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BBS Product Spotlight: All-Natural Lamb Weasand

Looking for something different this spring? Why not try one of BestBullySticks’ newest products, All-Natural Lamb Weasands! Sold individually and in packs, these all-natural, single ingredient chews are made from healthy free-range lamb. Packed with tons of flavor and nutrients like glucosamine, these treats are great for joint health and mobility.

Sourced from free-range lamb, these delicious chews are Made in the USA and like all of BestBullySticks’ products. they’re free of preservatives and chemical additives.

BestBullySticks Lamb Weasands are even USDA approved ensuring the highest quality ingredients and safety for your pooch. These great treats are made from the esophagus of the lamb. Simply dried and twisted, these chews are minimally processed to ensure maximum nutritional value and potential health benefits.

Perfect for medium sized dogs, Lamb Weasands have minimal odor and are super soft on the stomach. Dogs with digestive issues, such as senior dogs or puppies will go crazy for these great chews. Similar in thickness to our bully sticks, All-Natural Lamb Weasands have a jerky-like consistency making them great for less aggressive chewers of any size.

BestBullysticks.com is dedicated to bringing our customers safe all-natural dog chews and treats. Offering one of the largest and most unique online collections of dog treats and chews, we’re sure we’ve got exactly what your pup is looking for!

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BBS Training Tip #3: Training Methods Part 1

Dog Training MethodsThis week’s installment of BestBullySticks’ Training Tips is the first half of a two part series on Training Methods. As pet lovers, it’s our hope that this information will help owners make more informed decisions about how to train their pets. Let’s get to it!

Selecting a Method

Unfortunately, there is no universal “one size fits all” training system for dogs. Choosing the best training method for you and your dog takes a bit of research. Don’t sweat it, though. We’ve cut through the thick of it to bring you the skinny on what’s what in the world of dog training.

If you haven’t already, BestBullySticks recommends reading our previous post on How Dogs Learn to ensure you get the most from our explanation of these training methods and their key concepts. At the end of the day, the most important factor to consider when selecting a training method is how comfortable both dog and owner are using a system.

Despite the large number of training systems out there, in one way or another many utilize the same three key concepts.

“Marker Training”

Built on the ideas of classical and operant conditioning, Marker Training is a way to build association between a command (marker) and a desired result by immediately offering reinforcement the moment a desired action is completed. For example — if you’re teaching a dog to lay down on command, use the marker (in this case the words “lay down”) when the dog lays down on its own, then offer positive reinforcement such as a treat. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: 4 Ingredient Dog Treats via The Striped Flamingo Blog

As a doggy parent, you care about finding the most wholesome things for you dog and of course that includes dog treats! But you don’t always have the time to whip up a fancy batch of treats. That’s why we’re sharing April at the Striped Flamingo’s Four Ingredient Dog Treat Recipe today. April’s dog, Hewitt has food allergies, so she created her own simple treat packed with a lot of flavor, to keep Hewitt happy. Check out April & Hewitt’s Four Ingredient Dog Treat Recipe below!

4 Ingredient Dog Treats [Contains no soy, dairy, corn or animal by-products]
Yields: About 24 1.5 inch treats

Ingredients

1. 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (I use JIF Natural)

2. 2 scoops (using the scoop that comes in the canister or about 1/2 cup total) rolled oats

3. 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

4. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Recipe Note: Make sure you use unsweetened, natural applesauce or check the labels to be certain it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. read more…

Rescue Spotlight: Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

Running a rescue takes a lot of dedication and organization to boot, but that key factor to many rescues is networking. If any organization is serious about saving animal lives, they’ll tell you that you have to constantly be meeting people and finding the really dependable ones. That’s what one rescue depends on and has built itself into a national, all-volunteer, breed-specific organization. It’s all started with a little Cairn Terrier named Colonel Potter. Read his story and more about the organization he inspired in the BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlight on the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network.

When & Why did you start?

