So, if you're concerned that you're still spending more than you'd like on your dog(s) but don't know where to cut back, try some (or all) of the following tips:
- keep your dog stimulated with simple games and exercises (playing fetch in the park, practising obedience while out walking) rather than leaving them to amuse themselves with expensive toys
- limit toys to the ones you have, alternating their use to keep your dog's interest
- use a complete dry food rather than pouches and tins of food (which are more expensive)
- use part of your dog's daily food allowance for training purposes rather than buying separate treats
- take your dog with you on holiday (to dog-friendly hotels and cottages) rather than forking out for boarding kennels
- insure your dog (to avoid huge vet bills should they become ill or injured).
The advice sheet (which was written in November 2008) is available to view/download from the Responsible Owners page of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website.