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Hippity Hop Easter Pet Safety and Hidden Dangers: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 97

Easter is just a bunny hop away but so are hidden dangers. As you and your family prepare for Easter festivities here are some Easter Pet Safety tips. Happy Easter egg hunting!

1. Easter grass is a decorative must for Easter baskets but can signal danger for your pet if ingested. If eaten it can cause a pethora of health problems even death. Easter grass can wrap around your pets intestine and cut off circulation. It can also cause vomiting, choking, constipation, painful defecation and abdominal pain. Instead opt for a safer alternative, tissue paper or real grass.

2. No Chocolate Bunnies or Eggs. Dogs can’t resist something sweet to gobble on, including the infamous chocolate bunny. With such a keen sense of smell your dog can find your chocolate stash. Chocolate contains a highly toxic ingredient known as theobromine, making even small amounts of chocolate extremely hazardous to your pets health. Theobromine, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. Although your dog should avoid all types of chocolate, dark chocolate contains the highest concentrations of theobromine making it the most toxic. Early symptoms of chocolate toxicity are vomiting, diarrhea and trembling. If your dog exhibits these symptoms please seek vet help immediately.

3. Avoid Sugar Substitutes: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gums and baked goods, is potentially very toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures & liver failure.

4. Poisonous Easter Bouquets & Plants. Lilies, amaryllis, and kalanchoe are just a few popular flowers used in Easter floral arrangements. While they make for beautiful centerpieces on your Easter table, certain plants and flowers can be deadly for pets. The beautiful Easter Lily is a plant commonly found in bouquets this time of year but highly toxic to cats if ingested. If eaten this flower can cause vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily plant. Other potentially poisonous flowers to avoid include tulips, calla lilies, daisies, chrysanthemums and baby’s breath.

5. Real or fake plastic eggs can be dangerous. This is the case of mistaken identity. Fido or Felix may confuse a shiny plastic eggs for their next chew toy or tasty treat. If chew and swallow the plastic can cause intestinal damage which may require surgery. While hard-boiled have a tendency to be misplaced or not found during those Easter egg hunts and can easily spoil. If the egg is discovered days later and eaten by your hungry dog can cause quite an upset stomach. Make sure you keep track of the number of eggs hidden and their whereabouts so you can easily inventory at the end of the hunt.

6. Cute Easter toys are not meant to be eaten: Festive bunnies and chick toys make cute Easter basket stuffers for the kiddies, but may be viewed as a mid afternoon snack for your pet. Small toys are a choking hazard and should be kept away from cats and dogs. Keep baskets off the ground or better yet keep your pet in an Easter free zone out of potential harms way.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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The Doberman Pinscher

Doberman PinscherThe Doberman Pinscher can be traced back to 19th century Germany, where the animal was bred as a police dog by Herr Louis Dobermann. Dobermann was a policeman and a tax collector and needed a loyal, obedient and most of all a protective dog to accompany him on his rounds. Various breeds were used to create the Doberman Pinscher of today including the German Pinscher, Rottweiler and German Shorthaired Pointer. This breed represented intelligence, bravery, loyalty, stamina and protectiveness and was the perfect type of animal to accompany Herr Louis Dobermann.

The Doberman Pinscher that we all know and love today is a mellowed animal that has lost some of its fierceness and has now become a valuable member of the family. The breed of today is capable of showing affection and great gentleness. It is also an animal that enjoys being around children and other animals in the home. Whilst most Doberman Pinschers get on well with other dogs if introduced properly, most do not like cats.

The Doberman Pinscher is a fearless creature who creates an intense attachment to their family which can make them distrustful of outsiders. This attribute makes the breed an excellent guard dog as they will protect their family and home from anything that appears threatening. Due to this protective nature, socialization of this breed is essential. If you own a Doberman Pinscher you need to make sure that you introduce it to visitors where possible, make sure that it is familiar with other pets and that you warn strangers of its existence before they enter your property if necessary.

As Doberman Pinschers can be very strong-willed and dominant it is important that they have an owner that can earn their respect and has the time to spend on firm and consistent dog training from an early age. They also feed off love and attention so it is important that whilst you are firm you are also loving and attentive.

