from the approximately 15 000 listed businesses and venues.

You can also check in, review and add photos of your favourite pet-friendly places to help other users find them.

Additional features:

  • Baxta Vet – watch videos and read detailed articles on important topics about pet well-being.
  • Pet Events – browse the calendar to find upcoming pet events in your area, such as shows, pet fundraisers and walk-a-thons.
  • Pet Groups – join and/or create groups for your pet type or your location to stay in close contact with your pet’s specific community.
  • Find other Pets – search pet profiles and like, comment, follow or message your favourites.
  • Lost & Found – search or enter details of lost and found pets.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android
    5.0 and up.

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pets forever app

The PetsForever app is a social networking app designed for Australian pet owners who want to engage with a community of pet lovers. Released in February 2020, PetsForever is a growing community which aims to meet all your pet needs, and, in the long term, wants to change the way society looks at pet parenting. Pets Forever states that they support the RSPCA with 10% of proceeds going straight to the charity, and that they strive to only contact ethical businesses offering eco-friendly, sustainable pet products.

After logging in via your Facebook, Apple or Google profile, you create profiles on the app for yourself and your pets, then connect with other users and share pet related posts – pictures, videos, stories, a timeline, and updates – which you can then share to your own social media. You can also search and follow other pets and/or their owners.

Posts in the main feed are a combination of photos of pets posted by their owners, pet advice and information posted by the app’s founders and pet related merchandise posted by retailers. You can also post a pet related question in one of the communities and get advice from professionals in the field and/or other members.

Additional features:

  • Join existing pet communities and create new ones (current active communities include Ask a Vet, Ask Behaviourists, For Sale & Swap, Health & Wellbeing, General Interest and more).
  • Access the Pet Blog and PETx channel to find information on how to take care of your pets, as well as interesting articles and stories about the pet world in general.
  • Access to the online Australian Pet Shop where you can view and purchase a limited number of products from partnered suppliers.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up.

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Pet Sitting (2 apps)

Do you know that you never have to worry about finding a pet minder again? Well, not if these apps for pet sitters fulfil their promise. If you live in one of the larger Australian cities, you should be able to find plenty of options for a variety of services offered by vetted and approved pet minders, from dog walking to doggy day care to dog boarding or house sitting (unfortunately, if you’re in one of the smaller towns, you might not have much success).

Both of these Australia-specific pet sitting apps are popular and highly rated on the App Store and Google Play Store, and are free for pet owners. Fees for services are set by the pet sitters and can therefore vary quite considerably between sitters (note that both apps take a percentage of the fee from the pet sitter).

pawshake app

Pawshake is an app for connecting pet owners with pet sitters in Australian cities (popular cities include Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong). Services offered via the app include dog boarding and doggy day care at the sitter’s home as well as home visits, dog walking and house sitting. Pet sitters are vetted with each sitter’s profile manually checked to ensure they meet Pawshake’s standards (they claim to accept only 15% of applicants).

To use the app, you need to search for pet sitters in your desired location, browse the profiles of those who meet your criteria, read their reviews and then contact those you like via a contact button on their profiles to provide your details and request a meeting in person. If you are satisfied after your ‘meet & greet’, your then confirm your booking online. Payments are held securely by Pawshake until the booking is complete.

After the sitting you can leave a review and/or a rating on criteria such as communication, conscientious, profile accuracy, treatment of animals and value to help other users.

Additional features:

  • View detailed pet sitter profiles that include skills, experience and services provided, description and location of their residence and resident pets, their cancellation policy, user reviews and number of recurring guests.
  • Get daily updates and photos from your pet sitter while you are away.
  • All bookings are covered by The Pawshake Guarantee, which includes free veterinary coverage if your pet becomes ill or is injured during a booking.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 6.0 and up

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madpaws app

Mad Paws is an app that connects pet owners with pet sitters across Australia (their top pet sitting cities include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast, Wollongong, Geelong, Ballarat, Townsville, Bendigo, Toowoomba and Hobart). Overnight services offered include pet sitting at the sitter’s home or at the pet’s home, and daytime services include pet day care, house visiting, dog walking, dog grooming and dog training. All pet sitters are vetted before being accepted on the site, with one in four applicants being accepted as verified Mad Paws pet sitters.

