Last year, I upgrade from a Blackberry to a Windows Phone. I didn’t get an iPhone, because the rapid upgrades they do are annoying. Although I wouldn’t be upgrading every time a new model came out, I’d want to badly. So I went to a Windows Phone and I love it. Except when someone contacts me about their cool new Dog Related App and I get to ask “is it for a Windows phone?” The answer is always “No.”
I still love my Windows phone, but were I to transition to the lovely Samsung Galaxy, I’d definitely consider these dog related apps…
I know the creators of this dog related app and they’re awesome. Their dogs, Jack and Maggie, are well known in the pet blogging community and they created an app that I was never able to use on my smart phone, but following their blog helped us jump start Sydney’s weight loss and she looks amazing today thanks to what we learned through the SlimDoggy blog that led to a change in diet and exercise. Within 6 months, Sydney had lost 8 pounds. She went from being a coach potato and not playful, to running around our property, chasing her brothers (or being chased), playing with toys, and jumping on us and now is being re-taught “down” and “off.”
Canine obesity is growing in our country, but are we really surprised? The amount of misinformation out there is astounding. Too many dog parents are falling for the flashing advertising campaigns and trusting that the pet food industry has their dog’s best interest at heart. They don’t. We have to take the lead when it comes to our dog’s health and we start by asking questions, doing our homework, and taking interest in diet and exercise. This is where the SlimDoggy app will help. In fact, I’d switch to the Samsung Galaxy just so that I can try the SlimDoggy app as soon as it’s available for android (if it isn’t already).
Check out my SlimDoggy widget over in the right sidebar ——->
This dog related app would require that our dogs where collars, but I figure I could use it on their harness. I’ve always wondered…
- Do our dogs get more exercise on leash or off leash?
- Do our dogs any exercise on our walks when we’re stopping to sniff every 5 steps?
- Who gets more exercise, the boys or the girl?
FitBark does a lot more than this, but I’m most interested in the health aspects of the app. Knowing each of our dogs’ energy level will help us better determine how much food they should be eating. As you may know, our dogs are on a raw food diet. Some days they eat their food and then return to me for seconds. It’s hard to resist three sets of brown eyes; what if they’re still hungry? So I’ve learned to do the rib test – I run my hands along their rib cage – if I can count each rib easily, they need more food; if I can’t really feel the ribs without pushing in, then they need less. I’m looking for a happy medium and our greedy dogs have met it. No seconds!
FitBark makes this a little easier for dog parents.
I might be able to pick these dog related apps (and more) up on my Kindle – but not my Windows phone. That being said, I’m going to pull it out and see what I can get, because I found 8 more dog related apps that I could use on Be Pawsitive - check them out! There are several more about dog nutrition and diet (SlimDoggy has us covered on that one). I’m most interested in the dog related apps that…
- Help us track our dog’s activity level when we’re away – another one that does this is Tagg (I met their representatives at BlogPaws). We can also track our dogs down when they go on a walk-about (Rodrigo). Bummer is that our dogs need to wear a collar; which our dogs do not.
- Weather puppy – I thought this one would tell me the weather so I can plan dog walks. Well, I guess it does, but that’s not the point. It shows cute pictures of puppies and dogs while displaying the weather forecast. Ahhhhh.
- PetMD finder – is just brilliant; especially for those of us who are new to an area or traveling with our dogs.
- Map my dog walk – now this is the one I want – very badly – and I need it on my phone. I love the idea of planning the walk, seeing which route gives us the most exercise and pre-planning surprise detours to keep my pack from getting bored!
You can find all of these and more over on Be Pawsitive. Maybe some day you’ll also find a Keep the Tail Wagging app!
Do you use a pet or dog related app on your phone? Which one?