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Dog Care 101 Tip #205: Natural Pet Stain Removal

You have a good dog, but as one of the great laws of nature states, “accidents happen” and inevitably—your dog is going to pee on the carpet. Whether your dog is a puppy learning, an older dog or just couldn’t get the to door quick enough, there will inevitably be an “uh-oh” on the rug. So how do you clean it up and clean it up well? BestBullySticks.com is here to help with some natural cleaning solutions for pet stain removal.

Treat the Stain ASAP

Using newspaper, eco-friendly paper towel or a rag, blot the stain from the outside to the inside to pick up moisture. If you’re dealing with carpet or a rug, try to get to all layers of flooring including padding. The most important part of pet stain removal is not only removing the stain but the smell. If the smell still exists after you clean, your dog has the potential to return to this spot and eliminate again.

Homemade Pet Stain Removers for Carpets & Rugs

Make your own pet stain remover from items you most likely have in your kitchen cupboard.

  • Baking Soda: You already know baking soda as a natural odor remover, so why not use it on pet stains? Throw soda into your wash if your dog has soiled machine-washable items. You can also use baking soda in the first step in carpet or rug treatment. Sprinkle soda onto the pet stain and allow it to soak up any remaining moisture. After awhile, vacuum up the soda and follow one of the following treatments.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix 12 ounces of Hydrogen Peroxide, ½ teaspoon natural dish soap and 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda in a spray bottle and spray away! Let this solution cover the stain and let air dry completely. Vacuum up any remaining solution.
  • Rosemary Oil: Melt a bar of castile soap and mix with equal parts rubbing alcohol and rosemary essential oil. Allow the solution to thoroughly combine use on a rag to blot the area or use in a spray bottle. Using Rosemary essential oil will discourage your dog from eliminating in the area again.
  • Vinegar: After the original baking soda treatment, combine warm water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Use this mixture to blot with a rag or use in a spray bottle.

Stain & Odor Removal for Hardwood Floors

  • Removing dog stains and odor from hardwood floors is much easier.
  • Remove any solids or wipe up with a rag
  • Using a cloth and warm, sudsy water clean the affected area
  • Wipe the area again with a cloth and clear, cool water.
  • Dry with a clean cloth

If you believe your dog’s indoor accidents are due to medical accidents, see your vet. Your dog could also be eliminating indoors because of stress such as adjusting to a move or a new baby in the house. Read our blog on House Training An Adult Dog for step on how to retrain your pup.

Bully Sticks are a great way to reward your dog for good behaviors. Check out our full line of all-natural dog treats and chews at bestbullysticks.com.

What’s Hot This Week @ BestBullySticks

From BestBullySticks.com

Twisted Steer Pizzle
Sourced from: Australia

Individual: $2.79
5-Pack: $13.55
10-Pack: $26.82

If you’re looking for an alternative to bully sticks, our Best Bully Sticks Twisted Beef Pizzle chews are just the thing! These beefy chews are made from 100% all-natural grass fed, free ranging cattle. Twisted Beef Pizzle is free of hormones and preservatives, high in protein, and low in calories. Your dog is sure to love it!

 

Alaska Natural Wild Salmon Meal Dog Treats
Made in America!

3 oz bag: $5.14
24 oz jar: $23.68
 

Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon Meal Dog Treats are sure to be a hit, whether your pooch is big or small. They contain no artificial preservatives, wheat and grain free, no cheap fillers or flours, no coloring, or harmful by-products.

These tasty treats are loaded with Omega fatty acids, protein, and powerful antioxidants, which occur naturally in the salmon and berries. Your pup is sure to get a turbo-boost of health!

No farmed fish – ever. Just pure wild Alaskan salmon. Alaska Naturals catches the fish each year with their own fleet, so they control the entire process, from the boat to the store. You’re guaranteed that care is put into every treat they make!

 

Product of the Week!

Thin Bully Stick Knotted Bone
Sourced from: Brazil

25% off
Was: $3.74
Now: $2.81

Here’s the perfect bully chew for little mouths!

Our Thin Bully Stick Knotted Bones are ideal for smaller breeds of dog. They’re about the thickness of a number two pencil, making them the perfect size for your little buddy. The knots at either end are a fun challenge! Like all of our bully stick chews, they’re 100% all-natural and sourced from free-ranging grass fed Brazilian cattle. Regular chewing promotes healthy teeth and gums!

Always supervise your dog while they enjoy bully sticks. These chews are best for small dogs, but larger dogs will love them too!

