How to Save Money on Dog Treats | Frugal Pets

How to Save Money on Dog Treats | Frugal Pets



Save Money on Dog Treats

I love my dog Forbes and I also love to save money. Forbes is just such a great dog and has come a long way from when we adopted him as an adult. We’ve kept him on a pretty strict no human food diet for the 4-5 years we have had him and he’s doing great. He is a very food driven dog, so training him not to beg has been a daily discipline. Sometimes friends and family will automatically feed him from the table and he’ll go right back into his old habits. It’s frustrating because we all handle our pets differently but consistency has been my winning recipe for success. If you are training your dog not to beg – don’t give up! I feel you on this one.

I enjoy using everything I own to it’s fullest, even just an apple. Sometimes I have scraps of sweet potato peels, bell pepper toppers, or an apple core (no seeds!). These are all things that can go into your compost bin, however, in an RV I don’t have a compost bin unfortunately. So Forbes is my next best thing to a compost bin – ha! I save money on dog treats by not buying fancy treats but I still want to reward (aka spoil) my dog for good behavior. So I save scraps of fruits and veggies to use as treats.

If you are in anyway way doubting a food to give your dog, don’t give it to them. Please talk with your vet first – it is your responsibility to make sure you are feeding your dog in the healthiest way possible. Here are a few resources I use whenever I question a vegetable or fruit. Check them out for a more thorough list of good and bad foods.

My happy list of foods we feed Forbes –

  • Zucchini
  • 🥬 Lettuce
  • Broccoli 🥦
  • Bell peppers (all colors but not hot peppers)
  • Brussel sprouts
  • 🥕🥕🥕Lots of carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber 🥒
  • Sweet potatoes
  • 🍎 Apple (no seeds)
  • Pear (no seeds) 🍐
  • 🍉 Watermelon (careful with the size of the rind, my dog tends to swallow things whole when he is excited. So I chop mine into bite size pieces)
  • Peaches (remove the pit!!!) 🍑
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries and it’s toppers 🍓
  • Peanut Butter (I look at the ingredients for just peanuts and salt)


My list of absolute no no’s for Forbes –

  • Grapes/Raisins 🍇
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Alcohol of any kind🍷
  • 🦴 Cooked Bones
  • Chocolate 🍫
  • Xylitol
  • Salty foods
  • Macadamia nuts


Next time you are chopping up a delicious healthy salad, place some of the scraps to the side. When you are finished eating (and have done your research on what your dog can eat), test and see if they like the carrots or lettuce! You may be surprised.

What is your dog’s favorite fruit or vegetable?


Hello there! My name is Glenda Hoon Russell and I am the owner/author of The Status Foe. The status quo distracts us from being who we truly are and I am here to challenge that. I help 30-something women find their path back to themselves through building self-awareness, self-worth, and self-acceptance so they can create a life they love.

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