what’s the average cost of having a dog trained for things like potty training and barking(i live in an apartment). how much am i looking at spending up front not counting the cost of the dog.
all shots
food and whatever else there may be.


  1. Maw-Maw

    Go to rescue shelter,i went this past week0end and got me a medium sized dog for a fee of $75.00.That included his neutering,shots,chip and a free check up at a vet.He’s 3 1/2 months old, so I’m training him.One accident this week.I use a crate and he seem to like it.Oh, he’s a JRT/mix and very smart.Good luck on whatever dog you get.

  2. pepper

    you can adopt a dog from a rescue organization or group in your county. there are several i found which i listed below, all of which you can find near your area.
    the rescue organizations are non-profit groups that rescue animals and find homes for them. all they charge you is the actual cost of the shots, neutering or spayding and what it cost them to care for the dog. they also train them before they give them up for adoption.
    we just got two great pyranees a month ago and these dogs are the sweetest and most wonderful dogs. the rescue organization trained them, cared for them, had all their shots done, had them neutered and spayed (we have a male and a female). these folks are all volunteers so they really care for these animals and treat them with such affection.
    the gentleman who dropped the dogs to us gave us a list of types of food to feed them, how often and how much (cups). he also listed all the shots they had and when and how often to clean their teeth, ears and how to do it. he arranged for their tags with our name and number on them, their leashes and chokers.
    i will assure you will never regret acquiring your pet from any rescue group. http://adopt-a-small-dog.1-800-save-a-pe…http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rescue.htmhttp://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfmhttp://www.adoptablepets.net/index.htmlhttp://canines.com/cgi-bin/afardb/search…http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/cgi-bin/…http://www.netpets.com/dogs/dogresc/bree…

  3. aliciama

    I’d say the best thing would do to narrow down your options first. Look at what you are willing to spend and also consider if the dog will shed, behavior of the breed of dogs, etc.
    I personally LOVE pound puppies, just for the fact that they are looking for love so when you’re able to give them that love they are going to love you just as much.
    Many pounds or humane societies will include raibes shots, spay/neuter, etc. in the adoption fee.
    I adopted a 8 week old chow from a local pound and her adoption fee was $65 and that paid for the rabies and spay, my bill with all the other shots and testing for worms and what not still ran about $90 afterwards.
    A stray I found that we had to take to get all his shots because we weren’t sure if he had any ran about $140 and he wasn’t neutered but I’d suggest it unless you plan on breeding.
    Most dogs will bark, but you could always go to a local specialty pet store (i.e. PetSmart, PetCO) and purchase a bark collar, which may run you a pretty penny, I’d say anywhere from around $40-150.
    Some training will work with the barking and simple commands, training will varies with where you go and what not but the puppy/dog has to be a certain age and have shots and what not.
    The hardest dog I’ve ever tried to potty train is a cocker spaniel because when they get excited they like to litterly show you.
    You can always crate train the dog (which I don’t really like but some people perfer it) where you buy a crate and give them so much room and let them know thats where they potty at.
    Also, what has always worked with me for potty training is when you catch them using the bathroom (eventhough it sounds harsh) rub their nose in it, pop them, say “NO!”, and send them outside. Make sure you also clean it up very very good and get the smell away because if they smell it again they will be sure to use it in the same place once again.
    As for toys, many dogs vary. My dogs are terrified of toys that make sounds but love the hard toys that they can chew on for hours, you really just have to experiment.
    I hope this helps a little.

  4. Bexx

    Please check out Petfinder.com
    You can find great dogs on there that have already had their current vaccinations and have already been spayed/neutered. Adoption costs may vary, but it is much cheaper and very rewarding to rescue a shelter dog. There are all kinds of breeds to choose from and you can even search your local area.
    I took my shelter dogs to obedience training and it cost me $80 for a six week class. That is actually dirt cheap and I’m not sure where you live but it will probably be a little more than that.
    You can get safe, cheap toys in the WalMart pet section. And every brand of food has a different cost. Please make sure to use the type of food he/she is used to until you can wean him off and feed him the food of your choice.
    Please consider rescue, he/she will be so grateful and you will feel so good!!!

  5. mom of twins

    Dogs are a big responsibility, so dont get one unless you are willing to keep it for life- up to 16 years. pure breds can cost up to $1000.00 or more but you can always go to the shelter and get one for a lot less. The start up cost of everything that you mentioned could add up to about $500.00. I have two dogs and it is very worth it my dogs are great and I love them to death.

  6. industrial safety

    Well, if you adopt an adult shelter dog, which is a great idea, you’ll get the shots, spaying, some training, AND the dog for usually between $100-$200. It’s a great way to go, and most shelter dogs are adults that are partially or totally housebroken, and often have some basic obedience training. Plus you know exactly how big the dog will stay, and a few hours of bonding will tell you the dog’s overall personality.
    If you insist on starting with a puppy, you’re looking at:
    $200 shots
    $500 spaying (varies greatly by vet)
    $200 for 6 weeks of training
    $100 toys, treats, collars, leashes, bowls, etc.
    $50 per month in food (depending on quality)
    The great thing about shelter dogs is that most are mixed breeds, which dilutes their genetic tendencies. For example, most medium-sized short haired dogs are either hunters like Labs, or herders like Cattle dogs, both of which are very driven and need a lot of exercise. Shelter dogs still need good long walks, but they don’t have the genetic drive to work that purebreds do, so you don’t have to constantly engage them in activities.
    Potty training and barking, spend $50 on some good books, because those are things you have to do yourself- you can’t potty train or bark train in a classroom.
    On the subject of food, pay a little extra and get the good stuff, and you’ll save a ton of money of vet bills later.
    Good: Artemis, Avoderm, Chicken Soup, Canine Caviar, Wellness, Wysong, Verus, Timberwolf Organics, Nutro Ultra, Fromm, Merrick, Organix, AgarX, Canidae, Innova Evo, Eagle Pack, Solid Gold.
    Okay: Nutro or Nutro Max, Eukanuba, Bil-Jac, Nature’s Recipe, Pinnacle, Royal Canin.
    BAD: Purina, Alpo, Pedigree, Kibbles N Bits, Iams, Cesar, Beneful, Hill’s Science Diet, anything sold in a supermarket.
    Good luck!

  7. DP

    Reconsider getting a dog if you live in an apartment. It’s hard to housetrain when you have to go up and down stairs, and neighbours aren’t impressed with a barking dog when you leave. Cats are fine for apartments, dogs like a house w/ a yard.

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