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10 Best Bully Stick Holders – Safer and Longer Lasting Pizzles

Bully sticks are one of best chew treats for your dog. They are long lasting and all natural, made up of only one ingredient – high protein beef muscle. There is a major downside to bully sticks, the choking hazard. When dogs get down to the last few inches of their pizzle stick, they can try to swallow the remaining piece whole. When this happens, your dog can choke or the piece can cause a blockage.

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Where Bully Sticks Come From - shaggy bull with tongue sticking out
Where bully sticks come from

To prevent dogs from swallowing the stick whole, you can use a bully stick holder. But, bully stick holders are not all made the same. Some holders focus on making sure your dog doesn’t eat the last small piece while others focus on making the stick last longer.

All of these holders are meant for bully sticks of a range of thicknesses. For the stick to fit properly, make sure you have the right size.

Note: throughout this article we also refer to bully sticks by their other fun name, a pizzle.

Holders to prevent choking

Bow Wow Labs Bully Buddy

Blue buddy buddy safety device

The inventor of the Bully Buddy, Scott Woolwine, created Bow Wow Labs after a scary incident with his pup, Finn. Finn choked on the small piece of his bully stick but, thankfully, was able to successfully coughed it up. After this event, Scott created the Bully Buddy to hold that last piece and prevent your dog from chocking. The Bully Buddy company, Bow Wow Labs, also has their own brand of bully sticks to ensure a proper, tight fit.

In the image above, the green piece on the end allows you to tighten the screw into the bully stick for a tight fit. The screw can be tightened with your fingers.

Bully buddy from the side showing the screw

Bully Grip

Purple Bully Grip Bully Stick Holder

With a similar story to the above Bully Buddy, the creator’s dog, Tesla, swallowed a 3″ piece of the bully stick. After going to the vet and getting fluids, Tesla was able to pass the stick (in tact). Using the Bully Grip is very intuitive and you just need to twist your dogs bully stick into the thickest part and it will hold the stick in place allowing for safe and fun chewing. A positive and negative of the bully grip is how hard the bully stick is to remove. While it’s hard for the dog, it can also be a challenge to take it out when your dog is done.

Due to reviews from customers struggling to remove the last bit, Bully Grip released the instructional video below. Wet the Bully Grip then use a hex head screw to push out the remaining nub.

Bonehead Holder

Bonehead blue and pink bully stick holder

The bonehead holders are reasonably priced at less than $6 each but they’re made for Himalayan Yak Chews so they only work with larger bully sticks. With a large or extra thick pizzle, these work by tightening the screw into the bully stick. Unlike the Bully Buddy, the Bonehead’s screw is tightened with a screwdriver so you do need to have the tool on hand.


Bully sticks with holes drilled in the end and the green safety chew

Newly launched, the SafetyChew is different than the others in functionality. You drill a hole through your bully stick and put the SafetyChew’s pin through the hole. You can also purchase predrilled bully sticks from the company.

green safety chew with pin in the center

While the pin method may take some extra work, it is almost guaranteed your dog cannot get the bully stick out. Also, if you have a drill and small bit, it’s not hard to prep multiple sticks in advance.

Extend Chew Time

These toys will extend the fun of your dog’s bully stick but will not hold the stick tightly. Make sure to supervise your dog and their stick when playing with these toys.


blue west paw qwizl to hold your pups bully stick

Many swear by the West Paw company and their Qwizl sticks are no different. You stick the bully stick in and it extends the life as your dog tries to navigate the twists and holes. It is recommended for high chewers but is soft so your dog won’t break a tooth. It is possible for your dog to pull the pizzle out so this is not for gulpers.

One negative of the Qwizl is due to how much of the bully stick is covered. It extends the life of the chew but your dog may not be able to access the whole stick so there could be a lot left over.

