Post # 31
I forgot another trick. This is something we do at the shelter where I volunteer. We get ice cube trays, fill with a little bit of kibble, some broth and water and freeze. You can make a ton of “pupcicles” this way and the cost is next to nothing.
Post # 32
Kibble to my dog is a necessary evil in order to survive, so for her training we go throuhg A LOT of treats. Plus I buy her grain free, high meat content treats (because she’s spoiled) so we spend a fair amount each month.
We also always have various chews for her to keep her from destroying human items. We go through rawhides, bully sticks, Starmark everlasts, frozen kongs, etc — at least 1-2 / day.
I’ve never totaled it up (god forbid Fiance finds out what I spend on this dog), but I’d have to guess it’s in the $75 range each month?
Post # 33
Between food, day care, grooming (usually only every other month), meds, and treats, I budget $120/month.
Post # 34
sbee815: be so careful with treats!! Many treats on the market are unhealthy. My F was a big treat giver to his dog….had him for 6 years before we met. long story short we feel all the treats had an impact on his health as he got older. He became diabetic (look at the sugar in treats) which caused him to deteriorate and his last few years were a bit difficult. I think we could of had him much longer if we didnt spoil him so.
check out some homemade treats 🙂 We plan on getting another puppy soon and I’ve been reasearching this
Post # 35
futuremrspep: Yep, this is a huge issue. Most commercially prepared dog treats are doggie junk food. We use freeze-dried beef liver and cooked chicken for training treats, for the most part.
Post # 36
sbee815: I would decrease the treats and increase walks/runs/hikes. They will get more benefit from a daily mile or two walk than they will get from any treat or toy.
Post # 37
- Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead
sbee815: I set aside $40 a check for the dogs expenses, now this wouldnt include if something crazy happened to any of my babies but its a nice amount that covers yearly shots, meds, food, toys and beds that they might need.
I do use a lot of research when buying things like antlers, i usually get them off etsy, much cheaper and i do my ears there too. Some sellers I have used would discount me if I agreed to a couple months of buying them.
My dogs mostly us kong toys as well because well they tear everything up, so sometimes I use the warranty they come with to replace any they die to early in their toy career because when i spend $40 on a toy it better last awhile.
Post # 38
- Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall
sbee815: With four pups I could see that getting expensive! We have two and I have a subscription to barkbox which is cool because we get like 3 toys and 2 bags of treats that they share and last the month whcih costs us like $20 a month.
We spend all our money on their food. We purchase Merrick after reading horrible things about some of the cheaper dog food brands. The vet we go to is also on the pricier side. I value their health more then the number of toys they have (which is a basket full, so they are never bored, believe me)
Post # 39
GFerg: Thank you for this idea!
Post # 40
I got a groupon for barkbox so that has been the entirety of our treat and toy budget–seriously, 2-3 bags of treats and 2 toys per month is way more than what my pup needs! When the groupon runs out (I think it was 6 months) we’ll just keep using all the stuff that we’ve recieved and so far haven’t given her! So our budget without considering how long we’ll extend the stuff for was roughly $10/mo but if you think about how long we’ll stretch it out closer to $7/month
Post # 41
get the raw frozen marrow bones. when they eat all the marrow, fill with peanut butter or canned dog food or yogurt or something and put them back in the freezer. Takes forever to actually ruin the bone and they are cheap!