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Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain Free PuppyPoppers via My Dog’s Breakfast

In the New Year, we made our resolutions. BestBullySticks.com says, “Good Job” if you’re still on track! If you made a healthy eating or weight loss goal, we’re sure you’re looking for alternatives to what now are labeled “off limits food.” The same might be true for your dog. If you made a New Year’s resolution for your dog as well, here is a great snacking alternative to keep your dog’s snacking habits healthy! Fresh from My Dog’s Breakfast, Jen and her dogs Miko and Hank shared their great PuppyPoppers healthy dog treat recipe for today’s Weekly Drool Recipe!

Naked PuppyPoppers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going.

3. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. (I added the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough.)

4. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Frosted PuppyPoppers
Jen used Fido’s Frosting, a dog-friendly frosting mix to which she added dog-safe food coloring. You simply follow the directions on the frosting box and add the food coloring. You can also try this easy way to make Doggy Frosting with yogurt chips! 

Ingredients
1 cup yogurt chips (found at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil
Dog-friendly food coloring.

1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth.

2. Add dog-safe food coloring and dip. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours.

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing her great PuppyPoppers recipe with us! 

For more healthy and fun dog treats check out all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Fresno Bully Rescue

It’s a lot to take in. But they do it every day. Fresno Bully Rescue dedicates themselves to rescuing, rehabilitating and homing dogs but that’s only a part of their operation. As one of two bully-breed specific rescues in the state, FBR works to demystify this misunderstood breed. Fresno Bully Rescue has had successes and not just every time they find a bully breed a new, loving home, but each time they change someone’s mind about this great breed. BestBullySticks.com had the chance to talk to Bridgette Boothe, the director of FBR about the rescue, their stories and how you can help.

When & Why did you start?
Since it’s founding in May 1, 2008, FBR has rescued over 500 dogs. At our shelter, we house over 40 resident dogs at all times. Some rescued from the community, from abusive homes, and county shelters where they were designated to be euthanized. Because of foreclosures in California, an overwhelming amount of dogs are being surrendered to shelters. Bully breeds are the first to be euthanized if no one adopts or rescues them. The service provided by FBR is critical for the Central Valley, which has one of the highest rates of euthanization in the whole of California.

What’s different about your rescue?
FBR is one of the only breed-specific rescues with an actual shelter facility in California. We take in dogs from all over the state and also adopt out to the entire state of CA. Besides rescuing and adopting, FBR is also committed to providing educational services in the community, micro-chipping, and promoting spaying and neutering and responsible ownership of the bully breeds. In addition, FBR is committed to advocating for the bully breeds by doing educational outreach to the high-risk communities about the illegal practice of dog fighting, as well as providing mental & physical rehabilitation and training to our bully residents while in our care.

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?
We’ve had some pretty amazing rescues come through our shelter. There are too many to count! Just seeing a dog go from being on the brink of death and despair to seeing it happy, healthy and in a loving family is the greatest reward. Bully breeds are the most abused and neglected breed out there so we have seen some pretty sad cases. It makes it all worth it when you reach the final goal of seeing that dog sleeping on the foot of a bed with its new owner.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at your rescue?
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of FBR is being able to go out into the community and help change the negative perception of the breed. We go to schools, businesses and community events where we get to educate and advocate. We are changing minds and hearts and we can really see a difference.

What can people do to help your rescue?
We are 100% run by community support and donations. We have many donation and sponsorship programs and volunteer opportunities!

Thanks to Bridgette Boothe and all the hard working volunteers of Fresno Bully Rescue who help save the lives of bully breeds and find them in loving homes! Find out more about Fresno Bully Rescue on FBR’s Facebook or FBR’s website

 

Dog Care 101 Tip #198: How To Choose A Dog Trainer

January is National Train Your Dog Month and one way to have the best-behaved dog on the block is to find a great dog trainer! BestBullySticks.com is here to give you some tips and tricks to find the best trainer out there.  

Referrals
Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of dog trainers you find in the phone book or online. Go to happy customers that you know will give you an honest opinion: your friends and family. Even ask your favorite animal shelter or vet whom they would recommend.

Qualifications & References
It’s obviously important that your dog trainer be experienced and competent. Most likely a trainer will have multiple sets of initials after their name. But what do they even mean? A quick check on Association of Pet Dog Trainers can tell you the trainer’s qualifications by the initials after their name. Since there is no required certification or licensing for a dog trainer, it’s even more important to know what formal knowledge a dog trainer possesses. Also directly ask the trainer how long they’ve been training and ask for references. Any legitimate dog trainer will have no issue putting you in touch with their past clients. You can also double check if a trainer is truly a part of a professional organization by checking the entity’s website.

Methods
Not all trainers will use the same methods to train your four-legged best friend. Research Dominance, Positive, Balanced and Specialized training methods and know which method your trainer could use. If you’re ever uncomfortable with a trainer’s method, find another trainer. Every trainer is different and so is every dog. read more…

All Natural Means All Delicious at Best Bully Sticks

If you’ve ever packed your grocery cart full of tasteless rice cakes in an effort to eat healthily, you may not realize how delicious all-natural eating can be. Many of us are trying to eat healthier these days, and that includes our four-legged family members. At BestBullySticks.com, we’re dedicated to bringing you and your pets the most delicious all natural dog treats and chews available. 