 

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On the BestBullySticks Healthy Dog Blog

Did you miss any of the Bark-tastic blogs this week? Check out these great topics this weekend! 

Dog Care Tip #204: Organizing Dog Supplies

Rescue Spotlight: Adopt-A-Boxer Rescue

Weekly Drool Recipe: Berry Good Muffins from Doggy Dessert Chef

Breed Spotlight: Brussels Griffon 

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BBS Breed Spotlight: Brussels Griffon

When you think “toy breed” what do you think? Pampered pups? Petite and dainty? High maintenance? While all these things may be true for some toy breeds, they’re not true for all; especially the Brussels Griffon. BestBullySticks.com thinks you’ll be impressed with this highly affectionate, intelligent and unique looking pup. Read on to learn more about the Brussels Griffon in the BBS Breed Spotlight!

History & Background: Hailing from Brussels, Belgium the Brussels Griffon’s ancestors were used as stable workers to keep rodent populations down. This Affenpinscher-like dog was later bred with the Pug, King Charles Spaniel and Ruby Spaniels to produce two distinct varieties of dogs—smooth and rough coated. This dog is also called the Griffon Bruxellois. Gradually the Brussels Griffon became a regular member of the family. There are old folk tales and songs telling of “bearded dogs” which refer to the spirited Brussels Griffon. Through WWI and WWII the Griffon largely decreased in numbers yet was brought back from the brink of extinction by dedicated UK enthusiasts. To this day the Brussels Griffon is a rare dog yet in the past decades has enjoyed a little more popularity in the United States. This is due to Griffons appearance in the movies and TV shows such as As Good as It Gets, Gosford Park, Sweet November, Spin City, and First Wives Club. The general interest in toy breed dogs has also heightened the interest toward the Brussels Griffon.

Height: 7 to 8 inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Coat: The rough coated Brussels Griffon has dense, wiry and hard fur. The coat shouldn’t be overly long and should have no silky hair. The head is covered with slightly longer hair, especially around the eyes, nose, cheeks and chin. This gives the Griffon a fringe. The smooth coated variety has short, straight and glossy hair with no wiry fur. These dog are referred to as Brabancon.

Color: Griffons only come in 4 colors/color combinations.

  1. Red: This color combination is a reddish brown and can feature black at the whiskers and/or chin.
  2. Beige: Black and red/brown mixture make up the beige coloring, which can also show a black mask and whiskers.
  3. Black & Tan: This combination is black with consistent red/brown markings under the chin, on the legs, above the eyes and around ear edges and vent.
  4. Black

Appearance: Small, but sturdy, the Brussels Griffon is a square and short dog with strong bones and a proud head. Large, black eyes and small, erect ears give this dog an alert expression. The Griffon has a domed head and short nose. Straight and well-muscled legs hold this dog’s thick body. Griffons have level backs and deep ribs. This dog’s tail is high and is usually docked.

Temperament: The Brussels Griffon has lots of personality. This cheerful, highly affectionate dog is naturally curious, spunky and very intelligent. These dogs are highly sensitive and should be socialized early but carefully. Griffons usually bond with one person more than others.

Health & Grooming: Griffons usually live 10 to 15 years and are generally healthy. Some health issues this breed may experience can be eye and respiratory problems, heat sensitivity and difficulty whelping.

The rough-coated variety of the Brussels Griffon will require more maintenance than dogs with smooth coats. Griffons shed little hair to none at all.

Product Suggestions: For a rare dog, try a well-known favorite—the 6 inch standard bully stick. A perfect daily dental dog chew for your toy-sized, this half-foot of free-range, grass-fed beef will have your Brussels Griffon hooked!

For a great dog toy, check out the Pet Qwerks Small Jingle X-Tire Ball dog toy. It’s made out of rugged tire that’s easy for dogs to pick up and fetch. The jingle bell hidden inside the tire will keep your pet enthralled for hours!

Do you know or own a Brussels Griffon? Tell us your Griffon story in the comments section below!

Curious about a dog breed? Check out our full list of Breed Spotlights to learn about some amazing dog breeds!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Berry Good Muffins

Spring is right around the corner and you’ll be able to experience it through all your senses. Smell the flowers, hear the birds, feel the sun on your face, see the bright blue sky and green grass and taste berries! It’s almost fresh berry season! We at BestBullySticks.com are ready for spring and it’s berries to get here. We know you don’t want to leave your dog out so we’re sharing Doggy Dessert Chef’s great Berry Good Muffins dog treat recipe!

