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Dog Care 101 Tip #190: Understanding Your Dog’s Personality knows that all dogs are different, with their own unique quirks and characteristics. But did you know that much of what makes up your dog’s temperament is determined by genetic influencers and instinctive behaviors passed down from their parents? Understanding your dog’s personality can help you understand the way they act, view the world and can help in training your dog. BBS thinks these methods developed by Jack and Wendy Volhard will not only help you understand your dog more completely, but grow your relationship. Read on to take the Dog Personality Test!

Your dog’s behaviors can be lumped together into three broad motivations, called drives.

Prey: Is your dog easily excited by motion, sounds or smells? Or does your dog live for chasing small animals or destroying their toys? These are examples of prey drive.

Pack: This motivator relates back to when wild dogs were a part of larger groups of dogs. Dogs with a high pack drive will long to be a part of a social hierarchy; meaning they love working on a team, physical contact and playing. They show reproductive behaviors like mounting and cleaning behaviors, like licking ears. Petting, grooming and close companionship is desired by this dog and being left alone is not.

Defense: Fight and flight behaviors are found in defense drives, which makes this motivator more complex. A very territorial, protective dog that doesn’t like grooming or petting exhibits fight behaviors. Flight behaviors are shown by a dog who is unsure in any situation, hides and runs away and simply lacks confidence. This is seen more in young dogs. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: NatureVet

To keep your dog’s whole body healthy, recommends you give your dog NatureVet products! These are great to give to your pet to ensure they get the vitamins and minerals they need to stay active and thriving.

NatureVet products are made using the latest natural and scientific research to develop only the best supplements for your pets. With products such as their Love Drops Skin and Coat, these heart shaped tablets are delicious and will also give your dog a beautiful shiny coat! With other products including healthy ingredients like Omega-3s and fiber, NatureVet’s mission is to ensure your pet’s health and well-being. These products can be used for dogs and for cats as well!

These  health aids offer range from chewable tablets to prevent bad doggy breath, to pampering your pet’s skin and coat for a beautiful shine. Next time you look for a supplement your dog will love, and for a healthier doggy lifestyle, choose NatureVet!

BBS Weekend Reader: November 17th & 18th Edition

Did you miss any of BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Health Checkup/War Dog Saving/PB&B Treating/Bouvier 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 Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

At Home Dog Exam • Puppy Rescue Mission • Peanut Butter & Banana Swirls • Breed Spotlight on the Bouvier

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!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouiver des Flandres is a very misleading dog. With a very up class name, the Bouvier des Flandres has very humble beginnings on Belgian farms. (One Bouvier, Lucky, even made it to the White Hosue as Ronald Reagan’s dog.) A formidable looking dog, the Bouvier is a gentle and sweet soul. Find out more about this dog by reading the Breed Spotlight on the Bouvier des Flandres.

History & Background: Bouviers were first bred by monks in Flanders, which is an area of Belgium. These dogs were first bred by monks and other farmers for cattle droving, sheep herding and cart pulling. Watchdog duties were given to the Bouvier as well. Throughout the years, this dog has had many names. The French name of Bouvier des Flandres literally translates “Cow Herder of Flanders” but also called “koehond” (meaning cow dog), “Vuilbaard” (meaning dirty beard) and “toucheur de boeuf” (meaning cattle driver). It’s thought Bouviers get their look from the breeding of Irish wolfhounds and Scottish deerhounds with local farm dogs.

Since this dog was always meant to fulfill the function of a working dog, no breed standard was ever readily sought after. However, in the early 20th century fanciers began noticing this dog and soon after the Bouvier appeared at the International Dog Show in Brussels. After this, Bouviers saw an uptick in popularity. It wasn’t long after WWI began and even though this dog was used a messenger, the breed almost died out. The same was true for WWII, yet by that time the AKC had recognized the breed and Bouviers had been shipped to America from Europe. By the 1960s Bouviers were thriving once more and the American Bouvier des Flandres Club was founded in 1963.

Height: Males 23 to 28 inches; Females 22–27 inches

Weight: Males 80 to 120 pounds; Females 60 to 80 pounds

Coat: Bouviers sport a weather fast coat made up of a hard and course outer coat and a soft and dense undercoat. This dog’s coat was made to withstand just about anything. The coat should have a disheveled look without being curly.  Hair on the ears is rough and Bouviers should have a thick mustache and beard. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Swirls

The slightest smell of cinnamon ushers in the Holiday season. But baking all day is time away from family and friends. That’s why today brings you an easy, but impressive doggy treat that will stand up to your pooches taste test, won’t break the bank or take all day! Darla from Darla Cooks lent us this fantastic recipe, which her dogs readily approved of and yours will, too!