We’ve scoured the market to find the tastiest and healthiest all-natural dog treats around. These chews and treats are so tasty you dog will drool his approval. The Grass Fed Angus Power Bars for Dogs is a woof-worthy snack your pooch will love. Made from 100% all-natural Angus beef, these dog treats are completely free of hormones, antibiotics and steroids. Grass fed beef is naturally low in fat and contains high amounts of essential nutrients like Beta Carotene and Omega 3 fatty acids. Buy these protein-rich dog treats in packs of 2 or 10.

Jerky has long been a favorite dog treat, and our Pork Jerky Strips are all natural and made in the USA. Like all our dog chews and treats, these scrumptious dog treats contain absolutely no additives, preservatives or hormones. Available in a 16 oz. bag, larger pieces can easily be broken into smaller pieces to be used for smaller dogs or as training aids. read more…

BBS Weekend Reader: January 18th Edition

IT’S FRIDAY! Let the weekend begin! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Training/Dog Rescuing/Food Making/Hungarian Dog Royalty  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:

Tip #197: How To Leash Train Your Dog • Rescue Spotlight: Compassionate Pug Rescue •  Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits via FoodBaby Blog • Breed Spotlight on the Kuvasz

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: Kuvasz

If you want a dog that will form a fierce bond with you or your family, the Kuvasz is the dog for you. Even to the point of self-sacrifice, this dog loves its family above all else. Read more about this beautiful dog on the BestBullySticks.com Breed Spotlight on the Kuvasz.

History & Background: Throughout history, the Kuvasz (pronounced KOO-vahz) has played a part in both the lives of European kings and shepherds. Though Tibet is claimed as this dog’s original home, the even larger predecessor of the modern Kuvasz is thought to have accompanied Turkish refugees fleeing the Mongols into Hungary. The Turkish word “kawasz” means “armed guard of the nobility” or “protector.” These dogs were the trusted friend of King Matyas I, the ruler of Hungary and many other nobles. Eventually, Kuvaszok became working dogs for shepherds.

By the end of WWII, numbers of Kuvaszok had greatly diminished. During the war German and Soviet soldiers would kill the dogs because they so loyally defended their families. Of the approximately 30 dogs that remained after the war, other breeds were interbred to repopulate the Kuvaszok such as Great Pyrenees. The result is the modern Kuvasz, which is smaller than its ancestors.

Height: 26 to 30 inches

Weight: 70 to 115 pounds

Coat: The Kuvasz sports a thick double coat of medium length that ranges from straight to wavy and is odorless. This dog also has a mane, starting at the neck and covering the chest. On the lower forelegs and hind legs short, smooth hair appears. An abundance of hair is found on the back of the thighs and under the tail, usually 4 to 6 inches long. During warmer months, the Kuvasz sheds most of its dense coat.

Color: White. Skin pigment is dark; nose and lips are black. The Kuvasz was purposely bred to have a white coat so the shepherds could quickly and easily distinguish this dog from the wolves that would hunt livestock during the night.

Appearance: A sturdy, but light-footed dog, the Kuvasz is truly a great working companion and still used as a flock guardian. In the show ring, the most desirable feature of the Kuvasz is their face. Said to be the most beautiful part of the dog, breed standards for the Kuvasz are very specific when it comes to this dog’s head. Eyes should be almond shaped and slightly slanted. Ears are thick, V-shaped and slightly rounded at the tip and set back on the head to be at eye level. The head is elongated but not pointed and the muzzle has a well-defined stop.

The Kuvasz also had a strong, straight back and is well muscled. This dog has a deep chest, ribs are well-sprung and the tail is carried low with a slightly curved tip.

Temperament: This breed is very intelligent, spirited, fearless and single-minded. Kuvaszok have a great sense of humor that is said to last through adulthood.  Not recommended for a novice owner, a Kuvasz is a one-family dog and has natural territorial tendencies. When trained properly or raised from puppyhood, this dog is great with children and will be a guardian for them. This dog must also be socialized as a puppy to be well-mannered around strangers later in life and will be polite to accepted strangers. Obedience training takes a dedicated leader but this dog does love to work, so giving the Kuvasz a job to do will mentally and physically stimulate them.

Health & Grooming: Kuvaszok don’t have many health problems and generally are very robust. However, many dogs are prone to bone problems including hip dysplasia. Rough play isn’t recommended for this breed, however Kuvaszok need vigorous daily exercise such as a long brisk walk or a jog. Life expectancy ranges from 10 to 12 years. 

Grooming a Kuvasz is relatively easy. Daily brushing is needed to keep the coat mat-free, but bathing should be avoided altogether. This dog’s coat is made to naturally shed dirt and bathing will remove the oils in the coat that give the dog this property. Dry shampooing with a product like Fresh Dog Dry Shampoo is a preferred method of keeping a Kuvasz fresh and clean. This breed sheds all year round in warmer climates, but only seasonally in cooler climates. 

