The Most powerful dogs of 2014

Hi all, 

It’s that time again. DOGTV – the first and only television network created just for dogs – has searched from nose to tail to compile its second annual list of the year’s most powerful dogs. This year’s prestigious pups were selected based on several criteria, including social buzz, awards and accolades, power by association and exceptional do-gooding.

However, as it did last year, the ultimate decision came down to media buzz – both traditional and social. These pup-arazzi targets made national headlines in 2014 for their many accomplishments, powerful feats and just generally being PAWsome.

Below are the famous furballs that make up the Most Powerful Dogs of 2014.

 

Mutant Giant Spider Dog, YouTube Superstar

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Source: Animalist

 

With more than 118 million views on YouTube, Mutant Giant Spider Dog – also known as Chica the dachshund – was the most shared and discussed canine online this year, once her Polish film-making owner dressed her up like an oversized tarantula and unleashed her on unsuspecting passersby. Mutant Giant Spider Dog dominated the YouTube chart as the top-trending clip of 2014, passing up incredibly popular ads like Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” Super Bowl commercial and the much-discussed “First Kiss” video.

 

Tuna, Instagram Sensation

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Source: @Tunameltsmyheart

Tuna, also known as @Tunameltsmyheart on Instagram, is one of the most powerful pups on social media. With an Instagram following of 1.1 million that grows at a rate of about 1,000 daily, this year has been HUGE for the little “chiweenie” (chihuahua-dachshund mix). He’s been the subject of Internet memes, scored a Barkbox-sponsored tour contract to raise funds for shelters, has his own website where you can buy Tuna t-shirts, coffee mugs and much more, and even now has his own manager.

 

Wacha, Canine Sidekick to BRAVO “Watch What Happens Live!” Host Andy Cohen

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Source: @therealwacha

 

Wacha is a superstar who skyrocketed to fame after Andy Cohen, one of the most famous men in late-night TV, rescued him. Aside from being on the cover of his dad’s best-selling book, Wacha just landed the InStyle Social Media Award for Most Stylish Pet. He has a burgeoning Instagram following (nearly 100,000) and even has a nightly standing gig on “Watch What Happens Live!” where he assists in interviewing celebrities of every caliber. He knows people.

 

Nathan, Winner of the National Dog Show 2014

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Source: Purina

 

Millions tuned in on Thanksgiving Day this year to watch Nathan, a playful bloodhound whose stadium ring antics won over the crowd, take the Best in Breed title at the National Dog Show. A top-tier competitor, Nathan now boasts 24 Best in Show titles! Based on his recent success, he is now among the favorites to add the Westminster Best in Show title to his long list of accolades this coming February.

The Paws and Stripes service dogs, A&E’s “Dogs of War”

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Source: Paws and Stripes

 

The canine heroes in the Paws and Stripes nonprofit organization provide mental health support and physical services for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The dogs are the stars of A&E’s hit show “Dogs of War” and are involved in every aspect of the organization’s program — facilitating healing, building self-confidence, increasing their bonds with their human partner and more. In this case, power to the paws and the people!

 

Prince Hilton, Paris Hilton’s Pricey Pomeranian

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Source: @prince_hilton_the_pom

 

Talk about a pampered pet. When your mom is Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotel empire, you automatically become an extremely powerful pup and, in this case, a prince. Prince Hilton became the “it” dog on the scene after one Instagram post from mom sent fans into “awe!” overdrive. Media outlets all over the world were blown away by this adorable, less than two-pound pup worth $13,000.

 

Peanut, Winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2014

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Source: E! Online

 They say looks aren’t everything, and 2-year-old Peanut the mutt was counting on it when he took the main stage at the 2014 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest this past June. Peanut, who is believed to be a chihuahua and shih-tzu mix, was a victim of animal abuse and was injured in a fire before mom Holly recused him. Together, they plan to take Peanut’s $1,500 prize back home to North Carolina to help pay other pets’ veterinary bills. There’s a lot of power in paying it forward.

 

Zeus, Small-Town Pit Bull Supported by a Nation

Source: Move On

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One month ago, a young girl from Louisiana pleaded on national TV for her city’s officials to repeal a vicious dog ban that would, if not overturned, ultimately lead to the confiscation and disposal of her family’s pet dog. The nation reacted quickly to news about Zeus the pit bull and more than 350,000 (and growing, daily) American and international supporters, signed a petition to save Zeus and keep him with his family, where he also acts as a therapy dog. Once the media introduced the world to Zeus, he inspired hundreds of thousands to reexamine the stereotype placed on his breed for years.

