I’ve shared my best tips for getting free stuff before.
One of my most popular is How To Get Free Pregnancy & Baby Stuff For New Parents.
Now it’s time to share my best freebies for dogs!
What follows are all of the free dog samples that I know about at this time. I will continue to update this post as the offers expire.
Free Dog Samples
These pet food samples are 100% legit.
They are provided by the manufacturers directly, so you don’t have to jump through any hoops or sign up for anything extra just to get your free dog samples. I know how frustrating those types of offers can be, trust me!
All of these dog samples are 100% absolutely FREE – with no shipping fees either.
TIP: Even though they’re not listed here, I would encourage you to take advantage of other pet freebies you find that do require a shipping fee — because many of those are worthwhile too. Most of them come with extra coupons that are good on future purchases. That alone is usually worth the shipping fee. So to be clear… usually if they charge shipping charge or an extra fee for a pet food sample, it’s worth it in my opinion. Small businesses would go broke if they sent out completely free samples day in and day out. I’ve always been happy with the “free+shipping” dog food samples I’ve received.
You can rest assured that the following freebies are all top-quality samples. I’ve requested each of them myself. And most of them have arrived in my mailbox already.
Just know that free dog samples usually don’t last very long! So if you’re interested in any of these, you should submit your request right away.
Let us know in the Comments below if you know of any other free dog samples we should add to this list!
- Free Gempals pet food sample from Gempals
- Free Flush Doggy poop bags from Flush Doggy
- Free California Carrots dog food supplement from Powder 4 Paws
- Free dog scrapbook stuff from fellow scrapbookers
- Free Ancestry Dog Food samples from Ancestry Pet Food
- Free FetchFuel glucosamine & omega-3 sample from FetchFuel
- Free Trophy Pet Food sample from Trophy Pet Food
- Free Honest dog food sample from The Honest Kitchen
- Free pet safety pack from ASPCA
- Free Timberwolf natural pet food from Timberwolf
- Free Synacore pet probiotic from Van Beek Natural Science
Other Ways To Get Free Dog Samples
If you’re serious about finding other free samples — like dog food, pet treats, dog shampoos, poop bags, and dog toys — I have a few other tips for you.
Here are some other ways to get samples for free:
#1 – Visit the website of the manufacturer directly. Sometimes on the Contact page or in the side margin of the page they will mention when free samples are available. Even if it’s not specifically mentioned, you can always contact them yourself with an honest reason why you are eager to try their product. Sometimes, they will honor random requests.
#2 – Write to the manufacturer directly. Snail mail for large corporations is typically handled by a separate office. Some companies are more likely to respond to a snail mail request that appears genuine.
#3 – Check the store aisles and end caps in pet food stores. I’ve gotten a number of free samples from Pet Smart and from another small pet food store in my town. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. If you appear to have a serious interest in sampling a particular brand of dog food, small independent pet stores are likely to provide that for you. Don’t just get your free sample and leave though. Make it worth their while to give you that free sample… buy something. Even if it’s only a 99-cent dog chew, independent pet stores rely on your repeat business.
#4 – Keep your eye on Craigslist and Freecycle. Occasionally, I see pet owners giving away free large bags of pet food and treats that their dog just didn’t like. You can also request such an item on Freecycle. And on Craigslist you can barter to exchange things you want for things you have.
I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I've always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what's 'normal' and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I'm not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've written over 500 articles for dog owners on this site!