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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.

Deb Rosen training GR

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

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits by Lola the Pitty



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!



  • 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


Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

New Photo Contest: Doggie in the Window


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! 



In the Dog Kitchen Cookbook: Tuna Tater Tots & other Dog Treat Recipes!

dog treat baking smallAs you all know, we are big fans of homemade dog treats here at Best Bully Sticks. In addition to supplementing your dog’s diet with natural treats and chews, adding homemade dog treats to the mix is a great way to keep your hound happy and healthy!

In the Dog KitchenWhen we received a copy of In the Dog Kitchen: Great Snack Recipes for your Dog by Julie Van Rosendaal, we were super excited! We enjoyed flipping through the pages to see the photographs and descriptions of dog treats.

So far we have tried one treat,

Tuna Tater Tots.

Its description: Made purely of tuna and potatoes, these flavorful bites are perfect for small dogs.

Our Social Media Manager was visiting with miniature Schnauzer Cloud, and this treat sounded like the perfect fit!


  • 1 (6 oz) can tuna or salmon (packed in water or oil), undrained
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes

We love that this easy recipe only has 2 ingredients, ones that you may already have in your pantry.


  • Tuna TaterPreheat the oven to 350F.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the tuna (with the liquid from the can) and potato flakes until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and let the mixture sit for a few minutes- this will allow the potato flakes to absorb some of the moisture from the tuna- then pulse again until well blended. The mixture should resemble fresh bread crumbs but hold together when squeezed. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add a splash of water or stock.
  • Shape into marble-size balls or small cylinders and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm. Cool on the baking sheets, and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge, or freeze.

cloud treat

 cloud gulp

What did Cloud think of the Tuna Tater Tots?

This photo says it all.IMG_5427

We hope that you enjoy this recipe from In the Dog Kitchen by Julie Van Rosendaal. Her book is available on for a reasonable price and comes with 70 tempting recipes, including some recipes that intrigued us like

– Lentil Cheezies

– Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bites (we passed this page around, and everyone agreed that these look tasty for humans, too!)

– Ham & Buckwheat Cookies



Bone Appetit!Stay tuned for another Featured recipe from In the Dog Kitchen in the next month!     Bone Appetit!


Pet Obesity: How to Prevent it

Last week we addressed Pet Obesity– the widespread prevalence of the disease and how it happens. In the second part of this topic by guest contributor Jordan Walker, we want to address prevention, because after all, obesity is highly preventable. 

So how do you prevent obesity in your pet?
While some pets do look cute when fat, owners shouldn’t allow it if they truly love their pets. The excess fat and weight can put tremendous pressure on a pet’s heart, lungs, and joints, thereby lowering their quality of life. On top that, obesity is known shorten the life expectancy of pets. Meow, a cat publicized for his obesity and efforts to slim down, lived only two years before suffering heart failure. Obesity can result in many kinds of health complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, breathing problems, to name a few. No pet owner should put their pet through that kind of suffering.
The main ways pet owners can keep their pets’ weight down include regular exercise and feeding meals in intervals. Human food that is high in fat, fried, and/or processed is generally a no-no for pets. Healthy at-home treats you can give your pet include natural peanut butter and vegetables.

Best Bully Sticks’ blog has many healthy Drool Dog Recipes– be sure to browse through them!


As you and your pooch make plans to be more active, eat leaner, and enjoy more quality time in 2015, be on the lookout for pet obesity– a healthy dog makes a happy dog!

For more on Pet Health, see the following Healthy Dog Blog posts:

 Caring for a Sick Dog

9 Easy Ways to Show your Dog Love

12 Crucial Facts about your Canine’s Canines


Jordan Walker


Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages and other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter.


Peanut Butter Dog Treats by The Cookie Rookie

scout PB cookies



Happy New Year’s from Best Bully Sticks! Many of you probably made cookies this holiday season and maybe consumed more than you planned! But let’s face it, those cookies weren’t fit for Fido.

The recipe we’re featuring today, however, is:

Peanut Butter Dog Treats by The Cookie Rookie.

This vegetarian treat can be made hypoallegenic, too. If your dog is allergic to wheat, you can substitute other flours.





PB cookie rookie



2½ cups whole wheat, rice, or coconut flour (the latter 2 may have a slightly different consistency)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup natural peanut butter

1 cup water

2 tablespoons honey

1 egg

For instructions on how to make these fun and easy dog treats (and many cute photos of a yellow lab named Scout), visit The Cookie Rookie’s Peanut Butter Dog Treats!


Many thanks to Becky at The Cookie Rookie for sharing her dog treat recipe with us!

Bone Appetit!

Here are some more Drool Dog Recipes to bake up this winter:


Doggie Pupcakes for someone special’s Birthday or Gotcha Day!

