5 Must-Have iPhone Apps for Pet Owners

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When you're teaching your dog a new behavior, whether it’s sit or roll over, it can be difficult to remember the different steps and their order when you’re in a practice session. Smartphone training apps offer immediate feedback right on your phone. Admittedly, an app will offer only a condensed overview of training and will have relatively few details compared with what you would find in a training book or extensive article. But when you're on the go, often a condensed overview is all you need to get you on the right track.

I tested dozens of iPhone apps and rounded up my top five, including three training apps and two designed to encourage better behavior.

Dog Tricks & Bark Machine

This app has an extensive library of tips on teaching both basic behaviors and trick training and includes information about avoiding common behavior problems, such as barking, digging and jumping up to greet. The app covers dogs of all ages and includes a puppy-specific section. As an added bonus, the app includes games you can play with your dog and allows you to research the personality traits of popular dog breeds. Dog Tricks & Bark Machine, $.99.

Puppy Coach 101

This application is helpful for teaching your new puppy useful behaviors, such as crate training and coming when called. It also provides helpful information on teaching your puppy the rules of tug and offers advice on house training and mouthing. The application includes high-quality video and provides easy-to-follow steps for training. Puppy Coach 101, $2.99.


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