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BBS Breed Spotlight: Bull Terrier

Known for their uniquely shaped head and small triangular eyes, the Bull Terrier holds a very unique place in the world of dogs. With a proud and almost intimidating stance, many people mistake this happy dog’s protective demeanor as an overtly aggressive attitude. Despite appearances, the Bull Terrier is a tremendously playful and people-oriented breed well suited for family life.

A breed which defies all expectations, BestBullySticks is excited to put the Bull Terrier in this week’s Breed Spotlight!

Origins

The product of Bulldogs and a mix of terrier breeds, the unfortunate circumstances for this dog’s rise has luckily been left behind. During a time when dog fighting was far less frowned upon by Western societies, breeds like the Bull Terrier were high demand. By the 1830s, the “sport” of dog fighting in England was centered around two breeds — the bulldog and the terrier. The unsavory practitioners of dog fighting mixed these breeds in an attempt to create a tougher and more agile dog.

However, as luck would have it the Bull Terrier wasn’t the champion fighter they were looking for. Instead, this breed found its fate in the hands of an English breeder by the name of James Hinks.

By 1860, the breed — with its all white coat — became known as the “White Cavalier” whose demand became strictly fashion over function. Hinks’ involvement with the breed was instrumental to creating the family oriented dog we know today.

The Bull Terrier would become a trendy fashion symbol for the wealthy and encouraged Hinks to introduce more variety into the breed’s coat by crossing them with brindle Staffordshires. Sure enough, popularity soared and by 1885, the Bull Terrier had hopped the pond and made its way into the American Kennel Club!

While the physical appearance of this breed hasn’t changed much over the years, the aggressive attitudes have been completely bred out of the Bull Terrier. Even still, competitive at heart and scrappy by nature, the breed still retains its rough and tumble personality. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain & Gluten-Free Tomato & Spinach Dog Treats via DoggyDessertChef

There is nothing tastier than garden fresh veggies! Give your dog this same taste with today’s BestBullySticks Weekly Drool Recipe from DoggyDessertChef, Grain & Gluten-Free Tomato & Spinach Dog Treats! Tomato (just the red parts!) and spinach both give your dog lots of great vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, B, C, K and lots of great fiber, beta carotene and lycopene! Because these treats are gluten and grain-free, you can feel 100% guilt-free in treating your dog to this scrumptious snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 ounce can) Tomato Paste (Make sure that the only ingredient in your tomato paste is tomatoes. A lot of brands add garlic and other spices for taste so make sure to avoid those.)
  • 1 cup frozen Spinach, thawed
  • pinch Parsley
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup Potato Flour

 Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.

3. Knead dough into several balls and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick. Dough is very thick and a little difficult to roll.

4. Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

5. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen rounds.

Recipe Note: These dog treats are meant for occasional snacking. The fruit (only the red part) of tomatoes is perfectly safe for dogs, but avoid feeding any green portion of a tomato plant as it is toxic to dogs. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may be more affected by tomatoes, so feed sparingly.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thank you once again to Tenille at DoggyDessertChef for sharing another great dog treat recipe!

To find the perfect pooch snack browse all of our healthy dog treat recipes in our Weekly Drool Recipe category. Or, go with a tried and true favorite like a bully stick!

Dog Care 101 #217: Top 5 People Foods for Dogs

BestBullySticks is committed to providing our customers’ dogs with healthy, nutritious chews and treats. However, our interest in providing all-natural, healthy dog treats extends beyond the occasional snack and all the way to food! Maintaining a healthy diet is the biggest factor in maintaining long term health, staving off disease and enhancing general well-being.

Many store bought dog foods are nutritionally poor and contain scarce amounts of beneficial nutrients. Others are healthy and do provide complete nutrition. Either way, there’s always room to supplement. As the saying goes, you are what you eat!

All Food Isn’t Created Equal

Many pet owners get up in arms if you tell them you feed your dog food from the table. But the fact of the matter is many of the healthy whole foods we eat for dinner, are pretty good for Fido too! Of course, there are some exceptions. But on the whole, we’ve got a lot in common with our canine companions when it comes to food. For today’s post we’ve selected five super foods — great for both people and dogs — that stand out among the rest.