The Doberman Pinscher can be quite a jealous breed of dog therefore it is important to have enough time and dedication to show your dog all the love and attention it deserves. Your Doberman will only properly feel content if it is at the center of your life. That being said, this dog is not for everyone as it does require a lot of time, effort and training. If you have the time and dedication then the Doberman Pinscher will reward you in its own unique way with endless amounts of love and loyalty.

A common misconception of the Doberman Pinscher is that it can be kept solely for the purpose of being a yard dog or guard dog. Yes, the dog will protect you from threats if it has formed a close attachment with you but it will not just simply be a guard dog without any treatment. You cannot expect to get a Doberman, put it in a yard and have it protect you just because of its breed. You need to earn loyalty and devotion from your pet before it will defend and you can only do this through training and spending time with it. To leave a Doberman in a yard and expect it to protect you is simply cruel.

Your Doberman Pinscher is a high energy dog that needs daily off the lead exercise. Regular exercise can help with behavioral issues as well keeping the dog happy and healthy. If you do not spend enough time with your Doberman or never exercise it, you run the risk of it turning aggressive through boredom. Try using dog treats for exercise motivation.

Before going ahead with the decision to take on a Doberman you need to be aware that this breed has a huge appetite for dog food and it will cost you a lot of money to feed it. As the dog can grow up to 40kg can eat up to 600gms of meat, 300gms of vegetables and 300gms of rice everyday!

The Doberman Pinscher is not a dog for everyone, but if you are made of the right stuff your pet will reward your dedication with unconditional love and loyalty every day.

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If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email or tweet @bestbullysticks. Don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic of your dog as well.

Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Healthy Straw-bana Pupsicles

When the mercury rises  kids beg their parents for a Popsicle. Well, whats a dog to do besides drool? We have the perfect way to satisfy your dogs sweet tooth without adding to their waistline. Try our simple DIY Straw-bana Pupsicles, a delicious & healthy treat that will cool down your hot dog. Hey while, you are at it go ahead and blend yourself a ice cold fruit smoothie (don’t forget the ice)!

Ingredients:

  • One 8-ounce container plain yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey

*Substitute fruit as needed.

Directions:

Using a blender, puree all the ingredients; add enough water to make the mixture pourable. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Wah-lah! Now devour!

*** If your dog is on a special diet always check with your vet about which foods are appropriate & safe.

Stay tuned for delicious dog recipes every Wednesday in our Weekly Drool Recipes blog series. Check out our other drool-worthy recipes! Also, remember food is meant to be shared! So be a pal and submit your favorite dog recipes to be featured in this delicious blog series by emailing us at bestbullysticks@gmail.com.

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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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Spotlight on a Rescue or Charity: We Are Proud To Honor Dogs for the Deaf

We are dedicated to spreading awareness about pet related causes such as pet adoption. So we are excited to announce our new Tuesday blog series “Spotlight on a Rescue or Charity“, to pay tribute and honor animal rescue, shelters and charities. These are our unsung heroes across America dedicated to enriching, saving and nurturing the lives of animals in need.  We hope you will champion our cause by barking the word about the importance of pet adoption and donating your time and finances to your local animal shelter or rescue. Be a voice, email us if you know of a deserving animal rescue or charity that should be spotlighted and recognized. With that said, we are proud to spotlight “Dogs for the Deaf

About Dogs for the Deaf: Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) was founded in 1977 by the late Roy G. Kabat, a long-time Hollywood and circus animal trainer who raised animals for motion pictures and television shows including “Dr. Doolittle” and “Born Free.” His daughter, Robin Dickson, is his successor and the CEO/President of Dogs for the Deaf.

Mission: Rescuing and professionally training dogs to assist people and enhance their lives, maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue and all teams we serve.

Rescuing homeless dogs and professionally training them to enhance lives is what Dogs for the Deaf is all about. In over 33 years, Dogs for the Deaf has rescued and placed over 3,000 dogs in homes as Hearing Dogs, Miracle Mutts (Special Dogs for Special People),  Harmony’s Hounds (Dogs with Special Needs), and Career Change Dogs.

Programs:

HEARING DOGS: Hearing Dogs are chosen from animal shelters. Many shelters must euthanize dogs if no homes are found for them. By using shelter dogs, we are able to help alleviate some of the unwanted dog population by rescuing these dogs. Once trained, they are placed in loving homes where they provide valuable and even life saving benefits.The dogs are usually mixed breeds up to 36 months of age. The trainers look for dogs that are friendly, energetic, healthy, and confident. Each dog is individually evaluated by a Dogs for the Deaf trainer. Those passing the evaluation are brought back to our facility for a thorough medical exam, needed vaccinations, and treatment to bring them to optimum health. All dogs are micro chipped, spayed or neutered, and then begin the intensive 4 to 6 months of training.

