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Weekly Drool Recipe: Puppy Dog S’mores

puppy dog s'moresLooking for a classic American treat to pamper your pooch with?

Look no further than these puppy dog s’mores by Rebecca from Living Better Together. This recipe is an easy and adorable twist on the old campfire favorite. 

Ingredients: 

  • Dog biscuits
  • Carob chips
  • Fluff

For instructions on how to make these puppy dog s’mores visit Living Better Together

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These puppy dog s’mores have been given two paws up by Shoester, Rebecca’s Golden Retriever. 

 Many thanks to Rebecca for sharing this great recipe! We hope our canine fans enjoy.

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 

 

Want to try s’more classic treats for your pup?

Cinnamon Roll Dog Treats

Gingerbread Dog Treats

Puppy Pancakes

5 Ways to Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your Dog

valentine corgi webAt Best Bully Sticks, we believe every day should be treated like Valentine’s Day!

After all, Fido deserves love, affection, good exercise, chews, and toys to keep him happy year round.

But if you truly want to celebrate, here are 5 ways to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for you and your canine friend:

 

1. Make some delicious treats in the kitchen. If you enjoy playing in the kitchen, show your dog some love by whipping up treats that he’ll go nuts for!

For some sweet decadence: Valentine’s Day Carob Dipped Dog Biscuits

For a cheesy, easy, gourmet snack: Chock Full of Cheese Cookies

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2. Get some exercise — it will benefit both of you! Take him for a longer than usual walk. Does Fido like to fetch? Get out that squeeze toy, ball, or Frisbee and wear him out — fit, healthy dogs make happy dogs!

3. Give him a new toy. Keeping your dog entertained is vital for his health and happiness.
Best Bully Sticks’ selection of chew, rope, plush, and ball toys

4. Buy some of his favorite dog chews or treats or maybe one he hasn’t had yet. Browse our large supply of bully sticks, chews and treats, and dog bones.

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5. And last but not least, cuddle! What better way to spend quality time together than a neck or belly scratch, a massage, or relaxing on the couch together?

 

From Best Bully Sticks, wishing you and your pooch lots of love this Valentine’s Day!

 

For tips on how to make more appetizing dog treats, see our Weekly Drool Recipe collection here on our Healthy Dog Blog or Follow our Drool Dog Recipes board on Pinterest.

Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Dog Biscuits

shutterstock_valentine dogWe at Best Bully Sticks love these Red Velvet Dog Biscuits from Salted & Styled and think your pup will too!

The beautiful red color in these biscuits comes from beets. Beets are filled with vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin C, vitamin B, manganese, fiber, iron, and potassium) and are believed to support liver health. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1(15 ounce) can whole beets, drained (can substitute 6 roasted beets, peeled)
  • ½ teaspoon ham base (can substitute chicken or beef base)valentine red velvet dog biscuits
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ¼ – 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour plus more for dusting
  • ¾ cup dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

 Follow the link to Salted & Styled for instructions on how to bake these tasty biscuits.

 

 Many thanks to the gals at Salted & Styled for sharing their dog biscuit recipe with us!

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

Does “sit” really mean “sit”? Dog Training Tips by Deborah Rosen

Does “sit” really mean “sit”?

 

webdog 1There is something that most dog owners don’t know.  Dogs don’t generalize!  I will explain more about that a little later, but before doing so, some background might be helpful.

Although we know dogs are considered highly intelligent animals, they are not deep thinkers.  Their intelligence lies in their senses. Their sense of smell is off the chart and their hearing is extraordinary. So, while we appreciate these characteristics in what makes dogs both smart and special, their senses also help to distract them and make it extremely difficulty to train them at times.

For this reason, it is important to practice training your dog in novel places and at different times during the day.  For companion dogs, outside distractions pose the greatest obstacle in learning and in building attention and focus.  It’s always best to start your training indoors where there are fewer distractions.  Put anything that might pull the dog’s attention away.  Make sure there is no food being cooked or other distracting smells, turn off the television or radio and, if there are other dogs in the house, put them outside or in another room.  In order to build attention and focus with your dog you must be able to give him your undivided attention.

webdog1In our Puppy Kindergarten as we begin the learning process for both the puppy and the owners, I urge dog owners to use a verbal command just once.  If the puppy fails to do what you ask the first time, I urge the owners to simply lure the puppy into place by holding a treat right over the pup’s head until he or she “assumes the sit” position.  By repeating the verbal command over and over, the verbal command becomes meaningless.  At first, only say the word “sit” the moment the pup’s butt hits the ground.  If the puppy breaks out of position to reach for the treat, pull it away with a firm “uh, uh” and take the treat back.  Then, try again and see how well the puppy maintains his or her position. 

