The Komondor truly has a commanding presence. A unique looking, intelligent and fiercely loyal dog, Best Bully SticksBreed Spotlight will take a look at what makes this strong-willed and strong-bodied dog tick. With origins in Asia and Eastern Europe, the Komondor is an interesting read!
History & Background: The name Komondor comes from phrase “Koman-dor” meaning “Dog of the Cumans” in the language of the Cumans, a migratory, light skinned and haired people. The Komondor has a common ancestry with Tibetan dogs. The Cuman people were pushed out of Asia around 900 during the Mongol conquest. The Cuman people finally found refuge and settled around 1200 in Hungary.
This large breed was used not as a livestock herder, but a livestock guard dog for large sheep and cattle. Their duty as guard dog to these animals came mostly without human prompting. Komondors were so revered in Cuman culture that their remains have been found in gravesites. These dogs are now a national Hungarian treasure and are being preserved so no sullying or modification happens to this breed. This breed began to spread around the world in the 1920s and started appearing in dog shows. This dog is still a favorite in the show ring and was recognized by the AKC in 1937. Today this dog is known as the “Hungarian Komondor” or “Hungarian Sheepdog.”
Height: Males: 27.5 inches minimum height, 31.5 inches average height; Females:25.5 inches minimum height, 27.5 inches average height
Weight: Males average 110–132 lbs, Females average 88–110 lbs read more…
Imagine this: A warm, fresh, pie that just come from the oven, cooling in a windowsill. You can almost smell it and taste it, right? Best Bully Sticks knows that it’s almost un-American to not like pie! We also think that Fido shouldn’t miss out, so here’s an All-American Treat for your pup! Fresh from our friend Doggy Dessert Chef, Best Bully Sticks gives you Blueberry Pie Dog Treats.
1 cup Blueberries 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon Cinnamon 2 Eggs 1/2 cup Milk 2 tablespoons Butter (room temperature)
Memorial Day is over, but Best Bully Sticks thinks honoring our soldiers shouldn’t be confined to just a few days a year. That’s why BBS is dedicating this post to a particular set of soldiers that are dear to our hearts: Military Working Dogs, or MWDs.
Jobs of Military Working Dogs Dogs have been a part of military efforts in every society dating back to the Ancient Romans. However, the United States Military first formally trained dogs for service during WWII. Today many military bases include Canine Training Facilities that put dogs though a myriad of tasks to prepare them to fill certain rolls in military. Some of these include roles as sentries, trackers, bomb and drug detection and dogs even go on rescue or reconnaissance missions. There are even dogs who jump out of planes!
Even the most high-ranking officials agree, the role MWD’s fill is irreplaceable. General David H. Petraeus said, “The capability they (Military Working Dogs) bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine. By all measures of performance their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory. Our Army (and military) would be remiss if we failed to invest more in this incredibly valuable resource.”
Breeds & Their Training In 1942 when dogs first began training for military service, several breeds were trained and included Airedale Terriers, German Short Haired Pointers, Norwegian Elkhounds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Standard Poodles, Dalmatians, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Bull Mastiffs, Collies and more!
In today’s military training, there are three preferred breeds: German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds and Belgium Malinois. These breeds are used because they have been seen as the most versatile over the years. Once the dogs are selected for service, they are taken to Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. When they pass Basic Training, they move on to their Advanced Training facilities in different parts of the country. Advanced Training continues in the vein the dogs are best suited for and becomes specific to the mission of the military.
“One of the great things about our training is, we never take the dog out of the dog. We train them to do what they want to do,” Fort Bliss Kennel Master, SFC James Allred explained. “We want each dog to maintain his individuality. Handlers have to understand the dog. We manipulate the behavior of the dog. For detection, to get a dog to respond, we use toys as a training incentive. The dog will work because if he finds what he is supposed to find, he’ll get rewarded. Then the dog gets what he wants.”
Two Soldiers, One Bond In training, a MWD and a solider are paired for service. The soldier and dog go through training, training evaluations and then are sent out into the field. When in a combat zone or any other mission, the two soldiers stay together. Even if a dog gets sick or hurt, both the handler and dog come home. They are never separated. Even when MWDs retire, a current or previous handler usually adopts them. It’s a crucial and powerful bond that can’t be broken.
Honoring All Military Related Dogs There are a number of organizations that support military dogs in all facets.
Dogs are truly amazing in all they can do and dog owners are thankful for the joy they bring into families and lives. However, we must remember we also owe them a debt of thanks and gratitude, because after all, some of these dogs are out in the field of combat.
