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BestBullySticks.com takes the two most dreaded words in school history (Pop Quiz) and makes them scholastic and fantastic! Go Back To School with BBS’s Pop Quiz game. Every day from now until September 27th we’ll feature a new question about Best Bully Sticks. After the last question is asked on the 27th, you’ll be able to submit your answers for a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes!

Learn more about our company, answer questions and win prizes? Yep, that’s the general concept!

How it Works
Every day (Starting Tuesday 9/18) a new Trivia Question will appear in the OfferPop Quiz app.

Contestants will check the new trivia question for the day and begin compiling a list.  Answers can come from anywhere on Best Bully Sticks.com, BBS Healthy Dog Blog, Google Searches, Best Bully Sticks YouTube Channel and BBS Newsletters

On the last day, 9/27, contestants will answer the 10th question and begin submitting their answers through Offerpop Signup app.

5 Contestants with the right answers will win! Will end Friday 9/28 @ 5pm. We’ll announce the winners Monday morning at 10 a.m. read more…

Best Bully Sticks Celebrates Deaf Dog Awareness Week

BestBullySticks.com knows no two dogs are alike. Breed, coloring, temperament and more make each dog a special and unique creature. Unfortunately, disadvantages also separate dogs. There are so many wonderful dog rescues and causes that demonstrate extra love and support to dogs with disadvantages, and BBS knows that sometimes the saddest stories are not the disadvantages, but how people react to them. That’s why today Best Bully Sticks is talking about Deaf Dog Awareness Week.

Thousands of dogs each year are born deaf. Even more dogs lose their hearing because of age, illness or trauma. Many of these dogs aren’t given the chance to live healthy, happy lives and are euthanized. The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund is a non-profit organization that seeks to dispel the myths of owning and training a deaf dog.

Genetically, deaf dogs are without the pigmented skin needed in the inner ear and causes nerve endings to die in the first few weeks of life. Many of these dogs can be albino.

As puppies, deaf dogs will play harder with their littermates, such as biting harder because they can’t hear their brothers and sisters yelp. However, according to DDEAF, this does not make a deaf dog a more aggressive dog. This dog just needs loving training and for that DDEAF gives a lot of great advice. Ways of training a deaf dog can include sign language or a vibrating collar. If you have a deaf dog, talk to you vet about which choice might be good for your dog.

Yes, all dogs are different, but not all dogs have to be disadvantaged. Training and raising a deaf dog takes diligence and a lot of love. Find out more about training a deaf dog from 6-month old Great Dane, Shadow.

To learn more about DDEAF and their mission and the myths of deaf dogs, visit their website. 

Dog Care 101 Tip #181 – Dog Sports: Bikejoring

Bikejoring: it’s a funny word, but it’s an exciting and fun way for you and your dog to exercise and enjoy the outdoors together. If you don’t know anything about bikejoring, the first part of the word should clue you in to this great dog sport. Best Bully Sticks actually stumped Google when searching for a better understanding of “joring” but from what we can understand you can “jor” with pretty much any combination of “leading” animal and across-land vehicle. You can skijor, which is a dog or horse pulling a person on ski’s or even scooterjor, which is another dog-mushing sport with a non-motorized scooter. Just like the word, these sports may seem weird, but they are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. and not to forget, dogs love it! Let’s talk more about Bikejoring!

Bikerjoring is similar to dog sled mushing, but instead of a sled, a singular dog or team of 2 to 3 dogs is helping propel a person on a bike. This sport is sometimes used to train sled dogs out of season. The dog/dogs are attached to the front of the bike by a length of leash and a then a harness on the dog. As the dogs run in front of the bike, the cyclist pedals. Bikejoring is best for Fall and Winter seasons because dogs run best during the cool weather months. Bikejoring takes place on soft, dirt trails. Generally, dogs used for this sport are American Pit Bulls, Huskies, Malamutes and Pointers, but really any dog over 30-35 pounds can be a good fit. But is Bikejoring right for you and your dog? Consider:

Equipment:
A Bike – Nothing too special, but your bike does need good brakes and good tires.

A Harness – Most Bikejorers suggest an x-back harness. Never use a standard collar for this sport. Comfort and safety is key.

Bike Attachment – If your dog is going to pull you and your bike, you’ve got find a safe way to attach your dog to your bike. A length of climbing rope about 5 feet long is a good place to start. A swivel snap is needed where the rope attaches to your dog’s harness. This allows the rope move unhindered at the dog’s end of the leash.

Another important thing to consider is the way the rope will interact with the front of your bike; namely, making sure the line doesn’t get caught in the gears or wheel. Many bikejorers have different ways to control this by using plastic piping, antennas or bayonet-type fixtures, which help suspend the rope at a safe distance outside the wheel or gears. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: September 15th & 16th Edition

Did you miss any of Best Bully Sticks BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Agility/Dog Hero/Sweet Potato/Big Schnauzer fun catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Dog Sports: Agility • Hero Dogs of 9/11 • 1-Ingredient Sweet Potato Treats • Giant Schnauzer

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Giant Schnauzer

Sturdy. Steady. Spirited. The Giant Schnauzer isn’t really a “giant” but this large breed Schnauzer that is the largest of the three types: Miniature, Standard and Giant. This dog is a loyal, intelligent and affectionate dog to his family and loves running and romping. Powerful, get gentle, a Giant Schnauzer is a delightful dog all around. Read more about this dog in the Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight on the Giant Schnauzer.