You’ll want to do this when teaching any new skill.  By requiring the puppy to maintain the position, you are beginning to teach the puppy “impulse control”.  This is a very important lesson to learn, and the earlier you teach it, the easier it will be to extend this skill to other areas.

web dogDogs, especially puppies, are not terrific at remembering what they’ve done before.  Their very short attention span, along with their amazing senses, creates a world of distraction. This can make training your puppy a challenging and frustrating experience.  Train for only a couple of minutes several times throughout the day and if you’re feeling tired or edgy, the puppy will know it.  If this is the case, stop and begin again later when you are in a better state of mind. 
So, when you ask a puppy to sit, each individual occurrence of that action is a new experience until the pup finally “gets it”You’ll  know when the puppy is able to do a skill in both distracted and non-distracted circumstances, inside and outside, that skill has become generalized! 

 

Tune in next time for more dog training tips on basic obedience and achieving “peaceful living with your dog”.

 

Deborah Rosen_small About the Author

Deborah Rosen is President and Founder of Good CitiZEN Dog TrainingⓇ, a dog training franchise business based in Tacoma, WA. Deborah is known within the industry for her innovative ZEN dog-training methodology and her commitment to using positive and progressive techniques to teach clients the science of canine behavior. Deborah is now spreading her training philosophy of “peaceful living with your dog” from coast to coast through her Good CitiZEN Dog Training franchisees. In addition, Deborah also authors blogs, magazine articles, and is working on a book. For more information about Good CitiZEN Dog Training, see www.goodcitizendog.com.
 

Drool Dog Recipe: Peanut Butter Bones from In the Dog Kitchen

Bartleby hound1We recently shared with you an easy dog treat recipe from In the Dog Kitchen by Julie Van Rosendaal.

Of course, we wanted to try out another for our doggie friends and decided on Peanut Butter Bones. We searched high and low for our dog bone cookie cutters, but you know how it goes, they weren’t to be found when we needed them. 

So we bring you Peanut Butter Pineapples instead!

Little tip: If your dog is guilty of enjoying his own feces from time to time, add some chunks of canned pineapple to his food, and that should prevent it!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)- We opted to leave these out for a smoother texture

1 cup peanut butter (we used natural peanut butter- just peanuts and salt)

1 cup water or milk

2 Tbsp honey

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, and peanuts (if using). Add the peanut butter, water, and honey and stir until you have a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until well blended, then roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into bones, shapes, or strips and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. 

Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden. Let the cookies cool on the sheets, or turn off the oven and leave the cookies inside to harden as they cool. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Here’s what Bartleby the Hound, rescued from the Richmond SPCA, thought of them!

 

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Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

Oatmeal Flax Seed Dog Treats by Vanessa Baked

oatmeal flax seed treatsLooking for a healthy treat recipe for your furry friend?

These oatmeal flax seed dog treats from Vanessa Baked are a great option. Oatmeal is rich in protein, iron, and fiber, while flax is fantastic for your pup’s skin, coat, and immune system.

 

Ingredients:
  1. 1/3 cup beef or chicken drippings/juices
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup oats (old-fashioned or quick)
  4. 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  5. 2 cups flour

* We decided to modify the recipe which originally included 1/4 cup bacon grease 
 

 For instructions on how to make these oatmeal flax seed dog treats, visit Vanessa Baked

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 Many thanks to Vanessa for sharing this great recipe! We hope our canine fans enjoy.

 

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 

 

Want to try some other oatmeal treats?

Oatmeal with ‘Nanas and PB

Oatmeal Rice Dog Food for Sensitive Pups

Training Treats on Sale During Train your Dog Month


Best Bully Sticks Chicken Nuggets Ruby the AiredaleThis week at BestBullySticks.com, save on training treats for your good dog!
Choose from Beef Chip Snackers, Beef Puffs, Chicken Nuggets, Dried Bovine Gullet Cookies, and more!

 

Quick Facts on these Snacks: 

Beef Chip Snackers: These beef snackers can easily be broken into smaller pieces to teach your dog commands and test his memory!