 

Hank, Unofficial Mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers

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Source: ABC News

 

After inviting himself to the Milwaukee Brewers Spring training camp in Arizona this year (by way of running onto the field), the bichon frise-mix quickly became the team’s most adorable walk-on player and went from Phoenix stray to clubhouse MVP. Hank, named after Hank Aaron of course, immediately snagged the attention of sports fans and dog lovers alike, and quickly captured the hearts of media across the country.

 

Jiff, World Record-setting Pomeranian

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Source: Guinness World Records

 

Move over, Boo, there’s a new Pomeranian sensation in town. Jiff recently set two Guinness World Records for the fastest dog on two paws – that’s right, both hind legs and front paws – and has his own official “Jiff Day” in Los Angeles, where he recently moved to pursue acting. His most famous role to date? Appearing in global superstar Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video. Jiff’s got power and panache. Not to mention 1.3 million Facebook fans, 232,000 Instagram followers and more than half a million views on YouTube.

WE WISH YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS – AND A PUPPY NEW YEAR!

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Cute video

Hi Humans,

I hope you had a pawesome weekend,

Here’s a little something to start your week with a smile…

 

 

Ron

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Give me some skin

Hi all, 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Today’s guest post is by Elysa Horvath,  the chief paw protector at Natural Paws. Elysa uses essential oil and herbal infusions to provide holistic benefits, neutralizing allergy symptoms, infections, and inflammation, building skin strength while providing gentle aromatherapy.

Dogs, like people, are intricate beings.  Organs, bones, muscles, and fluids, and all of this housed and protected by the largest organ of the body: the skin. Whether thick or thin, tough or delicate, skin is alive with its own ecosystem, needing a balance of strength and elasticity, of moisture and amino acids.
Also like us, dogs do need attention to their skin to keep it maintained and allow it to do its jobs.  Whether you live in a dry desert climate, or are trudging through snowy winters, your dog’s paw pads can show signs of stress and wear at an early age.  Dryness and cracking often go overlooked, and dogs can show their caregivers that there’s an issue by excessively licking or chewing on those pads. The question presents itself: Are you in tune with your pack’s paw health?

Let’s back up a bit though. Paw pads were made for walking, running, jumping, even hunting.  However, domestic dogs live in the environment we have created for them, including chemically treated carpeting, tile floors, and concrete… a far cry from natural paths their pads were designed for!

They also have some features not everyone is aware of, one being that they act as tiny shock absorbers for the entire body, which in turn protects the joints and sockets of the body.  They’re designed for action!
Another feature is that the paw’s pores are literally expressways for toxins to release from the dog’s body. So when choosing aides to heal and protect them, we must keep this in mind so as not to inhibit this important function!  What does that mean specifically?  Aside from avoiding introduction of toxins whenever possible, we shouldn’t apply anything which might be clogging to these pores.  Petroleums, waxes, parabens, and butters can be particularly worrisome.  If you choose a wax-based product for protection when trekking out, it’s wise to make sure to remove any remaining residue after the activity is complete.

Understanding the basic functions of the paw pads and what they do for your dog is the first step, and you may be wondering what a dog’s caregiver needs to know about holistic maintenance. Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind on an ongoing basis:


Keep them clean: If your pup is a trailblazer, it can be easy to miss caked on dirt. So what?  Well, if there’s a cactus needle, other pointy plant bits, or a shard of glass under that dirt, cleaning the paws regularly will bring these injuries to your attention quickly.  If there is an infection or cut, you’ll want to treat it right away to keep the infection from entering the internal systems of the dog.

 


Moisturize and Massage: Who doesn’t love a good foot rub? Essential oil blends are blissful when rubbed into the skin, and dogs are not immune to this joy!  And what better way to keep those pads in tip-top shape for all of that shock absorbing we’ve learned about, than using botanicals to increase their elasticity and overall strength?  Choose a product that is safe for the paws and also safe if licked, and one which offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Avoid anything containing alcohol, as this will sting and is not safe if licked.

Always allow the dog to give a quick sniff to any new massage products you’re using, to make them a part of the process.  Consider the aromatherapy as well as the benefits each ingredient will provide.  Always use a product made for dogs, as undiluted essential oils can overload the system and create the very toxicity we’re avoiding.  Some natural products which are safe for humans, can be dangerous or even fatal for dogs.

The paws are the connecting point between a dog and his world. Proper care can keep your dog healthier, happier, and can extend and enhance his active years.

About the Author

 

Elyse Horvath is the chief paw protector at Natural Paws, the company behind the Sweet Pea’s Paws line of natural and organic botanicals for paw pad and skin wellness. Elyse uses essential oil and herbal infusions to provide holistic benefits, neutralizing allergy symptoms, infections, and inflammation, building skin strength while providing gentle aromatherapy. She can be found at pet-centered and animal rescue events around the Southwest and can be contacted at elyse@naturalpaws.net.

