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post #11 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-27-2016, 12:07 PM
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Some trainers let you pay per class so you don't feel it all at once.
Tj max,home goods,marshals all have great deals on pet supplies- leashes,collars,beds,bowls, shampoo etc.
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when your pup is teething, rinsed juice bottles (Simply orange is best) are good for a day of crunching...and if you put kibble or treats in it first, even better.
Cardboard boxes, like the ones from Chewy's, are good for a day or two of teething. remove tape and always check for staples if you use larger shipping boxes.
Pinecones are great fun and pretty easy to sweep up once they are in little pieces all over the floor.

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On the socialization end: Strip malls are a phenomenal place to meet a variety of people. You can walk your puppy up and down the sidewalk in front when they've had enough shots but are at that age when they're still cute and fuzzy enough that everybody wants to meet the cute puppy. Kids, people from different backgrounds, likely people with disabilities (I call that out because someone recently commented how they appreciated that my girl doesn't fear a cane), older people.

And it's free exposure plus for a very young pup there's their walk.
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Invest in a good quality leather collar and leather leash - not the ones you get at pet stores, but the ones available from internet sites that sell equipment for bite-sport training and police dogs - it will last you a lifetime!
I agree but if you do want something a little snazzier. LupinePet.com has a nice selection for a fair price and a guarantee that you can't beat. They will replace a leash or collar even if your dogs chews it to bits.

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Set up autoship through chewy.com, or petflow.com for 20-25% off first order. You can always cancel autoship after you get your order, but getting premium food 25% off is a big discount.
does the %25 apply to each order or just the first?
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does the %25 apply to each order or just the first?
Just the first, but it is a big help, plus free shipping over 50 bucks on those sites.
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Here are my tips:

1) buying non perishable items in bulk. My vet sells chlorhexidine shampoo in 8 oz bottles for $12. I can bet an entire gallon online for around $25 after shipping.

2) Don't be afraid of carbs in your dog food. Unless your dog has a health issue like allergies or chronic yeast. Most dogs do well with them. 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatos is cheap and healthy and can stretch more expensive food stuffs out.

3.) DIY what you can. An old t shirt cut into strips and braided makes a good tug or lure for a flirt pole. A empty peanut butter jar with holes punched and treats popped inside is a free puzzle toy.

4.) An extension of number 3 - homemade treats are my BIGGEST money saver. I invested in a dehydrator and save so much money. I dehydrate chicken breast, beef tendons, chicken feet, pig ears, liver, sardines, sweet potatos and a bunch of other stuff. All of this is spendy in pet stores. Those dried tendon chews are over 2 bucks a piece. I get tendons at my grocery store and dehydrate myself. I worked it out and I ended up paying 0.68 per "large sized" tendon chew.
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4.) An extension of number 3 - homemade treats are my BIGGEST money saver. I invested in a dehydrator and save so much money. I dehydrate chicken breast, beef tendons, chicken feet, pig ears, liver, sardines, and a bunch of other stuff. All of this is spendy in pet stores. Those dried tendon chews are over 2 bucks a piece. I get tendons at my grocery store and dehydrate myself. I worked it out and I ended up paying 0.68 per "large sized" tendon chew.
I want to get one of these! I've heard it can save you a ton of money (plus I'm a nerd and sort of intrigued). I've heard that you can buy organs (like chicken hearts) in bulk and make your own training treats.
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4.) An extension of number 3 - homemade treats are my BIGGEST money saver. I invested in a dehydrator and save so much money. I dehydrate chicken breast, beef tendons, chicken feet, pig ears, liver, sardines, and a bunch of other stuff. All of this is spendy in pet stores. Those dried tendon chews are over 2 bucks a piece. I get tendons at my grocery store and dehydrate myself. I worked it out and I ended up paying 0.68 per "large sized" tendon chew.
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I have a dehydrator that i use to make jerky but have been meaning to find some good use for it for my dog. Any good sites or recipes to use?
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Heartworm meds- you can save thousands (if you have multiple dogs like me) ordering sheep drench/ivermectin directly on line and dosing appropriately. Do your research, it's easy if you passed high school chemistry or even if you didn't.

I'm spending the summer in a heartworm area, and my vet would have charged about $50 a dog for heartworm testing (unnecessary since AK does not have heartworm, but protocol) plus I'd be spending roughly $40 a month on prescription pills ordered online, which adds up fast. This is a huge cost savings.

Now to find something similar for ticks and fleas...

Read up on heartworm a bit more here: Terrierman's Daily Dose: The Billion Dollar Heartworm Scam
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