Easy Puppy Budget- Student Budget

I always thought that puppies were too expensive to care for, especially for a college student.

Well I am at my last year of college and just could not wait anymore to get a dog, so I made a budget.

Turns out, it’s totally doable.

I made different budgets with shopping lists to accommodate different incomes

**All underlined words link you to the products at Amazon**

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This is The: College Student Budget- AKA Poor and Tired Budget

  1. Food-
    •  Purina ONE Smart Blend is about $21 for 16.5 lbs
    • I, personally give my puppies Pure Balance just because they’re Yorkies and are prone to certain stomach sensitivities it is about $16 for 4lbs
  2. Toys-
    • For tugging they, get something like Mammoth Flossy Chew about $5 and they’ve lasted a long time
    • For chewing, get something like Nylabone which is about $3. I also give them Pedigree Dentastix to keep their teeth healthy, they are about $12 for a month’s worth.

My puppies love my socks and flip-flops when they don’t have anything to chew on. So I got them a couple chew toys each to start with.

3. Carrier: I love the Elite Field Soft Sided carrier it is about $26

4. Food Bowls: if you are tight on money, you can use your own plates and bowls. But dog food bowls aren’t expensive. They range from $5 to  $20 depending on how fancy you want to get.

5. Meds:

  • Heart worm. I use Hartguard which is only sold by a vet.
  • For fleas a common choice is Frontline plus. Make sure you know your dogs weight before choosing a product! 

6. Puppy Pads are +/- depending on how good you are at puppy training. Yorkies are difficult to potty train so I use GOBUDDY puppy pads


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All put together~ $100 to start with essentials

Keep in mind some are one time purchases

Food~ $21 (could last 1-4 months depending on your dog size)

Toys~ $20 to start

Carrier~ $26

Food bowls ~$10

Meds- depending on vet could be $30 for 3 months of heartgard and $33 for 3 months of Frontline Plus

**Disclaimer: Every dog is different. These are general suggestions used as a frame of reference based on my experience.

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Thank you for visiting

Hope this helped get a puppy adopted ❤

 

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Fetching Machine|iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs

Lola, unlike her brother, LOVES to fetch

We would throw the ball for 30 minutes and she would not tire. We tire easy though.

Click here to check out this product on Amazon

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We looked at many other machines and this fit our budget better than others

Price: $94 with amazon prime about $104 without it

Will post videos and pictures soon!

Check out our instagram @yorkietime

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FLEAS BE GONE!

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This sums up what flea treatment worked for me

I never had problems with fleas until this month, I’ve always used Front line Plus and it worked well. This month (August) it seem to have stopped working for my Yorkies 😦

I found few fleas few weeks back, gave them a bath and thought: problem solved. NOPE it wasn’t solved!

I asked for recommendations on Instagram and Facebook and got lots of options.

What worked for me is Nexgard, it’s only sold in vet offices as far as I can tell.

Nexgard killed most fleas within 24 hours. I then gave them a bath with Adams Shampoo and sprayed the house with Adams Plus Carpet Spray

 

 

 

WHY I GOT A YORKIE-Pro List

I’m writing this short blog post to share why I decided to adopt a Yorkshire terrier. I hope this helps you decide whether a Yorkie is your kinda dog.

Well here are the pros of having a Yorkie:

  • SPACE: No need for big yard. My puppies run around the house and they take a nap after. So, apartment living works here
  • BEHAVIOR: They LOVE to cuddle and mine do not bark much yet but as they grow they might if you don’t train them. Now they only bark when they’re playing together and it’s sooo cute when they do
  • SIZE: They are small, you can carry them around (Arthur loves to be carried). Their small size means smaller ‘messes’ when they potty. Plus they wouldn’t need much food, or big house, big yard…
  • HAIR COAT: I became allergic to cats after years of living with them, I did not want to fall in love with a dog that I might become allergic to. Yorkies don’t shed and they are hypoallergenic! More reasons to love them
  • CUTENESS: and of course being cute is a plus

Here’s a video of my two pups.

[Note Arthur is a Yorkie mix]

So to sum up:

Yorkies are so cute they make great apartment dogs, very loving and cuddly, they are hypoallergenic and don’t shed.

Feel free to check out the Youtube channel I made for my puppies.

Would love it if you like and follow 🙂

 

2 TIPS every puppy owner should know

When I became a first time puppy mom, I knew very little about the challenges that come with having a puppy. Every one shares the cute pictures but not the carpet potty stains. I’m here to share my advice so you don’t have to learn it the hard way.

Chewing and Potty training were most frustrating for me, so here are some tips:

(PS- click the underlined words if you want to be linked to more information) 

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Make sure there’s nothing on the floor or within the pup’s reach that you do not want chewed (RIP flip flop)chew

Give your pup a chew toy to distract them from chewing unwanted things, like your toes (it’s cute at first, then it’ll start to hurt)

 

You can give them age appropriate chew bone, Arthur and Lola LOVE DreamBones but not triple flavor kabobs so much. Every dog is different see what your pup prefers.

Potty training:

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This was the most frustrating part for me and it took about 2 months for Arthur and Lola to get better at it

  • First of all- BE PATIENT. I thought they will never learn
  • My puppies peed at least every hour. Good news is, as they get older they can hold it longer
  • If pad training a Yorkie -> keep them in one room where you usually stay and have pads close by. Pick them up and take them to the pad as soon as they start sniffing around the floor. Give them a treat every time. I usually so ‘NO’ when they start going on the carpet ( I said ‘NO’ a lot), then I pick them up and give them a treat after they finish potting on the pad.
  • If potty training outside -> this is harder for small sized dogs since they have small bladders. Have them stay close to your exit and take them out at least every hour when they’re young. Give treat every time they potty outside.
  • Most importantly, don’t stop the positive enforcement once they seem to get it! I have and sure enough they started peeing on the carpet again. I had to start all over again

I hope this was helpful little post. I will make a Youtube video for more tip

Meanwhile, here’s my puppies channel

Disclaimer: these links are to show examples of what I use, use your best judgment when picking products for YOUR dog