Break out the sprinklers, the grill and the checkered tablecloths! Best Bully Sticks wants to say, “HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!” Families around the nation gather to remember those service men and women who gave their lives to maintain our national freedoms as well as enjoy the company of those who are closest to us. That tight-knit group includes your dog, too! While you enjoy your Memorial Day, as well as a good burger, don’t forget to let Fido join the fun! BBS will be taking you through some past editions of the Healthy Dog Blog’s safety tips to keep your favorite pup safe while enjoying your Memorial Day festivities!
1. Don’t Share Food! There are lots of human foods that aren’t good for you dog, and while you may want to treat your pup, that treat may not be good to him. Make sure you keep all food and alcoholic beverages out of Fido’s reach.
2. Keep Fresh Water Available! Fresh water is essential to keeping your dog’s internal temperature down on a potentially hot Memorial Day. No matter where you are having your Memorial Day fun, make sure fresh water is available for your dog. Best Bully Sticks makes this easy with the Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain, or if you’re on the go, the Handi-Drink Portable Bottle/Bowl is a great travel-friendly alternative.
3. Memorial Day Travel with Fido! If you have Memorial Day plans down the street, across town or half a country away and decide to take your dog, make sure you’re keeping your pup safe in the car. But most importantly, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR! BBS wants to offer some great tips for keeping your dog safe on the road. Read our Road Trip Dog Care Safety post to learn more! read more…
Defining the perfect family dog is hard, but this week’s Best Bully SticksBreed Spotlight might come close. A historical European breed, the Ibizan Hound has been a family hunting dog for ages. Find out more about this beautiful and affectionate breed below!
History & Background: The Ibizan Hound (pronounced I-bee-zan” or “I-beeth-an) originated from Eivissa, or Ibiza, approximately 80 miles off the coast of Spain. The first name for this unique looking dog was Podenco Ibicenco. This hound was used for its speed in hunting rabbits for itself and the farming families of this small island. This hound is similar to the Pharaoh Hound, the Cirneco dell’Etna, the Portuguese Podengo, and the Podenco Canario, all of whom have ancient roots. Depictions of an Ibizan-type dog are seen on the walls of ancient tombs dating back to 3400 B.C. and it’s thought the Phoenicians brought these Egyptian dogs to Ibiza.
Height: 22-29 inches
Weight: 45-65 pounds
Coat: Ibizan’s have two coat variations: short and wire-haired. The short coat is more common and just that: short. This coat is shortest on the head and ears and then lengthens on the back of the thighs. A wire-haired Ibizan’s coat can range from 1 to 3 inches and can have a mustache as well. This coat variety finds more hair on the back, back of the thighs and tail. The texture of both varieties are hard in texture. read more…
This week’s Drool Recipe comes from our new friends Teri & Jenny over at Spoon Fork Bacon! We’d like to thank them for this exclusive recipe and their beautiful photography. Just look at that food styling! This is one that you and your pup will equally appreciate! Thanks again ladies!
Hi All! When the lovely folks over at bestbullysticks.com invited us to do a guest post, providing one of our homemade pet treat recipes we eagerly said, “Yes!” Pets are incredibly important to both of us and hold a very special place in our hearts. We both have pets (Teri has two cats and Jenny has a little min-pin mix) and can acknowledge as well as appreciate the endless loyalty and unconditional love we get from our furry little friends. Since we’re coming up on everyone’s favorite season, fro-yo season this is, we thought that our little babies need some fro-yo love too! We’ve created a quick an easy fro-yo treat without weird additives and preservatives. This treat is all natural and made with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, a banana, and a touch of honey! Before you begin fretting about the use of dairy and your pets sensitive little bellies, here’s a fun little fact: All natural Greek yogurt is actually good for your dogs! The natural live cultures in the yogurt actually help flush all the bad bacteria out of your pooch and help maintain the good ones!…neat right?! I thought so! Anyway, if you’re as crazy about your pets as we are then we urge you to make them this super, simple and tasty treat. They totally deserve it, don’t they?! Oh and if you want more pet treat action, come check out our recipe for “Bacon Bark Sticks”…my little Dexter thinks they’re awesome!
Doggy Fro-Yo Makes 12 (2 ounce) treats
Ingredients 2 cups of low fat, all natural Greek yogurt (no sugar, no additives) 1 medium banana 1/3 cup all natural, organic peanut butter 1 tablespoon honey
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. 2. Pour mixture into (silicon or paper) molds of your choice, place on a baking sheet and freeze, at least 1 hour. 3. Remove fro-yo pops from molds and serve.
