Does your dog enjoy chewies? There's few things that Pierogi and Gilly love more than being handed a new chewie. Some of their favorites include bully sticks, hooves, Himalayan sticks and cod skin bones. We always try to keep an assortment on hand, but sometimes the cost of chewies can really add up! Do you ever feel that way? Below, we share nine ideas to help you save money on chewies.
1. Spark a conversation. The next time that you're out shopping for treats, ask for long-lasting chewie recommendations and then weigh your options. For example, if a jerky stick only costs a couple of dollars, but is easily breakable and quick to consume, a more expensive, but tougher chew may be the better way to stretch your dollars.
2. Shop the counter. Often times, shops (boutique pet shops especially) will offer broken chews, bundles of mismatched chews or have a display of bulk or specially featured chews near their registers and marked at a discount.
3. Subscribe. When it comes to pet shops (big box and boutique), I almost always subscribe to their email and/or rewards programs. You're probably already familiar with both concepts, but email campaigns tend to be especially great. Even if a particular store doesn't send coupons via email, they may announce sales or special events in their newsletters, which can be a great time to shop for chewies.
4. Be an extreme couponer. Spark a conversation again! Ask your favorite pet store where they typically publish coupons. Sometimes it's via email, but we've also found pet store coupons on the back of receipts, in the mail, in printed pet publications and online.
5. Get your money back. Ask the pet store that you frequent if they participate in any rebate programs. This may be different from any store-facilitated rewards programs because rebates tend to be hosted by outside brands. Basically, it never hurts to ask!
6. Bulk up. One of our favorite local pet stores offers a "Buy 4, Get 1 Free" bully stick deal and it's the best thing ever :) We always buy in bulk there because we know that we'll quickly get through the stashes. Similarly, sometimes we buy chewies in bulk online. This site is one that we've tried and trust, and we especially love their USA Collection.
7. Ooh, a sample! When checking out, ask for samples. Many times, stores have plenty of samples that they're happy to share. It's also a great way for your dog to try something new.
8. Bring it back. If you bring a new chewie home but your dog sticks his nose up, check the store's return policy. Occasionally, stores stand by "satisfaction guaranteed" policies that may extend to their chewie selections.
9. Reinforce chewies as treats. Our last tip for saving money on chewies is to share chewies with your dog in the manner that you'd like, but to try to reinforce them as treats -- as something special. Depending on the treat, sometimes Pierogi and Gilly won't finish their treats in one sitting. Sometimes, in the middle of working on a chewie, they'll suddenly lose interest and they'll break to go outside or play with a toy. At this point, we'll take away their chewies and save them for later. And when we reintroduce them, Pierogi and Gilly get just excited all over again. We also have them completely work though one chewie each before breaking out new treats.
Do you already practice any of these tips? What did we miss? Let us know below!
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