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Which Breed is Right for You?

While there are many things to consider when you have decided to bring home a new dog, the first thing you have to pick is which breed is right for you. With that in mind, here are a few things to think about when selecting which breed is best for you and your home.

Size

The size of the dog you choose can depend on a number of factors. How big is your home? Do you have a yard? How big is your yard if you do have one? What size dog do you have an interest in taking home? Keep in mind that while that Golden Retriever is cute and sweet, he requires a lot more space to live than the Boston Terrier you’re also considering.

Hair

When considering a dog, look around your home and consider if you would like your carpets and furniture covered in the fur of your dog. While many breeds of dogs, both long haired and short haired, don’t shed overly much, just about every dog is going to shed a little bit. Keep that in mind and pick accordingly, as it could be the difference between you choosing a Saint Bernard and a Chihuahua.

Temperament

How do you want your dog to interact not only with you, but with strangers and other dogs? While there is no such thing as a bad dog, some breeds are more aggressive than others with a larger prey drive to hunt. If you have small children, or are around small children, keep in mind how the dog you select will interact with them. Again, there’s no such thing as a “bad” dog, but some breeds are better suited to being around small children because of increased patience.

Overall Health

Keep in mind that dogs, just like people, do get sick. Some breeds, just like some people, are more prone to genetic defects and will require medical care as they get older. While you should always expect to keep your dog for its entire life, do some research and make sure you know what some of the common health issues are for the breed of dog you select. It helps to know if they’ll just need bully sticks to help with their teeth and gums or hip replacement surgery.

Intelligence/Trainability

Some dogs are more easily trained then others. With some, a few dog treats along with some basic commands and they’re ready to sit, lie down, and play dead. Others are going to require a bit more work to not only teach tricks, but to housebreak. While patience will be required to train any breed of dog, some breeds are just naturally more intelligent than others and will have a smaller learning curve than others. Keep in mind how much time you’re willing to spend training your new dog to perform the way you want when selecting a breed.

Amount of Exercise Needed

Every dog needs to be walked, but different breeds will require more exercise than others. Keep in mind how often your dog will need to be walked just to use the bathroom versus how much they need to exercise for reasons of health. Having a backyard is great, but it’s no substitute for a brisk walk and being played with. Figure in how much time your schedule will allow you to walk and play with your new dog when considering the perfect breed for you.

Purebred or Mixed Breed

The decision to give a home to a dog that is purebred or mixed breed is one of personal taste. While a purebred ensures you get the dog you’re looking for with traits you’re expecting, mixed breed dogs are often healthier than purebred dogs as they tend to receive the best traits of their different breeds.

While some mixed breeds are now being intentionally bred (like Labradoodles and Puggles), most mixed breeds aren’t planned and often result in interesting mixes. If there isn’t a specific breed you prefer, considering a mixed breed dog is a good way to find the traits from different breeds that you like all in one dog.

Give the Gift of a Home

No matter what dog you choose, there’s nothing better than giving a home to a puppy or dog in need. Remember to stock up on dog treats, chews, food, and, of course, bully sticks to make your new dog feel right at home. Keep in mind that there are a number of different sites like PetFinder that can help you find the dog you’re looking for. Always consider your local animal shelter before turning to a breeder, but above all, make sure you get the pet you want.

Best Bully Sticks Top Ten List

We are frequently asked by our customers what items sell the best and what dogs seem to prefer; so we put together a Top Ten List highlighting our Suggestions:

10. Bully Bites- A fun treat or snack

9. Pig Ears-They have been around forever and all dogs like them 8. Open Gullets-These are like beef jerky for dogs

7. Shin Bones-A must for entertaining larger dogs

6. Chicken Fillets-Great treats that last a while and come in value sizes

5. Beef Tendons or Curly Bully Sticks- the friction of the curly ones is great for the teeth and gums

4. Sam’s Yam’s-Sweet Potato Treats, and Other Sweet Potato dog treats like Duck and Sweet Potato

3. Stuffed gullets are always a fun treat/chew that your dog is sure to enjoy (Bronze)

2. A proven healthy winner –Trachea and Stuffed Trachea (Silver)

1. A dog’s all time favorite is of course a bully stick!!! (GOLD)

Bully Sticks vs. Rawhide: The Great Debate

As more and more pet owners search for treats and chews that their pets will enjoy and are good for them at the same time, the debate between two popular types of dog treats is raised once again.  Which is better – bully sticks or rawhide?  While each dog treat has supporters and detractors, a more in depth look at both may help to make the decision easier when you’re looking at both in the aisles of your local pet supply store.

