Every dog owner knows that their dog is such an important part of their family and life. Each one of us will do anything for our puppies. But what people tend to sometimes forget is that it can be expensive to keep a pet. There are many things which you need to be mindful about before adopting or getting a pet at home.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, one of the top 10 reasons for people abandoning their pets is merely the cost of pet maintenance! The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has reported that care spending in 2018 reached a record-breaking high of $72.56 billion compared to $69.51 billion in 2017.
These figures include money spent on food supplies, medications, live animal purchases, veterinary care and other services.
These reported figures are not meant to discourage people from adopting pets but rather raise awareness about how waste we can be while trying to provide the best lifestyle for our dogs!
Here are 5 simple tips to save money for dog owners:
- Adopt > Shop:
The first step to save money is definitely the decision to adopt rather than buying. Usually, buying a dog from a breeder could easily cost you more than $1000 whereas adopting one will cost you somewhere around $250 depending on your location.
Shelters often run discount events, and some animals get sponsorships that cover the cost of adoption, too. Check your local shelter to find out when discounted adoptions come up.
Adopting a dog will not only save you money but also help you to save a life. You’ll change the life of a dog who has been in shelter their whole lives and provide them with a home.
- Creating A Budget Is Important:
Whenever you’re on a budget, you know that you should not be overspending every month. The same thing can be done when it comes to your dog!
Create a monthly budget, track each and every dollar spent. This will give you a clear idea about how much you’re spending on your dog and help you set an upper limit and also tell you when you can spend all the extra money on new toys or clothes!
- You Can Groom Your Dog Yourself:
Keeping your dog well groomed is very important. Although, going to a professional can get really costly. Simply the number of times you have to visit the groomer can affect your budget.
It’s always better to bathe and groom your dog by yourself. It’ll help you in cutting costs, save money and also allow you to bond with them while doing these activities!
- Shop Smart!:
Getting a dog means you’ll have to buy stuff like collars, leashes, beds etc. All these things add to your cost. Sometimes going to the nearest pet store might not be the best idea.
Before spending all that money, research a bit about discounts or deals on these things because you never know where you might find a better price. It might take you some time but it will help you in saving all that hard earned money!
- Training Your Dog Yourself:
Training your dog yourself will help you save a lot of money. Spending all that money on a trainer or obedience schools can really strain your budget. There are a lot of other ways in which you can train your dog and save money along the way!
Buy dog training books, watch videos online and try out new techniques! This is also a lovely way to create a strong bond with your dog.
Make an effort to save money and also work on creating a strong bond with your dog.
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