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BBS Training Tip #2: How Dogs Learn

Tell your dog to hit the books!Basic canine learning methods can be broken down into four distinct categories. While some have similarities and others great differences, they are all of great value and offer insight into how your dog thinks. Quite a few of these psychological theories are recent developments, many of which came about in the mid-20th century. To learn more about the fascinating history behind these theories, BestBullySticks suggests you check out last week’s post — A History of Dog Training.

Classical Conditioning: Just like the training methods of yesteryear, classical conditioning plays upon the same ideas used by Pavlov and Bailey. In its most basic form, this method of learning is based around the idea that a stimulus received over time will eventually become associated with another yet totally unrelated response.

For instance, a dog may be afraid of rain because of an association with thunderstorms. The same logic applies for when you get your dog riled up by looking their way and asking, “Walk?”

Over time, these associations can wear out if the motivating reward — such as a real walk! — is removed. Classical conditioning might also help build new associations as demonstrated by Bailey’s clicker method as well as overcome negative associations helping animals cope with new people and situations. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain & Gluten-free Strawberry Chicken Treats via Doggy Dessert Chef

Have you ever given your dog a strawberry? These tempting little berries are great sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium, folic acid omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6. Plus, there are sweet treat your dog will love! That’s why BestBullySticks is sharing this wonderful strawberry recipe perfect for spring from Doggy Dessert Chef! Check out the Grain and Gluten-free Strawberry Chicken Treat recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped Strawberries (approximately 3 large strawberries)
  • 2 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.

3. Knead dough into ball and pat onto a heavily floured surface 1/2 inch thick, this is a very sticky dough so you wont be able to use a rolling pin and its best to work in small sections.  Cut with your cookie cutter of choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen squares.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Thank you to Doggy Dessert Chef for another great recipe and great photos! Check out more from Doggy Dessert Chef for more great and healthy dog treats. Also browse our entire index of safe and healthy dog treat recipes in our Weekly Drool Recipe category!

For an everyday, scrumptious treat, try an all natural bully stick from BBS! 

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Safehaven Small Breed Rescue

Puppies are small and helpless creatures who need our love and care. Now imagine a puppy that has never had human interaction and lives its days in a cramped cage with inadequate care. On top of that, this small dog has a birth defect. This is the scene in many puppy mills across the nation. Inhumane and cruel, puppy mill breeders often euthanize small dogs with birth defects, but that’s where Safehaven Small Breed Rescue steps in. This Pennsylvania rescue rescues and rehabilitates dogs that otherwise wouldn’t make it to a pet store from a puppy mill. We spoke to the rescue’s chair Teri Walters about the struggles and success of Safehaven Small Breed Rescue. Read more below in BestBullySticks Rescue Spotlight.

When & Why did you start?

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue was founded in 2006 when a little senior Shih Tzu breeder named Pooh came into our care. She had many illnesses due to her previous neglect and other rescues and shelters had suggested euthanasia. We saw something in her eyes that said she was not ready to leave this world, so we gave her a chance. With proper veterinary care and a lot of love, Pooh healed and went on to live another 6 years, happy and content with her life. She made us realize that many of the dogs deemed “unadoptable” and euthanized by other rescues just needed the time and care to heal. Many of these dogs have never been kindly touched, or showed gentle affection, cowering at any hand coming towards them. They needed to learn that people could be kind. This we could provide, thus, Safehaven was born. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #212: Holistic Flea and Tick Prevention

Holistic Pet MedicineMany pet owners gravitate towards name-brand flea and tick treatments and we don’t blame them! While effective and endorsed by many veterinarians, there are comparable alternatives without the nasty chemicals commonly found in these spot-treatments. BestBullySticks encourages owners to go the holistic route and use all-natural flea and tick prevention products to deter fleas and ticks this coming season.

Dangers of Chemical-Based Treatments

Spot treatment “medications” contain a wide variety of pesticides — including but not limited to pyriproxyfen, methoprene, permethrin, fipronil and imidacloprid — and are directly linked to serious health effects in laboratory tests. In 2008 there were over 44,000 reported cases of adverse reactions to these types of treatments.

Since these are pesticides, their distribution and use is controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a study conducted by the EPA, it was determined current guidelines and regulations used to determine toxicity for these medications were inadequate. Besides the toxic “active” ingredients listed, manufacturers are not required to disclose “inactive” ingredients leaving us in the dark about what we’re actually giving to our pets.

Because of the adverse reactions and questionable content of these treatments, BestBullySticks chooses to endorse holistic pet-care products. There are many ways pet owners can achieve the same results without having to turn to harsh unhealthy treatments. Let’s take a quick peek at these common pests and how we can prevent them! read more…

BBS Product Spotlight: American Bison Femur Bone

BestBullySticks American Bison Femur BoneBestBullySticks is back again to talk about our Bison Femur Bone. Comparable in size to our Monster Bone, this hefty single-ingredient, all-natural dog chew is 100% Bison and made right here in the USA.

