Puppies Diaries No. 7: expenses for the first year – myths and reality (6-7 months)

Dear Diary,

This month, after I calculated the Sommer’s medical expenses, I was inspired to further torture (haha), summing up all the expenses of Sommer’s first year, including medical expenses. I started by thinking where and how I spent the money this year. Fortunately for this exercise, we used several suppliers to meet most of our needs, so it was easy for me to simply call each place, whether it be a pet store or our store, to find out how much we spent. Again, as in the case of medical expenses, I relied on the wisdom of the Internet, as well as random friends, for an approximate figure of expenses for the first year. Guess what? I experienced another shock when I saw the numbers in black and white. Dogs are known to relieve stress, but they also require fiscal responsibility.

Myth: You can easily get a puppy and spend less than $ 1,000 in the first year.

Reality: Sommer's first year, by numbers

  • Health: 2440 dollars
  • Fence: 1700 dollars
  • Expenses at the pet store, including food, treats and chewing sticks; toys; collars and tags, harness and leashes; heartworm, flea and tick medication; box and playpen; dishes; beds: $ 1270
  • Meals and day care: 700 dollars
  • Care: $ 425
  • Training: 450 dollars
  • Carpet cleaning (due to accidents at home): $ 260

TOTAL $ 7,245

If I had postponed the costs of medical care and fencing, we would have more than halved our expenses to just over $ 3,000. And frankly, this amount is more in line with what I expect to spend on an annual basis in the future.

Many one-time expenses, such as a fence, and medical procedures, such as ovarian removal and vaccinations, are over. Many bugs mommy beginner behind me. I learned a lesson about how to leave things lying around the house, within reach of a puppy, and I sincerely hope that this will reduce the likelihood of any further visits to the hospital!

Even some major purchases at pet stores are over. We need to be tuned for a while about the box and the bed, the dishes, the collars and the leashes, the heartworm and the medicine for fleas and ticks. If you're lucky, the cost of cleaning carpets will also be reduced – although this can be overly optimistic, as there is always the likelihood of an accident or even a fiasco with dirty feet in the house. As for training, I plan to conduct walking lessons on a leash before her first year ends, but after that I expect that we will finish most of the paid training sessions, as I am now trained in how to train her. Now we have the task to continue to practice what we have learned in class.

So far, I give myself B- my efforts. Who knows, maybe I will decide to go for additional lessons this winter so that we can study in the long and cold months and be sure that we will not forget all that we have learned.

What I learned (hard way)

Do not rely on online cost estimates for the first year. These are myths! The reality is that you will probably spend twice as much as you think, so look at my expenses and budget accordingly. Many of these costs were somewhat fixed, but I wish I had a budget for discretionary items, such as treats, toys, and chewing sticks. It was too easy to pick up an extra toy during a search at the pet store or splurge on expensive chewing sticks when Sommer would also be pleased with a less expensive option. We, mom puppies, love our puppies! And this is good. Therefore, although the occasional ruin would be quite normal, I could cut them a little if I had given myself the parameters of the budget.

Lessons learned from my vet

  • At this seven-month age, your puppy may move from one extreme behavior to another. Sommer would be quite sure at one point, and then next time he would jump on the sound of a postman's truck. This is normal!
  • Teaching your puppy how to deal with its fears and problems is of paramount importance at this age. You do not need a dog, which is sealed with constant fears about the experiences at this age.

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