5 Super Foods for Dogs

1. Fish – Oily fish like salmon, trout and tuna pack the highest nutritional punch for your dog. These fatty fish have higher levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — two nutrients proven to reduce the risk of heart related illnesses. Additionally, fish is a rich source of healthy low-calorie protein and it’s also easy to digest! Making fish part of your dog’s diet twice a week is a great way to offer them some long term health benefits. read more…

My Only Friends by Sarah Payne

If It Weren’t For Fido Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner

Today, BestBullySticks is proud to share with you our Grand Prize winning “If It Weren’t For Fido” essay.  When we read Sarah Payne’s story around our offices, we were all reminded of the ways dogs truly transform our lives. We know you’ll enjoy reading Sarah’s story. 

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Some folks just seem to know how to be humans. I think I was standing behind the door when that was being handed out. I miss a lot of the cues of what people mean beyond what they say and it makes it difficult to find friends. That’s a lonely way to live. I’ve been lucky, I met a man that some how gets me but that doesn’t help me to understand things better. Even as a child, my only friends were animals in general and dogs in particular. I remember many family get togethers where I ended up alone in a corner or basement with my aunt’s dogs. It sounds lonely but I fit better with them.

As an adult, my husband and I have always had dogs. We have rescued any critter needing a home from three legged hamsters to crazy cats to abused bulldogs. We’ve never had a home without a dog. It makes me feel more at ease and I love the larger breeds. When I come home to a wagging tail it some how makes the day in the human world easier. I might be awkward out there but home with a dog snuggled beside me it feels okay that I’ve always had trouble connecting to people.

We had planned to have children. That’s what people do. We grow up, fall in love, get married, have kids, look forward to grandkids. I think a part of me has always hoped that if I had a child that I’d some how find I could understand people better. That maybe, somehow, by watching my child grow up and learn how to navigate the big, wide, world I’d learn too. I could see my husband, my kids and the dogs playing in the yard and it seemed like a good dream. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Monster Gullet Jerky

BestBullySticks is back to mix things up with a brand new offering! A great addition to our already huge line of products — speaking of huge, these things are massive! In fact, The Monster Gullet Jerky is one of the biggest products we have! Made from the esophagus of cattle, these treats are full of nutrients essential to a healthy lifestyle.

Measuring a whopping 18-20 inches long and 2 inches wide, these single-ingredient chews are sure to please even the biggest hounds. Our Monster Gullets are sourced straight from Australia and only made from the highest quality beef in the region.

Naturally packed with glucosamine — a supplement shown to support healthy joints and mobility— these treats are easy to chew and fully digestible. Aside from helping rebuild tissue around joints, our Monster Gullet Jerky also supports oral hygiene. This super chewy treat will massage your pup’s gums and the natural action of chewing helps clean teeth.

BestBullySticks recommends these tasty treats for medium to large dogs. And as with all treats, pets should be supervised while chewing! To see a full line of our healthy and all-natural dog treats, visit BestBullySticks.com.

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BBS Training Tip #6: Loose Leash Walking

Our Training Tips series has provided dog owners with a solid introduction to a variety of training methods out there. First, we touched on How Dogs Learn, then we progressed into practical information about teaching tricks with clicker training. Now that we’ve laid a foundation to help you get your unruly pup in line, BestBullySticks wants you to get out there and put that knowledge to use!

The Loose Leash Walk

One of the most difficult things dog owners struggle with is being able to take their dog on a leisurely walk. All owners should train their dogs to go on a “loose leash walk.” This type of walk is simply one where the dog does not pull. There are many benefits to training your dog to do this.

First, dogs who pull exceptionally hard on the leash can injure themselves — especially if they’re not wearing a harness. Pulling on a collar can injure your dog’s trachea and neck. If your dog does pull, invest in a harness to help reduce the physical stress of walking. Retractable leashes should be avoided as well. Not only to they offer little to no control while walking, the thin cords of these leashes can injure owners when trying to wrangle their dogs! We recommend a heavy duty leash like Krebs Reggie 6’ Leash. Thick and easy to grasp, it will make loose leash training way easier!

