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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…

BBS Product Spotlight: Braided Bully Sticks

A great addition to BestBullySticks’ standard line of treats and chews is our Braided Bully Stick. Made from three standard bully sticks twisted together, we’re sure these treats will wind up your pup! Available in a wide variety of lengths and sizes, Braided Bully Sticks make are a great choice for dogs of all sizes.

You know it and so do we, dogs just love to chew! But let’s stop and look at a few reasons as to why your dog chews. First and foremost? Boredom.

Braided Bully SticksIf you’re not providing entertainment for your pets, you can be sure they’ll find a way to do it themselves. Aside from being an idle activity, many people are surprised to learn dogs also chew instinctively. Not only do dogs give things a nibble to test them out, they also chew to reduce anxiety and clean their teeth.

So, if you know you’re not going to break Fido’s chewing habit anytime soon, why not make the most of it? Bully Sticks provide a great way to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene as well as their happiness!

Particularly well suited for larger dogs and more aggressive chewers, these bully sticks will hang around long enough to ensure many hours of enjoyment. We’ve even got a 15-18” Jumbo Braided Bully Stick for you big breed owners out there!

Never bleached or chemically treated, our all-natural bully sticks are completely digestible. And just like our standard bully sticks, our heavy-duty Braided Bully Sticks are naturally low-odor and sourced from free-range, grass-fed Brazilian cattle.

As always, you can check out our our full line of all-natural bully sticks on our website.


Have you ordered our Braided Bully Sticks? Let us know what your dog thinks!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Pumi

Pumi Color VariationsWith its cheerful demeanor, curly coat and dedication to the job at hand, the Pumi has undoubtedly earned its reputation as a hardworking and loving companion. Whimsical and outspoken, this breed originated in the late 17th or early 18th century though a combination of Eastern and Western European crossbre
eding. BestBullySticks is excited to share the history of the Pumi on this week’s Breed Spotlight.

The Pumi was heralded as the herding breed of Hungary during the late 18th century and has maintained this stature ever since. Through a unique combination of size, character, agility and a penchant for pleasing their owners, the breed rapidly grew in regional popularity. Despite the continued successes of the breed as a working dog, the Pumi is still relatively unknown outside of Hungary.

Hailing from the vast rolling farmlands of the Puszta — an area in east Hungary known for its expansive grasslands — the Pumi arose from a regional need for a better shepherd’s companion. The Pumi primarily owes its lineage to a breed that was, already common in Hungary — the Puli. However, unlike the Pumi’s “dreadlocked” ancestor, it’s hair does not grow into long hanging curls. Cross-breeding with newly introduced breeds of the late 17th century helped to eliminate the coat’s length yet retained the curls. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Carrot & Banana Dog Treats via 17 Apart

BestBullySticks loves our hometown of Richmond, Virginia! Historic, beautiful and full of dogs and dog lovers, we really couldn’t have a better home for our all-natural dog treat company! This week’s installment of our Weekly Drool Recipe comes from an awesome lady right here in RVA, too! Mary Andrews & fiancé Tim Vidra are the brains behind 17 Apart, a blog documenting their original recipes, how-to’s and their life, which includes a Weimaraner named Basil. Best Bully’s is proud to share a hometown blogger with you and bit of what they do for their prized pooch, namely their Carrot & Banana Dog Treat recipe! RVA is truly a dog lover’s city!

Carrot & Banana Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 bunch fresh carrots, finely chopped or grated
  • 2-3 fresh bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (*optional, we went without)
  • 1/2 cup cold water read more…

BBS Recognizes: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals MonthApril is ASPCA Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and the team here at BestBullySticks thought we should not only highlight the importance of this holiday, but also share a few ways you can lend a hand.

Acts of animal cruelty often go unnoticed by observers and owners alike. President of the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA) DVM Gregg Takashima notes that in his twenty-five years as a veterinarian, most abuse cases he’s seen are the result of owners who have inadvertently neglected their pets simply because they don’t know any better.

Education and Activism

While animal cruelty strikes in variety of ways, they can all prevented through education. The first step to education is setting a good example as a pet owner. As a model caretaker, your actions will influence others. Community role models for pet care not only help curb instances of abuse among current owners, but future ones as well. Teaching children about responsible pet ownership at an early age will make them lifelong advocates in the fight against animal abuse.

Grassroots forms of activism like community education is of tremendous help to the cause. Consider looking into local volunteer opportunities as well. From raising awareness to caring for the abused, these opportunities are    widely available across the country. Contact your local SPCA to find about volunteering in your community. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #210: Pet First Aid Awareness

Pet First AidEmergencies do happen. And sometimes, finding your way to the doctor can be difficult. Becoming familiar with Basic First Aid procedures is a great way to minimize harm and bring stability to emergency situations. The first week of May is National Pet Week, and we at BestBullySticks wanted to get a head start helping raise awareness for animal first aid.

Even if you’re certified to administer first aid on people, don’t go trying to play veterinarian! Advanced veterinary first aid should only be administered by certified individuals or a veterinarian. The American Red Cross is a great resource for education on the subject and even offers courses in Pet First Aid. Let’s look at some basic steps to you can take to ensure both you and your pet prepared for anything.

Identification

While safety starts with proper identification, a collar and tags are only the beginning. Microchipping is now widely available and no longer prohibitively expensive. Pets sometimes get lost. And while collars can come off — or even worse be taken off — microchipping provides a surefire backup plan that will last a lifetime. Costing only $45 on average, microchipping is the first step to safety with your pet.

First Aid Supplies

Keep a list of phone numbers on hand including your veterinarian’s number, and others like the Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) and a local emergency veterinary clinic. In the case something happens to you, keep a friend’s number handy who is capable of caring for your pet in your absence. It’s also a good idea to maintain a history of your pet’s medications and vaccinations for reference. The American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a comprehensive list of pet first aid supplies that should be in your emergency kit. read more…

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