Benebone PawPlexer

Benebone pawplexer bully stick holder

Another beloved brand, the Benebone Pawplexer is a highly rated bully bone holder. While it does not hold the stick tight enough for a gulper, the Pawplexer makes bully stick time a lot more fun. The holder itself is also a bacon flavored tough chew. Benebones are great quality, US made toys. If you want a tighter hold with the Pawplexer, the white center piece is about 1/2″.

Black dog chewing on a bully stick in the benebone pawplexer bully holder

WestPaw Toppl

Green topple treat dispenser and bully stick holder

The Toppl is a different design than the other holders we’ve previously discussed. It comes from the highly respected company, West Paw, like the Qwizl. The Toppl is a treat dispensing puzzle but the hole allows you to stuff pizzle sticks through the toy to extend chewing time. You can also buy the two sizes of the Toppl and combine them together as shown in the picture below.

Topple with two pieces and a dog chewing
Two sizes of the Toppl combined for double the fun

Because of the different design, you can get more creative with this treat dispenser. Put a bully stick through the hole, add yogurt and blueberries then freeze. This makes a long lasting, fun treat for your dog.

LaRoo Yummy Ball

la roo orange yummy ball fill with treats and bully stick

This ball has a hole in the end which you can stick the bully stick inside of as shown below. Because it is a round ball, this turns the bully stick in an exciting toy for your dog. You can also add treats, peanut butter or cream cheese to the outer ridges for more fun.

space inside laroo yummy ball

N/H Stick Holder

N/H dog toy green bully stick holder

Another toy to slow the consumption of bully sticks. The N/H holder allows for you to stick a pizzle inside and extend the life. The textured rubber also cleans your dogs teeth.

Golden retriever holding a bag with the toy as a grip

An interesting feature of this toy is you can use it to train your dog to carry bags. The toy holds the bag handle to give your pup a better grip.

LaRoo Bone Puzzle

laroo yellow bone puzzle double sided bully stick holder

The best part of the LaRoo Bone is you can fill both ends with the bully stick or treats. While not easy, you can cut the bully stick in half to put a side in each end of the bone. You can also add the ridges on the end with cream cheese, soft food or peanut butter. Freeze the bone for longer play.

chewy bone inside bully stick

Bully sticks are not all made the same. With any dog treats, some are made of more high quality ingredients. Others take shortcuts and are not safe for your dog. Cheaper bully sticks also may not last as long.

Natural Farm Bully Stick

Natural Farm Bully stick 6 inch

All natural, single ingrediant bully stick. Low odor and heavily cleaned before being slow cooked. Because these are natural, the thickness may vary. But, the packages all contain the same amount of meat. The sticks are about an inch thick.

Bow Wow Labs Bully Stick

Bow wow labs safe bully stick

These bully sticks are made by the same company as the Bully Buddy. The pizzles are from grass-fed, free-range bulls and contain no chemicals. Because they are made specifically for the Bully Buddy, you can match the size of the stick to your Bully Buddy size to ensure a tight fit. It also shows the dog weight for the right size.

Bully buddy stick size

Pawstruck Braided 12″ Bully Stick

braided 12" Pawstruck bully stick

The braided bully stick from Pawstruck is 3 standard bully sticks intertwined. Due to it being 3 sticks in one, the braided bully sticks are a touch more expensive that a standard stick but these last far longer. Owned and operated in the US, these are made in a South American plant which adheres to the highest quality standards.

10 best bully stick holders. Increase bully stick safety and chew length.
Dupe Food

Dog Ice Cream. Homemade Frosty Paws Recipe (Copycat)

Spoiling your dog is half the fun of having your furry family member. I love giving our dog, Fynn different treats and fun snacks. Living in Florida, the summers are long, hot, and humid. Fynn can get pretty hot even just laying in the yard — especially with his black coat.

When I found Frosty Paws at Target, I loved the idea but not the price tag. A pack of four is $3.99 (almost a dollar each). While not crazy expensive, it’s something I would only want to buy as a special treat.

