Admittedly, we’re a little Apple obsessed here at Ruff Wear. Maybe it’s because all our computers are Macs, or maybe it’s because the endless features of the iPhone/AT&T network that only recently became available to us here in Bend, Oregon. Either way, we love Apple and iPhone apps make us drool (or, slobber). So here are a few of our favorite iPhone apps for dog owners:
Best App for Dog Play
This FREE app by Eukanuba uses GPS or zipcode to locate nearby off-leash dog parks, then gives you turn by turn directions to get there. You can even suggest your favorite park to get it added to the service.
Best App for Pet Safety
Pet Owner’s Manual ($.99)
This app features emergency how-to information for bee stings, doggie CPR, allergies—it’s like a virtual canine first-aid kit. You can even use the “Find a Vet” feature which uses GPS to locate nearby veterinary services.
Best App for the Traveling Dog Owner
For times when Fido can’t join along, this app allows your dog’s caretaker to send information to you including when your dog is fed, walked, or given medicine.
Best App for Prospective Dog Owners
This app provides breed information based on Wikipedia entries. This is a great application for prospective dog owners searching shelters and rescue groups for the a compatible canine companion.
Best App for Fun
iClean Screen Cleaner ($.99)
Similar to the dog-licking screen cleaner email that circulates around offices, this app “cleans” your iPhone screen with hilarious video of dogs licking the screen. All the love minus the slobber damage.
Best App for Training
This FREE app gives out whistle frequencies up to 20,000 Hz and mimics various dog whistles to help train your dog to do tricks. It also has a “bark detector” that triggers a whistle tone when the dog’s sound level exceeds a certain threshold.
Most Politically Correct App
The First Dog ($.99)
This app allows you to virtually pet, feed and play with the First Dog, Bo, and if that’s not politically correct enough for you, the proceeds benefit the Humane Society.
Best Personalized App
Shake & Bark
This FREE app lets you download a picture and sound file of your dog’s bark, which will let out a yelp when you shake your phone.