Rawhide

Rawhide treats and chews have been around seemingly forever.  Lining the aisles of pet supply stores, rawhide chews are available in a huge variety of sizes for both puppies and larger dogs, shapes that range from bones to twists and ties, and flavors including chicken, beef, lamb and duck.

The biggest appeal of rawhide is how affordable it is.  Available both individually and in bulk, rawhide dog treats can cost less than a dollar a piece, while lasting for weeks and sometimes even months at a time.  Considered suitable for dogs both small and large, compressed rawhide is generally reserved for smaller breeds as it can become a choking hazard for larger dogs when they attempt to swallow pieces of it whole.

Rawhide dog treats are often criticized for a number of different reasons, not the least of which is the choking hazard they can present if broken into smaller pieces through use and the inability of most dogs to actually digest the rawhide they do ingest, instead having pass through their digestive tract where it can cause damage if there are sharp ridges on the ingested piece.  Because of this, more and more dog owners are turning to dog treats that don’t present a choking hazard and that can be digested by their pets as they would their food.

Bully Sticks

With the panic caused by contaminated pet food in 2007, there grew a huge demand for all natural dog chews and treats.  Because of that, bully sticks have grown in popularity with pet owners all over the country in search of dog treats that they feel comfortable with and that their dogs will enjoy.

Unlike rawhide treats, bully sticks are made from the beef of the cow, not the hide, allowing for it to be digested and processed by the dog as it would their food instead of passing it through their system like rawhide.  Much like rawhide, bully sticks are available in numerous sizes, from just a few inches for smaller breeds to nearly a yard long for larger dogs, styles including braided bully sticks as a way to work the teeth and jaw muscles, and flavors that include chicken treats for dogs and lamb treats for dogs among others.

Much like rawhide treats, bully sticks can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the treat given to the dog, and while with larger breeds and rawhide you have to be wary of the choking hazard from broken pieces, bully sticks are easily digested by breeds both large and small and won’t chip and break to present a choking hazard like rawhide.

Which One to Choose

While technically neither choice is incorrect, when it really comes down to it, the trend of dog treats and chews seems to be moving more towards bully sticks simply because of their status as an all natural treat that can be digested just like food without any worry of contamination.  With plenty of flavors, sizes, and styles to suit every size and type of dog, bully sticks are quickly taking the place of rawhide on the aisles of pet supply stores around the country.

About the Author

Avrum Elmakis is the president of Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of dog treats, bully sticks, beef trachea, and other all natural dog chews and treats.  They can be found online at:  http://www.bestbullysticks.com .

Best Bully Sticks Launches New Dog Chews!

We have started to look seriously into two new kinds of chews and are very excited to be carrying both of them in 2008.  Although we specialize in bully sticks, we feel like they will make a great addition to our dog chew selection and offer plenty of quality chewing time for your dog(s). 

 The first chew that we plan to offer is the full line of Sam’s Yams products made by Front Porch Pets.  These chews are made from sweet potato and have ridges cut into them.  They come in different sizes depending on the size of the dog and last quite a while.  We have tried them with our in house taste testers and they give them two paws up! 

 The second line that we will be launching will be Antlerz.  These are deer antlers that have fallen off of deer naturally and then cleaned and sold in various sizes.  They are rich in all sorts of minerals and are extremely long lasting chews.  If your dog is going through their bully sticks too quickly this is a great alternative.  

 Please contact us with any questions about the new lines and let us know any feedback that you have.  We look forward to continuing to bring you the most exciting all natural treats and chews on the market. 

 Avrum, Best Bully Sticks

Picking the Right Dog Chews and Treats for Your Pets

With all of the options available for dog chews and treats both online and at your local pet store, it’s hard to know which one is your best option. Which one will your dog not only enjoy, but will be healthy for them at the same time. It’s not unlike picking out an afternoon snack for a small child. In light of the recent pet food recalls, many pet owners have turned to bully sticks as an all natural treat for their dogs. But not all bully sticks are created the same. Here are some things to keep in mind when picking out a bully stick for your dog.