Unfortunately, the price is not the only downside of Frosty Paws. Since Frosty Paws are frozen, it offers a great opportunity for fresh ingredients but instead whey and soy flour top the ingredient list. While there’s no sweeteners or artificial coloring, there’s nothing to celebrate in the Frosty Paws recipe either.

While delicious and devoured by Fynn, I knew I could make a similar version Fynn would love for a quarter of the price.

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Black dog eating Homemade Frosty Paws Recipe
Homemade Frosty Paws are Fynn Approved ✔

What to make your Homemade Frosty Paws in:

pan filled with liners for the homemade frosty paws recipe dog ice cream
  • Small paper cups: Put the paper cups on a baking tray and fill. To store, after frozen, peel the sides off and you have little treat. Put the treats in a container or Ziploc bag and pop back in the freezer.
  • Ice cube Tray: Use a typical ice cube tray then pop out when you want to give a treat to your dog. If you have a lid for the ice cube tray, you can store the treats directly in your tray in the freezer.
  • Mini muffin pan: Just like the ice cube tray, these are the perfect size for your dupe frosty paws. You may need to pop the treats out with a knife. Take the treats out of the pan and put in a Ziploc or plastic container and store in the freezer.
  • Silicone Mold: A great option due to the flexibility. After frozen, you can fold the mold back to get out your treat. To store, put the treats in container and back in the freezer. If you want to be boujee or get picture perfect treats, these bone and pawprint molds are a fun option for your pups treats.
  • Cupcake Liners: A low cost option and easy to find. If you don’t have plans to make this recipe, then cupcake liners are the most likely item you have laying around available to you. Put them on a baking tray like with the paper cups above. If using paper liners, it’s best to stack 2 or 3 together to give them more support (or you may end up with a flood of batter to clean up like me).

Tips and tricks when making your dupe Frosty Paws

  • When making my Frosty Paws, I used fairly cheap mini muffin papers so they did not hold well. My first few overflowed. Make sure not to over fill your cups. If your cups are still not holding firm, use 2 or 3 cups together
  • If you have extra batter, fill some KONGs or other treat dispensers
  • Let your pup lick the bowl. Not actually a tip, just something to make your dog extra happy
Ingredients for the homemade frosty paws honey peanut butter banana and yogurt with the blender in the background

Ingredients for your Homemade Frosty Paws

  • 1 Banana: low calorie and high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. Because of the high sugar, bananas should only be used for treats
  • 2 cups Plain yogurt: no added sugar. Greek yogurt is a great option because there’s less lactose
  • 2 tsp Honey: small amounts are alright for dogs. And bonus points, if local, it can help with allergies. (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter: Filled with healthy fats and protein a great treat NO XYLITOL
Blender on counter with yogurt, honey and peanut butter to make the homemade Frosty Paws recipe dog ice cream

How to store your copycat Frosty Paws

These frozen treats can last for months in the freezer. Keep them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Homemade dupe frosty paws on tray in the freezer

How to make your copycat Frosty Paws

  1. Blend your bananas and yogurt. Once blended, add your peanut butter and honey and blend again until smooth. By adding second, the sticky peanut butter and honey will blend better.
  2. Pour the mixture into your molds, cups or tray.
  3. Put your treats in the freezer until hardened. Generally 6 hours but may need to freeze over night.
  4. Feed to your pup and watch them enjoy.
  5. Store in an air tight container or zip lock bag in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Black dog licking lips after eating homemade ice cream
Fynn thinks we should make frosty paws every day
Pinterest pin for Homemade dog ice cream with black dog licking lips
Food kong

What to stuff in my dog’s KONG? Food to put in your dog’s KONG

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As you all know, Fynn gets a KONG almost every day. It’s one of his and my favorite treats and entertainment. But, because he gets one so often, I like to get creative with what I give him. I don’t want Fynn to get tired of the toy by giving him the same flavor every day. To keep him as entranced as the first time he got a KONG, I change out the filling often.