To find a suitable pet sitter, you will need to spend a bit of time searching through the database of pet sitters in your local area and reading their profiles and reviews. You can then arrange a ‘meet & greet’ with potential pet sitters to make sure you choose the right one for your pet. Once you’ve selected the most suitable sitter for your pet, you book them in through the app’s secure payment gateway using PayPal or any credit card. Your pet sitter doesn’t get paid until you confirm the end of stay, which gives you the opportunity to ensure that your pet is safe and happy before the sitter receives the payment.

Additional features:

  • Access detailed pet sitter profiles that include photos, biography, pets accepted, description and location of their home, their reviews, the services they offer with the rates they charge, a Q&A section and a contact button to connect with them directly.
  • Create detailed pet profiles with the option to enter specific care instructions for the sitter as well as hints & tips about any specific habits, quirks or preferences your pet has.
  • Save your favourite sitters, rebook previous sitters, and/or make repeat weekly bookings for dog walking and other regular services.
  • Receive regular messages and photo updates of your pet from the sitter while you are away.
  • Your booking is protected by Mad Paws Accident Cover, meaning that if your pet becomes ill as a result of the pet sitter’s actions or is injured while in their care, veterinary services are covered (conditions apply).

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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Missing Pets / Find my Dog (2 apps)

This category of pet apps was a bit of a tricky one – while there are quite a few missing pet finder apps available, the majority of them had no Australian presence and so would be of no help whatsoever in finding a lost Australian pet. There are only two apps that we considered to be potentially helpful to Aussie pet owners in event of a pet going missing and therefore worthy of inclusion on our best apps for pets 2021 list.

mypet app

Central Animal Records (C.A.R) is Australia’s largest national microchip database for pets, with over 4.2 million pets and over 3.2 million owners listed with them. CAR plays a large role in retrieving lost pets – the organisation runs a 24/7 recovery service and vet clinics, while councils and authorised rescues use CAR’s vast database to reunite lost pets with their owners.

For owners, the My Pet app has a page with steps to follow in the event your pet gets lost, as well as guidelines for those who have found a lost pet. The My Pet app can also be used to update your contact details, manage your existing pet records and register new pets with CAR. Microchip identification with up-to-date information provides peace of mind to owners because if their pet goes missing, there is a clear and precise link between you and the animal. Note that this is not a pet microchip scanner app, additionally, pets that are not registered on any national database will need to be registered before the app can be utilised (registration fees may apply).

The paid V.I.Pet subscription allows owners who are concerned about the possibility of losing their pet to access the following additional features:

  • Pet profile pictures, which could be useful for vets and council rangers to view if your pet goes missing.
  • Owner profile pictures, to allow vets and rangers to see that the correct owner is collecting a found pet.
  • Active recovery service, where CAR alerts local vets and councils if your pet goes missing and lists your pet on the Lost Pets Dashboard.
  • Lost pet poster studio, where you can use templates to create printable missing posters with all relevant information, whichCAR can post on their Facebook page and Lost Pets Dashboard.
  • Medical condition listing, so that vets and councils are aware of your pet’s health issues if she is handed in to them.

Details:

  • Free for registered users
  • V.I.Pet subscription $11.99/year for a single pet or $23.99/year for up to 3 pets
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Latest update Oct 2020

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missing pet finder app

This simple app has just one important purpose – to reunite missing pets with their owners. Create your pet’s profile – name, description, photo and other details, and if your pet goes missing, you can share this immediately with others in your local area who have the app. Non pet owners can also sign up and receive an alert when a pet goes missing in their area. It is an international app that uses your mobile phone’s location services to post listings in your vicinity.

Released in November 2019, the Missing Pet Finder app does not have many Australian listings at present, but hopefully this will change as more Australians get to know about, use and share the app.

Additional features:

  • When you sign up you are immediately asked if you want to share the app with family, friends and neighbours – great for spreading the word and growing your local community
  • Nearby listings can be viewed by date or by distance
  • Owners of a missing pet can instantly print out posters from their pet’s profile – with QR codes that link directly to the post on the app – and easily share on social media platforms
  • Private and group chat options to unite with other pet owners and animal lovers in your location
  • See updates on how a search is progressing

Details:

  • Free. Voluntary subscription to help cover costs ($3.49 to $48.99)
  • Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Android version coming soon

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Finding Pet Friendly Locations near you (2 apps)

Sadly, we found only one app dedicated to finding pet friendly Australian locations, and that one being limited to users in South Australia. On a more positive note, the Baxta app, included in the Pet Social Networking category above, can help you find pet friendly locations throughout Australia in a wide range of categories that includes beaches, cafes, pubs & bars, parks, holiday parks & camp grounds, hotels & accommodation, transportation and even wedding venues, so it’s well worthwhile having a look at it if you are outside of SA.

