Statistics estimate that up to a huge 47% of households in the US have a pet dog, with over 70 million dogs being pets. Commonly known as a ‘man’s best friend’ dogs are found in countless homes worldwide, with owners striving to give them the most loving care possible.
However, having a dog isn’t easy and requires lots of maintenance as well as money – especially if you have a puppy! The average first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 so, if you want an extra helping hand that won’t cost anything, below you’ll find some simple apps you can start using right away to help you take care of your beloved pooch!
A great option for first-time dog owners who feel slightly overwhelmed by the new addition to the family, Pet Coach will become your no.1 resource for everything dog-related.
Offering advice on nutrition for a variety of dog breeds as well as behavioral patterns and what steps to take if your dog appears sick, Pet Coach will give you peace of mind that you’ll always have the important information on-hand without taking the time giving your local vet a call. Better still, this app is cat-friendly too! So, if you have dogs as well as cats in your home, Pet Coach has everything you’ll need to provide the right care.
Map My Walk
A major factor that makes dogs stand out against other pets is that they require daily walks – some breeds more than others. After researching how much walking your dog requires, Map My Walk is the perfect app for keeping tabs on your walks (and can even provide a useful workout resource too!).
Monitoring how far you walk with your dog, as well as the routes you choose to take, Map My Walk can also be a great resource for a hired dog walker if you don’t have time to walk your dog daily yourself. Better still, if you combine Map My Walk with Weather Live Free available now on Google Play, you’re able to keep track of the weather in real-time no matter where you are, making it much easier to choose the best time throughout the day to walk your dog.
Even if you have a dog, you shouldn’t feel restricted from going away on the occasional vacation or two. If you’re unable to take your dog with you, Doggy BnB is the next best thing. As its name would suggest, this app easily connects you with a network of like-minded, fully trusted dog sitters that you can contact at the simple click of a button.
Offering lovable care without the hassle and stress of taking your dog to the kennels, Doggy BnB is a worthwhile app to have if a vacation is on the cards.
Taking care of a dog can be stressful at times but, with the above apps, you have the power to make things much easier and happier for both yourself and your dog – at absolutely no cost!
Emma Bridge enjoys article writing and often jots down her thoughts and tips for an online audience as she writes about a range of lifestyle topics with a cup of tea close to hand!