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Then only 3 months later, we did it all again when we rescued Rico. I learned SO many lessons on life with a new puppy over those first few months. For one, don’t go crazy spending a ton of money on cute accessories, cause puppies grow QUICK. Plus, they have sharp teefers that can chew a fluffy bed in no time!
Most Important – Collar and Tag
P.S. Here are more tips on dealing with lost dogs, just in case you need it!
A Cozy Crate & Bed
Crate training is very highly recommended. It didn’t exactly work for Rico, so we had to make some adjustments. We suspect a regular crate was a little too similar to the box he was found in. We instead used this pen below and put R&R in it together, which worked great!
With Roxy, we got a cute, fluffy bed for inside the pen…which of course ended up being mistaken for a stuffed toy! I quickly realized that thinner, flat beds like the one below worked best for her, and she enjoyed laying on them without being destructive!
Toys & Treats
I also played puzzle games with Rico. Can you tell Roxy is NOT a fan of them, or having to think to get her food? At least Rico loves figuring them out! Click here for some of our favorite dog puzzles!
We didn’t use pee pads, but many swear by them! Pro tip: bacon works GREAT for potty training! Ri was a tough one to train because he was extremely fearful of being outside with all the street noises. Bacon was seriously the only thing that worked to motivate him.
Healthy Food & Yummy Treats
We want to feed our pups the very best food, but it can be a bit challenging to sort through them all. DogFoodAdvisor.com is a fantastic resource for finding the best fit for your family. It breaks down the ingredient lists and shows details of protein/fat/carb content. Plus, you can sign up for their free recall alert service.
I also recommend fish oil, as it’s beneficial in helping the brain and eyes develop properly. For other tips, take a look at my Puppy Wellness Guide. It’ll give your new puppy the healthiest start to a long, happy life.
A great way to save money on one of the most frequent pet expenses is by ordering through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program. We recently switched Roxy & Rico to Wag dog food, as it’s pretty highly reviewed on DogFoodAdvisor.
By ordering their food through Subscribe & Save, I can save up to 15% when I have at least 5 items selected. Plus, it gets delivered regularly each month, and saves me from carrying bags of dog food out of the grocery store when it’s -20 degrees outside in the winter! Click here to view all the dog food options available through Subscribe & Save.
Puppies are NOT cheap. Shots and frequent check ups are pricey, but well worth it, as is a microchip, which I highly recommend. Here are some ways pet owners can save money.
I recently started playing with Stash Invest and this would’ve been a GREAT puppy emergency fund. It’s got a bit of risk behind it, but so far my investment fund has grown over 19%, and I’m getting educated on investments. I mostly like that it’s money set aside from my bank account, so it’s not likely to be spent. And it’s easy to transfer back to your bank account when needed.
For a less risky option, Digit is highly recommended. It syncs with your bank account and determines how much it can add to your savings safely, based on your spending. If you struggle with remembering to save, the monthly fee might be well worth it!
Another way I saved was by shopping online with Ebates. It doesn’t cost anything and PAYS YOU via cash back when you shop at participating stores. Petco is one of their partners, and also where I typically bought most of R&R’s toys, so it was free money! Plus, if you sign up by clicking here, Ebates will give you a $10 bonus credit after your first qualifying purchase!