Perfect for large to giant breeds, this stone-age sized chew has two great big knuckles at each end making it both durable and delicious. With bits of meat and connective tissue still on the bone, the Bison Femur Bone is a great way to keep your pooch happily occupied for hours!

Rich in chondroitin and calcium the Bison Femur Bone provides nutrients essential to maintaining joint health and mobility. Don’t forget about the rich marrow at the center! Bone marrow is dense with lipids and promotes a healthy coat and skin.

Between 14 and 20 inches long and weighing up to 4.5lbs, this epic treat isn’t for the little ones. If your dog is an aggressive chewer look no further. Densely packed with vitamins and minerals, BestBullySticks’ Bison Femur Bone is long-lasting combination of nutrition and taste — plus, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients, they’re safe and 100% digestible.

Dedicated to bringing our customers safe all-natural dog chews and treats, BestBullySticks.com is excited to offer one of the largest and most unique online collections of dog treats and chews.


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BBS Training Tip #1: A History of Dog Training

Effective Dog Training MethodsBeginning today, BestBullySticks.com is starting a new blog series! Titled “Training Tips” this section will discuss a range of topics including training methods from popular trainers and dog experts to information about dog cognition and learning. So, strap yourself in for a brief history lesson! Our first installment is A History of Dog Training! By tracing the history of human-dog companionship and discussing different ways dogs learn, BestBullySticks hopes to provide new tools to help you and your loved one get the most from each other’s company.

Canine Domestication and Early Training

Dog training began with the domestication of canines. Approximately 30,000 years ago, humans began to domesticate dogs. Originally used as a beasts of burden and guard animals, the human-canine dynamic would eventually develop into a mutually beneficial relationship we still see today. And while dogs have accompanied humans on nearly every journey since the beginning of our relationship, it wouldn’t be until the early 20th century that dog training took it’s current form. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Healthy Morning Poochidatis via Little Kitchen Big Flavors

Self-proclaimed food lovers Mr. and Mrs. “Big Flavors” at Little Kitchen Big Flavors blog (aka Jenna and her husband) whip up tasty dishes in their less than large kitchen, even for their pooch Izzy. Jenna shared her Healthy Morning Poochidatis dog cookie recipe—a spin off Italian cookies called cucidatis—with us! This healthy dog treat is full of great ingredients like apples and carrots and your dog is sure to love the taste!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 carrot (peeled and shredded)
  • 1/2 apple (peeled and shredded)
  • 8oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons water read more…

Zzzinco de Mayo Pet Bed Giveaway

 

BestBullySticks is giving away a Pet Bed EVERYDAY to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! And how better for your dog to celebrate May 5th than with a nap! 

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Chance’s Haven

 

Rescue dogs just need a chance. That’s what the folks at Chance’s Haven dog rescue believe, making it their mission to rescue and “educate the public on the needs of these animals, until no one is left without a home and a loving family.” In and around their neighborhood of Gainesville, Texas, Chance’s Haven started with one beautiful dog named—you guessed it—Chance and now reach many dogs every year. BestBullySticks recently spoke with the rescue’s director, Karen Holland.

When & Why did you start?
Chance’s was formed after I saw the face of Chance the Great Dane on Facebook. I ended up being his foster and adopter but his face launched our rescue before he ever arrived. I had always rescued but in an unofficial capacity – we are very rural and the number of abandoned animals in this county is staggering. Chance’s face made me realize I needed to do more. Read Chance the Great Danes full story.

What’s different about your rescue?
We take in all breeds and all behavior of dogs. We do not shy away from the pit – or take in just those we think will be adopted quickly. A dog remains with us until he finds his family. Until that time – we are his family, even if it ends up being permanent. We also take in the seniors that most will not. We have a doggy retirement home of sorts and hope to one day have a large facility for the seniors. When they pass they are laid to rest in our memorial garden. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #211: Grooming Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention

Springtime Dog Grooming!Spring is now in full swing and BestBullySticks wants to make sure you and your dog get the most from the sunny months ahead. For this week’s installment of our Dog 101 series, we’re discussing Springtime Dog Grooming Tips because a well groomed dog doesn’t just turn heads, it helps keep them healthy too!

Reasons to Groom

Grooming is an activity pets regularly conduct by themselves. They still need your help, though! There are a few reasons why grooming should be high on your list of dog-related priorities this spring. Regular grooming habits will not only decrease your pets chance of developing epidermal and oral health problems, it’s also a great way to create a strong bond, monitor your dog’s health and even help to prevent disease.

Lyme Disease

The first step to protecting your pet from Lyme disease is making sure they’re on the correct preventative medications. BestBullySticks suggests all-natural flea and tick medications as an alternative to the toxic ingredients found in many common medications. Spot treatments are filled with chemicals and have been proven to pose a threat to both pets and owners.

Caused by a bacteria from the genus Borrelia, the chance of contracting Lyme disease is much higher between May and August — the height of tick season. Here are a few early warning symptoms: read more…

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