MUTTerings: Dog Apps!
Looking to make your phone or iPad more dog friendly? Check out Nikki's picks for fun and free apps.
Nikki Moustaki |
Posted: April 7, 2012, 8 a.m. EDT
Is this how my dogs see me?
I’ve had an iPod Touch for a long time (it’s like the iPhone, but without the phone) and I just got an iPad, so to say that I’m "app happy” is an understatement. Of course, the first thing I had to do when I got the new iPad was to download a bunch of doggie apps. I like the free apps (who doesn’t?), so I figured I’d give you the 411 on some of the interesting dog-themed apps out there – and all for zero dollars!
i to eye HD Free
By far the coolest app I found is the "i to eye HD Free,” which gives your gadget "canine vision” through its camera. Essentially, this app claims to be able to show you what your dog is seeing. I don’t know if it’s accurate or not, but it’s really cool. The image is kind of grainy and yellow-ish, wiping out all the reds, and seems a little tunnel-vision. The idea is that dogs have different color perception, light sensitivity, and angular resolution than we do. Whether it’s real or not, I definitely have a good time walking around, pointing my iPad at things and imagining that it’s how Pearl and Zoey see the world.
Talking Ben is a scruffy breed-non-specific dog that sits in a chair reading a magazine. You interact with him by touching him and his surroundings. Touch the phone and it rings and you can have a conversation with Ben. Touch the speaker icon below him, and he burps loudly, then listens to what you’re saying, then repeats it back to you sounding a little like he’s had too much to drink (and not water). But beware – don’t touch Ben’s paws or he’ll growl at you. This app kept me entertained for 10 minutes, but I imagine that a kid would really get a kick out of it. It’s very cute.
This app does just what it says – gives your dog her daily horoscope. It’s cute, but the horoscopes can be a little cryptic. One suggested that Pearl thinks that I eat too much. Well, I think the same of Pearl, so there! The app seems to be connected to a pet deal-a-day website, which is handy if you’re looking for a bargain.
This app purports to be able to choose the perfect dog breed for you by having you choose the answers to a few simple questions. It did OK for me – I’m supposed to have an Affenpinscher. I’m a Schnauzer girl at heart, but they’re not entirely dissimilar. The best part about the app is the breed list with the names of hundreds of dog breeds (and even a Cockapoo, go figure) – touch a breed and you get photos and a breed profile. Pretty cool.
There are few dog whistle apps for your gadget. The one I tried did get my dogs’ attention, but when I changed the frequency it made them leave the room. I think it’s worth downloading just to play with it for a while and see what frequencies your dogs can hear that you can’t.
i Love Dogs Dog Friendly
This useful app shows you all of the dog friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and beaches, stores, and attractions in your area. It even allows you to submit locations. Apparently, there are quite a few dog friendly restaurants in my neighborhood that I didn’t know about. I’ll have to check them out!
This just-for-fun app purports to be able to translate your dog’s barking into English. I tried it on Pearl and Zoey and it said that they wanted to eat. Well, I could have predicted that! Then I barked into it myself and it said, "I may be cute, but I’m also ferocious!” There may be something to this app after all.
For free, you can have a cute doggie (or kitty) lick the inside of your screen to clean it. Of course, it’s just a movie of a dog (and cat) licking a piece of glass, but it’s Adorable with a capital A. Worth quite a lot of time wasting. You can choose from a few stock photos for the pets to lick off of your screen, or you can choose one of your own photos.
See Spot Sit
Fantastic clicker training app! It’s a little unwieldy to use on the iPad, but I imagine that it would be great to use on the iPhone or iPod Touch. The main screen gives you three buttons for customizable "attention sounds,” and a large button (paw) for the clicker sound as well as a "try again” sound. The logging feature allows you to log your dog’s progress in each training session and even gives you a list of exercises to complete. The info tab gives you basic clicker instruction. Love this one!
Have any fun dog apps I should try? Let me know!
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