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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…

BBS Breed Spotlight: Doberman Pinscher

Instantly recognizable by it’s proud stance and watchful gaze, the Doberman Pinscher is a remarkably intelligent and loyal breed. Often stereotyped as ferocious and aggressive, this even-tempered breed defies all expectations earning it’s place place as a favorite among owners today.

Originally bred for protection and commonly used in working roles, the Doberman has proved itself a loving and loyal family companion as well. Find out more about the Doberman Pinscher on this week’s BestBullySticks Breed Spotlight.

Origins

Hailing from the German town of Apolda, the first Doberman Pinschers were bred by Louis Dobermann in the late 19th century. First presented in a 1876 dog show, the Doberman hastily caught the attention of dog enthusiasts and earned American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition by 1908. Legend states Dobermann himself, a tax collector and manager of the local dog pound, sought protection from bandits and thieves during collections. Seeking a balance between strength, loyalty, intelligence and ferocity, Dobermann utilized his easy access to a wide variety of dogs to develop this new breed.

Produced by crossing existing stocks of the old shorthaired shepherd, German Pinschers, Rottweilers, and Beaucerons, Dobermann kept the best qualities of each breed producing an easily trainable guard dog ready and willing to please and protect at a moments notice.

Appearance

The unique appearance of the Doberman Pinscher makes it easily identifiable — notably cropped ears and a docked tail — and rarely confused with other breeds. There are only two specific color genes for the Doberman, black and red. However, a “dilution gene” sometimes comes into play adding blue and fawn colored coats to the mix. If this gene is carried, blue and fawn coats are produced from black and red coats respectively. Medium in size with a square muscular build, the Doberman stands between 24–28 in (61 – 71 cm) tall and weighs 66 – 88 lbs.

This renowned and unique appearance has undoubtedly helped popularize the breed. However, the Doberman’s proud stance and intimidating build has also contributed to misleading stereotypes about reckless aggression and unpredictability. Admittedly, the breed’s history has a lot to do with these these misconceptions — however, things couldn’t be further from the truth. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Very Berry Doggy Granola Bars via 3M Bakery

BestBullySticks Weekly Drool Recipe is from Jude and the 3M’s (aka 3M Bakery). No, they’re not a singing group, but a health conscious doggy mom and her three pups, Mac, Maesie and Matilda. She shared an amazing wheat-free and gluten-free dog treat recipe with us and we of course wanted to share it with you. Chock-full of healthy ingredients, this great recipe is sure to become a new treat favorite in your house. Jude also gives these great explanations of the great ingredients in her treats!

Coconut contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties.

Cranberries contain a unique array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and research is continuing into what appears to be excellent anti-cancer properties. They are well known in protecting against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in your pet.

Cherries provide beneficial properties for a range of inflammatory-related conditions in your pet. A recent study by University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 per cent.

Pumpkin seeds are known to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis without the side effects of using anti-inflammatory drugs. They are also a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.

Sunflower seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.

Sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Maple syrup is an antioxidant powerhouse. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that maple syrup is filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that may help prevent several chronic and inflammatory diseases like diabetes and cancer. It settles digestion issues and helps with muscle recovery as it is an excellent source of manganese, which helps repair muscle and cell damage; it also keeps bones strong and blood sugar levels normal. read more…

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Second Chance Wildlife Rescue

When Nick Guginsky contacted BestBullySticks about supporting his local shelter, we told him we would place his favored organization, Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, in our 1-Day Animal Rescue/Shelter Giveaway pool. Every time these contests were held Nick tirelessly emailed us to ensure Second Chance was included. We knew he was dedicated, but little did we know Nick was a 14-year-old who loyally supported Second Chance every moment he could.

BestBullySticks had the honor to donate to Second Chance recently and in speaking with Michelle Mulnard Curtin, she told us more about Nick. Nick has his own Second Chance dog named Popi who he loves immensely.

He is such a terrific kid.  He is so dedicated to the animals.  Not just ours, animals in general.  He loves to help in anyway he can.  His family adopted a senior Chihuahua mix from one of our large-scale rescues and he loves his Popi!  He is always thinking of ways to raise money, advocate for the rescue, get blankets and towels etc. He is an amazing young man.  He loves to enter contests and win or lose he has such a great time.  He has won product for other rescues he has won paintings for his kid sister, he has won things for our rescue on a few occasions.  Some of which he has asked us to share with other people and other rescues. Of course we are happy to share as long as it helps the animals.  How can I say no? Nick is always doing good for the animals, we want him to continue. If spreading the wealth is what he wants, he has earned the right to make that request in deed!

Michelle also told us more about Second Chance: read more…

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…

BBS Product Spotlight: Salmon Paws Treats

This week BestBullySticks is offering up something a bit different! There aren’t too many treats out there made from seafood, however our friends at Salmon Paws have come up with some tasty, healthy and nutritionally rich treats — they’re even Made in the USA!

Salmon Paws uses only human-grade, wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Farm raised fish lack the nutritionally rich properties of wild caught fish. High in protein, low in fat and all natural, people have increased their consumption of salmon in recent years because of its rich omega-3 fatty acid content.

With offerings like Omega Stix with Organic Wheatgrass and Salmon Jerky with Organic Broccoli, the entire line Salmon Paws products make a great alternative to meat and animal by-product based treats.

There is even strong evidence suggesting omega-3 can not only boost heart health and lower cholesterol, but also decrease the risk of cancer and reduce free-radicals in the body. And with fatty fish being only place you can find both DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids, Salmon Paws products are the perfect way to pass on the amazing health benefits of salmon to your pets. They’re great for cats, too!

Salmon Paws treats are handmade and produced in a FDA approved facility. Slow cooked at low temperatures to seal in nutrients, there’s nothing fishy about these treats!

You can browse Salmon Paws’ entire line as well as other great products on BestBullySticks.com

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BBS Training Tip #4: Training Methods Part 2

Last week BestBullySticks tipped off our discussion on dog training with the first installment of our Training Methods blog series. In today’s followup post to Training Methods Part 1, we’re delving into specific training methods.

Origins of Modern Dog Training

Modern dog training developed dramatically during the 20th century. Most notably, advances in psychology furthered dog training and led to the creation of new training methods. BestBullySticks recently talked about this fascinating evolution in our post on The History of Dog Training.

In recent years, older training methods have been labeled overly aggressive or unnecessarily physical. In some instances this may be the case— BestBullySticks encourages all dog owners to use their discretion in the matter. Just be sure to avoid any training methods that are outright abusive. There are many factors to consider when training your dog — refer to our post on How Dogs Learn to gain some more insight into what your pup has on his mind!

Corrective Training

A training system that would fall into this category is the Koehler Method. The cornerstone of the Koehler Method is to let dogs make their own mistakes. In doing so, it gives the owner the opportunity to provide consequences for both desirable and undesirable behaviors. The punishments of the Koehler Method are generally more physical, sometimes advocating “alpha rolling,” where a dog is pinned on his back to assert dominance.

It should be noted, this “alpha rolling” technique, while still used today —and even by big name trainers— the “natural” action it is supposed to mimic is an action where submission is actually given, not forced.

Dominance-based training methods like the Koehler Method rely on the theory that dogs are in fact wolves and there are hierarchies in their pack with an alpha-figure at the top. However, the Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) has argued against this idea of aggressive-submissive positions. Additionally, attempting to physically exert dominance could cause your pet to lash out. read more…

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