Col. Potter began as the result of ONE little Cairn boy (named Col. Potter) who was tragically killed. As donations in his honor began to come in from Cairn club members  – so many wanted to help – the process began so that the organization was formed and became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) in October 2001. Since that time, over 3,500 Cairns or mostly Cairn mixes have been rescued and brought into CPCRN (Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network). Many of the dogs that we have helped have been what is considered to be “non-regular” Cairn rescues—those from puppy mills (the breeding dogs) and those who are purchased at auction. We also handle those with some health issues and the elderly. Several have had Heartworm and were treated for this. Some have had some behavioral issues, and are now great little pals in private homes.

What’s different about your rescue?

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network is truly a network of volunteers. We have 600+ members and 200+ active volunteers. We do not have a facility. We were the first non-shelter, all volunteer national online rescue group working across the U.S. and Canada. Our volunteers donate their time, homes, hearts, and money so that CPCRN can be the great organization it is. We are the largest single breed rescue and do not receive any corporate funding. All volunteers, including our Board of Directors and Officers, are unpaid. We have teams for all aspects of the rescue and adoption process: Communications; Home Visit; Foster Home; Match Maker (yes, that is right – matching the right home for the right Cairn); Contracts; Transport; Promotion/Fundraising; Medical; and the first stop for a rescue Cairn, the Intakes Team. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #213: May is Chip your Pet Month

Pet Safety Starts with Identification As concerned pet owners ourselves, the BestBullySticks team believes pet safety is paramount. Identification can go a long way ensuring your furry friend’s safety — tags alone aren’t enough, though! Microchipping is a foolproof way to avoid the heartache of losing your loved ones and providing them with an easy way to get home if they run off.

Unlike a collar and tags, microchips can’t be removed and they can’t fall off. According to the American Humane Association (AHA), pets who become lost rarely find their way home:

  • 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point during their life

  • Over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in the U.S.

How Does Microchipping Work?

The electronic components of these electronic ID tags are packed into a biocompatible glass tube only a bit larger than a grain of rice (11mm). Non-allergenic, this glass casing contains the microchip, capacitor and antenna coil which together form a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Bravo! Bonus Bites Roasted Venison Liver Treats

Bravo! Bonus Bites Roasted Venison Liver TreatsBestBullySticks is back to talk about another one of our fantastic dog treats, Bravo! Bonus Bites Roasted Venison Liver Treats! Packed with protein, these all-natural, grass-fed venison treats are Made in the USA and sourced from the finest ingredients around.

The full line of Bravo! Bonus Bites Treats do not contain any grains, preservatives or additives of any kind! Made with only the finest grass-fed meats containing no hormones or antibiotics, Bravo! treats are a healthy and environmentally friendly way to treat your furry friend!

Bravo! Roast Venison Liver Treats are dry roasted which not only helps seal in maximum flavor, but also ensures these single-ingredient treats retain their nutritional value.

Liver is one of the most nutritionally rich foods around — packed with high amounts of vitamins A, B₂ (Riboflavin), B₃ (Niacin), B₁₂ and Iron — it is an essential part of maintaining a healthy canine lifestyle.

A great daily snack and training tool, your pup will love the flavor of these all-natural meat treats!

BestBullySticks is committed to offering customers the highest quality dog treats and chews possible. Don’t forget to browse our entire collection of treats and chews for more even more great products!


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BBS Training Tip #2: How Dogs Learn

Tell your dog to hit the books!Basic canine learning methods can be broken down into four distinct categories. While some have similarities and others great differences, they are all of great value and offer insight into how your dog thinks. Quite a few of these psychological theories are recent developments, many of which came about in the mid-20th century. To learn more about the fascinating history behind these theories, BestBullySticks suggests you check out last week’s post — A History of Dog Training.

Classical Conditioning: Just like the training methods of yesteryear, classical conditioning plays upon the same ideas used by Pavlov and Bailey. In its most basic form, this method of learning is based around the idea that a stimulus received over time will eventually become associated with another yet totally unrelated response.

