App • A handy mobile assistance in dog obedience training.
Who says you can’t teach a dog new tricks? And who says you have to spend all your social isolation time on the couch with your dog bored to tears right next to you? If you kept putting off obedience training because there weren’t enough hours in the day, here’s your chance to play catch up over the next few weeks.
Meet: Dogo – an app designed to help you train your dog. The Dogo mobile app allows users to train their pooch to follow basic obedience commands with a touch of a virtual clicker. This easy-to-navigate dog obedience training app contains 70+ cool dog tricks and step-by-step training sessions that a dog owner and his pet can accomplish throughout the lockdown period.
How much will it cost me?
The Dogo app can be downloaded for free, but to unlock all the premium features, you’ll have to pay in-app monthly and yearly subscriptions.
These are the price points mentioned in the app store (in USD):
- 1 month for $9.99
- 3 month for $26.99
- 1 year for $99.99
*Please note these rates are based on currency conversions at the time of writing this post and may fluctuate.
How does it help me right now?
Through positive reinforcement training with the use of a mobile clicker, the app aims to help mentally and physically stimulate a dog, as well as improve his overall behaviour. Users can teach a variety of fun tricks—jump, sit, put on a leash, spin, twirl, give high fives—to their dog, all without leaving the house!
The app is also designed to help build a dog’s essential skills (such as listening to its owner and learning how to potty train indoors) and correct troublesome actions (such as reactive barking, jumping on people, and chewing things) no matter what the dog’s age may be.
How does it work?
Dogo helps you teach straightforward and user-friendly lessons for over 70 commands. Each trick is presented through modern illustrations, detailed step-by-step instructions, and videos of good examples. Each dog command is performed with a clicker, which is known to reduce training time by 40%. The clicker acts as a clear and precise sound signal that marks a dog’s correct behaviour and the moment a dog is rewarded. The Dogo app has multiple clicker sound options users can choose from, and can even be adapted for deaf pooches.
Once your dog has perfected a trick, you can upload an exam video that will be reviewed and commented on by a professional dog trainer. If your dog passes the test, he can move on to the next level, learn something new, or build on the trick he just mastered.
Aside from daily progress tracking, the app also allows users to create a profile (Dogo Premium users can create profiles for multiple dogs), set customisable reminders, upload photos and videos, participate in weekly community challenges and interact with other Dogo users, and get help from dog trainers within 24 hours of posting a question.
Where can I get it?
Who’s behind it?
Dogo was developed by a private company that was founded in Berlin back in 2016.