Having a dog can be one of the most fulfilling parts of life but it can also be a financial stress. Not only do dogs need regular veterinary care, but they also need food, bedding, medicine and more. If you have a dog but also a tight budget, that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on treats and rewards for your dog. In reality, there are many ways you can make your dog’s life fun and enjoyable without putting any additional stress on your wallet. Here are five great ways to reward your dog that he’ll love and that won’t break the bank.
Homemade Dog Treats
Skip the expensive dog treats at the store. Instead, make homemade dog treats that you can give your dog for good behavior. To make dog treats, try saving your bacon fat, then mix one half cup it with an egg, half a cup of water, one and a half cups of wheat germ, and one and a half cups of wheat germ. For an added flair, try cutting the treats into bone shapes. You can find the whole recipe from the Kitchn.
DIY Dog Toy
You don’t need to buy a bunch of expensive dog toys at the pet store to give your dog something to play with. Instead, make a simple toy at home by wrapping a tennis ball in fabric (an old t-shirt will do), then tying the fabric around the ball and cutting the remaining dangling fabric into strips. Your dog will love trying to get the ball out of the toy, and it’s also a great tool to play fetch with!
Hide the Treats Game
You can keep your dog busy and entertained even if you have to stay at home by playing a round of hide the treats. Take your homemade treats, and hide them in places your dog can access throughout your house. Then, let him run loose and find all of the treats. Not only will he love the game aspect of the activity, he’ll also love getting to eat the treats once he finds them!
Get Outside and Play Frisbee
There’s little dogs love more than being able to run free in the sunshine. Get outside with your pooch and play some frisbee with him. Get a sturdy plastic frisbee from a local toy store or sporting goods store, then spend some time throwing the frisbee so that your dog can chase it. Even if your dog can’t fetch (or bring it back), you can still have a great time expending some energy together while you two soak up some much-needed vitamin D.
If you have a pet dog, there are many ways you can make his life healthy and happy without spending a ton of money. One of the most important ways is to take them to the vet regularly. Vets can not only check and make sure your dog is healthy, but they can also give your pooch important preventative care (like Bravecto, which prevents ticks and fleas) and give you advice about different treats and activities you can provide to ensure he is loving life.
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