More information can be found at www.naturalpaws.net or at www.facebook.com/naturalpaws.

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Bone Apetit!

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a great weekend.

The holidays are just around the corner, so I want to start by inviting you to DOGTV’s “Dogsgiving” week –  a full week of programs for you and your dog, free on DIRECTV, starting Monday, 24th.

Lots of great new shows are waiting for you over there, so don’t miss it. DIRECTV, channel 354.

Speaking of the holidays, I bet you, like everyone else, will be spending lots of time in the kitchen. Correct?  But what about your dogs? What will they eat this holiday season? Well, according to Lisa Hennessym they are going to eat really delicious meals!

Lisa is the owner and creator of Your Pet Chef.

She has been making food for her dogs for more than 5 years and now shares that love of food making with her customer’s dogs. Check out yourpetchef.com for more info.

I’ve asked Lisa to share with us her thoughts about feeding your dog the right stuff this holiday season. Here you go:

We include our dogs in every holiday celebration.  We make them special dishes so they are part of the festivities and have their own traditions. I’ll share a couple of those recipes later. Most dogs will eat anything that is put in front of them, so we need to be careful during those holiday dinners. Here are some quick tips to help keep your dog healthy and happy during the holidays:

  1. Stay away from sharing the dinner rolls with your pet. Grains aren’t part of their natural diet and can cause skin irritations and digestive issues. I love a buttered crescent roll on Thanksgiving – who doesn’t? We just need to be sure our 2 legged guests are the only ones enjoying the bread and rolls.
  2. Steer clear of dishes with lots of fat. My mom makes a great baked mashed potato dish that has a couple of sticks of butter in it.  It’s fabulous.  While my dogs would love this dish too, it’s what comes out on the back end that can be a problem.
  3. Not sure what to do with that bag of goodies inside the turkey? Drop it into your dog’s bowl and watch it disappear!  If you don’t have the stomach for that, lightly baked the contents for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees, allow to cool and serve. You’ll make this Thanksgiving the best ever for your dog!
  4. Green bean casserole is a staple at most holiday gatherings. Most dogs enjoy green beans, but some need to have them pureed a bit prior to eating. A little bit of bread crumb topping won’t hurt them. Put a couple of spoons into your food processor and give it a quick mix. This makes a great treat on top of your dog’s kibble.
  5. Cranberries, a holiday favorite, are a great addition to your dog’s diet. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and can help prevent urinary tract problems. I’m talking about real cranberries here, not the stuff that is jellied in a can as that has way too much sugar. Most grocery stores carry fresh cranberries during the holidays for about $1 per pound.  Grab a pound or two, add a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt, puree in your food processor, fill up an ice cube tray and freeze. Now you have “Canine Cranny Cubes” that you can drop into your dog’s food as often as you’d like!

Here are a couple of recipes that are sure to become a tradition at your holiday gatherings.

“Collieflower Chip and Dip”

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, 4 quart saucepan, cookie sheet, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, 8” x 8” square baking dish

Canine and Company Chips

3 sweet potatoes, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1/8” slices

3 rutabagas, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1/8” slices

 

Spread chips on cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 3 hours.  Set aside to cool.

 Collieflower Dip

½ head cauliflower, sliced into florets

1 bunch fresh spinach, washed, dried, and chopped

½ cup Monterey jack cheese

½ cup Parmesan cheese

½ tsp. garlic powder

Place the cauliflower in the sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and cool. Combine the cauliflower, spinach, cheeses, and garlic powder in your food processor and puree until creamy.  Take mixture and spoon into greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly and serve with chips.

This recipe contains 915 total calories.

“Turkey Gobbler”

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, 4 quart saucepan, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, cupcake pan to bake or freeze

 

3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into quarters (or 8 oz. of fresh cranberries)

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1 lb. ground turkey (or leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

1 cup peas

½ cup carrots, washed, peeled, and sliced into 1” pieces

 

Place the apples and cinnamon in the sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Remove from heat and cool. Combine the turkey, peas, and carrots in your food processor and puree until creamy.  Take mixture and spoon into greased cupcake pan and fill to about 2/3. Transfer the contents of the sauce pan into your food processor and puree until smooth. Top off the meat mixture to fill.

 

To bake, cook at 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes.  Allow to cool, remove from pan with a small spatula, and store in a plastic container or bag. They will last about a week in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.

This recipe contains 980 total calories.

