Bringing a new dog home is a lot of work. And it can be expensive. There are many little costs that add up, including the food, accessories, and toys you buy for your dog. Not to mention how expensive it can be if you’re hiring a trainer or buying services from companies that offer boarding or daycare for puppies. But training your own dog doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg! Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to training your pup on the cheap (but not too cheap: no dollar store dog food or flea collars).
The best time to start training is when your puppy is young, but if you didn’t do that, it’s never too late .
It’s never too late to train your dog. The best time to start is when your puppy is young, but if you didn’t do that, it’s never too late .
There are actually many benefits for both you and your dog if you take the time to train them. For example, training can help:
- Improve communication with each other
- Save money on grooming costs (e.g., less shedding)
- Make it easier for both of you to get along
Do pay for some things.
As you might have guessed, there are a few things you should invest in to help your dog get the most out of his training. In an ideal world, all dogs would be able to spend 24/7 with their owners at home and take part in regular play dates and walks around the neighborhood. However, this isn’t always possible for everyone—and certainly not everyone wants it! I like having my own space from time to time just as much as anyone else does.
If your schedule allows for it (or if you’re on an enforced sabbatical), then definitely try taking your dog along with you wherever possible when traveling or visiting friends or family members who live nearby. The socialization benefits alone are worth any extra cost incurred by this sort of thing—and it will make both of your lives better!
But what about things that aren’t absolutely necessary? Dogs need food and water every day; they also require basic healthcare services like immunizations against common illnesses like distemper or parvovirus, flea treatment if needed (which is especially important in areas where ticks may be prevalent), heartworm prevention medication if they live in an area where mosquitoes carry heartworms (and even if there aren’t many mosquitoes where they live currently but could end up moving sometime soon), etcetera… If these expenses seem overwhelming right now but want help reducing them further down the line without sacrificing quality care for Fido…
Don’t buy into popular gimmicks.
You’ve probably seen the ads for all sorts of dog training products. There are electric shock collars that claim to train your dog without pain (although one study shows they can be just as harmful as traditional choke chains), there are mechanical devices that will keep your dog from barking, and there are even devices that claim to teach your dog manners by issuing a mild electric shock when he makes a mistake.
There is no scientific evidence that these gimmicks work well or at all—and in fact, since they don’t provide any real value, they may not even be worth the money you spend on them.
Don’t spend money on gadgets, instead use things you already have.
You don’t need to buy anything special. There are many ways to train your dog, and most of them are free (or require only a small amount of money). Here are some examples:
- A leash—This is the most basic training tool for teaching your dog how to walk with you on a loose leash. It also helps if you have one that has an extra-long length so that you can use it for training as well as walking around town.
- A crate—This is a great tool for housebreaking your puppy and teaching him or her where “home” is (in other words, where he/she should go when he/she has to take care of business). You can also use it during training sessions because it provides both security and confinement while providing an indoor space where other dogs won’t bother your pet while he/she learns new skills.
- Treats—You don’t need any fancy treats in order to train your dog; just give them something they like–a biscuit or piece of cheese works well–and use this reward system whenever they do something correctly!
Do keep in mind that the real cost associated with training your dog is the amount of time you will need to be patient and dedicate to the process.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of time to train your dog. In fact, most days feel like an endless cycle of work-life-home responsibilities that leave very little room for anything else. But training your dog is not just something nice to do—it can be essential for the health and happiness of your pet.
And while it might be tempting to think that your pup will learn everything they need on their own without any help from you, that simply isn’t true! Dogs are much more like humans than we often realize: they need guidance, reinforcement, and encouragement in order to reach their full potential. That said, there are plenty of ways for busy people with little spare time (like yourself) who want nothing more than their best friend but still want their furry friend happy—and this article is here for all those folks out there looking for answers!
Training your dog takes time, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on gadgets or expensive training classes
As a dog owner, you already know that training your dog takes time. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gadgets or expensive training classes to make it easier.
Training is a process, and most of us will save money by using the things we already have—like our voice, treats and toys—instead of buying pricey new ones. You can also save money if you train your dog yourself instead of hiring an outside trainer or instructor. The idea is to give yourself the information so that when you come across something difficult in the future (which will happen), it won’t feel like another bad situation for which there was no solution at hand (or one without cost).
With a little patience and consistency, your dog will be well trained in no time. They’ll be a happy and compliant addition to your family—and you won’t have to go broke doing it!