Product Suggestions: Any Kuvasz is willing to take a challenge, which is why we suggest the 15 – 18″ Jumbo Braided Bully Sticks for this breed. Three extra long bully sticks woven into a tight braid will keep your Kuvasz busy for hours! And as always all our bully sticks are all natural, grass fed dog chews!

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

Weekly Drool Recipe: Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits via Food Baby

Belly rubs. Your pillow. Every tennis ball. Every stick. Long naps. Car rides. The list of things dogs love goes on and on. BestBullySticks.com knows one of the most endearing things about dogs is the equal level of contentment or excitement dogs exhibit about each of these. But there might be one thing your dog gets more excited about than anything else: Bacon. It’s odd just how connected the two seem, but really, what’s not to love? Kara at Food Baby Blog shared her bacon biscuit recipe she whipped up for her picky eater, Rocky, that your dog is sure to love as well! Read on for Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits recipe!

Ingredients

  • ½ c rolled oats
  • ½ c crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
  • 1 T bacon fat
  • ¾ c hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c cornmeal
  • ~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour 

 

Directions
1. Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.

2. Next, whisk in the egg and cornmeal. Then begin adding the flour, about a half cup at a time, until a firm dough forms.

3. Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you press them into is the shape you’ll get.

4. Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center. When they are completely cool, serve.

Recipe Notes
The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.

These biscuits are designed to be softer than typical dog treats so that older dogs, with their more sensitive teeth, can fully enjoy them. But that doesn’t mean this is old people dog food.

On the contrary. With big chunks of real bacon and enough bacon fat to flavor the whole thing, this will be a biscuit that any pooch will love. (They’ll also love you if you put the leftover bacon fat on their kibble, which is what I did.) And, you can feel good because unlike store-bought dog treats — which are often made with byproducts, “artificial flavors,” and pig skin — these are made with real, whole foods.

Because if your dog is as much a part of your family as mine is, then you know they deserve healthy food, too.

Thanks to Kara at Food Baby Blog for sharing her wonderful recipe and photos!

For more dog treat recipes browse all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: Compassionate Pug Rescue

Best Bully Sticks loves pugs. We started our company because of two very special pugs, Sushi & Espy. Since we love giving back to rescues, we’re always excited when we can help out a pug rescue. Compassionate Pug Rescue based out of Miami, Florida is committed to one mission: helping pugs in need and finding them the homes they deserve. We talked to Tracey Carr, a dedicated volunteer at CPR, about the history, experiences and success of this South Florida rescue.

When & Why did you start?
We started volunteering for Compassionate Pug Rescue in 2006. The rescue itself was started in 2000. We decided to volunteer because we owned three pugs and loved the breed. It was hard to believe so many needed rescuing and we wanted to help.

What’s different about your rescue?
We are a 100% volunteer run rescue; we get no government funding. All the money we raise goes back into the rescue to care for our rescues. We take all pugs regardless of their age or condition, and we also take pug mixes. On occasion, we also have pulled other breeds who were in jeopardy of being put to sleep.

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had?  
We have been very fortunate and winners in numerous ways. Not by winning contests but by winning the support of so many great people. We have some amazing veterinarians who are truly miracle workers and have saved pugs who no one thought would make it.  We have wonderful volunteers that help us in so many ways from fostering to working events to raise money for the pugs. And we have the most generous supporters and donors who always seem to appear and donate what is needed just when we start to worry. read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #197: Leash Training Your Dog

It’s a sunny day and you want to get outside. Why not take Fido? BestBullySticks.com knows a walk with your dog not only clears your head but is great exercise for both of you! However, if your dog isn’t leash trained, walking your dog can be a pain more than a pleasure. Best Bully Sticks can help! January is not only National Train Your Dog Month, but also National Walk Your Pet Month!

Before You Walk
Before venturing out in your neighborhood, to the dog park or on an outdoors adventure, make sure your dog is:

Comfortable with the Equipment
Your dog’s collar and leash are obviously very important, but you must make sure your dog isn’t nervous or scared around them. If your dog seems skittish around these objects begin by simply placing them in the same room and letting your dog become comfortable with the objects themselves. Once your dog seems relaxed and can approach the collar, lead or harness without fear, move on to putting them on your dog. Let your dog wear the collar, harness and leash around the house with a loose leash. As your dog becomes more comfortable, start picking up the lead while your dog is eating or playing. Then take short walks around your house, but never pull or restrain. The point is to get your dog to understand the feel of the equipment.

Relaxed
When you’re ready to walk, your dog might be really excited! That’s great! However, make sure your dog is relaxed and still when you “suit up” for your adventure. When Fido realizes a walk is coming, train him to have all four paws on the ground before you attach his harness and lead. This sets a precedence of you being in charge before the walk even begins. read more…

BBS Weekend Recap: January 12th & 13th Edition

Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Dog Training/Dog Rescuing/Food Making/Wolfhound  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:

Tip #196: Successful Dog Training Tips • Rescue Spotlight: In Harmony With Nature •  DIY Homemade Dog Food • Breed Spotlight on the Irish Wolfhound

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!

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