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Apps for Dog Lovers
Teach your pup a trick or find an off leash park with your iPhone or iTouch.
The Diagnostic Imaging Atlas app shows pet lovers illustrations fit for a veterinary textbook.

As the Apple commercial suggests, there really does seem to be an “app” for just about everything. These applications can be used with the Apple iPhone or iTouch iPod. Many are even offered for free. 

You can download any of these apps by going to the Apple iTunes store through your computer, iPhone, or iTouch. Here are the canine highlights that received high reviews from users.

Clicker (free) – Never leave home without your clicker. This app makes the click sound at the touch of a button so you never miss a training opportunity.

Pet First Aid ($2.99) – Be prepared in the event of an emergency with videos and step-by-step instructions on pet first aid and other health topics. The content was written by an American Red Cross pet first aid instructor.

Dog Tricks & Bark Machine ($0.99) – Lugging around a training book is so last year. This app provides portable step-by-step directions with photos to train tricks, solve behavior problems, and play games with your pup.

Off Leash (free) – Ensure your dogs are never without a spot to stretch their legs with Off Leash, an app that locates the five closest dog parks. You can search by your current location with your iPhone’s Locate Me feature or by zip code. Currently, the app is limited to the United States but there are plans to expand to other countries in the coming months. The database is updated every 2-3 weeks.

Pet Notebook ($2.99) – Always have your dog’s most important information handy. The Pet Notebook provides record keeping for registration and health data.

Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (free) – Designed for veterinarians to educate their clients, this app is valuable for any pet lover. Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (DIA) features medical illustrations of dog and cat illnesses and health problems.

Have you used any of these programs before?  Makes me have serious iPhone envy!

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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