Dough One:
4 cups whole wheat flour

½ cup cornmeal

1-1/3 cups water

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 egg

Dough Two
4 cups whole wheat flour

2/3 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup banana, mashed

1 egg

1-1/4 cups water

2 Tbs vegetable oil

2 Tbs molasses

2 Tbs cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). 

2. Combine all Dough One ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead on a lightly floured surface. Set aside.

3. Combine all Dough Two ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead on a lightly floured surface. 

4. Roll each dough separately to a 1/8 inch thickness, into rectangles. Lightly brush a little water over the top of the light-colored dough.  Place the darker colored dough on top, then roll up like a jellyroll. Wrap the roll in plastic and chill in the freezer for one hour.

5. Cut the roll into 1/4 inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for one hour.

Bone Appétit!

Thanks to Darla Cooks for sharing this recipe and her photo with us!

Be sure to check out all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes to find a great homemade treat for your pooch! We’ve got great Fall recipes like Gluten-Free Cheddar Pumpkin Treats, 1-Ingredient Sweet Potato Treats, Peanut Butter Pumpkin Biscuits, Pumpkin Please Pupsicles and more for a great festive Autumn treat! 

BBS “Furever Young” Senior Dog Photo Contest Winners!

The winners are in! got to see some beautiful senior pups through in our Furever Young photo contest. Our Facebook fans decided on the 4 category winners. And they are…

Whitest Muzzle/Face:
Bailey De Queen

 This is Bailey De Queen, as a pup and now, at age 15. She has worked her entire life helping Basset Rescue groups and spreading love to her friends all over the world.

Owner: Bonnie Hardiman

From: Hagerstown, MD




Most Relaxed: Nicole

Ms. Nicole Queen of the Papasan, showing her amazing skills at curling up into a ball and snoozing in mom’s favorite chair. Nicole will turn 11 years old in November 13th. and she has been my best friend through everything. She saved my troubled life more than once by licking my tears and encouraging me to find the beautiful life we now have. I am blessed! 

Owner: Olivia Arizmendi 

From: Stillwater, OK









Kindest Eyes: Shorty

Shorty, adopted from Lab Rescue in 2010. He’ll be 12 years old this month. He loves his daddy, walks around the neighborhood, car rides and bully sticks.

Owner: Carol Lagundo

From: Odenton, MD






Most Spring In Their Step: Daiquiri

Daiquiri and 20 years old still loves to go for a good walk!

Owner: Jim Scamordella

From: Bealeton, VA 






And our Overall Winner: Max!

This is Max. He was found wandering the streets on Feb. 13th, 11 years ago & brought to me as a very rambunctious young pup with only a small ‘got milk’ white spot on his lower lip. Life is never dull moment with the grey muzzled boy who will always be my Valentine.

Owner: Patricia J Sampsel

From: Seabrook, Texas 


Congratulations to all our Furever Young winners! We know you’re young at heart and still full of love. By staying up to date with BBS through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter & G+ you’ll stay on top of every opportunity to have fun and win big with!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Puppy Rescue Mission knows of many rescues that go above and beyond the call of rescuing dogs from dire circumstances. However, there are no rescues quite like Puppy Rescue Mission. Not only does this organization take dogs out of rough circumstances, but out of war zones no less. And then this amazing rescue places these dogs with the American soldiers who adopted them while overseas. These special dogs love their soldiers and their soldiers love them in a symbiotic rescue relationship. PRM simply facilitates this process through their resources and capabilites, making many soldiers and dogs very happy. BBS had the opportunity to talk with Starla Trivilino from PRM’s Board of Directors.

When & Why did you start?
We started rescueing dogs from Afghanistan when Anna Cannan’s fiance was serving there.  The dogs attacked a suicide bomber trying to enter the barracks and the bomb detonated early before he could enter the barracks.  The dogs became very special to this unit as 57 soldiers were safe because of the dogs. Her fiance then took special care of many dogs on the Forward Operating Base and they became his battle buddies and his companions. He did not want to leave them behind so Anna started fundraising to bring 7 of the dogs to the USA.  That was the beginning of The Puppy Rescue Mission. 

What’s different about your rescue?  
It is Missions of Love to assist our military men and women serving in war zones. The donors to all the rescues have such huge hearts and love for our service members. It is the way for all of us to pay back for their sacrifice.

