Apps for Dog Lovers

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These days, the creation of new social media websites and games comes as no surprise. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Tinder, and more. Not to mention all the apps that we obsess over like Flappy Bird and Candy Crush Saga. With all these apps for people, I shouldn’t have been surprised to come across DoggyDatez, a social media app for dog owners. The app allows owners to meet other dogs and dog owners in their area by “marking their territory” on a map of spots that they and their dog frequent. Owners can then see who else visits their spots and search for dogs in their area by gender, breed, or age (Petronzio, 2013). Similarly, Bark –Your Dog’s Social Life, is a social media app that allows owners to create a profile page for their dog, much like Facebook, them match up with other dog owners based on their sociability (Shaw). I really like the idea of this app, especially for people who aren’t easily able to meet other dog owners in their area because dogs are such social creatures.

But apps for dog lovers don’t stop there. There is also Tagg, which is an app that’s paired with a GPS that you attach to your dog’s collar. It has features like an alert for when your dog leaves an area you’ve designated and a movement measurement to allow you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise (Petronzio, 2013). Similar to Tagg, is the app Finding Rover. The app actually used Facial Recognition Technology to help owners find their lost dogs. The owner basically registers their dog in the database, while other app users take pictures of lost dogs that they see. This app cost over a million dollars to develop, but is free to users. The creators hope to gain money through advertising(“App reunites lost,” 2014). This seems like a really fantastic app for helping owners who have lost dogs. I think that it would be more successful if more people knew about it so that they could be snapping pictures of any dogs that they think might be lost. Also, it will be interesting to see how successful they app owners will be without charging for the app itself.

I hadn’t heard much about dog-related apps before reading the article of Mashable. I can absolutely see them getting more popular in the future, especially as technology advances and becomes cheaper.

Works Cited

App reunites lost dogs with owners through recognition software. (2014, February 12). Retrieved from http://www.kswo.com/story/24710750/new-app-reunites-lost-pets-with-owners-through-facial-recognition

Petronzio, M. (2013, March 14). 10 must-have apps for dog owners. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/03/14/apps-for-dogs/

Shaw, L. (2014, January 17). New smartphone app helps dog owners take advantage of opportunities for socialization and fun. Retrieved from http://www.mlive.com/living/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/01/bark_your_dogs_social_life_iph.html

9 thoughts on “Apps for Dog Lovers

  1. I don’t have a dog but this app sounds like a great idea. I have many friends who are dog owners and would definitely be excited to use this app!

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  2. Dog lovers are serious about their pets so I’m not surprised there are apps for them. The social media site for dogs seems a little shaky to me, but all of the others have great value for dogs and their owners.

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  3. Personally, I’m a cat person but I have a feeling my mom would use this, if she could work her iPhone… This would be a great vehicle for animal food, toy, and health companies to advertise their products and services.

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  4. I’m not surprised that there is an app like this out there because of how serious people are about their pets. I do find it unnecessary and ridiculous though- now we have to manage our pet’s social life? I feel that it is more for the pet owner than the dog. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of an app like this for parents to set their kids up on play dates.

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  5. I’m not so sure about the social apps but I think the app that allows you to track the location of your dog is a great idea. Hopefully the app will decrease the amount of dogs that end up lost.

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  6. I really like the idea of the Tagg app. I think that is very beneficial to keeping track of your dog’s whereabouts, especially if he or she gets lost or even stollen.

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  7. I’m not sure about how I feel about this app. I am not really an animal person but knowing that you will now be able to track your pet is makes it easier for dog owners to know where their dog is and reduce the number of dogs that are lost.

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  8. Great Idea! Really good for people living in cities because dogs need to get out and see other dogs who are sitting in an apartment all day! This is something I would use if I had a dog.

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