Ever wish you could make sure your barking dog isn't terrorizing the cat or the mailman when you're not at home? There's an app for that. And there's an app for getting your dog or cat or other pet to perk up for photos. Who knew?
Thank you All Things Digital for sampling a few of them. Here are the snapshot reviews by reporter Lauren Goode.
A new app called Pavlov Dog Monitor, a $4.99 iPad app, uses audio-sensor technology to listen for your dog’s barks when you’re away from home. It then triggers prerecorded videos — with you saying, “Bad boy!” or alternately, “Good boy!” — to help quiet the dog. For an extra $1.99, you can have the app monitor your pup throughout the day and your dog can Facebook you. The idea person behind the app is also working on a Bluetooth-equipped treat-dispenser that will give your dog an actual treat if he refrains from barking.
Ever have trouble getting your dog or cat to stand still and look alert for your camera? PetSnap, costs $1.99, and is available for iOS devices only. There are more than 25 sound effects designed to perk up any ears. Version 2.0 has an upload to Facebook feature and has louder volume settings for those hard of hearing - or otherwise distracted - pets. One reviewer said her cat always responds to the bird calls - surprise - and meows.
Did you ever want to know what was going on in that cute little head of theirs? Just point your iPhone at your cat or dog, start talking and Cross Tuner responds with a thought bubble for your pet, complete with an audio recitation. “If you’re not going to talk, at least change my litter,” was one of the thought bubbles. You can also record footage of your pet and share it to Facebook or YouTube. But Goode reports you can’t import videos of your pet that you already shot and attach fun audio captions to them.
Then there's the app answer to Grumpy Cat: the Angry Cat Simulator, available for iOS and Android.The free version has a limited number of angry cat characters, including Mutant Cat and Devil Cat (but a lot of ads, reports All Things D). The “plus” version, which costs 99 cents, includes more than 60 angry animals.
For more pet-related apps check out Mashable's list of 10 Must-have apps for dog owners, including GPS app, a find-a-dog-friend app, pet toxins and more. Or check out Modern Dog for their top ten pet apps, among them are apps that teach dog tricks and pet first aid or find dog parks in your area.