Owning a dog is a wonderful experience to have in one’s lifetime.
There's no doubt about it, however, it can also be expensive if you don't plan properly. This is especially true for large dog breeds, because of ...well their size! Everything is a bit pricier, so we've put together five money saving tips for you to implement with your large dog breeds.
Make Your Own Dog Treats
We've discussed this in the past in previous posts and it's certainly worth mentioning here. Instead of buying expensive treats in stores, take the time to make some at home. Large dog breeds eat more than their smaller counterparts, so this will be beneficial to you as a pet owner. Make your treats at home and freeze them for later!
Make Your Own Dog Toys
Have you considered this as an option? Probably not, because most people would just go to a store and buy toys. We believe your pups should be entertained regardless of where they got their toys, but to save you some money, you can make your own at home, if you're crafty...go for it!
Keep Vet Appointments Up-to-Date
One of the best ways to keep large dog breeds healthy is by maintaining regular vet visits. Sure, you'll have to pay when you take your dogs however this will save you money in the long run. Their health assessments will be current and you'll be proactive in caring for your pup.
Use Duct Tape and Rubber Gloves For Hair Removal
Phew, there are some large dog breeds that are downright furry and shed and that can be costly to maintain. For instance, German Shepherds are one of the top shedding dogs. To keep a handle on everything, we recommend that you use duct tape and rubber gloves to remove hair from your home in various places and on your clothing. This is cheaper than buying tons of lint brushes and it helps you cut down on the amount of vacuuming you may need to do.
Groom Your Dog at Home
The last money saving tip we're sharing is to groom your dog at home. This can be a task, sure, but it can also be fun and most importantly it saves you some bucks. Pull out your old towels and shampoo your pup from the comfort of your own home! While you're at it, try trimming your dog's nails too. This takes time to do and learn so be careful and if you're uncomfortable, leave to a professional.