You’ve tried Tinder, Match, OkCupid and maybe even eHarmony. You’ve created more dating profiles than you’d care to admit. The amount of failed dates you’ve been on adds up to a number that makes you cringe.
As much as you might feel like giving up on the whole online dating thing, think about it from a different perspective: Maybe it’s not the people you’re meeting who aren’t the right fit.
Maybe it’s the app you’re using.
Dog Lovers Wanted
Sure, there are plenty of singles on the above-mentioned dating sites. But you’re not looking for the average Joe or Jane to hit the town with. You’re looking for a dog lover who’s single and ready to mingle. Because let’s be honest — aren’t dog lovers just automatically good people?
If you’re on the verge of throwing in the towel when it comes to online dating, give it one more shot. This time, though, try an app created to help dog lovers connect.
Dig’s creators describe this service as “the dog person’s dating app.”
It’s simple: Just create a profile featuring both you and your dog, then find potential matches in your area. Dig will give you dog-friendly locations for dates or meet-ups and even lets you narrow down your ideal match by their dog’s size to make sure they’re a good fit for your own pet.
Dig is downloadable in the app store. Give it a try and see if you can find the perfect partner — for both you and your dog.
Tindog is a “swipe left or right” type of app. Think Tinder, but for people with dogs. As you browse through photos of singles and their dogs, swipe one way if you’re not interested, and swipe the other if you are.
If you and another person both show interest in each other, you can start a conversation, plan a date or schedule a dog park meet-up.
Tindog offers options to search just for dogs (to find a friend for yours) or just for people (who happen to love dogs). This means if you’re not on the hunt for your soulmate, you can still find one for your pup.
3. Dog Date Afternoon
Dog Date Afternoon is easy to use. Just create a profile, find matches and set up the perfect double date (dogs count as doubles on dates, right?).
This app is specifically for dating. In other words, people won’t likely just be looking to hook their dog up with a new friend. That makes Dog Date Afternoon the perfect option if you’re on the lookout for that special someone.
4. Date My Pet
Date My Pet’s tagline is “Date me. Date my pet.” That’s because the company knows humans and their dogs are a package deal when it comes to relationships. You simply can’t have one without the other.
Date My Pet is more of a full-blown site than an app — it offers a robust desktop version for when your thumbs get tired of swiping left and right on other apps. If you want to connect safely before actually meeting in person, the site uses an advanced spam detector to make sure you’re not falling into a virtual trap.
Sign up for Date My Pet here to connect with single pet lovers.
Sniffr is the perfect app for casual daters. In fact, it’s more of a social network than a dating app (although the underlying intent is still to find your perfect, dog-loving match).
Sniffr connects you to local dog events, dog people in your area and lonely pups (and their humans) looking for some companionship. There’s no swiping pictures in this app. Instead, you’ll casually meet up with potential dates and simply see where it goes from there.
Even better, if your dog gets lost or stolen, you can notify the whole Sniffr community to be on the lookout.
Check out this awesome video — it’s like The Bachelorette, only with dogs!:
Sniffer (different from Sniffr; note the “e” in the name) is another app that’s exactly like Tinder. Swipe left and right to find potential matches, then reach out to set up dates.
Sure, this app is based off image-only first impressions, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good heart behind all the photos. As you swipe, you’ll see pictures of both humans and their dogs (because we all know cute dog pics can tug at our heartstrings just as much as those of cute humans).
Bonus App: Bark Buddy
Okay, Bark Buddy isn’t a dating app, but it still connects people with their soulmates — just not romantically.
If you’ve been on the lookout for a new pup in your life, Bark Buddy is the perfect solution. This app connects dog-loving people with pets in need of a home.
It’s reminiscent of Tinder, where you swipe left and right through photos of nearby dogs. Instead of matching with people, though, you match with rescues who are looking for that special someone who can become their forever human.
So, if the matches on all these dating apps just aren’t cutting it for you, maybe a 4-legged one will.