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BBS Celebrates: Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

BestBullySticks hopes you’re making the most out of this history-rich and important holiday. Originally celebrated to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War, this holiday has grown to honor the men and women who’ve died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day celebrations usually consist of visiting cemeteries and memorials of fallen soldiers. Often, these memorial services are followed by a potluck style meal or cookout. The common practice among many Americans to have a potluck-style dinner or cookout originated from a pre-Civil War tradition to have a “dinner on the ground” as part of a religious service.

People all over the country have family members proudly serving in our military. And while these fine folks have earned great respect for their duties, there are some heroes who often get overlooked — dogs!

Military Dogs

Dogs have played pivotal roles in the military dating as far back as 600 BCE. Trainable, loyal and fearless, many breeds were well suited for military service. While there are few breeds entirely excluded from becoming a service animal, there is an explicit preference for certain breeds. German and Dutch Shepherds are the most common because of their high intelligence, dependability and trainability.

Officially called Military Working Dogs (MWD) or K-9, service dogs fill a huge variety of roles and bravely stick by the sides of their handlers. Ancient military dogs were even seen in the front lines of battle, often covered in armor and charging the front lines in an attempt to break enemy ranks! However, the role of the MWD has changed as militaries have evolved. Now, militaries now use dogs as scouts and sentries because of their comparatively heightened smell, hearing and sight. read more…

101 Dog Care Tips: Young Children and Dogs

Kids can be rough. They also have trouble showing empathy. If your child is acting too rough with your dog it is likely that your child does not even realize s/he’s hurting the dog. Young children do not understand how rough and boisterous behavior can aggravate a dog. As a parent it is important to step in and make sure the relationship between your children and dog is functional and happy.

Three common kid behaviors that annoy dogs are:

(1) Shouting

I don't like a rough wake up

 (2) Grabbing

i don't like it when you grab my ears or my tail

 (3) Rough wake ups

i don't like when you shout at me

 To effectively correct this behavior, you should spell out the rules and consequences for your children. You will need to revisit these rules and be consistent in your punishment. It is important to note that you should never threaten to get rid of the dog when punishing your kids for breaking the rules. Instead, use positive reinforcement. Praise and reward your children when they treat the dog in the appropriate way.

Looking for more tips on dog ownership with young children?

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Children

Dogs & Kids: Introducing your Dog and Baby

Dogs & Kids: Introducing your Dog and Baby Part 2

Dogs & Kids: Introducing a New Dog into your Home

Weekly Drool Recipe: Halloween Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Corgi halloween treats 

 

Let your dog join the festivities with these Halloween Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats! Pumpkin is a low-calorie, all-natural source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, key vitamins, and fiber, and  peanut butter provides essential proteins, antioxidants, and healthy fats!

 

What a great surprise for a Spooktacular Halloween treat!

 

A BIG thank you to Erin of Eating my Feelings for sharing this delicious recipe!

 

Ingredients:

– One 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree

– 2 eggs

– 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet)

– 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

– 3 Tbsp of all-natural peanut butter

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pumpkin stuff

 

Directions:

For exact instructions on making these crazy-delish treats, please visit Eating my Feelings.

To see other nutritious and lip-smacking treats,  hop over to our Weekly Drool Recipes!

Bone Appetit! Bone Appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Hamburger Happiness

Cheeseburger Hamburger Happiness Dog Treat

Allow your four-legged best friends to finally enjoy the family barbecue, too, with Cheesy Hamburger Happiness treats from the Dog Treat Kitchen! Served whole for a large dog or cut up into smaller pieces for training, these hamburgers are sure to get your dog’s undivided attention!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup lean ground beef – about 1/3 lb.
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 6 Ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Directions:

For step-by-step instructions to make these delicious hamburgers, please visit the Dog Treat Kitchen.

To see other wholesome dog treats, eats, and chews, jump over to see more of our Healthy Dog Blog! With only your pooch’s best interests in mind, we know both you and your pup won’t be disappointed!

Bone Appetit!Bone Appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

pumpkin grain free 

For all the gluten-free proponents out there, this week’s recipe is one you’ll definitely feel good about making for your pooch!

Made with one of Mother Nature’s most healthy super-foods, pumpkin, and all-natural peanut butter that every dog loves, these treats are hypoallergenic, grain-free, and incredibly tasty!

Thanks to Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen for sharing them with us!

 

Ingredients:

– 2 1/2 cups garbanzo flour

– 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter

– 2 large eggs

– 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

 

Directions:
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Homemade Fresh Apple Dog Treat Recipe

yummy tummy This week’s Drool-worthy Recipe features a delicious dog treat perfect for an everyday healthy snack! The best part about it is, you can substitute the fresh apple for sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, or whatever your pooch prefers. Thanks to Mary and Time of 17 Apart for sharing this amazing recipe with us! We are so glad to reconnect with a blogger just down the road from us here in Richmond, VA. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup cornmeal
  • 1 Finely chopped or grated apple
  • 1 Beaten egg
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup cold water

Directions:
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Carrot Banana Dog Treats

Carrot BananaMade with only four healthy ingredients, these super-tasty, human-grade dog treats are ideal for spoiling your pooch while maintaining a healthy diet. And thanks to their bite-sized drool-worthiness, these treats are also perfect for training! Yum!

Thank you Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing this spectacular recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Carrot
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour

Directions:
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Happy National Dog Day!

national doggy dayNational Dog Day is a time to celebrate and honor our four-legged best friends even more than we already do! For their unconditional love and devotion, for selflessly saving lives, for keeping us safe, and for bringing comfort to the sick, the blind, and the needy, we come together and encourage (loving) dog ownership all over the world. We spread awareness of how all dog breeds, mixed and pure, have helped us every single day, and we embrace this opportunity to give our own dogs a loving, happy, and safe life!

To keep your dog extra happy and healthy on this 10th annual National Dog Day, Best Bully Sicks offers a large selection of treats and chews perfect for your pooch!
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Weekly Drool Recipe: No-Flea Dog Biscuits

no-flea-dog-biscuits-43-digThis week’s drool-worthy dog biscuit recipe by Judith at The Midnight Baker features a tasty treat made from brewer’s yeast to repel fleas! Brewer’s yeast is not only palatable to dogs, it promotes a shiny coat and is quite healthy, too. Your pooch will love these wholesome treats, and you’ll love knowing that fleas will be kept at bay!

Thank you, Judy, for sharing this fantastic recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup powdered brewers yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or any flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Product Spotlight: Think! Dog Louisiana Dog Treats

dog on dock

Picture slowly drifting along the water in a Louisiana bayou. It’s both relaxing and exhilarating.

Now think of the fresh shrimp, crawfish, and gator found in those waters. Well, we’ll leave that to the fishermen!

Your dog can experience the taste of freshly-caught Louisiana fish with 6 varieties of Think! Dog Treats.
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