For instance, a dog may be afraid of rain because of an association with thunderstorms. The same logic applies for when you get your dog riled up by looking their way and asking, “Walk?”

Over time, these associations can wear out if the motivating reward — such as a real walk! — is removed. Classical conditioning might also help build new associations as demonstrated by Bailey’s clicker method as well as overcome negative associations helping animals cope with new people and situations. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain & Gluten-free Strawberry Chicken Treats via Doggy Dessert Chef

Have you ever given your dog a strawberry? These tempting little berries are great sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium, folic acid omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6. Plus, there are sweet treat your dog will love! That’s why BestBullySticks is sharing this wonderful strawberry recipe perfect for spring from Doggy Dessert Chef! Check out the Grain and Gluten-free Strawberry Chicken Treat recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped Strawberries (approximately 3 large strawberries)
  • 2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.

3. Knead dough into ball and pat onto a heavily floured surface 1/2 inch thick, this is a very sticky dough so you wont be able to use a rolling pin and its best to work in small sections.  Cut with your cookie cutter of choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen squares.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thank you to Doggy Dessert Chef for another great recipe and great photos! Check out more from Doggy Dessert Chef for more great and healthy dog treats. Also browse our entire index of safe and healthy dog treat recipes in our Weekly Drool Recipe category!

For an everyday, scrumptious treat, try an all natural bully stick from BBS! 

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Safehaven Small Breed Rescue

Puppies are small and helpless creatures who need our love and care. Now imagine a puppy that has never had human interaction and lives its days in a cramped cage with inadequate care. On top of that, this small dog has a birth defect. This is the scene in many puppy mills across the nation. Inhumane and cruel, puppy mill breeders often euthanize small dogs with birth defects, but that’s where Safehaven Small Breed Rescue steps in. This Pennsylvania rescue rescues and rehabilitates dogs that otherwise wouldn’t make it to a pet store from a puppy mill. We spoke to the rescue’s chair Teri Walters about the struggles and success of Safehaven Small Breed Rescue. Read more below in BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlight.

When & Why did you start?

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue was founded in 2006 when a little senior Shih Tzu breeder named Pooh came into our care. She had many illnesses due to her previous neglect and other rescues and shelters had suggested euthanasia. We saw something in her eyes that said she was not ready to leave this world, so we gave her a chance. With proper veterinary care and a lot of love, Pooh healed and went on to live another 6 years, happy and content with her life. She made us realize that many of the dogs deemed “unadoptable” and euthanized by other rescues just needed the time and care to heal. Many of these dogs have never been kindly touched, or showed gentle affection, cowering at any hand coming towards them. They needed to learn that people could be kind. This we could provide, thus, Safehaven was born. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #212: Holistic Flea and Tick Prevention

Holistic Pet MedicineMany pet owners gravitate towards name-brand flea and tick treatments and we don’t blame them! While effective and endorsed by many veterinarians, there are comparable alternatives without the nasty chemicals commonly found in these spot-treatments. BestBullySticks encourages owners to go the holistic route and use all-natural flea and tick prevention products to deter fleas and ticks this coming season.

Dangers of Chemical-Based Treatments

Spot treatment “medications” contain a wide variety of pesticides — including but not limited to pyriproxyfen, methoprene, permethrin, fipronil and imidacloprid — and are directly linked to serious health effects in laboratory tests. In 2008 there were over 44,000 reported cases of adverse reactions to these types of treatments.

Since these are pesticides, their distribution and use is controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a study conducted by the EPA, it was determined current guidelines and regulations used to determine toxicity for these medications were inadequate. Besides the toxic “active” ingredients listed, manufacturers are not required to disclose “inactive” ingredients leaving us in the dark about what we’re actually giving to our pets.

Because of the adverse reactions and questionable content of these treatments, BestBullySticks chooses to endorse holistic pet-care products. There are many ways pet owners can achieve the same results without having to turn to harsh unhealthy treatments. Let’s take a quick peek at these common pests and how we can prevent them! read more…