While browsing through the pet section at Target last night, my daughter and I ran across all kinds of dog products. From beds to Halloween costumes, gourmet cookies to squeaky rubber chickens, there was something for every kind of pooch you could ever think of. It made me remember what we’ve used dog items for in the past and how versatile they are.
The thing is, dog stuff can be super cheap—especially if you get it at the everything’s a dollar store—so it can come in super handy. Here are just a few cheap things you can do with dog products.
Other animal products. Why buy an expensive food dish for your bunny or bed for your cat from a specialty store when you can get them at the dollar store for half as much (or even less than that)? I know someone who gives the neighborhood raccoons and stray animals cheap dog food, too, though I wouldn’t recommend trying to get a raccoon in your house by giving it food!
Sensory toys. When my daughter was a premature toddler, she had lots of sensory issues. She didn’t like to touch anything wet or sandy or dirty, and she bounced quite a lot. Squeaky, squishy dog toys were what one of her therapists recommended, and they were a miracle! She took to different textures much more quickly when she was able to play with them “like a puppy,” and then she even encouraged her friends at her early childhood center to play with them as well. Let me tell you, the therapy toys they make for the same purpose are almost the same—and they are three or four times as expensive, if not more so. Go with the doggy toys; they work!
Adult therapy. If you need to squeeze something to help get your blood flowing, why buy a stress ball when you can get a doggy toy? They also make a satisfying squeak, which comes in handy if you’re trying to tune someone out!
General toys. Today my daughter still enjoys playing with some dog toys. We bought her an owl meant for dogs for her valentine gift—it’s what she wanted!—and now she’s hoping to get a cute bat designed for dogs that we saw last night as a gift. She also likes the Halloween costumes designed for dogs and wants to put them on her toys. They are more expensive, though, so we’ll see…!