I think the dogs only got three of these berry good dog muffins, they taste great with honey so it’s a recipe that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease muffin tins.

2. In a large bowl mix milk, oil, honey then add egg.

3. In a separate bowl mix wheat flour and baking powder, once well mixed add to wet mixture. Once mixed add vanilla and fold in fruit.

4. Fill greased muffin tins about 1/3 full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center springs back when touched.

Allow to cool on a wire rack and refrigerate.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef.

Check out all the tasty dog treats in our Weekly Drool Recipe category! Remember to check out all bully sticks for an every day treat for your dog!

Bully Sticks Help Teach Canines Good Chewing Habits

If we know anything about dogs, it’s that they like to chew on things. Puppies chew because they process things with their mouths just like babies, and they also teethe like human babies do. Adult dogs chew for exercise, to counteract boredom, and sometimes to alleviate feelings of anxiety or uncertainty. At BestBullySticks.com, we’re dog owners just like you, and no matter the reason our dogs chew, it’s our responsibility as dog owners to teach them appropriate chewing habits.

Our guideline for choosing dog chews that will encourage good chewing habits is simple:  it has to be safe, healthy and last a long time. One of the best dog chews we’ve ever found is a Bully Stick. In fact, we’re so impressed with Bully Sticks that we named our company after them! Our dogs love them, and we guarantee your dogs will, too.

The original Bully Sticks from BBS provide lots of chew time for your pooch. Made from free-range cattle, these Bully Sticks are made in South America, so you can feel good about supporting local business. Unlike rawhide chews, Bully Sticks are 100% digestible, so they’re safe for your dog. As with all our Bully Sticks, these are single-ingredient dog chews, which means you won’t find anything artificial in these products. Bully Sticks from other sources are often filled with preservatives, but not at Best Bully Sticks! Our bully sticks are baked until these 100% beef dog chews are  perfectly chewable. Our original Bully Sticks come in lots of different sizes, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect size for your four-legged friend.

Dogs like challenges, and here at BestBullySticks.com, we’ve come up with a great one in the form of Braided Bully Sticks. These durable dog chews are made by braiding three original Bully Sticks together to form an interesting texture your dog will love. Bully Sticks are naturally long lasting, and our Braided Bully Sticks are the king of hardy dog chews. Available in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 18 inches, you’re sure to find Fido’s perfect fit.

If you love beefy dog chews but hate the smell that can accompany them, we know exactly how you feel. At BBS, we happily offer a range of Odor Free Bully Sticks. Your dog gets all the satisfying chew time without the odor – what could be better? Other manufacturers remove odor by using harsh chemicals like bleach, which can harm your pet. At BestBullySticks.com, we simply bake our Bully Sticks longer to virtually eliminate the natural moisture that causes odor. Our Odor Free Bully Sticks are all natural and completely safe for your dog, and we carry a variety of sizes and shapes to keep your pup’s interest including Spiral Odor Free Bully Sticks, Jumbo Odor Free Bully Sticks and Thin Odor Free Bully Sticks.

Here at BestBullySticks.com, we know Bully Sticks are one of the best dog chews available. They don’t just promote healthy chewing habits, they encourage good oral hygiene and provide an outlet for your dog to exercise, teethe, and keep himself occupied. Dogs continually prove their ability to learn, and by teaching your pooch positive chewing habits you’ll be establishing a healthy habit he’ll carry throughout his lifetime. 

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BBS Rescue Spotlight: Adopt A Boxer Rescue

When you love a dog, you’ll do anything for them. Now add hundreds more dogs stretched over many states. Nothing changes does it? That’s what the wonderful folks at Adopt A Boxer Rescue have tapped into. Their volunteers have a great passion for rescuing Boxers; they love them and will do anything for them. Read BestBullySticks.com’s Rescue Spotlight on Adopt A Boxer Rescue below to hear of AABR successes, needs and see some amazing before and after photos.

When & Why did you start?
Boxer lovers Dawn Karam, Jamie Meadow, and Sandy Trehy founded Adopt a Boxer Rescue in November 2004 after working for many years with other rescues, in order to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs within the northeast United States. 

