Product Type: Nylabone dog accessories
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Nylabone Double Action Chew
Member Name: Mephit
Nylabone Double Action Chew
Date: 26/10/11, updated on 27/10/11 (46 review reads)
Advantages: challenging chew toy
Disadvantages: gets dirty, green bits everywhere
Hooligan Dog, (who also known as Mr Chompy in my reviews), is, you might say, orally fixated. So I'm always looking for toys and treats to keep him entertained, with durability and longevity as my holy grails.
This Nylabone Double Action chew bone looked like a challenge for his mighty jaws, although I had reservations about how much interest it would generate with the dog. It does claim to have minty flavouring/scent to its green centre and bacon flavouring/scent to its white ends, but I had doubts about how long these would last, and whether faking it would fool him for long. I have to say, I was wrong about that - he was immediately grabbed by it (or rather, it was immediately grabbed by him, run out into the garden and heartily chewed upon).
It's nubbly and textured all over, so particularly for the young chewsome dog, it's a tooth-pleaser.
The green centre is not designed to be unbreakable, and I do find little rubbery chunks of it discarded aroud the house and garden, as he progresses through it to the hard plastic central bar within. I'd say the rubbery green bit is about 5mm thick. This destruction is quite messy and annoying, but does give him a lot of pleasure. I don't know whether the toy will continue to keep his interest once he's managed to strip off all the green. He wouldn't choose this toy over, say, a real bone, but he does get quite a bit of fun out of it.
The Nylabone toy is supposed to be good at controlling tartar, but it's difficult to know what his teeth would look like without him chewing on this. They look jolly clean and healthy (but he is only young, so it'd be worrying if they didn't).
The nobbly white ends have attracted quite a bit of dirt, from being dragged out into the garden and semi-buried. The toy is washable, but I find that the muck is engrained now and the ends feel quite rough.
It comes in three sizes, for the small, medium and larger dog. The version we have is pretty hefty - it weighs over a pound now, when 90% of the green has gone. You wouldn't want to be in the way when he charges out of the room with that in his mouth! It would make a good murder weapon, apart from probably being impossible to clean all the forensic evidence off it due to the nubbly bits - although, if a dog licked off all the blood, would there be evidence left? (Murder mystery writers, is there a plot here?) ...I drift, I ramble...
Anyway, it's been a good buy, and is available from all good pet shops at prices between £6 and twenty-odd quid, depending on size and retailer. I think we bought ours from Pets At Home. It has lasted over a couple of months and still has a way to go, so pretty long-lived when faced with the Hooligan Dog.
Summary: Challenging chew toy