Train Your Dog with Apps – 3 of the Best
Before the pandemic, you might have just taken your new puppy off to obedience classes in your neighborhood. You could have found several different options not too far from home and easily accessed expert obedience trainers.
Since the pandemic has limited movement more though, more people have had to get their dogs trained themselves. And if you’re not an expert animal or dog obedience professional, this isn’t easy at all.
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Even as the world gets used to covid, we think these apps are SO good that some people might choose this route for training their dogs well into the future. Here are our three favorite unmissable dog training apps.
GoodPup – A Well Reviewed Favorite
GoodPup boasts over 6,000 reviews on the Apple App Store and even with huge numbers of reviews like these it has maintained an average rating of 4.8.
Now downloading the app is free, but be careful not to be misled because to access all of the material you’ll need to turn a boisterous puppy into your obedient best friend requires a subscription costing just under $30 per week. The initial course is 7 weeks, so basically you’re looking at over $200 to complete that. There are discounts available after the first 14 weeks and you can bulk buy those 14 at $400. You can also save cash by referring friends, with discounts of up to 50% available.
And we think it probably still is cheaper than going to actual classes.
GoodPup uses one-to-one video classes and has a lot of material. We think one of the reasons it is so successful against competitors with similar curriculum material is that it offers insight into nutrition and health as well, which is very important for new puppy owners.
Instead of almost $30/week, this one is just $9.99/month (or a special price of $99 per year at the time of writing). That makes it a whole lot less expensive than GoodPup but the reviews don’t suffer as the result.
In fact, at the time of writing this article, Dogo has the same 4.8 stars out of 5 as GoodPup has but boasts over 7,000 reviews.
The format recommends a lesson each day but looking into the reviews, users are getting as much value from this even if they skip days here and there.
It also comes with a clicker as the training is all based on clicker training techniques, so this is important. You can teach your dog over 100 tricks with the Dogo App and subscription. There are different programs with different goals based on the age of your dog and what you want to teach etc.
Pupford Academy is a bit different from the other two we talked about here mostly in that it takes the form of 10-minute videos but doesn’t have any progress logging functionality. It works largely based on teaching by example and the bitesize videos make it easy to put the time aside to work on training with your dog.
It’s a similar monthly price to Dogo ($9.99) but at the time we’re writing this, there’s a lifetime access offer for $200.
Like the others, it’s available on Android and on Apple devices as well. It doesn’t have as many ratings (less than 200 as we write this) but reviews at 4.7 out of 5.
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Can you really train your dog using an app?
Based on the reviews these dog training apps are getting, we’d say yes, it certainly looks that way. Of course, some things can’t ever be replicated on an app (like socializing your dog with other dogs in the class). But as a way to teach obedience and basic training, these apps are a cost-effective way to do this and allow you to do it in a way you fit in around your own schedule.