AUTISM ASSISTANT DOGS are trained to enhance the safety of children with autism

PROGRAM ASSISTANCE DOGS go to work with and assist professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors, and court room advocates, in the treatment of and work with their clients.

MIRACLE MUTTS (Special Dogs for Special People): Special furry friends who provide companionship, motivation, and emotional support to people who need a helping paw. These dogs help with depression and loneliness; they provide a reason to get up in the morning and motivation to exercise; and the generally make life more worth living.  Meet New Miracle Mutt Bento and new friend, Miracle Mutt Arlo. Their recipients are friends, and now, so are their Miracle Mutts – who truly are special dogs for special people!
HARMONY’S HOUNDS (Dogs with Special Needs): Dogs who have a special physical or emotional need and are looking for someone willing to provide a stable, loving home and any special care they might need with things like on-going medical concerns, old age, anxiety issues, allergies, and seizures. In the right, special environment, these dogs can thrive and provide lots of love.

CAREER CHANGE DOGS: Wonderful dogs that make loving pets and companions. Check out their adoptables!

How Can You Support Dogs for the Deaf (DFD)?

Dogs for the Deaf depends donations from compassionate people. Your contribution big or small is crucial to their life-saving mission to help help dogs and serve humans in need of companion. So donate to one of their above wag-worthy programs!

Be a voice! Support DFD bark-worthy cause, help save lives by and “Like” their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Bark the word about their cause!

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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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The Compact French Bulldog

French BulldogThe French bulldog is a rather muscular and compact breed of dog and although the name may suggest otherwise, the French bulldog originates from England. With a cute and pug-like appearance that boasts a solid bone structure and a flat muzzle, the French bulldog was originally bred as the Artisans of England did not like the large size of the original Bulldog breed. After the breed was originated, it became increasingly popular within France, who then bred the smaller bulldog with French terriers, which led to their new name, the French bulldog.

The French bulldog’s heritage is easy to identify based on its many physical attributes. It possesses a smooth coat and un-cropped tail which is straight by nature. The head is square shaped and large, with wide set eyes that are dark in color and provide the French bulldog with it’s somewhat ‘cute’ appearance. This type of bulldog’s ears, are often referred to as ‘bat ears’ as they are rounded on the upper section and are broad at the base. With these facial characteristics combined, the French bulldog usually displays a facial expression that depicts intelligence, alertness and an increasingly level of curiosity. The typical height of a French bulldog is measured at 12 inches from the shoulder and they can weight anything from 19-28 pounds. In regards to their coat, the French bulldog’s coat can come in a range of colors and patterns. In most cases, the coat will be a fawn color which will range from pale to a darker brown shade and often, he will sport markings or patterns on his coat.

The French bulldog’s heritage stems from a group of dogs who were known as mastiffs, who were widely used as guard or watch dogs. However, do not allow this to make you think that the French bulldog is stern mannered. French bulldogs are renowned for possessing comical traits within their personality and are incredibly playful, affectionate and alert dogs. Due to their playful and comical nature, they enjoy nothing more than playing for hours upon and end and can often keep themselves entertained without the intervention of any others. However, like many other breeds of dogs, the French bulldog requires attention and affection and have a tendency to form a strong bond with one particular member of a family, although will show love to all members of the family. They also interact well with children, if they have been raised together, which makes them an ideal family pet also.

If you are contemplating adding a French bulldog to your family, it is imperative that you look towards a reputable breeder to ensure the health of your puppy. It is always advantageous to investigate how the puppies have been brought up and the environment in which they have been bred, paying close attention to how they move around and interact with other puppies and humans. As always, make sure they are given a healthy diet of dog food and exercise. French bulldogs show much of their personality from a young age, so this can ensure that you take home the right puppy for your family. French bulldog puppies can be rather boisterous, sociable or quiet – or be a mixture of all these traits, but with the right training and love, you can ensure that your French bulldog is the perfect pet and companion.

