Admittedly, I don’t have a dog, so the only personal testament I can offer for the training chimes is that cats definitely don’t care for them. I can, however, offer that the app is fairly well-organized and easy to use.
The app has established a chime for commands like “stay” and “follow me.” In the upper left-hand corner of the main page, tapping the question mark icon will bring up icons for each command. Selecting one will provide you with a set of instructions about exactly how to train your dog using verbal commands and physical cues in combination with iRemoteDog.
Once you have a handle on how to exercise a particular training command, navigate your way back to the main screen. You will see icons for each command and tapping on one will result in a unique chime emitting from your iPhone. If you have the sound on full volume you will be able to hear the sound, and on lower volumes the app creators suggest that only dogs can hear it.
According to iRemoteDog, when you repeatedly hit the same chime after your dog correctly does a certain behavior, they will eventually associate the chime with the command. The ideal result will be that your dog will only need to hear the chime to know what action you want it to take. It’s suggested that you only use the chimes when you are praising your dog, so it will not develop a negative association with the sound.
As iRemoteDog points out, training an animal can be a long process. You shouldn’t expect overnight success, and the younger your dog is when you start the training the better. My only concern for this app is that if a dog does associate a certain chime with a command, the owner would always need to have an iPhone and this app to control their animal. In the long run, for convenience’s sake, it seems a dog will also need to have an association with verbal commands and the desired behavior.
Because dog training is a long and sometimes arduous process, I wouldn’t count on this app having the ability to train your dog by itself or in a short amount of time. However, perhaps in combination with other training methods and some patience, iRemoteDog could serve as an asset to training your furry friend.
Click here to view a video of iRemoteDog in action.
iRemoteDog is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.