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?
Every one of the rescues are Miracles.  It is very hard to get the animals out of war zones and some take the assistance of contractors and other military personnel serving in the war zones.  We are always amazed at how these “special angels” will appear to assist the soldiers and their battle buddies. Scarface and Chloe may have been the most difficult to date.

Chloe’s Story
Scarface’s Story

Both Chloe & Scarface are safe at home in the U.S. with their soldiers!

To read more success stories of PRM, visit their rescue stories album on Facebook

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
Seeing how generous and kind so many people are and the strength and big hearts of our military men and women. 

What can people do to help your rescue?
Spread the word and donate those dollars.  One dollar goes a long way if we work together as a Team to accomplish these Missions.

We truly thank Puppy Rescue Mission for all the hard work they do in simultaneously making the lives of American soldiers and homeless dogs better. 

Dog Care 101 Tip #189: At Home Dog Exam

Chances are, you know your dog pretty well. You know when he’s not feeling well, when he needs to go out or even when he needs a cuddle. However, your dog’s body won’t always be on the same schedule as your yearly checkup. That’s why is outlining easy ways to perform a physical exam on your dog from home. These simple steps will keep your dog’s wellbeing in check as well as make you aware of any problems that arise.

Starting at the nose and working to the tip of the tail, follow these simple ways to make sure your pup is in good shape.

Nose: Is your dog’s nose wet or dry? A normal nose will be moist and clean. Your dog’s nose can vary in wetness throughout the day depending on their activity level. An abnormal nose will be dry, cracked, bleeding or have a nasal discharge.

Eyes: Bright, clear and clean eyes are healthy eyes. When looking at the whites of the eye, make sure no red or yellow tint is present. Bloodshot eyes, unresponsive pupils or abnormal discharge should all be checked into further.

Ears: Clean, dry and pain and odor free ears are healthy. Watch for buildup in your dog’s ears as well as sores, bumps, smell or swelling. Some ear problems manifest themselves through irregular ear carriage, such as droopy ears when they should be erect. Cleaning out ears is as simple as a using a cotton ball with a little hydrogen peroxide and sweeping out the inside of the ear. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: November 10th & 11th Edition


Did you miss any of BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Photographing/First Dog/Chilly Pumpkin Pie/Terv 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 Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Tips for Photographing Your Dog • Presidential Pets • Pumpkin Please Pupsicles from Kirby the Dorkie • Breed Spotlight on the Belgian Tervuren

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!

BBS Breed Spotlight Belgian Tervuren

The Tervuren is a European breed that shows fierce loyalty and affection for their owners. highlights this beautiful and personable breed today on the Healthy Dog Blog.

History & Background: Named after the Belgian city of Tervuren, this dog is one of four Belgian sheepdogs which all share a common ancestry. In its own country, this dog as known as the Chien de Berger Beige, which translates “long-haired other than black.” This is because the three other dogs with similar characteristics are the Groenendael, which has long black hair, the Malinois, which a short coat and the Laekenois, which sports a wiry coat. The origin of all of these dogs was pre-Industrial Revolution, when general-purpose working dogs were in high demand. Protective as a watchdog, able to herd livestock as well as having high mental capacity and being attentive, the Tervuren and its cousins were bred as a perfect match for Belgian farmers.

The Tervuren was known as the Belgian Sheepdog for many years, but in 1959 the AKC recognized the Tervuren as its own breed.

Height: Males 24 to 26 inches; Females 22 to 24 inches


Weight: Males 65 to 75 pounds; Females 60 to 70 pounds

Coat: Tervurens have a thick double coat made up of long, plentiful and close fitting fur. The texture is somewhat harsh, but not silky or wiry. The undercoat adjusts to the weather making the Tervuren very adaptable to climate changes. The hair on the head, outside of the ears and front of the legs is short.  Tufts of hair protect the ear opening. Male dogs have a mane of fur around their neck and both sexes have fringes of fur down the fore legs and back legs.

Color: On the body, Tervuren’s color ranges from rich fawn to mahogany. All colors have black overlay. This dog has a double-pigmented coat, which means the lighter colored hair is black at the tip and as a dog matures, they darken. This darkening is most prominently seen on males around the shoulders, back and ribs. To meet the breed standard, white can show up on the chest and toes but no more. Mature dogs are required to have a black mask as well as the ears being mostly black. Under the chest, tail and butt, this breed can show cream, grey or light beige coloring. Tervurens can also be grey, but the AKC doesn’t recognize this coloring in confirmation showing. read more…

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