How to Choose the Right Bully Stick for Your Dog

As a responsible pet owner, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing treats and bully sticks alike. Bully sticks come in a variety of lengths, sizes, and shapes. Not every bully stick is made equal, they come from a variety of sources and undergo different cleaning processes. We'll walk you through the options of how to choose the right one and cover how to find the best bully sticks out there.

Once you're ready to do some shopping, click on the button below to find the proper bully stick for your pup!


Bully sticks come in lengths that range from 12 inches, 6 inches, 4 inches. Occassionally, there are companies that sell longer bully sticks that you can find in  local pet stores. Or you'll find bully bites that are less than 4 inches. 12 inches or longer are great for large or aggressive chewers. 6-4 inches or smaller are great for smaller dogs or mild chewers to light chewers


The width of a bully stick determines how long your dog will be chewing. The thicker, the more challenging and long lasting it will be. So if you need to keep your pup occupied, it's best to size up. However, some dogs can get intimidated by the size of their treat, so choose wisely otherwise they may not touch it. Sizes bully sticks can come in are junior, regular,  jumbo, and monster sizes. 


Bully sticks are traditionally straight sticks. However, they can come in fancy shapes to make chewing more fun and challenging. After you've exposed your dog to traditional bully sticks, you may want to change it up and expand to the other shapes:


These bully sticks are spiral shaped. Your dog may have an awkward time figuring out how to eat this one!


Braided bully sticks are multiple bully sticks braided into one. It increases the durability, and makes for a longer lasting chew


The ring is a creative shape that doubles like a chew toy. It's a fun shape that makes your dog work around the bully, till they reach the end.


Sometimes you can find bully sticks combined with other treats like yak chew or beef tendons. It helps to entice your pup in the combined flavors, making it more exciting and enjoyable!


After finding which bully stick is right for your dog, now you need to compare your options. Not all bully sticks are made equal, some are low odor, some from different sources. They can come in packs or by the weight. Let's dive into what a good quality bully stick looks like, and the options for you to purchase from.


  • A good quality bully stick is one that is all natural and uses no preservatives or chemicals.
  • Comes from free range or grass fed cows. This ensures the protein was grown from a healthy and natural diet.
  • Consistent quality and cut in every pack.


And to go above and beyond...

  • They are low in odor. The bully stick undergoes a special process that removes the smelly odor you don't like, but maintains the meaty flavor dogs love.


Companies offer bully sticks by pack. For example, if you're looking at a 5 pack bully stick, you would be purchasing 5 sticks. There are options to buy bully sticks by the weight. This means you don't have to worry about the density or inconsistencies, you'll get exactly what you pay for by the weight.


You'll find that bully sticks come from a variety of sources. Many pet owners like to purchase bully sticks only from the United States since it is a trusted source.  Good quality bully sticks can also come from other countries such as South America or Turkey, they can also be odorless! Ultimately, if you care about where your bully stick comes from, then choose the source you trust. 

Author: Bobby Barker Bio: Bobby Barker is our resident lifelong dog owner expert and advice columnist who shares his insights about dog ownership, pet care, best veterinarian practices and everything related to your pup. He relies on years of experience raising dogs and keeping them healthy through play, exercise, love, and friendship.

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