My Best Money Saving Tip for Puppies
Puppies are some of the sweetest things on earth! I mean, who doesn’t absolutely adore a puppy!
But, puppies are expensive!
I think people should assess their finances prior to having a puppy, like they assess their finances prior to having a baby.
Here is a lit of the things that a puppy will need:
And let us not forget…vet visits every four weeks until about 16 weeks. Then, there is the cost of spay or neuter.
My Special Trick For Saving Money With Puppies
But there is one special trick I have used over the years to save me hundreds of dollars. 😉 It works on adult dogs too.
Most of those things you can’t get out of, as all puppies need all of those things.
But let’s focus on toys, for a moment.
I have a laundry basket full of toys.
Dogs need toys, puppies especially need toys!
They need a variety of toys:
Stuffed bones and toys
…the list could go on!
And, please note that even though I list toys that could be dangerous for some dogs, my intention is not for you to leave your dog alone to shred or ingest these toys. But dogs, like toddlers, like a variety of textures and should safely be exposed to them.
When my puppies are young, I add probably at least a dozen types of toys to their toy box.
After all, these toys are what keeps them from chewing on “MY” things!!! So, the investment is worth it!
After that, I begin to take their favorite toys from their toy box.
Oddly enough, dogs are like people… if they have 3 dozen toys to play with that have been in their toy box for several weeks, they think they have “nothing” to play with at all.
However, ironically if you take a toy or two here and there, and then add back an old toy, your dog will be mentally stimulated and entertained.
He will think his old toy is new, or at least he will be thrilled to see it!
If I Have a New Puppy
This is much, much cheaper than driving to your local big box pet store and buying toys that are 4 to 5 times more expensive!
Trust me, one day, you will thank me for it!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.