If you thought it was hard to make a human date, try finding someone who totally gets your tennis ball addiction and preference for plaid bandanas when your paws are too big to text and too clumsy to swipe right. Well, luckily it's 2017 so there are actually apps out there that help pups meet other pups (with your chaperoning, of course). We rounded up some of our favorites based on the kind of companionship your canine is seeking:
For pups whose humans are looking for love: Dog Date Afternoon
Must love dogs! Most similar to Tinder, create a profile for you and your pup through Facebook. Then start swiping—once you get a match, make a date for all four of you. If you're feeling bold, use the app's "activity alert" feature to automatically inform your matches that you're going on an impromptu escapade with your pup.
For pups who want to expand their squad: Bark Happy
Definitely for the social butterflies in the pack, this app allows you to scout out nearby pups, make playdates, search dog-friendly places like bars and parks in your area and find canine events you can both attend. It also has 'lost and found' alerts just in case you need to report a missing pup.
For pups on the adventurous side: Dog Land
If the local dog park doesn't cut it for you and your pup, this app helps you find other awesome pup-friendly places in your vicinity (and around the world) that have been highly rated by humans. You can "mark your territory" to indicate your favorite places and send "wags" to make and invite new friends to meet up.
For pups who like to socialize while they exercise: Meet My Dog
After you create your profile, check out the news feed to see and befriend other pups at dog parks in your area. If you want to go for a walk, you can message your pals to meet up and then track the time, calories burned and mileage through the app.
For pups (and humans) on the shy side: Twindog
We all know that nervous feeling you get when you're trying to meet someone new. Take some of the pressure off both of you by creating a profile on this app, which lets you indicate whether you're more interested in making human or pup friends. You can also sort your matches by search radius and age range.
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