Good natured, gentle and incredibly loving, the compact French bulldog makes the ideal companion for any owner- whether you are single or have children. So long as you give him the love he wants, you are guaranteed to receive plenty of love and affection in return.

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If you find anything on www.bestbullysticks.com for less on another website (excluding Amazon and Ebay), let us know and we’ll credit the difference to you. It must be the same item. For bulk items, we’ll try our best to match the price. Email us at bbinfo@bestbullysticks.com with any questions or to take advantage of this great new service.

Is your dog barking for his or her time in the spotlight?

If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email or tweet @bestbullysticks. Don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic of your dog as well.

Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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How to Make a First Aid Kit for Pets: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 96

Although emergencies and accidents are unforeseen, one should  always be prepared for worst case scenario. That is why all pet owners should know canine first aid and have a pet first aid kit within paws reach. Preparedness, knowing what to do in an emergency, and acting swiftly could mean the difference between life or death and your pet sustaining additional injuries. Being prepared gives your pet a fighting chance of survival and most often a quicker recovery.

Making a basic DIY Pet First Aid Kit or purchasing a pre-made kit at your local pet store is a must. Pet First Aid Kit is great to have on hand for everyday use or in the event of a natural disaster resulting in minor or major injuries.  It is recommended that you have one for your home and your car for easy accessibility. If you prefer making your own first aid kit here are a list of essentials that should be include. Make sure your first aid preparedness disaster kit is well stocked and medical materials are stored in a durable, water proof container.

  • Sterile gauze pads (3″ x 3″ and 2″ X 2″) and gauze bandage rolls (1″ and 2″)
  • First-aid adhesive tape, 1″ roll
  • Masking tape
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips®)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Forceps
  • Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
  • Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • Kaopectate® or Pepto-Bismol®
  • Flash light
  • Stethoscope
  • Saline Solution (clean out wounds and flush the eyes)
  • Muzzle (to help restrain your animal if it becomes aggressive due to shock and pain)
  • A current pet first-aid book
  • Eyewash
  • Eyedropper (dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds)
  • Mineral oil (a lubricant and laxative when given by mouth)
  • Ipecac syrup ( to induce vomiting in the event your pet is poisoned, consult your veterinarian before inducing vomiting)
  • Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
  • Leather work gloves (to protect you from being bitten)
  • Latex gloves
  • Leash
  • Thin rope
  • Splint materials (tongue depressor, 12-inch wooden ruler or thick magazine)
  • Activated charcoal (good for poisoning or diarrhea and controls flatulence resulting from any stomach or intestinal upset)
  • Blankets
  • Phone numbers (your pet’s regular veterinarian and of a nearby emergency veterinary hospital)
  • Instant cold pack
  • Rags/rubber tubing for tourniquet
  • Emergency Heat Blanket (used if an animal’s temperature is decreasing due to shock or exposure. Always take the pet’s temperature first before using)
  • Thermometer & Vaseline
** Seek your veterinarian’s approval before using some of the medications.
***As you build your pet first aid kit, familiarize yourself with materials and methods that may be needed to help your pet in a minor or major emergency.

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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The Chihuahua – The Tiny Yet Robust Breed

ChihuahuaThe Chihuahua is a tiny little dog and has a very distinctive small apple-shaped head with a short muzzle. They have large adorable eyes and small erect ears that make this animal look different to any other breed. The Chihuahua is the ultimate companion dog. They are courageous, extremely lively, and adventurous and thrive on affection. These little animals are really agile and fearless and without proper training can be quite strong minded and even naughty. However, with the right training they can be the perfect little pet.

Once you get a Chihuahua you really do have a friend for as long as the animal lives. As a breed, Chihuahua’s are incredibly loyal and become very attached to their owners. This means that you can literally take this little dog anywhere with you and they will love it. Chihuahua’s are a big favorite amongst celebrities and many of them have bags designed specifically to carry round their little pets. Chihuahua’s really are affectionate; some even like to lick their owner’s face so if you don’t like really attentive dogs then this breed isn’t for you!

Chihuahua’s really need to be supervised well as some can be quite difficult to train but with the right training program and dedication it can be achieved. Chihuahua’s are not stupid creatures; in fact they are really intelligent and can learn quickly if treated with a firm but gentle hand. They can be quite hard to house train but as long as you establish the ground rules early on your pet will respond well. Just because they are a small dog you shouldn’t let them get away with things that you would not allow a large dog to do such as jumping up on people. This is allowing dominant behavior and if you allow this you may be allowing your dog to develop other negative behaviors such as jealousy and aggression with other dogs and sometimes even humans.

