A lot of us are used to buying stuff that we can’t actually afford.
But in some markets, like Australia, we’re being forced to do that in the name of quality.
We know that dogs are great at finding things that we cannot afford.
So what are the essentials that they need to get a good deal?
Dogs will buy everything that they can get their hands on, from toiletries to shoes.
But, as our brains begin to adapt to a world that is changing, they may also need to find new ways to make money, says Dr Amy Naylor, senior lecturer in consumer and human psychology at Melbourne University.
She says this is the time when dogs are most likely to seek out bargains, and this could be in the form of pet food.
“The animals are really good at figuring out what the most common items in our lives are, and they will buy anything they can find,” she says.
For example, if you are buying something like a shampoo and conditioner, they are more likely to be buying a shampoo that is already in the fridge, rather than a shampoo you can’t afford.
“Dogs are also good at finding cheap things to wear,” she adds.
“They will wear clothes they can’t otherwise afford.”
If your dog loves a particular scent, or likes to eat treats, it could be a good idea to include that in their shopping list.
What to do when your dog is buying stuff with you out of love for something A new study by the Australian Institute of Food and Drink researchers found that many dogs were willing to spend an extra $5 to $10 on a single item they had previously purchased, such as a shampoo, dog food or dog bedding.
They even went so far as to buy a dog toy to make sure that they had all the essentials.
The researchers also found that if you have a dog who is more than happy to buy the cheapest items that you can afford, this can help to keep you in the loop on how their spending is progressing.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of a dog buying a toy.
“In some cases, dogs are buying the same things for a short time that they have already purchased before, so this can be a little bit of a distraction,” says Dr Naylor.
The key is to let them decide what they want.
How to make your dog happier in their search for deals Dr Naylor advises that if your dog has been shopping for a new toy or a new treat, they should also try to get some sort of “experience”, or reward.
Instead of just buying the cheapest item, you can also buy a reward for their behaviour, such a treat or a treat, says the research assistant.
“It could be some treats, or a toy, or even a chew toy.
That way they get to test out their behaviour before they buy the new toy.”
This is a good time to give your dog the chance to test your patience and make sure they understand what they’re getting into.
Dr Nathan also advises that they should try to buy more than one thing for their dog to do.
Do your best to ensure that your dog can be rewarded with everything you want when they are shopping, but that they don’t have to spend so much money on things that they do not need.
Dr Nathan suggests that it’s better to buy things that your pet will like, such that it has a reason to buy it.
When shopping, ask questions like: “Do you really need this or is it just something you like?” and “How much do you spend on this?”
Dr Natalie Naylor says that if dogs are willing to put money into the bargain, it’s also important to make it clear to them that there is a “no-brainer” option if they don.
They need to know that if they want a certain toy, they will have to go for it, but if they are interested in a certain pet, they can have it.
“It’s important that your dogs are happy shopping for things that are affordable, so it doesn’t become a habit of spending so much on a toy they don