Boxer running with KONG in mouth

So that I don’t have to make a special trip to the grocery store, Fynn gets what random food I have in my fridge and pantry. This results in experimentation of what foods go in his KONG.

While many dogs have favorite foods, they also have foods they don’t like. Fynn likes to chew on green beans for a moment but then spits them out. He is also not a fan of watermelon or apples. It’s all about taking the time to learn what your dog likes and dislikes.

Many of these foods on the list are meant as treats so they may be higher calorie or higher fat. You don’t want to give your dog these treats in excess.

The food you’re putting in your dog’s KONG is not zero calorie so make sure you’re accounting for it. You don’t want to over feed your dog. One way to do this is by measuring your dogs food for the day out in the morning. Then, take the amount you put in the KONG out of the amount you would give to your dog with their regular meals.

What food can you put in your dog’s KONG:

Apples: Crunchy and fibrous, apples are a great addition to your dog’s KONG. You can also add applesauce to your KONG to fill the cracks of the solid food in the KONG. Packing the KONG more creates more fun for your pup.

Bananas: Good for their bones and high in magnesium, bananas can be smashed into the Kong or put in whole. Bananas are high in sugar so only use them as a treat.

Blueberries: Great for humans and great for dogs. Blueberries contain antioxidants which is good for dogs cells. Research has shown antioxidants can help aging dogs by improving cognition.

Cute Labrador Retriever eating carrot

Carrots: Lots of vitamin A and a fun crunchy treat. Cut up in small chunks they’re easy to put in the KONG to make your dog very happy. While low in calories, don’t give your dog too many carrots. Vitamin A can be toxic in high doses.

Cheese: A yummy treat which is high in protein, cheese is an easy and tasty food to add to your dogs KONG. Use lower fat versions like mozzarella, feta, or cottage cheese.

Make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant and the cheese doesn’t mess with their tummy

Chicken: Plain boiled chicken is an awesome treat. Fynn does not get this in his KONG often. Chicken is a high value treat for him so I don’t want him to be used to getting chicken.

Coconut: Coconut is good for dogs skin, allergies and even can freshen their bad breath. Only give the meat of the coconut and not the furry shell which can be choked on

Corn: Simple and a regular ingredient in dog food. Just don’t include the cob of the corn which can be difficult to digest.

Cute dog looking up holding cucumber

Cucumbers: Low calorie and filled with vitamins, cucumbers can be a great option. While good for all dogs, they’re a great option for dogs on a diet.

Eggs: Cooked eggs are great for humans and great for dogs. They’re a high source of protein and great filler for the KONG.

Fish: If using fish in the KONG, make sure to clean it well (soak it in warm water and clean with an old toothbrush). Fish is great because of the amino acids and “good” fats they contain. Some good options are sardines and salmon. If using tuna, only use small amounts because canned tuna is high in mercury and sodium.

Be careful of bones in any fish and make sure it is cooked.

Green Beans: Frozen, raw or cooked, green beans are a great healthy snack for dogs.

Ham: Not meant to be a regular feast for your dog but makes for a fun different, flavor in the KONG. It’s not healthy (lots of fat and sodium), but they can have a little.

Peanut butter: My go to sealant for KONGs. Containing lots of protein, good fats, vitamin B & E, peanut butter is a great option for KONG filler. Peanut butter is high calorie so don’t give your dog too much.

Do not give your dog peanut butter with xylitol because it is highly toxic to them.

Black dog with yogurt on face

Yogurt: One of Fynn’s favorites is yogurt in the KONG. Try to use plain yogurt with no added sugar and definitely no yogurts with artificial sweeteners.

Make sure your dog is okay with digesting dairy before giving him this sweet treat. Even if your dog is good with a small amount of dairy, large amounts can often cause digestive problems.

