Are Human Foods Safe for Your Dogs?

Are Human Foods Safe for Your Dogs?

As dog parents, we strive to keep our dogs as healthy as possible but sometimes we overlook the basics.   Just as humans, each dog has a different diet. You should always be aware of your dog’s allergies and talk with your vet before adding or subtracting food/treats. Here at Best Bully Sticks, we have created a list of human food that is either safe or unsafe for your pup so that you are never in doubt! We understand that your dog may be the exception to some of these but this article’s content is safe for most dogs. If you … Continue reading

4th of July Blues – Helping Dogs With Firework Phobias

4th July Blues – Helping Dogs With Firework Phobias

Many people struggle to comfort their dog when he is in the throes of a firework induced panic. You may feel helpless and torn. Helpless because you feel there is nothing you can do to support him, and torn because there is a rumour going around that you can’t touch, talk to or even comfort your dog in any way as it will make him worse. We’ll put both those thoughts aside and check out one simple thing you can do to calm him down. Dogs generally like their ears stoked, this is partly because we can influence how they … Continue reading

3 Helpful Tips to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

3 Helpful Tips to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Trimming your dog’s nails is an important part of being a pet owner. Any part of grooming a dog is important, but leaving those nails long can ultimately cause health issues and can be just plain uncomfortable.   In just a moment I will share some of my own personal tips I find helpful to trim your dog’s nails. And hey, if it helps my huskies nails get done, hopefully it will help you too! How could long nails possibly cause health issues to my dog? Long toenails can easily get split and infected A dog’s nail can literally grow … Continue reading

How to Help a Stressed Dog…

How to Help a Stressed Dog...

We often recognize stress related behaviour in members of our own species but do we recognize stress related behavior in dogs? Once we learn to recognize indicators of stress in dogs, we can help a stressed dog.   Dogs can feel stressed by a variety of things. Stressors can include threatening or aggressive behavior (perceived or real) from other dogs or from people, use of punishing equipment, play periods that are too long and overwhelming, or too much or too little activity day after day. Stress can also be caused by pain or illness, hunger or thirst, or nutritional deficiencies. … Continue reading

5 Yummy Dog Treat Recipes for Summer

5 Yummy Dog Treat Recipes for Summer

What is one thing you look forward to when the weather gets hot? Cold treats! There is nothing better on a hot day than a cool treat (or drink). Our dogs think so too! Trust me… they have told me so. Today I want to share 5 of my favorite yummy dog treat recipes for summer: 1. Peanut Butter Banana Pops – 1 cup organic peanut butter – 1 banana – 1/4 cup water Mash up banana and peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Stir the water in, and mix it all up. Put your mixture into an ice cube … Continue reading

Is it Separation Anxiety or “Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate”? How to Tell The Difference!

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference!

The term separation anxiety is often a mislabeling term used in describing a dog that has not been properly taught how to handle being alone. The behavior of a dog that does not like being left alone include, whining, barking, howling, digging, destruction, and just plain upset when they are left. Let’s face it, if you’re home, WHY can’t they be with you right? Actually no, we encourage what we call controlled separation to help a dog develop coding skills in their crate. I tell my clients that a dog has to be “taught” to handle being alone. The best … Continue reading

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

Should you feed your dog raw bones? On the fence about whether to feed your dog raw bones or not? Let me help you. Here are 4 reasons why it’s a good idea to ‘give a dog a bone‘. Reason #1: Raw Bones Keep Their Teeth Clean This is not an old wives tale, it’s the God’s honest truth! Raw, meaty bones are Mother Nature’s tooth brush for dogs. When they gnaw with the sides of their teeth it scrapes off all the plaque. And when they rip and tear at a bone the strings of meat act like dental floss between their teeth. True story! … Continue reading

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

It is important that while we prepare our homes, yards, and even cars for the fun-in-the-sun days, we keep our canine companions’ safety in mind, too. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips to help keep the fun in summer for everyone: 1. Yards of Fun! As we prepare our yards for the great outdoor season, do a thorough yard check, sans dogs, of course, and: Inspect all the fence lines and gates to be sure they are still solid and intact. Look around to see if any animals or bees made a nest that needs to be removed. Did … Continue reading

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

Dogs are full of love, that is no secret. And they love to show us just how much they have to give. Generally, its not hard to tell when a dog is showing affection. But sometimes their action can be mistaken for affection, or vice versa – their affection can be mistaken for something completely different. What do I mean? Take tail wagging for instance… We assume that when a dog wags his tail, it means he’s happy and showing his love for us. But that is not always the case. Tail wagging can mean different things such as anxiety, stress … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Spring has sprung, the weather is beautiful and everyone is ready to get out there for some fun in the sun! Your best friend is eager to come out with you and enjoy the beautiful weather. Some of the most common dangers that our dogs face during the warm summer months can be avoided if we plan ahead. It is a season of trips to the park, festivals, farmer’s markets, family bbq’s and plenty of fun in the sun and water. These tips will help you and your dog safely enjoy the summer months: Avoiding Heat Stroke Heat stroke is … Continue reading