RSPCA petstop app

PetStop is a free app provided by the RSPCA that features pet-friendly venues and locations in South Australia, particularly in or around Adelaide. Search your desired location by category from the following options: cafes, restaurants, pubs & bars, dessert, wineries, outdoors, services and accommodation.

Read reviews posted by other visitors and write your own reviews to help other users decide whether it’s worth visiting.

Released in November 2019, the more this app is utilised by pet-friendly businesses (by registering to be listed) and pet owners (by rating/reviewing venues) the more useful a resource it will be.

Additional features:

  • Find parks, beaches, walking tracks and other outdoor venues where dogs are welcome.
  • Save your dog’s favourite spots to your favourites.
  • Take photos and tag @rspcapetstop or #rspcapetstop to be featured on its social media.
  • Links to sign up for the RSPCASA’s free 6-part dog training video series and/or book in for their classes.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 4.4 and up

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baxta app

Developed in Australia and released on the App Store in June 2020, Baxta claims to be the most comprehensive app for pets of all types, anywhere in the world – more than a pet social networking app, Baxta says it is community advocating for a better future for animals. Like most social networking sites, you create a profile for your pet (or pets) and post to their feed, check in, share pics and tag friends, as well as like, follow and comment on other users’ posts. You can also chat directly with your contacts through the ‘messages’ tab and receive notifications via the ‘notifications’ tab.

However, we found the ‘explore’ tab to be the most useful aspect of Baxta – here you can connect with pet-friendly businesses, services and products in your local pet community, join pet groups such as Cavoodle Club, French Bulldogs for Life or Lab Lovers, read articles from Baxta Vet, search for pet events and access a ‘lost and found’ page.

From the ‘Places & Services’ map you can search your local area for pet-friendly places such as cafes, parks vets and pet stores, or if you’re planning a visit to another location, you can zoom out or move around the map to search that particular area, or you can search and filter by category from the approximately 15 000 listed businesses and venues.

You can also check in, review and add photos of your favourite pet-friendly places to help other users find them.

Additional features:

  • Baxta Vet – watch videos and read detailed articles on important topics about pet well-being.
  • Pet Events – browse the calendar to find upcoming pet events in your area, such as shows, pet fundraisers and walk-a-thons.
  • Pet Groups – join and/or create groups for your pet type or your location to stay in close contact with your pet’s specific community.
  • Find other Pets – search pet profiles and like, comment, follow or message your favourites.
  • Lost & Found – search or enter details of lost and found pets.

Details:

  • Free
  • Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android
    5.0 and up.

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Just for fun! (6 apps)

Are you perhaps looking for a dog talk app to entertain the kids (and the dog!) on a rainy day or a virtual pet app to teach them about pet care and responsibility? How about a dog breed app to identify that unusual looking dog you come across at the dog park, or a pet camera app to help you take insta-worthy snaps of your fur-baby? The best of the best of these – and a few more just for fun – make it into the final category of our best apps for pets 2021…

my talking pet app

The My Talking Pet app brings a photo of your pet to life, so if you’ve wondered what it would be like if your pet could talk, now you can find out and have a bit of fun at the same time! You can record the words you want your dog to say in your own voice , then change the speed and pitch from slow and deep big dog voice to high and fast little dog or anything in between with the amusing My Talking Pet app.

Alternatively, choose from hundreds of pre-recorded sound clips, including variations of famous lines from well-known personalities and movies (“You want the ball? You can’t handle the ball”, “I love the smell of pet food in the morning”…).

Add accessories such as a hat, glasses and moustache, write text to make your own memes, plus lots more fun to be had with this very popular and entertaining – albeit pricey – app.

Additional features:

  • Lots of animal photos to choose from if you don’t have your own pet.
  • Save and share your creation as a video, post it to social media or send it to someone else.
  • Create fun and unique greeting cards and send to family and friends.
  • Tutorial to help you get started.

