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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!

BestBullySticks.com offers best selection of safe and all-natural dog chews and treats anywhere. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to catch the latest news and product specials!

 

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 Dog 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 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…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Liver & Rye Homemade Dog Treats via Honey Bee’s Recipes

It’s not hard to please most dogs, but when you have something they really love, you know it. They’ll pace the floor, whine, bark or even drool. They’ll definitely drool for the homemade dog treats from Sonja at Honey Bee’s Recipes. She whipped up a great recipe just for her pup, Luke, and today’s she’s sharing it with you! Here is Sonja’s recipe for Liver & Rye Dog Treats!

Homemade Dog Treats ~ Liver & Rye

Prep time:  1 hour Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 100 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups of rye flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of chicken livers
  • 3 tbsp of canola oil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Dust the baking sheet with rye flour.

3. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute, or until the dough forms a ball shape.

4. Remove from the food processor and knead briefly into a well-formed dough ball.

5. Transfer directly to the baking sheet.

6. Flatten the ball and shape it carefully into a square. read more…

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Life is Labs Rescue


Life is Labs was recently voted the winner of our Acts of Kindness Photo Contest!  BestBullySticks was super excited to hear back from Life Is Labs and learn about all the great work they’ve done. A non-profit rescue organization dedicated to providing dogs with a loving home, Life is Labs fosters animals for adoption, organizes rescue volunteers and spreads awareness in the community. Find out more about Life is Labs below in this week’s BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlight!

When & Why did you start?

Over 17 years ago, my late husband and I started a boarding and training facility at our home.  We love all dogs and always kept 4-6 dogs needing homes at our facility.  We would provide them care, train them and then place them with loving families.  In 2007, my husband passed away after four long years of veterinary school and not even a year of practicing veterinary medicine.  It was heartbreaking on every level.  Our dream was to open a full-service campus for people and their pets, a place where people could go and get all the help they needed with their pets, enjoy all kinds of activities related to their pets and become part of a community of pet lovers.  Sadly, that dream was placed on hold and I wondered if it would ever happen as he was gone and the economy had taken a nosedive.

I also realized that the free vet care our adoptable dogs received was no longer available.  And when I did the math, I found we were spending $400-600 a month caring for our homeless dogs.  In 2009, we started asking clients if they were interested in sponsoring the animals in our care.  And they were.  I was so excited that we had some help and would be able to continue taking in homeless dogs.  Moreover, I had to let go of a portion of our business that took me away from home too often, travelling to competitions with retrievers almost every weekend for at least half the year.  I had some spare time and decided it was time to focus on homeless dogs and start a formal organization. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #215: Summertime Safety

Summer is one of the best seasons for outdoor activities and BestBullySticks wants to make sure both you and your pet get the most out of the season. While summer hasn’t quite arrived, it’s already pretty hot outside. Before you hit the road and head for the beach, make sure your dog has everything he/she needs to enjoy carefree fun with the rest of the family.

Fun In the Sun

When we get to the beach we usually shed some layers to stay cool. Imagine for a moment having to wear a heavy sweater in the dead of summer — yuck! Breeds with long hair and thick coats are more suited for colder climates and properly groomed for the season. Extra fur is only half the battle for dogs in the summer. Unlike people, dogs can’t sweat. Instead, they pant in order to cool down. Less efficient than sweating, this puts dogs at a disadvantage in hot summer weather.

Dehydration is your dog’s worst enemy in the summer. Make sure you’ve got plenty of clean water on hand for your dog at all times — especially if you plan on spending lots of time outside.

Heat and direct sunlight, while enjoyable, can pose a danger to dogs. Dogs can even get sunburned, too! When applied to less furry areas sunscreen can help reduce the damage caused by UV rays. Sunscreen is a great solution for people but it doesn’t work too well on dogs. Make sure you bring an umbrella to the beach so your dog can escape the heat. Not only will this help protect your dog from the sun, it’ll drastically reduce the chance of heatstroke.


Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a very real danger for dogs. All pet owners should become familiar with the signs of heat stroke:

  • Heavy or excessive panting and breathing

  • Increase in drooling or vomiting

  • Loss of balance read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: Keeping Cool in the Summer

Outdoor summer activities with pets are a great way to spend the warm summer days ahead. Unfortunately, summer comes with a few health concerns. Seasonal pet safety is hugely important to BestBullySticks so we’ve put together a short list of products to help your pup beat the heat.

Luckily for us, we can strip down to bathing suits to stay cool — but Fido is stuck with the fur! A dogs don’t sweat either, the only way they can cool off is by panting. Unfortunately for breeds with longer hair, painting isn’t quite enough to cool down during the dead of summer.

Hydration is key — but sometimes it’s hard to keep a fresh bowl of water on hand. Thanks to the Handi-Drink Portable Bottle/Bowl, fresh water is no longer out of reach for dogs. Designed to fold for storage and small enough to fit into a cooler, it’s an easy way to give your dog cold water on a hot summer day.

Besides keeping cool water on hand at all times, consider some summer apparel for your pet. TechKewl’s Phase Change Cooling Dog Coat can help cool your dog down on even the hottest of days. Simply place it in the freezer for 30 minutes before use and it’ll keep your pup chilled out for hours! If you’re lucky enough to own a dog who takes to water like a duck, the dangers of overheating can be minimized. Swimming not only gives dogs a great way to cool off, it’s loads of fun too! Just make sure you supervise your dog during pool-time.

Surprisingly enough, dogs can get sunburned too! Look for pet-safe sunscreen formulas and apply it to less furry areas like the nose, tips of the ears and belly. Sunscreen for pets isn’t terribly effective — the best way to prevent overheating or UV damage is to provide ample shade. read more…

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