What’s different about your rescue?
Adopt a Boxer Rescue is an all-volunteer rescue doing both hands-on rescue and education. Our volunteers and homes step up to help dogs no matter what medical issues or age. While AABR finds homes for many healthy, young dogs, we also are committed to being there for dogs like Rocky , Bobbi , Camacho, and the seniors who need someone to go the extra mile for them. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #204: Organizing Dog Supplies

Is your dog’s stuff taking over? If you have 1 dog, why do you have 4 leashes? And wasn’t that hook supposed to be for your keys? Spring cleaning is right around the corner so there’s no better time than now to de-clutter your dog’s stuff. Read BestBullySticks.com’s helpful tips below for Organizing Dog Supplies.

De-clutter & Conquer: Paring Down
Most likely there are a few things you can pare down. The first step is gathering all your dog’s supplies in one area to see exactly what you have. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Donate or Trash:

  • Broken or unused dog beds, crates or toys
  • Treats your dog doesn’t care for or that are expired
  • Any items from a pet that is no longer in your home

Thinking Categorically: Creating Categories
Separate your remaining items by these categories

  • Food & Bowls
  • Toys
  • Medications
  • Leashes
  • Waste Disposal
  • Paperwork

Pet Food Storage Area
Usually you’ll keep your dog’s food, bowls and treats in the area where he’ll eat. Whether that’s in the kitchen or near his kennel, finding the right items for organization could include an airtight dog food container, food scoop, a treat jar, properly sized dog bowls and anti-slip mats.

Pet Toys
Where does your dog play the most? In the living room or your bedroom or even an enclosed patio? Wherever it may be, keep all your dog’s toys here. A simple basket can contain all of your dog’s favorite toys like his durable West Paw dog toys or his long lasting Planet Dog balls. Every time you pick up your dog’s toys and place them back in the basket, put your dog’s favorite item in the very bottom. This creates a fun scavenging game for your dog!

Consider a separate toy basket that is specifically for outdoors play. Tennis balls and flying discs can have a permanent place on your covered porch or deck to be ready for a game of fetch anytime.

For Your Walk
Create a dog-friendly entryway near the door you’ll exit before you take your dog on his daily walk. Hang hooks on the wall for leashes and collars, gather plastic grocery bags or waste bags in a basket and stow a towel near the door to take care of muddy paws or wet fur. Keep a small bag of treats near the door for rewards and brush to keep Fido’s fur in check. A lint brush might be a good idea, too!

Paperwork
Veterinary information, adoption paperwork and certifications are all crucial papers you’ll want to keep not only organized but within reach. Create a binder or file folder for each individual pet divided by topic so information is easily accessible.

Do you need to de-clutter your dog’s stuff? Tell us how your organizing your pet’s supplies. 

BBS Weekend Reader: March 8th Edition

 

You don’t need Rebecca Black to tell you “It’s Friday.” We’re sure you’ve been looking forward to Friday all week! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Sitting/NYC Dog Rescuing/Blueberry Pumpkin Treating/Min Pin fun, catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about: 

Dog Care 101 Tip #203: Choosing A Good Dog Sitter • Rescue Spotlight: Rescuzilla •  Vegan Heartland’s Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats • Breed Spotlight on the Miniature Pinscher

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

BBS Breed Spotlight: Miniature Pinscher

Just like a little brother doesn’t like being introduced as “John’s little brother,” the Miniature Pinscher doesn’t like being confused for a “miniature Doberman.” Any Min Pin lover or fancier will tell you, this dog is a breed all it’s own. With a lot of attitude packed into a tiny body, the Min Pin is both a delight and a doozy. Read more about this rambunctious little dog on the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight on the Miniature Pinscher.

History & Background: Despite popular belief, the Miniature Pinscher isn’t simply a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher. This small breed, German dog has its own origins through the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound. However, both the Min Pin and the Doberman most likely share the German Standard Pinscher as an ancestor. In Germany, the Miniature Pinscher is called the Zwerg Pinscher (Dwarf Pinscher) and Pinscher translates Terrier. Colloquially this dog is called the “King of the Toys.”

It’s thought the Min Pin is an ancient dog breed, though factual evidence of the existence of this particular breed dates back less than 200 years. What is known is the Min Pin enjoyed life in solely in Germany and Scandinavian countries for many years serving as a ratter. It wasn’t until 1919 that this dog was introduced to the United States. In 1930 the AKC reclassified this dog from the Terrier Group to the Toy and in 1972 this club changed the dog’s name from Pinscher to Miniature Pinscher.

Height: 10 to 12.5 inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Coat: The Miniature Pinscher has a short, hard coat that is smooth and straight. The coat clings tight to the body and covers the Min Pin evenly. read more…

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