Food, toys, vaccinations, boarding, kennels, treats, training, pet deposits, and many other costs that may be necessary to dog ownership add up. There are, however, many tips and tricks to cut down on pet expenses in order to live frugally with your furry friend. These are some tips that I’ve learned can help dog owners keep their pooches happy and healthy without breaking the bank.
One of the simplest ways to save money with your dog is regular grooming. Learn how to properly clip your dog’s nails and brush them as often as is recommended for the breed. By doing this, you cut down on grooming expenses that add up. A grooming appointment for your dog can cost anywhere between $15-$65 dollars, depending on the size of the dog, and the condition of their coat. Many grooming facilities require an extra fee for excessive matting. Not only does home grooming save you money, but it also provides quality bonding time for you and your dog.
If you live close to friends or relatives, asking them to dog-sit when you go on vacation can save a good amount of money. Kennel boarding is often crowded and uncomfortable for dogs (I know mine hates it), and it usually costs upward of $20 per night.
Buying a higher-end dog food is also an excellent way to save money. Studies have shown that if you buy a better quality brand of dog food, your dog doesn’t need to eat as much, which means that you don’t have to buy it as often. Feeding a high quality dog food also means that your dog will be less prone to obesity and other health risk factors, making it less likely for you to have to pay expensive vet bills.
As opposed to signing your dog up for a training class, watch some training videos on youtube and try training Fido yourself. Dog obedience classes are costly, and you can easily find the resources you need to learn dog training skills online. Training your dog at home also makes for a great bonding experience between you and your dog.
Try making your own dog toys, crate, or bed. There are lots of DIY tutorials on Pinterest and throughout the web for dog owners. Johann likes things that crackle and squeak, so if I put and empty water bottle inside an old sock he just goes crazy for it. It costs me nothing and he doesn’t care that it didn’t come from PetsMart.
I have also tried my hand at making homemade dog treats. This can be especially helpful if your dog has specific food allergies. Store bought dog treats have all kinds of strange chemicals, and they can end up being costly if you use a lot of them. Making your own dog treats from home is a creative way to save money on your dog.