Dried Bovine Gullet Cookie: high in chondroitin and like most of our beef chews and treats, sourced from free-range cattle.

Best Bully Sticks Chicken Nuggets Ruby the Airedale2Chicken Nuggets: This lip smackingly-good dog treat is made from premium USA chicken with no fillers or preservatives.

Training just became a whole more fun with treats like these to motivate your dog!

For more pawsome dog treats, view our full selection of Natural Dog Treats.

Thanks to Ruby the Airedale for sharing her photos! Take a look at her Best Bully Sticks product review!

 

To learn more about Best Bully Sticks natural dog treats, see the Healthy Dog Blog Product Spotlight.

 

Choosing a Dog Trainer for your Fur-baby

dalmatian puppyMany of you were lucky enough to bring home a new puppy for the holidays. Now your days are filled with the joy of puppy love along with the chore of trying to do what’s best for your new addition.

If you’re a savvy new puppy owner, you’ll go straight to the best trainers in your area and enroll in a reputable puppy kindergarten class. Getting started with training and socializing early will help you mold your puppy into the adult dog that will become a fully integrated family pet —one that can go everywhere with you and receives compliments about his or her behavior.

How do you Choose a Trainer?

Most folks know enough these days to read reviews and ask for referrals from friends with dogs. Go a step further and interview trainers to feel safe that you’ll be receiving the best training with the most current methodology. So many trainers out there are still utilizing old school, aversive training techniques. There is no reason in the world to employ techniques like “yank and pull” using choke or pinch collars. These methods went out long ago and have been replaced with better tools, like front clip harnesses or the head halti. I prefer the harness because dogs often dislike the material around their noses.

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Many of the aversive trainers complain about having to give puppies treats and try to convince new puppy owners that they do not want their dog’s performing only when there is a treat involved. In this case, know that treats are only required in the beginning, while the puppy is learning. It’s important to reinforce the behaviors you like and most puppies will understand what is expected if a treat is delivered quickly. Once the behaviors that you feel are important are learned, the treats are “faded out” and the puppy learns to perform without them.

While you are doing your research, look at trainer’s websites, and be sure they talk about the science of canine behavior and the use of reward-based and positive methods. Training puppies using anything other than kindness will only create fear and fear may inspire aggression.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more puppy obedience how-to’s and dog training basics!

 

Deborah Rosen_small About the Author

Deborah Rosen is President and Founder of Good CitiZEN Dog TrainingⓇ, a dog training franchise business based in Tacoma, WA. Deborah is known within the industry for her innovative ZEN dog-training methodology and her commitment to using positive and progressive techniques to teach clients the science of canine behavior. Deborah is now spreading her training philosophy of “peaceful living with your dog” from coast to coast through her Good CitiZEN Dog Training franchisees. In addition, Deborah also authors blogs, magazine articles, and is working on a book. For more information about Good CitiZEN Dog Training, see www.goodcitizendog.com.
 

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits by Lola the Pitty

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We’re going to say it– sometimes dogs’ breath is just rank! Odor-free natural bully sticks can help in that department, but between chew time and teeth brushing, what else can help?

Parsley and mint are two ingredients that can help freshen breath, which is exactly what is in this week’s Dog Treat by Lola the Pitty

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits.

We were intrigued by the use of buckwheat flour in this recipe, and mint and parsley– well, that’s something doggie breath can always use!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups buckwheat flour (She used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon pure honey
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • water (approx. 1-3 tsp)

For instructions on how to make these delicious treats, see Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits by Lola the Pitty.

Many thanks to Sarah and Lola for sharing this great recipe! We hope our canine fans enjoy.

 

For other Parsley recipes to promote good doggy breath, see these posts: 

Peanut Butter, Banana, & Parsley Dog Biscuits

Parsley Breath Bits

Puppermints

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

New Photo Contest: Doggie in the Window

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Winter is a time of year when outdoors play time is reduced, and dogs love to look outside! We think dogs looking out the window are the cutest, so we created a contest for just that!

How to Enter: 
1. Upload a photo of your dog looking out or through a window before Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00pm ET.

Facebook Contest

2. Add a 3-6 sentence description about your dog and what was happening in the photo.

3. Starting Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00pm ET, share the shortlink on your finalized entry with friends, family, fans, or followers and ask them to Vote DAILY!

4. Voters will determine the three winners based on number of votes.

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your fantastic photos! 

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