 

We hope you enjoy preparing these quick and easy recipes for your 4 legged family members (your 2 legged family members will love them too). For more recipes, check out our new holiday books. Your Pet Chef Presents the 12 Days of Christmas and the 8 Days of Hannukah share recipes for our dogs based upon traditional holiday dishes. These recipes are all grain and gluten free. Recipes include Muttzo Ball Soup, 4 Collie Birds, and many more. Go to yourpetchef.com to get your copy today. $1 from the purchase of each book goes back to the animal rescue of your choice. Enjoy!!

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Are you ready for Halloween?

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a pawesome weekend!

With Halloween only 10 days away, I wanted to ask you: Are you dressing up your pooch for Halloween?

If you are, we’d love to see some photos!

Next week’s special Halloween blog will be dedicated to your dogs, so please email us your best photos to dogstar@dogtv.com, and we will feature them on our special Halloween blog. We will also give a free month of DOGTV to anyone who sends us a cool photo.

Are you ready?

Good luck, and have a happy Halloween!

p.s – check out this coool video!

 

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October – Adopt a dog month

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a nice weekend.

October is “Adopt a dog month“. This month is a great way to remind people and encourage them to adopt a rescue or shelter dog and add some extra love to your life!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. You can also go to the great app PETMATCH and adopt the dog of your dreams!

There is no better time to adopt a dog. October may be adopt a dog month, but it’s adopt a dog year all year long, so go out, and get a new friend!

Good luck, and enjoy!

Have a pawesome week,

Ron

 

 

 

 

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Meet The Tiger Frances Foundation

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only way it ever has.”
- Margaret Mead   

Hi Humans, 

Today I’d like to share some words from the awesome Tiger Frances Foundation, because I really think you should all meet them!

Here we go:

 

“The Tiger Frances Foundation is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our purpose it to eliminate the abuse of animals. We believe that animals are the world’s purest embodiment of unconditional love. Yet this very nature makes them the target for abuse. Many animals suffering in undesirable situations and shelters are deemed unadoptable. We disagree. More often that not, these animals just need a little more time, a little more patience, and a little more love. Our work has proved this.

TTFF will provide a safe haven of love and support for animals in need. With your help, we will educate and promote our philosophy and experiences through publications, products, public programs, and politics. We want to be the pebble in the pond, the first action that inspires ripples of kindness and love”

The Tiger Frances Foundation was born from the hearts of two animal lovers, Jude McVay and Maggie Lawson!

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Jude McVay
(323) 252.7971
squirtyhanky@tigerfrances.org
Above, Jude is with her first rescues, Tiger and Frances.
They were rescued in 1996 from an abandoned pet
store.
Maggie Lawson

Here is Maggie with her first rescue, Popcorn.  Popcorn was found in a dumpster at a Hardee’s fast food restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky on Christmas Eve 1990

Feel free to visit The Tiger Frances Foundation here

See dogs for adoption here

 

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Meet Harley

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a great weekend. We’ve recently packed up our successful “My Dog is Cool” contest, and announced Munster as our #1 winner. I’d like to congratulate Munster on his victory, and wish him joy, happiness, and success as the new star of DOGTV.

Today, however, I would like to write about Harley, the second place in the “My Dog is Cool” contest. Harley is a true hero, and  the spokesdog against puppy mills.

So on today’s post, I would like to ask you to take a few minutes, and read Harley’s story:

“Hello! My name is Harley and I’m a spokesdog against puppy mills. Please read my biography, I worked long and hard to write it. Thanks!

Biography

 

It’s true, as many of you may have suspected, I was born in a horrible puppy mill. I started out a cute little brindle colored Chihuahua pup, but in a very short time I was pretty grungy, I suppose I looked the color of dirt. I had my own wire cage to live it, it was small, the wire floor made my feet hurt, but I got used to it. I didn’t wish for a bed, a toy, a bone or even clean water, I didn’t know what those things were. Humans were my enemy, never a kind word, never a loving hand – actually, I didn’t know what those things were. My job was to help make babies – not sure how many kids I have out there, maybe hundreds, thousands? The years all ran together, nothing ever changed, I got older, more crippled and then the cough started. I was in heart failure. The puppy mill people didn’t want me anymore, they considered tossing me in a bucket, as is, still breathing… but I was lucky because a woman (who had a heart) and worked for the puppy mill, took me away and turned me over to a rescue.Everything changed! My rescuer, Barbara, wrote about my first night in freedom, March 18, 2011: “He is small, but also badly crippled on the back legs and walks with his elbows out on the front legs, and he carries his head low to take weight off the back legs. His nails are so long. He has one eye missing, etc. His mouth is full of rot. He is so very sweet. As soon as I got him I bathed him, he was frightened, but stood still. I soaped him up 3 times to get the stench off him. I then towel dried him and put a sweater on him to keep him warm. I cleaned his ears, which were nasty and clipped his nails as much as I dared. He is about 5lbs and sable colored. He’s loved me since the moment I took him. He slept with me, the first time he’s ever slept in a soft place, or bed. He wanted to snuggle so close and he licked me over and over, I let him even though his breath was so bad! He will go to the vet the first of the week to see if he is strong enough to withstand anesthesia for a neuter and dental. In anticipation, I started him on antibiotics.