There is a Difference in Quality

Bully sticks are made out of beef, and like all meat from cattle, there is a difference in the quality of the beef. The better the cattle are raised, the better the quality of the product from those cattle. Choosing bully sticks that come from quality, free-ranging cattle, like those raised in Brazil and other parts of South America, creates a superior bully stick than those produced in countries like India, China, and even the US.

Where They’re Raised Matters

Cattle raised in countries like India, China, and the US are often raised in feedlots, where they are given antibiotics to stave off disease, and hormones to increase their growth at an unnatural rate. Cattle from these locations are also used to create bully sticks and other dog treats and chews. However, most of the cattle raised in Brazil and other parts of South America are free-ranging cattle, and the bully sticks created from them isn’t subjected to the same hormones and antibiotics as those from the US, India, and China.

In addition to being the leading supplier of cattle raised in a free-ranging environment, Brazil and the rest of South America have been recognized as the world’s number one source of “Green Cattle” for years. The bully sticks, and other all natural dog treats and chews, created from these cattle are much healthier for you dogs.

Recalls Are a Factor

When the pet recalls swept through the US, many people turned to bully sticks because they were lead to believe that there were no recalls associated with the treat. This is only half true. While bully sticks, and really all treats and chews for dogs, from those cattle that are raised free-range like those in South America were free from the sweeping pet recalls, those created from cattle raised in the US, India, and China were still subject to the same pet recalls that caused panic amongst pet owners.

Do the Research

The best advice for finding the perfect all natural dog treats and bully sticks for your dog is to do some research. If you’re buying from a store, look at the label and see where it comes from. If you’re buying from an online retailer read their product description to see if they list where their bully sticks come from. If they don’t, contact the company and ask them. Don’t settle for less when it comes to picking out a bully stick for your dogs.

About the Author

Avrum Elmakis is the president of Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of bully sticks and all natural dog treats and chews. Best Bully Sticks offers all natural bully sticks and dog treats and can be found at: http://www.bestbullysticks.com .

Introducing Flint River Ranch Dog Food!

Our customers routinely ask us to identify the healthiest and tastiest food for their pets and after careful consideration, Best Bully Sticks unequivocally recommends Flint River Ranch as the nation’s premier pet food brand. In conjunction, we are proud to announce our recent affiliation with Flint River Ranch as a distributor of their fine, all-natural pet food products.

Flint River Ranch has provided an all-natural pet food alternative since 1993. In addition to using only human-grade ingredients, their food products are fresh, twice-baked, and packed full of essential vitamins and minerals that are critical to maintaining your pet’s health. Integrating Flint River Ranch’s pet food into your pet’s diet will most notably result in higher energy levels, increased shine in your pet’s coats, and healthier skin in general.

Specific nutritional highlights of Flint River Ranch’s pet food include:

•NO meat by-products, artificial flavors, colors, or fillers of any kind
•Twice-baked to maintain higher nutritional values and ease digestion
•Naturally preserved with Vitamins E and C and do not contain Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT
•High concentration levels that result in less feeding volume
•FRR food is prepared fresh daily, with all-natural ingredients and therefore does not linger on shelves during the shipping process like other pet food brands

Still don’t believe us? Flint River Ranch pet food is delivered FREE and comes completely guaranteed. We believe so strongly in this pet food that we will issue a 100% money back refund if you are unsatisfied, for any reason at all, with our product.

If you are interested in additional information on this product, please visit www.bestbullysticks.com or our Flint River Ranch site at www.frrco.com/133462.

As always, please feel free to contact us directly at 8044776033 should you have any further questions or comments.

Best Bully Sticks Launches New Site with All Natural Products for Dogs

Bully Sticks and all natural dog treats are quickly growing in popularity with pets and pet owners

Richmond, VA – October 12, 2007 – Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of all natural dog chews and treats, is proud to announce the redesign and launch of their website. The new website features an expanded product list, news, and photos of dogs enjoying their bully sticks. Best Bully Sticks can be found at: http://www.bestbullysticks.com .