Mighty Dog Mutt Balls from the Canine Chef Cookbook

Fresh Apple Dog Treats


Pet Obesity: What’s considered Obese for your Pet?

dog on scale cropAs we head into the New Year, many Americans are thinking about what they would like to do differently. These New Year resolutions extend to our pets as well. What, and how much we are feeding, our pets, has a significant impact on their waistline and overall health.

Guest contributor Jordan Walker of Coops And Cages offers insight on the obesity epidemic in pets and what we can do about it!

When it comes to pets, chubbiness can be pretty darn cute. Chubby pets are so fluffy and irresistible, owners and others can’t help but cuddle them! Plump pets may seem excusable and taken to mean a pet is well-loved, cared for, and oozing with cuteness. However, humans have been warned about obesity and the adverse health risks associated with it. Is this also true for pets?

The “Fat Pet Gap”
The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) says that millions of pets in America are too heavy for their own good. 53% of dogs and 57% of cats, a combined total of 179 million pets, are currently overweight or obese. However, many pet parents don’t even realize that their pets are tipping the scales. Pet owners surveyed said their pets were normal weight when they were in fact overweight or obese. APOP founder, Dr. Ernie Ward, refers to this lack of awareness as the “fat pet gap,” where pet parents have normalized pet obesity. This means fat pets have become the new norm. This should not be taken lightly!

What is obesity?
Like in humans, obesity in pets is defined as having excess body fat. If a pet is obese, not only does it weigh more, but it has more fat in its body than considered healthy. Weight is some indicator of obesity. In dogs and cats, being overweight means weighing 10 to 15 percent above the ideal weight. Obesity, on the other hand, is weighing 15 percent or higher than the ideal weight. 10 to 20% over the ideal weight may not mean much on the scale. For example, if a pet’s ideal weight is 20 pounds, it will only need to put on 4 pounds to be considered obese.

shutterstock_113408662Could your pet be obese?
Most pet owners would be hard put to determine whether their bundle of fur is obese. The onset of obesity can be barely noticeable – at least to some – and when it is, the pet may have already grown extra fluffy. Determining the ideal weight for pets and weighing them regularly will help in keeping healthy pets in healthy form.

Experts have also developed a way of determining a pet’s body condition by visual and hand inspection. In order for a pet owner to tell whether their pet is in the ideal range of health, they should feel for their pet’s ribs. In normal dogs and cats, the ribs should easily be felt, but not sharp against the skin. For both animals, when looking from the side, a waist should be defined, and the belly not sag. 

What (or who) causes pets to grow out?
Quite simply, obesity usually results when pets are overfed and under-exercised, have conditions like hyperthyroidism or Cushing Disease, or are neutered/castrated. Overfeeding is the main cause of pet obesity, and pet owners are largely to blame. After all, it is the humans who do the feeding. Free feeding, where food is freely available in the bowl, is one main cause. Pets who are allowed to eat as much as they want, whenever they want, are more likely to become obese. 

Another reason is a lack of exercise. The simple rule of “calories in, calories out” with humans also applies to pets. If pets get more food than exercise, they are more likely to plump up. Treating excessively is yet another contributing factor. Treats should be given in moderation and not replace a dog’s regular meal. Best Bully Sticks natural, single-ingredient dog treats are low in calories and high in protein for a dog chew owners can feel good about.

Check back with us next week as we continue on the topic of Pet Obesity and measures you can take to prevent obesity and undo the extra pounds!

Jordan Walker


Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages and other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter.


Cinnamon Roll Dog Treats by Gone to the Snow Dogs

husky cinnamon rollThis week we are featuring YouTubers Gone to the Snow Dogs (GTTSD) and their Cinnamon Roll Dog Treat recipe! Jessica and Jamie own 3 beautiful huskies named Shelby, Oakley, and Memphis. The “girls” recently tried Best Bully Sticks treats with great success and regularly help their mom and as taste testers!

What you’ll need to make Cinnamon Roll Dog Treats: 

 2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Cream cheese frosting
1/4 cup cream cheese
1-2 Tbsp water

husky rollSee the video for complete instructions.


Thanks to Gone to the Snow Dogs for sharing their delicious dog treat recipe with us!

We hope that their recipe will inspire you to bake or make something homemade for your pup during the winter months:).

Bone appetit! 

Lessons Learned: How to Have Happy Holidays with the Hound

shutterstock_113454991This week’s post is by our guest writer and dog trainer, Deborah Rosen of Good CitiZEN Dog Training, whose franchises span from coast in coast in WA State, Denver, and Florida.

 Every year Deborah shares her list of helpful tips for the holidays, also known as “how to stay out of the emergency Vet Clinic” with your favorite canine companion! Make sure your holidays stay positive and mishap free, this year and every year!

