PhotoDogs have long been considered man’s best friend, but sometimes our furry pals may benefit from having some one-on-one playtime with a member of their own species.

Like humans, dogs are social creatures. They benefit, both mentally and physically, from positive interactions with other dogs. But what if you aren’t sure where to find other dogs for your pup to play with?
 

That’s where an app called BarkHappy may be of help. The location-based app, which launched nationally over the summer, aims to help pet parents “discover the dog-friendly world around them.”

Connects dog owners

In just a few taps of a smartphone screen, you’ll be able to find nearby dogs and arrange meet-ups. BarkHappy even lets pet owners send out “wags” to other owners to say “Hello” or create a “pack” to organize group events.
 
“We’re trying to change what it means to live life with your dog. They don’t have to always stay home anymore. There is a dog-friendly world out there that BarkHappy can help you discover,” said Ninis Samuel, CEO and founder of BarkHappy.
 

In addition to helping you track down a four-legged friend for your pup, the app can open your eyes to a world of dog-friendly places and events in your area.

Map of dog-friendly locations

Wondering which restaurants will roll out a welcome mat for your favorite companion? Not sure if a certain park allows dogs?
 
BarkHappy can let you know with its map of nearby dog-friendly parks, hotels, and restaurants. Pet owners can also see a list of local dog-friendly events and meet-ups.
 

The app also includes lost (and found) dog alerts. Owners can see on a map exactly where a particular dog was last seen. BarkHappy will send the dog’s photo and owner’s contact information to all users within a radius of that location.

The app is available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play.
 


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