In general, Chihuahua’s are not recommended for children. This is not because they respond badly to them but because people tend to treat Chihuahua’s differently than they would a larger dog and allow bad behaviors because they are “cute.” As owners, a lot of people tend to baby Chihuahua’s because of their size and make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to be exercised. Although smaller dogs do require less exercise than larger breeds, they still need exercise. A walk is a lot more than just a walk to smaller breeds, as well as providing much needed exercise is also provides great mental stimulation.

If you do not give your pet the exercise it needs on a regular basis, you run the risk of it turning snappy, yappy, overly-protective and untrustworthy with children and adults that they do not know. That being said, with the right training this great little dog can be a great companion for any family. The right dog toys can help in making the exercise fun for both parties.

These little dogs do tend to have their fair share of health problems. As a breed Chihuahua’s are prone to rheumatism, colds and gum problems. They can also suffer from corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma; do to their distinctive protruding eyes. They can also gain weight very easily which can cause problems for their small limbs. Chihuahua’s also have a tendency to wheeze and snore due to their small, short muzzles. Health care and dog grooming supplies can be useful when owning a Chihuahua.

Chihuahua’s are ideally suited for apartment life and although they are small they still need their space and cannot be kept in a very small area. Remember that even though it is very tempting to carry these cute little animals around everywhere, they do need a daily walk.

As they have a smooth, short-haired coat they only need to be gently brushed occasionally or just wiped over with a damp cloth. Baths can be kept to twice a month and be careful not to get water in the ears. The ears need to be checked regularly and the nails need to be trimmed.

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If you find anything on www.bestbullysticks.com for less on another website (excluding Amazon and Ebay), let us know and we’ll credit the difference to you. It must be the same item. For bulk items, we’ll try our best to match the price. Email us at bbinfo@bestbullysticks.com with any questions or to take advantage of this great new service.

Is your dog barking for his or her time in the spotlight?

If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email or tweet @bestbullysticks. Don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic of your dog as well.

Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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Best Bully Sticks New Product: Bravo! Dog Chews and Treats

At Best Bully Sticks we consider your pets part of our pack and family. Like our beloved pugs Sushi & Espy, we only want to give your furry family member the best in healthy, safe pet products.  We are constantly searching for the best of the best so if you have any feedback or product suggestions please let us know. So here is what’s new on the site and in our wag of the woods! Please be sure to check out our barkworthy  New Products for everything we have added in the last month.

Introducing Bravo! Dog Chews and Treats with No Compromises!

Bravo! offers the industry’s widest range of top quality products formulated to give your pet a happier, healthier, longer life. Made from top quality ingredients that you and dog can be proud of!

Check our delicious Bravo! offerings & get shopping!

Bravo! Bonus Bites Buffalo Liver Dog Treats 8 oz.

Bravo! Bonus Bites Cod Fish Dog Treats

Bravo! Bonus Bites Salmon Dog Treats

Bravo! Bonus Bites Turkey Hearts Dog Treats

Hungry For Something Not On the Menu?
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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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The Wise and Elegant Poodle

Poodle
The incredibly elegant poodle is often referred to as the most intelligent and wisest of the canine race. However, along with this heightened level of intelligence, he also requires a great detail of attention and affection in order to keep him accustomed to his lifestyle. For example, poodles are renowned for being particular about where they go to the toilet and commonly desire to be as clean as possible. For this reason, the owner of a poodle may find that they are required to spend more time grooming him than they would if they owned a different breed of dog, for example, a working dog.

Although poodles require more attention, they have the positive attribute of generally being less trouble than other, more boisterous breeds, although they are incredibly playful themselves. Poodles have an elegance and dignity about them and can often possess a sense of calm which one does not usually find with some other breeds of dog. However, during the training process when your poodle is a puppy, it is advisable that he socializes with other dogs. This will not only help to make him a more sociable dog, but it can also help to eliminate any aggressive tendencies as he becomes and adult.

