No bones about it - dogs love to chew! Whether you want your dog to stay busy, release some energy, or just enjoy a healthy treat, bully sticks are a popular chew treat for dogs of all sizes and breeds. The Bully Buddy is a durable, easy-to-use, veterinarian-vetted, and dog-approved device that tightly secures bully sticks, preventing dogs from choking on the tail-end of the treat.
We designed the Bully Buddy to help keep dogs safe while they enjoy their favorite treat. The Bully Buddy 1 is designed for smaller dogs (10-25 lbs) and the Bully Buddy 2 is for bigger dogs (up to 70 lbs) and more aggressive chewers. Rest assured, we've thoroughly tested the Bully Buddy to ensure its design, durability and performance live up to tough standards.
Dogs and dog owners love bully sticks because they are easy-to-digest, natural, healthy, stimulating and delicious. But as dogs chew the stick down, their risk of choking on the last little bit increases. If that little nub gets swallowed whole, your dog could choke or develop an intestinal blockage - both of which are serious medical emergencies. In fact, veterinarians everywhere can attest that bully sticks do pose health risks.
When using the Bully Buddy, it is important to have bully sticks that are sized to be as secure in the clamp as possible. Since bully sticks come in all shapes, sizes and prices, Bow Wow Labs will be offering our own bully sticks that are hand-selected to be the perfect size for the Bully Buddy.
Matching your dog's weight, size and chewing pressure to the right sized Bully Buddy is also important for optimal safety. Our first Bully Buddy, BB1, is designed for dogs 10-25 pounds. The Bully Buddy 2 (BB2), ready to ship at the same time as the BB1, is designed for dogs 25-70 pounds. Keep in mind that a smaller dog that is an aggressive chewer, may be better suited to the BB2. Check out our dog sizing chart below:
Because bully sticks do present a choking hazard, we recommend dog owners monitor their dog's use of the Bully Buddy. When your dog reaches the last inch or so of the bully stick, remove the end piece and dispose of it properly.
For the safety of your dog, it is important to ensure bully sticks fit in the Bully Buddy properly. A bully stick that is too thick will not fit and one that is too small can slip out. In the future, Bow Wow Labs will be offering hand-selected bully sticks that guarantee a tight fit for maximum safety.
By donating to our Kickstarter campaign, not only are you helping fund our first production run of Bully Buddies, your donation will also help us on our way to achieving our ongoing mission: To develop more innovative products to keep dogs safe, happy and healthy.
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Risks and challenges
Our initial challenge was to achieve the unique combination of durability and safety that this type of product demands. How do you make a safe device that can withstand potentially destructive chewing? Our initial design (while great on paper) didn’t stand up to our “customer’s” durability requirements – in other words, dogs chewed and damaged the arms of the clamp!
To solve this, our design team went through several iterations on the Bully Buddy. We now use a thick, durable outer plastic ring that when tightened, provides protection to the arms and a more secure hold on the bully stick.
The second challenge was to accommodate for dog strength/size and chewing habits. While the Bully Buddy 1 (shown in our video) is suitable for dogs up to 25 pounds, we realized through testing that we also needed a “super” model. As part of this campaign, we are also offering Bully Buddy 2 for larger dogs (up to 70 pounds) and/or for medium-size dogs that are aggressive chewers.
We will continue to improve our product designs to keep dogs safer and dog ownership more enjoyable. With our dedicated team in place, we have no doubt we will be able to handle any unforeseen challenges and should unforeseen issues or delays arise, we will keep you, our awesome backers, informed. You can also reach out to us anytime. We are committed to producing the best, safest products available!
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