Second, dogs who pull are generally just excited to be outside. While they might be having fun, they are unable to remain focused on their owner and if they get loose, the chances of being hit by a car or running off increase dramatically. Loose leash walking will increase your dog’s focus on you (the owner) and put you more in control.

Practice Makes Perfect

Just like with any other form of training, practice is key! Many owners don’t realize it, but if their dog pulls on the leash, chances are they have unknowingly reinforced the dog to do so. Time to break this bad habit! Make sure you’ve got your clicker ready. Don’t forget to grab some healthy training treats like our Dried Bison Liver treats.

Begin loose leash training inside or in the backyard and with as few distractions as possible. The more distractions around, the harder it is to grab your dog’s attention.

1. Leash your dog and stand still. Wait until your dog pulls and the leash goes taut

2. Once your dog moves back and releases the tension, click and offer a treat

3. Remain still and only when your dog offers eye contact, click and offer a treat

4. Once your dog begins to seek eye contact, begin tossing treats closer and closer to your right foot

5. Begin walking slowly, click and reward when your dog maintains pace with you

Achieving results with these 5 steps won’t happen overnight. So don’t get frustrated right away if you can’t get past step 2. Only advance to the next step if the previous has been mastered otherwise you run the risk of confusing your dog.

Taking the Show on the Road

Once you feel your dog has the 5 basic steps of loose leash walking down, it’s time to hit the road. A new environment will distract your dog but by remaining consistent with the previous training sessions, things will get easier.

If your dog does pull once outside, come to a dead stop once the leash becomes tense. Don’t resume the walk until the leash goes slack and your dog comes to your side. Click, offer a treat and resume the walk. During a slow walk you can even place treats at your feet to help your dog maintain an even pace. By refusing to be led by your dog, he/she will begin to understand you’re the one in charge. Before you know it, going on walks will less stressful and way more fun!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Frosty Yogurt Berries Bone Parfait

With the weather heating up, you and your dog are likely to need more ways to cool down. This week, we are excited to share a refreshing and healthy dog treat recipe from Sugar the Golden Retriever! Sugar and Mom, Rosalyn, were kind enough to let us share their Frosty Yogurt Berries Bone Parfait dog treat recipe! We know your dog will enjoy the frozen, tart berries and yogurt as their new favorite way to cool down this summer.

Ingredients

  • ~1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt
  • ~1 tablespoon of Plain Yogurt
  • ~2 teaspoon of fresh blackberries juice (=3 pieces of blackberries)
  • 4 x-small pieces of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of homemade toasted coconut honey oats (using old fashion oats, coconut oil and honey)

Directions

Use a Bone cookie cutter as a mold. Place it on a flat surface. We used a clear plate.

1. Pour into the mold ~ 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt.* Freeze it for about an hour.

*This is the first time we used Greek yogurt for frosty paw recipe. It does not freeze well unlike the regular plain yogurt.*

2. Pour ~2  teaspoons of the fresh blackberries juice. Smashed blackberries can be added too. Freeze it for about 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Place little pieces of strawberries.

4. Pour ~1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Freeze it for 20 minutes.

5. Place the tasted oats on top. Freeze it for another 10-15 minutes.

It was my treat for the day (whole day). Mom believes in portion control. She cut it into four pieces. I had one piece for breakfast, mid morning snack, after nap snack and evening meal dessert. It was DELISH! TASTY! The little pieces of strawberries inside and toasted oats were delightful. Using Greek yogurt as the first layer gave a thicker texture  but it tasted GOOD!

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thank you to Sugar & Rosalyn at Sugar the Golden Retriever for letting us share this amazing recipe and photo!

To find the perfect pooch snack browse all of our healthy dog treat recipes in our Weekly Drool Recipe category. Or, go with a tried and true favorite like a bully stick!

