6. House Training
Training starts from day one. Not the intense obedience training that ensures that your dog will be welcome almost anywhere, but the basic puppy stuff. The first step is getting your puppy to learn to poop and pee on a schedule — a daunting task that makes early inception all the more important.
Puppy House Training for the iPhone has a daily log to help you keep track of the potty schedule, track your puppy’s progress as the days pass, and offers house training support for when you or your puppy stumble.
Think you know how to whistle? Well, maybe you do have one of those really impressive New York whistles that can hail a taxi from a block away, or grab the attention of even the most ADD afflicted dog, but not all of us have that talent, thank you very much. But we can guarantee that even you cannot emit the kind of high frequency whistle that only dogs can hear. So there.
The Dog Whistler app, for both iPhone and Android, has a nifty slider for frequency sounds, you can create your own specific whistle frequency or use one of the presets and then save the one that works best for your dog. You can also use the super high frequency setting to get dogs’ attention, and reportedly, to keep mosquitoes away.
8. Clicking (training)
One of the best training tools known to humans — other than being a superior "pack leader" — is the clicker. And now, there is one built into your smart phone.
With the Clicker Training app for the iPhone, there will be no more busting up your thumb joint clicking the hours away until your puppy gets the command. It’s also useful even after your puppy has gotten the hang of things, when you just need to remind him every now and then to pay attention to you. The Clicker app also includes training tips and videos to help you along.
Watch My Puppy Grow for the Android creates a video of your puppy, captured in daily or weekly images by you, to make a fun morph of your puppy from her first day to her full growth. You can also have it made into a slide show. The pitch is that the image is taken and stored, and a transparent overlay is created for the next image that is added so that each image is in the same position as the one before it, highlighting the changes as they take place.
Maybe you would like to have longer and more in depth conversations with your puppy, but you just can’t get the hang of her dialect! The Dog Translator, a free app for the iPhone (there are several others as well), will help you and your dog to get over those frustrating language hurdles in no time. Just record your dog’s "words" and voilà! You and your furry pal are having a real conversation!
*Note: Most of the iPhone apps can only be accessed through your iTunes account, not through a basic Internet search.
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