(Closed) Monthly toys and treats budget for pups

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sbee815:  We have a monthly BarkBox subscription for our little guy (which I think is about $15). It has a bunch of toys and treats in it he loves and they offer exchanges on anything he doesn’t like or can’t eat, which I love.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sbee815:  I’ve only done it once – we’ve had good luck and usually he loves the stuff in there. We got one toy that he tore to shreds within seconds (every other one has been very durable) and my husband emailed them and they gave us a free month and sent us a new box with a different toy that lasted a lot longer.

I should clarify that we generally use all the toys in the box (also the bandanas and fun accessories) but we only use the little treats in it as rewards when we take him out for walks or to the park. We don’t use the large single-serve bones or treats. I just give those away (our vet has a drop off box)

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sbee815:  No, they didn’t charge us any extra fees.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2020

sbee815:  The crazy pet store lady discount is very helpful! Haha.

To keep them from squabbling, I reinforce which toy belongs to who. If they take some that belongs to the other, I say no, take it away, and give them one of their toys. If too much squabbling happens, the toy goes in “time out” and we try again in a few days.

I’m not sure what to suggest for your dogs though, since my guys like differently shaped nylabones/bones.  

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We also do bark box.  My dog loves all the toys and treats.  Now he associats all packages with his barkbox

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

wanderlustmama:  ive done this with barkbox several times because my dog is allergic to coconut (SO weird, I know)….so whenever I get a treat with coconut in the ingredients i send them an email or chat with a rep online and they send out a new coconut-free treat that day. No cost to me, it’s fantastic customer service.

they don’t ask for the coconut treats back so I give them to our neighbors. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

thelittleone:  hahaha mine does this too!! He thinks every box that shows up at our door is full of toys and treats, lol.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

Oh man, I think I might be spending a ridiculous amount…  About $60 a month on bully sticks, $40 on treats (I feed raw and use Orijen freeze dried treats which are about $12 a bag), and maybe $10-20 a month on toys.  I spend about $150 a month on food, so yeah that is a bit ridiculous.  

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

sbee815: I order them from bestbullysticks.com and it gets about 25 of the thick odor free ones.  Those are the only ones that last an hour, he can chew through the regular ones in about 5-10minutes.  Ziwi peak is a great brand, I’ll look into their food for treats, so thanks for the tip!  

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Like another poster said, we don’t buy monthly for Milo. Mostly because we bought a bunch of kong toys, treats, and nylabones off of Amazon when we first got him. We will buy him new treats when they run out but I can see getting him a new toy every two months of so. Milo really enjoys slippers, socks and sandals (almost more than his toys) so he always has endless entertainment. And because he isn’t very destructive, we don’t need to frequently replace his toys.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

I’m afraid to add it up. I don’t know how much we spend per month — but it’s a LOT. A lot more than I had estimated before we got a dog. But having a plethora of expensive chews and treats is working for us … she is a six-month old puppy, we’ve had her since December 13th, and she’s destroyed nothing (except for one of her own leashes once). We buy a lot of treats because we do a lot of training with her, including obedience class, and you need good treats for that. As far as chews go she is partial to bully sticks and antlers and those “wishbone” things … and I love them because if I give her one I know she’ll sit quietly for at least half an hour. Also, when she goes into her crate she always gets a frozen kong stuffed with a mixture of plain yogurt and meat baby food. She loves the ears, too, but we quit buying them because she fell so in love that she wouldn’t chew them–she would get them in her mouth and wander the house whining, frustrated because she coulndn’t find the perfect spot to “bury” her treasure. It got to where that happened everytime with an ear, lol. 

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t buy them a lot each month because what we have tends to last a while. I have a little dog (14 lb rat terrier) and a larger dog (50 lb pitbull mix). I’ll buy a large bag of pupperoni and can make it last for months because I give them tiny pea-sized pieces. They don’t know the difference. 🙂 I also buy those large nylabones and those last for a long time. They are expensive IMO at $15/each, but will last quite a while in my house.

As for stuffed toys, I don’t buy them at PetSmart and the like because, honestly, they only last a day if I’m lucky. I can’t fathom spending $15+ on a stuffed toy that will be destuffed in a matter of hours (sometimes minutes). Even the “indestructable” toys have been torn apart quickly. So, my solution is thrift stores! I buy stuffed animals from there for .25 to 1.00 each, throw them in the wash to sanitze and let the dogs go crazy. That way, if they destroy them in a day, it’s no great loss. There’s a thrift store near my house that sells them by the bag – about 8 stuffed toys for $1.50. This has  been the best find ever! 

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