Each year, nearly 6.5 million animals enter the US animal shelters system. Of those, 3.3 million are dogs who are looking for some companionship and quality time. Enter: rent a dog for a day apps!
Bark N Borrow was the first app that made this kind of “dog sharing” possible and popular.
While it didn’t initially match shelter dogs with humans, it did allow people to “rent” a local dog from someone who was too busy to take them out to play each day.
Now, there are more than a few apps on the market now that will let you rent a dog. Here’s what you need to know about using software to get your dose of canine cuddles.
The Benefits of Renting a Dog for a Day
This kind of application takes full advantage of a booming sharing economy in which people share rides, gigs, and tasks in order to make life easier.
Making life easier is exactly what this app provides dog lovers with. When you borrow a dog, you get all of the benefits of canine play and company without any (okay, most) of the responsibility.
However, the benefits extend far beyond just a few hours of play with a cute dog. The dog’s owner benefits as well.
Most of the app’s users liked the idea of finding company for their dog while they’re at work and can’t make it home during the middle of the day to take their dogs out for exercise and play.
This makes life easier for the owner, it ensures the dog is getting proper exercise and attention, and it greatly benefits those who love dogs but can’t own one of their own.
As one user noted in The Penny Hoarder, “I originally downloaded this app to ‘borrow’ dogs to get my puppy fix.”
She went on to add, “I can’t adopt one of my own at the moment, and it ended up helping me launch a little dog-walking side business!”
While the people who borrow the dogs don’t receive pay for their time, it does help those who wish to launch a dog-focused business gain experience and earn trust with local dog owners.
How Does a ‘Rent a Dog For a Day’ App Work?
Similar to pet grooming software that allows you to connect with a local pet groomer service in your area, borrowing a dog through an application works by matching dogs with potential human playmates.
Owners of the dog can create a profile complete with photos and descriptions. Then, they’re able to meet with potential “borrowers” to see if their dog is comfortable with that person.
Regarding safety, the app’s creator made sure to note that they vet all borrowers and perform background checks to make sure they’re going to safely handle your precious pet.
To make the app a bit more exclusive, it recently started charging to use it.
If you download Bark N Borrow now, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 subscription fee per month for three months to enjoy its rent-a-puppy services. If you just want to sign up for a month, it costs $7.99.
However, that’s a small price to pay for lots of canine cuddles and puppy kisses.
Other Dog Rental Apps and Services
Looking for a pet borrowing service but not quite sold on Bark N Borrow? No problem, there are even more apps for that!
Technology, pet software, and sharing apps are so popular that more and more people are jumping on the train before it completely leaves the station.
Paw, for example, allows dog owners to look for other fellow dog owners in their area in search of park playmates and dog care friendships.
This app is more like a Tinder for dogs, which also exists, that allows you to look for potential doggy matches for your trusted playmate.
Now, back to the Tinder for dogs. Sniffer lets users upload photos of themselves and their dogs. This means that each profile is essentially a 2-in-1. You get information about the human and the dog.
The dog profiles are what’s really cute and attractive about this app, and you can send a “wag” to dogs or owners who you’re especially keen on meeting (whether for your personal interest or just for a puppy playdate).
Combining Dog Rental Apps with Other Pet Software
This app, in theory, would work great for animal shelters and other dog rescue groups. In fact, certain animal organizations across the country are already starting to implement this idea into their framework.
The SPCA in Florida has a “rent a dog” program that allows people in the area to take a dog from the shelter for the day.
The idea is that dogs can receive one-on-one attention while having the chance to socialize in the real-world.
In this case, organizers and managers at shelters like these could use a form of pet sitting or rent a dog software to mobilize their efforts.
Like a rent a dog application, this kind of software can help animal shelters match locals with one of their dogs and allow them to head out on a doggy day date.
Similar to the way that pet grooming software works, it would allow companies or shelters to access online bookings to keep track of things like:
- User Profiles
- Online Bookings
- Customer Login
- Automated Texts/Emails
- Phone Support
These are all of the basic functions that pet software offering pet-centered companies already. Why not use it to help owners rent a dog or to help dogs find a new owner?
Interested in Using Pet Software?
You don’t have to want to create your own rent a dog app in order to use pet software.
If you’re interested in harnessing the power of technology for any sort of pet service that you have, then you have a lot of options and tools at your fingertips.
Whether you’re interested in using technology to help you keep track of clients at your doggy daycare or are interested in creating a mobile grooming app, we can help you with it all.
Have a great idea for the next dog sharing app or pet store service? Contact us to get more information and see how we can help you make your dream a reality.