He has diarrhea, parasites and some other issues. This boy has waited a long time for this freedom, and while we have to play games and be nice to the breeders who so badly neglect, it is necessary in order to save the dogs. We will find him a wonderful home, with someone who will adore and love him for whatever time he has left.”

The vet worked on me a few times, I got neutered, most of my teeth were pulled, I was x-rayed so they could figure out my spinal problems – the cramped cage I’d live in most my life was hard on my bones. I have congestive heart failure, my stomach and lungs were filled with fluid, it was even coming out my nose, and I have a level 4 murmur. Plus a few other things… broken tail, my toes are a little deformed since my nails were never cut, arthritis in a few places, my eye has cataracts, yep, I was a basket case. You may have noticed that I only have 1 eye? They don’t take us dogs out of the cages to clean ‘em, instead they just power wash us along with the cages. I had a couple buddies with no eyes.

When my mom and dad heard about me they knew I was meant to be with them. So mom did her best to convince Barbara to let them adopt me. They drove to the middle of Kansas and met Barbara. Two of my sisters, Cricket and Zoie (rip sweet one) came along too. They cuddled with me during the long ride home. They didn’t care that I was a bloated, sickly old mill dog, my entire family loved me instantly and I loved them back.

My new vet didn’t think I’d live 3 months, but I’ve proven her wrong. It’s been over 3 years already and I’m still goin’ strong. Sure, I have my slow days, but don’t we all?”

Love, Harley

If you wish to contact Harley, feel free to write to him here.

 

 

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Doggie Play Time

Doggie Play Time: Creative Ways to Use Your Smartphone for Your Dog

Dog owners are always looking for new ways to make their pups happy. Getting your dog outside and moving is good for their health, and taking your dog on walks, playing chase in the yard and getting out their excess energy is fun for you. But daily life can be draining; we don’t always have time to run around the yard with our dogs. However, technology is reinventing the way we play with our dogs through creative apps and games. Here are a few to download with just one click:

Apps for Dog Dates

DoggyDatez is the perfect app for owners who want their dogs to interact with others. The app uses GPS location to track where you take your pup in the real world. You can “mark your territory” to put your location into the app for other dog owners to find. The app also is a fun game for the owners through the accumulation of “dog miles,” which allow you to go into other marked territories for play dates. Search for users by owner age, owner gender, dog age, dog gender and dog breed. This allows you to chose the dogs you want to interact with based on your dog’s behavior. This app is a great blend of person-to-person and dog-to-dog interaction.

Dog-Friendly Apps

Using the well known website, the dogfriendly.com app is the one you need to find dog-friendly hotels, B&Bs, parks, attractions, beaches, stores and off-the-leash stores in your area. Whether you are going on vacation and need to find a hotel that will allow you to bring your dog or you are just looking for a dog-friendly restaurant, this app will give you the freedom to explore and bring your dog on a new adventure.

Toy Apps

Is your pup full of energy? Get the Dog Teaser app to play different sounds that will get your dog moving. Sounds included are dog barking, door bell, door knock, meow, squeaky toy and dog whistle. Be sure to pair these noises with a toy or bone for your dog to play with. You’ll get Fido’s attention with each of the noises and can play however you choose.

SQUEAKER! Dog Toy Noise Maker is another dog toy app. This one opens up a squeaky toy on your screen that will make noise as you shake your phone. Your dog will love the noise, so be sure to be ready to play. You can choose from a variety of options in your virtual toy box, so your pup can play in different ways.

Apps for Dog Tricks

52 Dog Tricks is the app for any owner looking to teach their dog impressive and practical tricks. New owners with puppies will love the app because it starts at the basics: teaching your dog its name, to sit, to stay and to lie down. Designed as a year long program, you can teach your dog a new trick once a week. Or, go at your own pace and teach your dog a few tricks each week. Instructions are step by step and will give you tips on how to get your dog to follow your commands.

Technology for Playing

Each of these apps are easy to download and easy to use. Technology is making it easier for us to interact with our pets, so get out there with your pup and try these apps today.

 

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