 Tip #1 – Stow presents until Christmas morn!
Young dogs have energy to burn and enjoy exploring novel things. So, DO NOT put holiday presents under the tree until it’s time to open them. We love to display presents, but keeping them hidden beats the disappointment of a present destroyed before it’s been opened. And it’s certainly better than making a trip to the emergency vet to surgically remove whatever was ingested. No harm, no foul!

shutterstock_154188704Tip #2 – It’s All About the Food, Bout the Food, No Begging!
We know feeding the dog from the table will encourage begging. And, there’s nothing worse than a dog begging at the holiday table. And an occasional bit of turkey or holiday fare should be no big deal. But, if you multiply that bit by the number of people likely to be present you’ve got a serious problem. Of course, no one will admit to slipping the dog just a little tidbit. The only one who knows is the poor puppy with her belly stuffed with rich foods she’s not accustomed to eating. End result? You’re up with a sick dog and your merry holiday is now a wretched one involving you cleaning the carpet in the middle of the night. Good times!

I suggest the following with just a tad bit of mocking. Hang a sign above the dining table that says, “Human Food is for Humans Only!” When queried about this tell your guests that if the dog gets sick in the night, each person at the table will receive an immediate phone call to come help with the cleanup. Problem solved – on with the merriment!

shutterstock_124417567Tip #3 – Exercise and a little training!
Whether it’s raining, snowing, cold, or sunny and warm, exercise the dogs before your guests arrive. A dog that has not been attended to will be much more difficult to handle when your guests arrive. Dogs that jump up on guests will jump more if not given any exercise.

Better yet, do some advanced training leading up to your holiday event. Have someone ring the doorbell and insist that the dog “sit” at the front door before opening it. If the dog does this fairly quickly, deliver a treat along with a verbal praise. If necessary, put a leash on the dog and step on that to prevent the dog from jumping. Practice this every day for a week leading up to your event and, along with a good long walk, you’ll have a better chance of guests arriving without incident.

Tip #4 – Keep the licks and kisses coming up roses!
Are you a household with a variety of pets – perhaps cats? If so, the holidays are a busy time and the pets are often neglected while cookies are baked and presents are wrapped. Remember, if you do not attend to the kitty litter, the dog will! Whether the dog is hungry or well fed, cat poop (known in the dog training world as “kitty rocha”) will attract many dogs and your guests may be the unfortunate recipients of a kiss delivered shortly after feasting on kitty rocha. Eck! Do everyone a favor and put “clean the litter box” on the “to do” list for the day the guests arrive.

Tip#5 – Tidy Fido will make guests happy!
Store a dog towel by the doors where the dogs go in and out. When your guests arrive in their holiday finery, nothing will make you feel worse than having muddy paw prints all over your guests’ new clothes. People are good-natured, but why put a damper on the holiday by “muddying” things up? Attend to your dog’s comings and goings and wipe their paws when they come inside, especially when you live in wet areas like in the Northwest.

shutterstock_107786723Tip #6 – More About the Food, Bout the Food, No Trouble!
By now everyone knows that certain foods will make dogs sick. Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, and garlic are some of the common foods that most people know will make dogs unwell.

Here are some others that are more obscure, but very dangerous, if consumed by dogs. Macadamia nuts and nuts, in general, may be toxic. Raw bread dough is another food that can make dogs very sick. According to the ASPCA’s website, “the warm, moist environment of the stomach provides an ideal environment for the yeast to multiply, resulting in an expanding mass of dough in the stomach.” The stomach may become so distended it becomes difficult for the dog to breathe. Keep bread dough that is rising in a safe place where the dog cannot reach it.

Christmas labsWhile you are preparing your holiday foods, it’s best to give dogs something to do. A frozen marrowbone or a bully stick or a stuffed toy is something that will keep most dogs occupied and happy and not looking for things that might make them ill.


In general, the holidays are a time when family is home, people are happy and the family dog is enjoying attention from everyone. By taking a few precautions and making time for a bit of extra training, the holidays can stay happy and healthy for everyone!

Feliz Navi-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

Gingerbread Dog Biscuits




With Christmas just a week away, we thought our fans would appreciate a Gingerbread Dog Biscuit recipe using many of the same ingredients used for a Christmas classic: Gingerbread Men. This recipe comes to us courtesy of Erica at Comfy Belly

If you don’t have dog bone or other cookie cutters, you can use the lid of a glass to create circular biscuits or cut them into rectangles or squares.




  • 2 1/2 cups (230 g) oat flour (or brown rice, or other flour)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) cooked, pureed squash (butternut, pumpkin, or other kind)
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses


 For instructions, visit Comfy Belly’s Gingerbread Dog Biscuits.

 Bone appetit! We hope your dog enjoys :).


 Christmas labs

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