More than a dozen new dog-training apps have hit the market since we last checked, and a few have gone away. After a quick survey, we still give Dog Tricks & Bark Machine top billing. Of course, staring into a smartphone will never take the place of putting in the time required to make your dog a well-mannered companion. But for teaching basic obedience commands (sit, down, stay) and tricks to impress (wave, sit up, shake), this app offers sound advice, ingeniously presented. The trick repertoire covers dozens of behaviors, each with step-by-step training photos, written-out instructions and audio effects. Flip to the “bark machine” page to play sounds—fire truck, door knock and such—you can use to teach your pup to either alert you of or ignore as needed. Ninety-nine cents well spent.
Runner up: Dog Training Basics for Dummies: Mobile version of the book. $1.99.