how to refresh bully sticks


Bully sticks are a popular dog treat made from dried bull or steer pizzle. Over time, these treats can become dry and hard, making them less appealing to dogs. Refreshing bully sticks can help make them more enticing for your furry friend. Here’s how to do it:

Materials You Will Need:

  • Bully sticks
  • A bowl or container
  • Warm water
  • A plate or tray
  • Paper towels

Steps to Refresh Bully Sticks:

  1. Gather the Bully Sticks:
    • Collect the dried and hard bully sticks that you want to refresh.
  2. Prepare Warm Water:
    • Fill a bowl or container with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot but comfortably warm to the touch.
  3. Submerge the Bully Sticks:
    • Place the dried bully sticks into the bowl of warm water. Ensure that the sticks are fully submerged in the water.
  4. Soak the Bully Sticks:
    • Allow the bully sticks to soak in the warm water for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. This soaking time will help rehydrate the sticks and make them softer and more pliable.
  5. Check for Softness:
    • After the soaking time has elapsed, remove one of the bully sticks and gently press it between your fingers. It should feel softer and more flexible than it did before soaking. If it’s still too hard, you can let it soak for a little longer.
  6. Dry the Bully Sticks:
    • Once the bully sticks have reached the desired level of softness, remove them from the water and place them on a plate or tray lined with paper towels. Allow them to air dry for a few hours or until they are completely dry.
  7. Store or Serve:
    • Once the bully sticks are dry, you can store them in an airtight container or resealable bag for future use. Alternatively, you can offer them to your dog as a chew treat.


  • You can refresh multiple bully sticks at once by submerging them in the same bowl of warm water. Just ensure they are not overcrowded, and each stick has enough space to absorb the water effectively.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can speed up the process by microwaving a bowl of water until it’s warm but not boiling and then soaking the bully sticks in it for a shorter time. However, be cautious not to overheat the water or bully sticks.

Refreshing bully sticks is an excellent way to make use of older or dried-out sticks and keep your dog’s treats enjoyable. Always supervise your dog while they enjoy their refreshed bully sticks to ensure their safety.

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