Watermelon: Good for hydration and vitamins A, C and B-6, watermelon is a great treat to put in the KONG.

Remove all the seeds first and don’t give them the rind

White Rice: This is a great option for a dog with a sensitive stomach. White rice is easy on their tummies and help with digestion. While tempting to stuff the KONG with the rice, don’t over feed your dog.

Finding what food works for your dog’s KONG may take some experimentation but don’t forget to have fun with it. Learn and work with your dog to find the best option for you and them.

Food kong

What Should I Put in my Dog’s KONG? KONG recipes to fill your dog’s treat dispenser

brown and white dog eating from red kong classic

KONG’s and other treat dispensing toys are a great quick go to toy to entertain your dog in a pinch. From speaking with many of you, treat dispensers are some of your favorite dog entertainment. When you need a quick moment of peace, KONG’s are easy solutions. The only problem is figuring out what to put in your dog’s KONG. This post provides fun recipes to stuff your dogs KONG.

One of the best things about KONGs and treat dispensing toys is they can be prepared ahead. But, as I’m sure you’d agree, I’m not interested in spending hours getting the KONGs ready. So all of these recipes are meant to be simple and fast. Only a few even require any type of cooking.

When giving your dog filled KONGs, make sure to adjust the amount of food you’re feeding your dog for their meals. Often times these recipes are treats so you don’t want to supplement them for meals.

Brown and white dog chewing extreme kong

Quick Tips

If you give your pup a KONG filled with basic kibble, they could be done in minutes if not seconds. The KONG’s meant to entertain your dog for a enough time to stimulate them as well as give yourself a break.

  • Freeze your KONG : I almost always freeze Fynn’s KONG so most/all of these these recipes are meant to be put in the freezer for a few hours to give your dog a KONGsicle (this tip is double emphasized for teething puppies. Give their painful gums some sweet relief with the frozen toy)
  • Melt your KONG : add some cheese and melt it for a few seconds in your microwave. Makes a fun sticky treat (make sure the KONG is cool before giving to your dog)
  • Hide your KONG : don’t make it easy on your dog. Tap into their natural instinct of hunting and make them hunt for this treat. Adds another piece of stimulation and entertains them for a bit longer
  • Limit the KONG destruction : Does your dog make a mess while eating or while playing with his KONG? Limit your dogs play area for easy clean up – whether that’s a room with easy to clean flooring like tile, their crate, or even outside.
  • Plug your KONG : When filling your KONG with a mostly liquid recipe, make sure to plug the hole. Use a treat, peanut butter or even the classic Kong spray

note: do not use anything with artificial sweeteners which can be toxic for dogs


Classic Kong Filler

  • Dog kibble
  • Peanut butter/Cream Cheese/Natural Yogurt

Mix up the kibble and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or cream cheese. This is quick and classic. While it lasts longer if frozen, it also can be given freshly made.

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  • Ground Beef
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese cubes

Bake or boil the potato. Cook the ground beef (no spices). Drain the grease. Mash the potato and combine with the ground beef and cheese cubes. Combining the ingredients while hot can melt the cheese and make for some gooey fun for your dog.

*make sure this is not too hot when served

Human version of the Barkfest a kong recipe for your dog
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  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Ham

Scramble the eggs. Add cooked ham and cheese. do not serve your dog while hot.


  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • White or Wheat Bread

Mash the bananas. Rip/cut the bread into small pieces. Combine all ingredients.

Fruit Smoothie

  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Natural Yogurt

In a bowl, smash the banana and strawberries (tops removed). Add a few spoonfuls of yogurt and stir.

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  • Natural pumpkin baby food
  • Baby Carrots
  • Apple Sauce

Combine all the ingredients.


  • Ground beef
  • Brown rice
  • Cream cheese
  • Green bean

Cook the ground beef and rice (no spices). Drain the grease. Combine rice, ground beef, cream cheese, and green beans.