Like most other things in our world, the realm of dog training has been revolutionized by our mobile devices.
In addition to dog apps for finding dog parks, tracking your dog’s health, and tracking when your dog last went to the bathroom, there are also a variety of apps specifically designed to help you train your dog effectively.
Dog training apps come in all different shapes and sizes, and this blog will give you a summary of the ten best iPhone apps for helping train your best friend...with a little help from your other best friend.
iClicker is a free app which plays the role of the clicker when clicker training your dog. The chief benefit of this app is that whether we like it or not, most of us have our phones on us at all times, so you’ll never find yourself without your clicker. iClicker also includes 32 videos and nine easy-to-follow training tutorials for use in conjunction with the basic clicker function.
Also, if your dog tends to go crazy at the sound of a cat or a doorbell, iClicker also features the “noise box” app, which has 48 sound effects that can be used to desensitize your dog to distracting noises.
As the name suggests, this app is designed specifically for puppy training.
Puppy coach 101 includes nine training topics, including Introduction, Crate Training, House Training, Teaching Name, Teaching Sits, Coming When Called, Biting and Nipping, Handling and Grooming and Take It and Drop It. It also features over 30 helpful instructional videos featuring professional dog trainer Joanne Lekas.
The best part is that once you’ve finished your course, Puppy Coach even emails you a Puppy Diploma with your dog’s picture on it!
This app features over 40 tricks, playfully taught by Sara Carson and the Super Collies, who were top 5 finalists on America’s Got Talent. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a built-in clicker, you can track your training progress and collect badges as you train and master new tricks.
Although the app is free, to get the most out of it, Puppr features in-app purchases, such as the Circus Lesson Pack, Charming Lesson Pack, and Silly Lesson Pack.
This is an interactive training app from The Friendly Dog Club, designed to make training fun for both you and your dog. Written by UK dog trainer Angela Horsley, who has over 30 years of experience training dogs, basic training is centered around reward-based clicker training.
Once you’ve completed the lessons here, move onto the companion app, The Friendly Dog Club: The Next Steps.
Unlike the rest of the apps on our list, this one is specifically meant for use in connection with the PetSafe electronic training collar.
Using your mobile device as a remote control, you can send a number of different signals to your dog through their PetSafe collar.
These signals range from sound to vibration to 15 different levels of static stimulation.
One of the keys to having a calm, well-adjusted dog is getting them accustomed to a variety of different sounds. A common problem with puppy owners is training them to exist around sounds which they may find alarming or disturbing. This app has tips and videos as well as sound effects which include crying babies, vacuum cleaners, fireworks, thunder, and drilling.
The training tips and videos show you how to use the app in conjunction with the sound effects to prep your pup for the noisy world out there!
This app was created by experts with years of dog training and is designed for you to be able to teach your dog what you want when you want to.
You start by answering a few questions about both your dog and your schedule, then choose the games, skills, tricks, and commands you want to teach. Puptimize then creates a customized training schedule based on what your training goals, your dog’s personality, and when you have time to train. You also get fun ways to score progress based on your dog’s achievements.
A valuable asset in training a dog can be the dog whistle, or in this case a dog whistle app, which operates at a frequency inaudible to the human ear. This app produces a dog whistle whose frequency is controlled by you with the help of adjustable sliders. Also, there are training lessons including “Teach Your Dog to Come,” “Teach Your Dog to Sit,” and “Teach Your Dog to Shake.”
Pooch is a great resource for teaching your dog tricks as well as general good behavior. It also teaches you humane training strategies and positive reinforcement strategies, making you a better trainer. In addition, a new feature has been added recently which allows you to track multiple dogs’ progress at once.
Marketed as “your dog’s favorite app,” Dogo features over 20 training sessions with fun illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and a built-in clicker to help you train your dog through positive clicker training.
An added bonus is that your exams will be reviewed by a professional dog trainer, and experts are available for consultation through the app as well.
Depending on what your dog training needs are, you’ll most likely be able to find an app on this list that meets them.
Luckily, the majority of the apps we’ve listed are either have a free version or are very inexpensive. This means that without much financial risk, you can try a few different ones and find the one that works best for you.
Whichever app you choose, we’re sure you’ll find training your dog or puppy with a mobile training app more convenient, fun, and cost-effective than most other methods.