Our little dog Barney is really a part of our family, so I thought I would check out some of the cool apps out there for dogs. They can be found on the Google Play Store or iTunes.
DoggyDatez is a mobile social platform for dog owners and their dogs to make friends. You can "mark your territory" and see who else visits your spot. You're also able to search for other DoggyDatez users by gender, age, dog gender, dog age and/or dog breed.
Pet Phone lets you track your dog's health, by noting vet appointments, allergies, medications and food preferences for each pet. Synchronise it with your calendar for reminders.
MapMyDogWalk lets you and your dog get fit at the same time. Log your walks, track your calories and map your favourite routes using GPS. It has sharing and geotagging features for photos and data.
Pet Minder PRO helps you keep track of your dog's actions, and it's presented in an easy way. By tapping custom buttons, you'll never forget when you last gave medicine, fed him, took him for a walk or play date. You can also track training phases for puppies, set up reminders and share information via notifications.
Tagg is essentially a GPS attachment for the collar and can give you peace of mind. It tracks activity and sends you a message if the dog goes beyond the boundaries you set. And it allows you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise by measuring movement.
The iCam lets you see what your dog is up to in real time. This is especially useful if you're leaving your dog home for the first time, you recently moved or you're travelling.
Robert Morgan is the managing director of technology consultancy PIT Group.