In the wake of the pet food scare this past year, more and more pet owners have been looking for an all natural solution to their pets’ needs. In light of this, more and more owners are turning to the bully sticks that Best Bully Sticks has become known for. With dog chews in a variety of flavors, bully sticks and beef trachea in varying sizes, and the recent addition of an all natural dog food option, Best Bully Sticks is quickly establishing itself as a one stop shop for all natural dog chews and treats that pets will enjoy and owners can trust.

The increasing popularity of the bully stick is due in no small part to how they are made. Best Bully Sticks only provides bully sticks that are made from 100% free-range Brazilian cattle with no added preservatives or chemicals. Unlike other chew treats such as rawhide, bully sticks are naturally digested by dogs and promote healthy gums and teeth. Available in a variety of sizes, there are bully sticks for every size and breed of dog.

About Best Bully Sticks
Best Bully Sticks has quickly established themselves as a leading provider of all natural dog chews and treats, bully sticks, and top quality beef trachea chews. Their bully sticks and dog chews are of the highest quality and are made from all natural ingredients to ensure pet health. For a complete list of their products, visit them at: http://www.bestbullysticks.com/bully-sticks .

Contact:
Avrum Elmakis
804-477-6033
http://www.bestbullysticks.com

Benefit of Bully Sticks For Dogs

This article will highlight just a few benefits of The Bully Stick, an increasingly popular, all-natural dog treat.

Unlike most dog treats, Bully Sticks are 100% all natural. And since they contain no chemicals or preservatives, your dog is assured of receiving a “clean” and healthy pet treat. Besides being totally safe for your dog, they are also fully digestible and a great source of protein.

The Bully Stick itself is a bull’s penis, which is usually either dried or smoked. The most efficient way to prepare the Bully Stick is to hang it vertically, which allows all of the fluids contained in the penis to fully drain. Without these fluids, the finished Bully Stick remains odorless. Not all manufacturers prepare their Bully Sticks in this fashion, but they certainly should – the less odor the better for you and your home!

Compared to traditional pet treats, Bully Sticks last an unusually long time. Of course it depends entirely on the size of your dog, but it usually takes my Pug an entire week to get through one Bully Stick. For larger breeds, a Bully Stick could last anywhere between a few hours and a few days. Many dog trainers also use Bully Sticks as positive reinforcement treats during training sessions and to hold the dog’s attention over a long period of time.

In my vast experience with pet treats, I have never seen a dog that did not enjoy a Bully Stick! If you have any additional questions or would like more information on Bully Sticks, please contact us at www.bestbullysticks.com/contactus.

Benefits of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Dogs

It is just as important for dogs to maintain healthy joints as it is for humans. Like humans, dog’s joints weaken and eventually break down completely with age. Many dog owners do not realize that a decrease in a dog’s activity often correlates to already weak joints or developing osteoarthritis. For both growing and mature dogs, consistent intake of the naturally occurring sources of Chondroitin and Glucosamine helps maintain healthy joints and prevents osteoarthritis, which is particularly important for large dog breeds that are prone to Hip Dysplasia. Chondroitin and Glucosamine synthesize in the dog’s body and help heal joint cartilage throughout the body, which eases the pain already experienced by arthritic dogs and allows middle-aged dogs to remain active and vibrant.

Regular use of all-natural dog chews containing Chondroitin and Glucosamine is widely accepted and a variety of such products are becoming more readily available in the U.S. market. Unfortunately, most pet owners are either unaware that these products exist or are uninformed of where to acquire them.

BestBullySticks.com recently began carrying two treats, The Trachea Dog Chew and Stuffed Gullets, both of which are high in Chondroitin and Glucosamine. These naturally occurring sources are most commonly found in two areas of a cow – the trachea or windpipe and the esophagus or food pipe. The Beef Trachea Dog Chew closely resembles the Bully Stick, in that it is consumed over a long period of time and is not your traditional “quick treat”. If given on a regular basis, the Trachea Dog Chew also helps clean teeth and keeps gums healthy! The Stuffed Gullets, on the other hand, resemble the traditional dog treat because they are consumed quickly. Like all of its products, BestBullySticks.com carries both The Trachea Dog Chew and Stuffed Gullets in multiple sizes. As always, owners should use discretion when selecting the length and size of each product.

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