Details:

  • Free, in-app purchases
  • Pro version: auto-renewing subscription options – $36.99 per year or $4.49 per month (App Store) and $1.59 to $39.99 per item (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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dogs sounds and noises app

This app says that it helps you identify your dog’s feelings with the touch of a button. While this claim is rather unlikely, the Human-to-Dog Translator is nevertheless a fun dog talk app that will most likely excite your dog and encourage playfulness, laughter and lots of barking!

Simple to use, you press the microphone button to record what you want to say to your dog, then play what you’ve recorded in ‘dog language’ to your dog. Or you can play the pre-recorded emotions to communicate with your dog. The paid version unlocks all the dog emotions.

Details:

  • Free, in-app purchases
  • Auto-renewing subscription options – $0.99 to $2.99 per month (App Store)
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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dog cam dog selfie camera app

Marketing itself as “the ultimate doggy camera app for iOS”, the DogCam app allows you to use distracting sounds, such as whistling, squeaky toys or barking, to get your dog’s attention for photos and videos. This pet camera app is sure to make your pics insta-worthy!

Additional features:

  • Photos and videos can be taken with the phone’s main and selfie cameras.
  • Provides camera features such as flash, zoom, focus, timer and live photo.
  • Access your camera roll with a touch of a button.
  • Instantly share your photos to the DogCam App Instagram page.

Details:

  • Free, in-app purchases
  • Premium – unlock additional sounds – from $2.99 to $4.49 (App Store)
  • Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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dog scanner app

Do you sometimes see strange dogs in the park and wondered what breeds they are? If so, then this is the app for you! Calling itself the #1 Dog Breed Identification app, the Dog Scanner claims to be able to identify more than 370 dog breeds as well as to identify the particular breeds that make up a mixed breed dog.

All you need to do is take a quick photo or video of the dog, and the app will do the rest, providing the result in a few seconds along with an accuracy rating of the match.

Note that this dog breed app provides an educated prediction based on the quality of the image or video provided and acknowledges in its disclaimer that it is impossible to detect every dog correctly without the use of DNA testing. You can give feedback on the app to let them know if the dog’s breed has been correctly identified. In fact, if you indicate which dog breed is in the photo you upload, you will help improve the accuracy of the app.

Additional features:

  • Have fun scanning your friends and family to find out which dog breed they resemble!
  • Comprehensive database of dog breeds with information and images.
  • Share your results and compare them with the results of the community.
  • Social feed to share photos and like and comment of other users’ photos.
  • Vote for additional dog breeds that you want to be included in the app.

Details:

  • Free, with ads and in-app purchases
  • Premium: add free and off-line mode – $21.99 (App Store) and $1.29 to $24.99 per item (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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weather puppy app

Who wouldn’t want a real time weather app that makes you smile regardless of the forecast! The dog changes based on the weather and time, and updates every time you open the app. Swipe up for detailed weather data including wind speed, humidity, UV index, radar and weekly and hourly forecasts.

You can change between Fahrenheit and Celsius in the Settings tab.

The Puppies button allows you to change the theme from the standard “original” – you can choose from various breeds as well as themes such as adventure, puppy love, cats and dogs and seasonal themes – or you can add your own dog as a theme by adding your own pics (you will need to watch video ads and/or upgrade to the paid version for these options).

Additional features:

  • Access weather forecasts for multiple cities around the world by adding your preferred cities.
  • Set a daily reminder to check the weather using the settings button.
  • The app supports a number of charitable partners in the USA.

Details:

  • Free, ads and in-app purchases
  • Prime: ad free and additional features – $3.49 to $30.99 (App Store) and $2.79 to $39.99 (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Android requirements vary by device.

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pug louie app

This popular and well-rated virtual pet app is a fun game for all ages. Louie the Pug is a charming virtual puppy dog who is waiting for you to adopt him and make him happy. Not a talking dog, Louie will stick out his tongue and pee on the water hydrant.

You will need to take care of him: feed him, take him out to pee, bathe and play with him. You also get to dress him up in clothes which you collect as you progress through the levels and complete daily missions.

Details:

  • Free, with ads (watch videos)
  • In-app purchases: $1.99 – $49.99 per item (App Store); $1.99 – $46.99 per item (Google Play Store)
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Requires Android 5.0 and up

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