History & Background: The Giant Schnauzer is a native of Germany, in particular the Wurttenberg and Bavaria. These were large farming areas and were in need of farm help. This large breed Schnauzer is the result of breeding Standard Schnauzers with Great Danes and Bouvier des Flandres. Farmers used Giant Schnauzers as drovers, which helped them drive or herd their cattle or pigs into market. These dogs were also used as guard dogs for breweries and butchers. During WWI, Giant Schnauzers were trained as police dogs.

The word “Schnauzer” is from the German word “Schnauze” which means “muzzle.” Germans call this dog “Riesenschnauzer” which literally translates to “The Giant.”

Height: 23 ½ to 27 ½ inches

Weight: 70 to 100 pounds

Coat: This Schnauzer has a dense, wiry and harsh outer coat with a soft undercoat. Hair on the head is harsh as are the Schnauzer’s most distinctive features, the beard and eyebrows.

Color: Giant Schnauzer’s only come in two colors: black and “Salt & Pepper.” read more…

Best Bully Sticks 1-Day Animal Shelter/Rescue Giveaway TODAY!

It’s that time again! TODAY ONLY Best Bully Sticks is holding a 1-Day Animal Shelter / Rescue Giveaway! These giveaways are open to those shelters that haven’t won a donation from BBS in the last six months, and have actively participated in giveaways. Visit the OfferPop App on our Facebook Page to find out if your shelter made this list! The rescue with the most votes by 5pm est on September 13th (today) will win $500 of BBS product! But wait! We’re also giving away a 2nd place prize! The rescue with the 2nd most votes will receive $150 of BBS Products! 

If your rescue doesn’t appear on the list, please leave a comment below nominating your favorite Animal Rescue or Shelter. We will add your favored organization in our next giveaway. 

Simply put, Best Bully Sticks loves dogs. That is why BBS hold fun and engaging giveaways not only to giveaway our products to needy animals but to educate our fans on local shelters and their missions. 

Weekly Drool Recipe: 1-Ingredient Sweet Potato Treats

This week, Best Bully Sticks brings you a no-fuss recipe: 1-Ingredient Sweet Potato Treats. These yummy, healthy and easy dog snacks come from Sharon at Perfect Parties.com. Sharon began whipping up dog treats because when she adopted her Cane Corso, Avalanche’s Cinizia Juniper Belle, or Cinzia for short.  

When Cinzia became the newest member of our family, I began baking treats for her. I love baking homemade dog treats because I know exactly what ingredients are going into Cinzia’s treats.  I can add the flavors she enjoys and since they are homemade, the ingredients are fresh and preservative free. One of her favorite snacks is the Sweet Potato Treats.

Here is Sharon & Cinzia’s 1-Ingredient Sweet Potato Treats recipe!

Ingredients
3 Large Sweet Potatoes: washed and dried about the same shape/size works best

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Cut your sweet potato in half lengthwise.

4. Place flat side of halved potato onto your cutting board and slice into 1/3 inch lengthwise pieces. Do not cut thinner than 1/4 inch.

5. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake for 3 hours turning over halfway through.

7. Cool completely on a wire rack. 

Storage
Keep refrigerated up to two weeks. Store the additional in the freezer up to 4 months.

A BIG thank you to Sharon at Perfect Parties.com and her dog Cinzia for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! 

For more recipe ideas and recipes, check out all of BBS‘s Weekly Drool Recipes! We’ve got a ton of great Fall recipes coming your way for the next few months! Get excited! It’s almost Fall!

Best Bully Sticks Remembers: The Hero Dogs of 9/11

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger Caras

Best Bully Sticks remembers not only the American people who were lost 11 years ago, but also the dogs. Dogs in Search & Rescue teams were sent out to find wounded or trapped victims among the wreckage of the World Trade Center buildings. We can’t express enough our admiration and gratitude for all rescue workers who worked tirelessly, sometimes giving their lives, in the pursuit of rescue. The dogs that were a part of those efforts were formally recognized last year on September 11, 2011. The video below shares their story. 

Do you have a hero dog? Share you story or leave thanks to your hero dog in the comments section below. 

Dog Care 101 Tip #180 – Dog Sports: Agility

Does your dog like to romp and play? Is your dog a bundle of raw energy? Do you like spending time with your dog and teaching him new tricks? Does your dog love training? If you answered yes to all of those questions, then you and your dog have met the requirements for Dog Sports! If you aren’t familiar with Dog Sports, Best Bully Sticks would love to educate you on the fun world of “professional” play! Today Best Bully Sticks talking about Agility!

What is Agility?
A doggy obstacle course! Agility exercises and trials consist of a series of impediments a dog must navigate around, through, or over. Dogs are judged for both time and accuracy throughout the entire course.  A dog’s owner or handler helps a dog navigate though the course by a series of verbal commands and hand or arm cues. The success of a dog’s run through the course depends on the communication skills between dog and handler as well as training before hand.

Sport Training
Training for this sport usually begins for dogs between the ages of 1 to 2. Basic puppy training is the obvious place to start. Building confidence with positive reinforcement will start your dog off in the right direction for mastering more complicated commands.

Training your dog for the particular obstacles in agility trials can be taken up by you or by a professional trainer. Classes with a trainer allow your dog access to the trial obstacles without you having to buy or build them yourself.

Obstacles
There are 3 basic types of obstacles—jumps, tunnels and contact—and a few individual obstacles such as weave poles and pause boxes.

Jumps
Hopefully, this one is pretty self-explanatory, however jumps range in complexity. Here are a few of the basic jumps. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: September 8th & 9th Edition

Did you miss any of our BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Supplemental/Responsible/Peanut Buttery/Aussie fun catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Supplements For Your Dog • Responsible Dog Ownership • Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats • Australian Shepherd

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

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