I’ve always been overly cautious with giving the crew any kind of long lasting treats. Back in the days when we gave rawhide, our beagle Kobi could get snarly with his, plus there was the time that a fight broke out between he and our golden Moses over a stuffed kong. The current crew has shown a little resource guarding from time to time; just at Christmas time a squabble broke out over a favored toy.
At the same time, I’ve felt like they have missed out on something they might really enjoy. In light of Sheba’s cancer diagnosis, I want her to get to experience every enjoyable thing that she can and get chances to try new things as well. Her brother Moses loved stuffed toys, but we had stopped getting them because Sheba would get a hold of and destroy every one. After we lost Moses to cancer, I regretted that we hadn’t just let him enjoy them anyway, even if it was short lived.
When I was approached about an affiliate relationship with BestBullySticks.com, I told them we did not get into these partnerships without trying the products themselves. It got me thinking that maybe it was time to lighten up a bit and let these guys enjoy some special longer lasting treats. After all, we could control the situation by separating them. I also worried about Sheba who likes to scoff things down quickly, and could potentially choke on something if she didn’t take her time. Then again, maybe I was just being lazy!
I did my research on the company and on the safety of bully sticks, and I was satisfied with what I found so the Dadz and I decided we would give them a try. I kept the crew separated for their first try and made sure they were chewing appropriately, and that they would let me take it away with no issues. I’m so glad I did because the enjoyment on Luke’s and Sheba’s faces while chewing on their Odor Free Bully Sticks made it all worthwhile.
The bully sticks are made from free-range Brazilian cattle, and make a great alternative to natural rawhide, which is really not considered to be good for dogs anymore. The chewing action promotes healthy teeth and gums. We need these for Luke especially, who does not like having anything done to him, including having his teeth brushed. He still has gorgeous teeth at 2 years old and we want to keep them that way.
I also appreciate their process – the bully sticks are cleaned then hung vertically in an oven where they are cooked to be sure they are bacteria free. This removes the moisture and the longer they are dried the less odor they will have.
Cricket, however, declined to try hers. She is probably the pickiest of the crew, but she doesn’t usually turn down much other than fruits and vegetables. But she also doesn’t like to work for things…which is one of the reasons clicker training wasn’t very successful for her. She is not a patient dog. If she hadn’t figured out that treat toy the other day in record time, she would have just sat there and looked at me until I gave in and opened the doors for her. I think she expected me to somehow make this treat into easily consumable pieces! That’s OK, we gave her a couple of crunchy treats and she was happy while her siblings were in the other rooms enjoying their bully sticks.
Best Bully Sticks is an online family owned company that is focused on providing high quality all natural dog chews and treats. Their specialty is bully sticks made in the USA but they have also grown to include many unique and healthy options for dog and cats too! Their products typically only contain one or two ingredients and are all safe and fully digestible. They carry not only treats but toys for dogs and cats, and some familiar names like Planet Dog and Tuffy. They have an autoship program as well.
We also received Beef Trachea Dog Chews to try. These chews are high in chondroitin and glucosamine which is beneficial to joint health. We have not tried ours yet, but they look like fun since you can stuff them with yogurt or peanut butter and freeze them as well. These might be a good distraction for the dogs when we are going through our moving process.
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