Dog Care 101 Tip #216: Animal Rights Awareness Week

If you hadn’t already heard, this week is Animal Rights Awareness Week! BestBullySticks, being all about everything dog-related, is using the opportunity to spread the word about animal rights. In honor of this important week, we’ve put together a brief history of animal rights as well as some valuable information about how you can become involved in your community.

Animal rights as we know them today are a far cry from centuries past. Luckily, modern times have brought about a progressive shift towards recognizing animal rights and welfare. Things began to change in the 19th century —  during these times there was a dramatic and sudden interest in animal protection. A movement which got it’s start in the United Kingdom would eventually spread worldwide and become law in many countries.

Baby Steps

Until the early 1800’s, people were only punished for animal cruelty because it was seen as a destruction of the owner’s property! However, thanks to some caring minds of the era, the animal rights movement slowly gained momentum. Initially, many activists focused their attention on “baiting” — a practice of setting game dogs against a captured or chained animal with the intent of incapacitating or killing it. The first major accomplishment in the protection of animals was made in the fight against baiting and led to the practice becoming illegal.

The first animal rights bill in history, named Martin’s Act, was introduced into Irish law in 1822. This groundbreaking set of laws sought to protect beasts of burden from abuse. People outside the United Kingdom were taking notes, too. Soon thereafter, other countries followed suit and by the 1850’s many Western nations had passed comprehensive laws with severe penalties for animal abusers. read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Croc Dog Bones

Best Bully Sticks is now offering a great new treat from down under! Our deliciously wild Croc Dog Bones are a great new way to spoil your dog. These single-ingredient snacks are made from 100% crocodile, and perfect for dogs all sizes. Measuring 2 – 5 inches in length and up to 2 inches thick, these meaty treats are an excellent source of nutrients and packed with exotic flavor.

Crocodile meat may sound a bit strange, but it’s commonly eaten in many areas of the world — and for good reason. Croc meat is about as lean as chicken but contains more than twice the protein. Baked to perfection with connective tissue and skin still attached, these treats offer your dog extra nutrition — namely glucosamine and chondroitin. Proven to help rebuild joints and maintain connective tissue, these supplements are essential for dogs of all ages.

BestBullySticks Croc Dog Bones are a two-for-one treat. Once your dog is finished eating the nutritious meat off these bones, he’ll have a tasty bone to chew! Croc Bones are durable and offer your dog a lasting chew toy. Plus, all that chewing will help rid your dog’s mouth of plaque and tartar! Crikey, what are you waiting for, give them a try!

Visit BestBullySticks.com to browse new items as well as our entire collection of premium dog treats and chews. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter to keep up with the latest news, new products and specials!

BBS Training Tip #5: 4 Tricks Every Dog Should Know

Summer is a great opportunity to spend more time outdoors with your dog. It’s also a good time to make sure dog is up to par on a few basic but very important commands. Whether you’re headed to the beach or going for an afternoon stroll in the neighborhood, BestBullySticks wants to make sure you’ve got the right tools to have fun while keeping your dog safe.

Many of the tricks we’re reviewing use a clicker. If you haven’t heard of a clicker before, we recommend checking out our previous posts on dog training where we discuss how clicker training works.

Good Behavior and Safety

It may sound strange, but learning commands and tricks can help keep your dog safe. Teaching a dog new tricks helps them maintain focus on you. If you’re able to keep your dog’s attention, especially in a busy places like the beach, you’ll have no doubt about whether or not your dog will listen to you at a critical moment.

First things first — if you are going to use a clicker, you need to first train your dog to respond to the clicker. Luckily, this is a very simple task. Clicker training relies on the use of positive reinforcement and treats. Lots of treats! BestBullySticks recommends owners use low-calorie treats like our tasty US Made Lamb Lung Treats as a training aid.

  • Step 1: Click and give your dog a treat
  • Step 2: Repeat 15-30 times (This will build an association between click and reward)
  • Step 3: Always follow through with a treat. Consistency is key for clicker training! read more…
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