TODAY ONLY BBS is giving you the chance to win an Earth Dog Hemp Bed from Best Bully Sticks! You can vote here or on Facebook! Earn extra entries by following the prompts! Winner will be announced tomorrow morning!
We know that Best Bully Stick’s customers and readers have the sweetest, cuddliest dogs on the planet, however, we don’t want to skirt around a serious topic either. Any dog has the propensity to bite in certain situations but Best Bully Sticks wants to educate all our customers and readers on how to lower those chances.
May 20-26, 2012 is International Dog Bite Prevention Week and was established to help all dog owners and the public know the facts about and guard against dog bites. The American Veterinary Medical Association has released some statistics that might be surprising.
Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year
800,000 of those people received medical attention
Children are more likely to be severely injured & 400,000 receive medical treatment each year
Most children bitten are interacting with familiar dogs or during everyday activities
There have been a lot of tragedies that are hard to ignore, but most of these situations are easily preventable. Here are a few tips to protect and prevent against dog bites.
1. Recognizing Canine Body Language. It may be easy to forget that dogs are communicating with us at all time, but it’s all in their body language. Here is a handy canine body language chart courtesy of http://www.dfdk9.com/. Recognizing the warning signs is the first step in preventing something horrendous from happening.
2. DO NOT EVER leave a small child alone with a dog. While it’s very probable that nothing will happen when you walk away, it’s better just to not leave your baby alone in a room with a dog.
3. Teach Children How To Treat Dogs. We all know kids usually don’t listen well, so make sure to consistently repeat to children how to treat, handle and act around a dog. The video below outlines some great guidelines for teaching your children with the W.A.I.T acronym. Here are some great coloring sheets that are a fun way for your kids to begin learning about dog safety courtesy of Chris Crawford.
There are also some very easy steps to lessen the probability of your own dog biting.
Make sure your dog is very well socialized with other animals, people and small children.
Don’t put your dog in a situation where he feels threatened or teased.
Train your dog. Your dog understanding the commands, “sit” “stay” “come” and “no” are highly important to your bond with your dog. This will help your dog know what is expected out of him.
Make sure your dog gets plenty or exercise and mental stimulation and use a leash in public.
Keep your dog healthy and up-to-date on all shots, including the rabies vaccination.
Spay or neuter your dog.
If you have a fenced in back yard, make sure it is properly secured.
Again, Best Bully Sticks hopes you, your family or your dog never have to deal with this topic, but to help this issue we feel it is the duty of all dog owners to be prepared. Learn more about Dog Bite Prevention Week at AVMA.org.
Dogs are lovers, not fighters. And sometimes, they’re downright comedians. Best Bully Sticks knows we’ve all been pretty tickled at our dogs because of things they do, but why do dogs do the things they do? Why do dogs whine? Why do they circle before laying down or eating? Why do they lick things?
We have to remember, dogs were once wild animals and their behaviors, while they have adapted to a humans over the years, are still wild at heart. This is the first of a two part series that will detail some of your dog’s funny, weird or just down right alien behaviors. This week we’ll cover circling, whining, yawning, licking and elimination behaviors.
1. Circling before lying or sitting. No, your dog isn’t aspiring to be a ballerina, it’s just his ancestral wildness coming out. Before your dog had a comfy, cushy bed to lie down on, the nearest patch of grass was the best option. Circling was the way wild dogs would stomp down tall grass to make a nest. This behavior was also to see if there were any unwanted creatures in the area where the dog wanted to lay down. One more possibility could be temperature regulation. If moving the grass away from a spot would reveal a cooler layer of dirt, they the dog exhibit this behavior to find the coolest spot possible. When dogs circle today before settling down it’s just a leftover urge from the wild days, an old gene that never really left.
2.Whining. There isn’t a magical machine that can translate all “dog-speak” so until that happens, we humans will just have to realize that whining could be a lot of different things. Whining means your dog is trying to communicate something and that could be anything from “I’m hungry” to “There’s a toy stuck under there!” but it does mean he probably wants something and it might just be your attention. read more…
Another great deal from Best Bully Sticks! These are real pork drumsticks for your dog from Australia! These rose-shaped treats are just as much delicious and they are safe. Australia is known for being a great source of meat products due to the low disease rate. In fact, this source is one of a few that the FDA trusts fully!
You know how good a drumstick is so be sure to give your dog the same pleasure and feed them a Real Pork Drumstick Rose. This dog treat is blooming with real flavor!