As with all breeds, poodles require a great amount of care, not just in regards to their appearance, but also their general health and nutrition. Poodles require high grade dog food that has meat as a primary ingredient. Poodle puppies, similar to other puppies, will generally want to be fed up to four times a day, but as he ages, you will find he eats just twice a day but will consume larger portions. As poodles are relatively lean dogs however, feeding him several smaller meals a day can help eliminate any issues relating to bloating. In all cases however, refrain from overfeeding your dog with dog food or foods. Your poodle will also require adequate exercise. In order for any dog to remain healthy, happy and obedient, he will require daily exercise, sometimes more than once a day. After exercise, always provide your poodle with plenty of water to keep him hydrated and ensure that he gets the rest he needs in between periods of exercise. Ensure to spoil him with dog treats when he learns new tricks and obedience’s and always follow a healthy diet with dental treats to encourage a healthy mouth and eliminate doggy breath.

One of the most recognizable aspects of a poodle’s appearance is his coat. Poodles possess a very dense coat which will require clipping every six to eight weeks in order to stop it over growing and affecting his hearing or visibility. Although poodles do not generally shed much hair, they still require frequent brushing to stop their coat from becoming tangled or matted. This can be completed by a professional dog groomer but due to the excessive amount of grooming a poodle can require, it is sometimes more beneficial to invest in appropriate brushes and combs to do this at home yourself.

Owning a poodle with provide you with a friendly, intelligent and playful companion. Due to the level of elegance a poodle exudes, they are the ideal choice of breed if you are maybe unsure or hesitant to own a more playful or boisterous dog. However, no matter what, you can guarantee that your poodle will be utterly loyal and loving should you do the same in return.

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NEW! PRICE-MATCH GUARANTEE!

We are so confident that we offer the best prices at www.bestbullysticks.com that we now match ANY online vendor price on any item we sell!

If you find anything on www.bestbullysticks.com for less on another website (excluding Amazon and Ebay), let us know and we’ll credit the difference to you. It must be the same item. For bulk items, we’ll try our best to match the price. Email us at bbinfo@bestbullysticks.com with any questions or to take advantage of this great new service.

Is your dog barking for his or her time in the spotlight?

If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email or tweet @bestbullysticks. Don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic of your dog as well.

Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

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Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: Miss Mia the American Pit Bull Terrier

We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Jill for submitting Miss Mia K. Crawford, an American Pit Bull Terrier to be featured in our series. She’s a beauty!

Height: 18-22 inches

Weight: 30-60 lbs

Coat: The American Pit Bull Terrier has a glossy, short, smooth coat that is stiff to the touch. The coat comes in a variety of colors, combination of colors, or color patterns.

Color: multicolored, black and white

Appearance: The American Pit Bull Terrier is solidly built, medium in size, muscular, and powerful. It has a short coat and smooth, well-defined muscle structure. Its eyes are round to almond shaped, and its ears are small to medium in length and can be natural or cropped. The tail is thick and tapers to a point. The coat is glossy, smooth, short, and slightly stiff.

Temperament: This breed is extremely loyal, deeply devoted, affectionate, intelligent, and good-natured. The American Pit Bull Terrier does best in a home with older considerate children. Frequently referred to as great warriors, this breed exhibits strength, courage, agility, and grace. They have an exceptionally gentle disposition with those they love. They will get along with other dogs they have been raised with but may exhibit aggression toward strange dogs and other small household pets. They are exceedingly protective of their family, home, and territory. American Pit Bull Terriers are not generally used for guarding due to their friendly nature. Aggressive behavior toward humans is an uncharacteristic trait in this breed. They are not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner. Like every dog, American Pit Bull Terriers need early socialization–exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences–when they’re young. Socialization helps ensure that your your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.

Health: The average life expectancy of an American Pit Bull Terrier is about 12-14 yrs making them one of the longer living large breeds. The breed tends to have a higher than average incidence of hip dysplasia. They may also suffer from patella problems, thyroid dysfunction and congenital heart defects. American Pit Bull Terriers with dilute coat colors have a higher occurrence of skin allergies.

Is your dog barking for his or her time in the spotlight?

If you would like your dog spotlighted or want to recommend a dog breed you love for our next Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed entry please send us an email with the subject “Spotlight My Dog” or tweet @bestbullysticks. Don’t forget to send over a photogenic pic of your dog and short 2-3 sentence bio.

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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

Bark the Word! Join the Best Bully Sticks Free Affiliate Program & Earn 6% Commission or 6% Product Discount

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