Earning Money -- tips!

#1TalesofRemorsePosted 3/28/2011 5:52:13 PM
All right, so, you guys that have just started may notice you're low on cash after buying your first puppy. Here are some good tips to really rake in the funds:

1. Walk every 5 minutes or so - Simple and easy, considering now we don't have to wait 30 minutes. Plus, the more often you go on walks, the stronger your bond will be with your puppy. More bonding, equals more presents.

2. Walking bonuses - The traffic cones - You may notice these after some time of walking your pooch. The goal is to weave your puppy through the traffic cones WITHOUT touching them. If you are successful, you will get a free present. This takes time to really master it, especially since your dog may have a mind of its own at times. Take it nice and slow, but be quick with the leash while turning. Again, takes practice.

3. Sell, sell, sell! - every dollar matters and selling items you really don't need adds up. This also calls for sacrifice and deciding what you really need for your dog. Now this is something that's up to you, depending on your likes and such. I myself prefer to keep the bare minimum for my puppy. Furniture is not necessary right now (my dog prefers sleeping on the floor anyways). Also, save up your recyclables for the Secondhand shop. If you have the required materials, you can trade them in for an item and sell that item for profit. No, materials (wooden stick, metal, stardust) CANNOT be sold on its own.

4. Competitions - Train and enter 6 times daily! - Simply put, train your dog like mad crazy. Go to the gym in Downtown for Lure course training; try to find an empty park for disc practice; teach 3 tricks daily at home (no distractions) and keep reciting them.

Before the game was released, we thought pups could only be entered in two competitions daily. Did you know they really meant you can do 2 Obedience, 2 Disc, and 2 Lure contests every day? Yup, just discovered this earlier today and I'm sure you did too. 6 contests can rack up money in no time.

Training is the key to getting first. After you win first in each contest, you must practice for the next class' requirements. You can train throughout the entire day!

5. Consider your funds and set goals - Now, after some time, you should have enough money to go buy another dog or maybe even a kitty. But I highly recommend to keep saving rather than buy a kitten right now. Kittens have little to no function for raising income, so if anything, you might as well save up for another dog.

Goals can help you stay focused and determined, and the rewards are worth it. Start out small, like getting first in one of the contests. Maybe your goal is to get three tricks done for the day. Perhaps there's that fancy hat in the Barc shop. Whatever the goal is, try not to make it too ridiculously hard, like getting $5000 in one night. That is obviously not possible, unless you find a way to hack the game while bypassing any cheating penalties. Otherwise, yeah...play fair. =)

6. Pedometer - a new feature to this game is the pedometer. Why am I mentioning this? Not just for the benefit of your own health, but the more steps you take daily, you can get a present at the end. Now there is no definite list out there as to what you'll get or how much it'll sell for, but someone out there is developing the list. There is the off-chance that the items you get could be version exclusive.

If you have any questions, I can try to answer them. This is just a guide for those who are starting and need help in raising money. I'm still learning new things with the game, so should I find anything or if you want to share your tips, I'll add onto the list.
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#2Lil_MomoPosted 3/28/2011 6:24:03 PM
Very useful tips for starting players.

I know I keep forgetting I can take my dog on more walks. I'm still used to the previous game where I'm limited.
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#3911GoofyPosted 3/28/2011 8:59:46 PM
Using the pedometer - Does this mean I can double-dip to get play coins at the same time? It looks like a poke-walker of sorts.
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#4Lil_MomoPosted 3/28/2011 9:12:13 PM
911Goofy: Yup, you can. :D

I know today I got my maximum amount of 10 play coins when I was walking around with my dog. So you can get both of a good thing with the pedometer.
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#5phantom_racer13Posted 3/28/2011 10:44:38 PM
These tips will be very useful, thanks! I could only get one launch title on sunday and decided to get Street Fighter IV, but I plan to pick this up with my girlfriend on Friday. Can't wait because we loved the first one!
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#6TalesofRemorse(Topic Creator)Posted 3/29/2011 8:40:13 AM
quick little tip about competitions:

I can confirm that like in the old game, if you save before the contest, then get a bad score in the trial, you can turn the game off quickly before the results come up. Then you turn the game back on, and the bad trial doesn't count for the max 2 for the day.

I find it very useful, and highly recommend it to those who want to place first in every trial.
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#7chensterrainPosted 3/30/2011 1:46:30 PM
Actually, the game doesn't save after each contest, so you don't even have to turn the game off quickly - I placed third in like, three contests in a row before getting irritated, restarting and doing them all over again twice. Why does the dog perform all of the tricks perfectly at home, but stand there staring at me when I give it an order in a contest...? :/

These are great tips, though!
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#8KogaSteelfangPosted 3/30/2011 2:10:39 PM
Piggy banks too!

My dog found about 4 piggy banks on the walks.
I decided to throw them and see how much I got out of them:

Bank 1 = $5
Bank 2 = $20
Bank 3 = $50
Bank 4 =$100

So, I made $175 just by tossing some stuff.
Mine seemed to scale up in value, dunno if that's supposed to happen or if it just seemed that way because of strange luck.
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#9Jubilation_LeePosted 3/30/2011 3:42:30 PM
Save before breaking a piggy bank, reset until you get at least 50.
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