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Halloween Night and your Dog: Tips to Keep Fido Calm this Holiday

Halloween and Dogs – not the best combination!

While Halloween is something that many families look forward to and enjoy, this is a holiday fraught with potential problems for dogs.
   “What costumes to wear?”
   “Who will take the children around the neighborhood?”
   “What candy should we get this year?”
For most families, these are the usual questions posed around this fun holiday. Another question is “What the heck is going to happen to the poor dog?”

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Just think about it. On a good day, most dogs are “set off” by an occasional doorbell ringing, someone coming to the door, or a person randomly walking past the house. On a bad day, a postal carrier or UPS delivery person will come to the door and the family dog intercepts this “intruder” with hackles up, incessant barking and possibly some lunging when the door opens.

On Halloween, we have kids of all ages and sizes arriving in scary costumes and masks, carrying strange objects to hold candy, and screaming “Trick or Treat” in a cacophony of sounds enough to make any average dog a little crazy! To a more reactive or young dog, this may feel like an onslaught and trigger underlying reactions you have never seen before or prefer never to see again.

On top of everything I just described, the whole purpose of the holiday, for those appearing at the door, is to receive food. It may be before the dinner hour or after, but most dogs are hungry all the time and believe me on this one, can smell the goodies through the wrappers. That said, the appearance of so much food may also trigger some “resource guarding” behaviors. Wrapped together, like a beautiful piece of candy, this is a set-up for the dog and one that might put an otherwise well-behaved dog into a world of trouble.

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If you feel the dog can handle the activity, in advance of Halloween, take out some masks and start your desensitizing process. Start by ringing the doorbell, and if the dog barks, discourage her with an “uh, uh, quiet” said in a deep, firm voice. Ring again, and, the second after the ring, be ready with a treat. Deliver the treat and a praise like “Good Job” said in a very happy voice. Have everyone walk around the house for a while with his or her masks on. Do this every few hours every day before the holiday.

On the day of the holiday, make sure the dog gets a great deal of exercise. In fact, if you take the dog to daycare, make an appointment for Halloween and leave the dog most of the day so when he returns he is thoroughly exhausted! A tired dog is a less reactive one.

If you have a very reactive dog, it’s best to put her in another room, with music or a TV on with something to do. Give the dog a marrow bone or a bully stick to chew on. It’s best for someone to stay with the dog, but at the very least, check on her often and make sure she is not freaking out.

Keep Halloween a happy holiday for everyone, including your best furry friends!

 

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.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Halloween Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Let your dog join the festivities with these Halloween Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats! Pumpkin is a low-calorie, all-natural source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, key vitamins, and fiber, and  peanut butter provides essential proteins, antioxidants, and healthy fats!

 

What a great surprise for a Spooktacular Halloween treat!

 

A BIG thank you to Erin of Eating my Feelings for sharing this delicious recipe!

 

Ingredients:

– One 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree

– 2 eggs

– 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet)

– 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour

– 3 Tbsp of all-natural peanut butter

– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Directions:

For exact instructions on making these crazy-delish treats, please visit Eating my Feelings.

To see other nutritious and lip-smacking treats,  hop over to our Weekly Drool Recipes!

Bone Appetit! Bone Appétit!

Drool Dog Recipe: Doggie Pupcakes

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Dog birthdays are a big deal here at Best Bully Sticks.
After all, they only come once a year, and it’s such a fun way to spoil your furry loved one!

Today we are featuring a recipe by Brenda at When Pooch Comes to Shove. This Pupcake recipe only requires 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your pantry and fridge.

 

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour or All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Honey
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9 Ways to Celebrate Fall with your Dog

The air has turned chillier, and leaves are turning color and starting to fall. Autumn is a wonderful season to enjoy time outdoors with your dog! Whether it’s going on a long walk in the park or a game of fetch in the backyard, your dog deserves some quality time in what many argue to be their favorite season.

Best Bully Sticks has put together a list of 9 Fall Fun Ideas below for you and your dog. We hope that you get to do one or all of these before winter weather sets in! (Click on the image to enlarge)

Halloween News: We have a special page just for Halloween! Check out Best Bully Sticks Halloween Sales leading up to October 31 for Spooktacular Savings on dog chews and other cold weather necessities.

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Hamburger Happiness

Cheeseburger Hamburger Happiness Dog Treat

Allow your four-legged best friends to finally enjoy the family barbecue, too, with Cheesy Hamburger Happiness treats from the Dog Treat Kitchen! Served whole for a large dog or cut up into smaller pieces for training, these hamburgers are sure to get your dog’s undivided attention!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup lean ground beef – about 1/3 lb.
  • 2 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 6 Ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Directions:

For step-by-step instructions to make these delicious hamburgers, please visit the Dog Treat Kitchen.

To see other wholesome dog treats, eats, and chews, jump over to see more of our Healthy Dog Blog! With only your pooch’s best interests in mind, we know both you and your pup won’t be disappointed!

Bone Appetit!Bone Appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Carrot Banana Dog Treats

Carrot BananaMade with only four healthy ingredients, these super-tasty, human-grade dog treats are ideal for spoiling your pooch while maintaining a healthy diet. And thanks to their bite-sized drool-worthiness, these treats are also perfect for training! Yum!

Thank you Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing this spectacular recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Carrot
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour

Directions:
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Happy National Dog Day!

national doggy dayNational Dog Day is a time to celebrate and honor our four-legged best friends even more than we already do! For their unconditional love and devotion, for selflessly saving lives, for keeping us safe, and for bringing comfort to the sick, the blind, and the needy, we come together and encourage (loving) dog ownership all over the world. We spread awareness of how all dog breeds, mixed and pure, have helped us every single day, and we embrace this opportunity to give our own dogs a loving, happy, and safe life!

To keep your dog extra happy and healthy on this 10th annual National Dog Day, Best Bully Sicks offers a large selection of treats and chews perfect for your pooch!
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Weekly Drool Recipe: No-Flea Dog Biscuits

no-flea-dog-biscuits-43-digThis week’s drool-worthy dog biscuit recipe by Judith at The Midnight Baker features a tasty treat made from brewer’s yeast to repel fleas! Brewer’s yeast is not only palatable to dogs, it promotes a shiny coat and is quite healthy, too. Your pooch will love these wholesome treats, and you’ll love knowing that fleas will be kept at bay!

Thank you, Judy, for sharing this fantastic recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup powdered brewers yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or any flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Product Spotlight: Think! Dog Louisiana Dog Treats

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Picture slowly drifting along the water in a Louisiana bayou. It’s both relaxing and exhilarating.

Now think of the fresh shrimp, crawfish, and gator found in those waters. Well, we’ll leave that to the fishermen!

Your dog can experience the taste of freshly-caught Louisiana fish with 6 varieties of Think! Dog Treats.
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Pop’s Pizza Homemade Dog Treats

Pizza recipe for blog Let your dog have pizza, too, with this delicious delicacy from Andrea of  Cottage Market! The next time you get a fresh delivery of your favorite pizza, give your dog one of these Pop’s Pizza Homemade Dog Treats– they’re healthy, tasty, and sure to put a smile on your pup’s face!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 cups of Unbleached White Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Corn Meal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups of water – 2 cups of water…if the dough is a little dry…just add a little bit more water
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1 cup of grated cheese (Parm, Pecorino or if you like to mix it up…use a cheddar or a blend of cheese.
  • 1 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes.  (If you are using oil packed, use the oil from the tomatoes instead of olive oil or vegetable oil)

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