Readers of my other reviews will know that my dog has particularly strong jaws and has previously been known to chew on the wall to try and exercise the muscles in her face!
She needs the toughest chews, and even the regular nylabones don't last too long.
For those who don't know, Nylabone make dog chews and dog toys which are really tough. I rank them alongside Kong as the finest makers of dog entertainment.
Nylabone Galileo's are made of extra tough nylon, pressed into a super tough bone. The bone is quite heavy and despite looking quite phallic, it does provide the ideal shape for the dog to hold and get her teeth into, with two little nibs on one end and a larger single one at the other end.
As she works her way through the bone, tiny little pieces can break off, but these just pass through and haven't seemed to do her any harm - she's been having these for a year now, so I'm sure it's okay. Nylabones are generally reccomended by vets too, so you know they are good products.
As I said at the beginning, my dog has a strong bite. She's part staffie, lab, german shepherd so she's got persistence and strength and so any chew needs to be able to stand up to punishment. While these are more expensive than other chews, they do stand up to that punishment - so well in fact that they last months (literally) at a time. Sometimes the whiteness goes, but this is mainly due to her taking the chew out into the garden and bringing it back in again!
Nylabone reccomend changing the chews when the ends are completely worn down - we tend to judge this on when it becomes more spear shaped than bone shaped. Then it is obviously dangerous and in need of replacing.
The bone is apparently organic chicken flavour (I can't confirm this!), but either way, our dog doesn't need any encouragement to gnaw away on this, so she must find the taste quite agreeable. When she is chewing away she looks like she is in heaven, with her eyes rolling about in her head. She weighs around 22kg and is about the size of a springer spaniel, and we got the Wolf size. It is plenty big enough for her to hold in her paws and get her mouth around it.
One thing that you'd think would be bad is that when she's chewed them for a while, the edges can feel sharp (especially when you get out of bed and stand on the chew she's left strategically by the side of the bed!), but this doesn't bother her in the slightest.
The bones are thoroughly reccommended, especially if you have a dog who has super strong jaws and needs a good solid and reliable chew.
~What are they~
Durable hard wearing bones for the heavy chewer, supposedly for dogs, who crunch, munch and lunch on everything else and destroy it.
~Is it any good~
Well I can only speak from personal experience, I bought one for my Staff, I had previously tried other hard Nylabones and my Staffy had loved them for about half an hour, then she destroyed them and ate them up in large chunks. I worried for a while they she may be unable to digest huge chunks of Nylabone, especially since they warn they are not to be consumed. But she seemed fine, so I tried this one, apparently even stronger.
Dot (my dog) liked the taste, and initially tried to give it to Conan (my rabbit) who wasn't much interested in that sort of thing to Dot's dismay, after realizing Conan didn't want it, Dot tried to bury it in my Potato patch, whence duly told off for such behaviour she settled down to actually eat it.
It lasted longer than ½ an hour; it lasted about 3 weeks before she had bitten the end of and, yes, consumed it again.
Considering the price of Nylabone is rather high, I don't think 3 weeks munching is sufficient for the price. Better to buy her (or get free) a huge bone and let her gnaw on that for a while, she likes them more anyway.
Not for Dot (or Conan) but for some dogs, who didn't have a vice like jaw, it might be handy, maybe I should have bought a bigger one, who knows?
*What is the Nylabone Galileo Bone?*
This extremely heavy duty dog chew toy is produced by the Nylabone company, the world famous American based manufacturers of a wide range of dog play and chew toys, with something to suit every dog, regardless of breed, strength, activity level or age.
*The product itself*
Grace and Benson love to chew, there is very few things they'd choose over a good session chomping away at something! Thankfully, they're past the highly annoying puppy stage of chewing everything in sight- coffee tables, couches and cats included, but even so, at 18 months and 4 years respectively, they still have a terribly strong urge to chew, and there are very, very few items that can stand up to them!
As I'm sure you all probably know by now- Benson is a Bernese Mountain Dog, which is an incredibly large and very strong breed of dog and my other fur ball, Grace, is a Rottweiler, which are well known for their extreme strength and tremendous power, especially in the jaw area. So, the gobs of my two inflicted on most ordinary dog toys is quite simply a recipe for disaster! They tend to make light work of chewing up toys which claim to be suitable for even the strongest of dogs, and this therefore results in me practically throwing money in the bin on a very regular basis.
I'm now pretty much at the end of my tether, trying out the very few remaining toys I haven't yet purchased them, in a bid to find something that they will enjoy and have great fun with, and something that'll also last them a reasonable amount of time. Failing that, my next plan will be to give them a brick each I think!
Browsing online, I came across a selection of Nylabone toys that I hadn't seen before. I've purchased some toys from the range before, and been fairly pleased with them, so when I spotted this Galileo Bone, I was delighted at how strong it claimed to be and I ordered one for Grace and Benson straight away.
The Galileo Bone claims to be one of, if not, the, strongest dog chew toy on the market and is made from extremely durable and heavy duty solid nylon, which has been constructed in such as way that it apparently take years to crush, resulting in a toy designed to cope with the chewing habits of even the most aggressive of chewers.
The bone is a very large toy- around 6 or 7 inches long and about 3 inches thick at its widest point, so is only really suitable for large or strong breeds of dog, and is also pretty heavy, so not a toy your dog would really be able to do anything else with other than chew on it!
As well as providing an safe outlet for your dogs chewing, it also has specific dental care benefits- as your dog chews on the toy, small bristle like projections will raise from the nylon bone and create a brushing effect on your dogs teeth, helping to scrape the tooth surface free of plaque, tartar and food debris whilst also helping to keep gums firm and provide essential exercises, which will help to build up muscle in your dogs face, neck, shoulders and jaw.
The Galileo Bone comes packaged in a clear plastic case with a cardboard insert which houses the Nylabone logo aswell as a small bit of information about the product such as instructions for use, care of the toy and also a couple of minor warnings- mainly just common sense stuff such as not allowing dogs with tooth injuries to use the toy. Contact details for Nylabone are also provided, however these appear to be based in America, so any queries may best be dealt with via the internet. Lastly, the packaging is recycled once no longer required.
*Price & Availability*
Nylabone products are very popular and appear to be stocked in many places, both on and offline, including in most Pets At Home stores, however since Nylabone products are American, and therefore imported, they are slightly costly.
I purchased our Galileo Bone online from www.dog-toy.co.uk for £12.99.
Grace and Benson, as much as I love them, really are pains in the backside, as far as their chewing habits are concerned. Over the years there has been extremely very few toy products I have found that have been able to cope with their teeth and their power!
Nylabone products however, I must admit, tend to be pretty good, we've had many decent toys from the range and they tend to last fairly well, so when I spotted this Galileo Bone, at a reasonable price and claiming to be as strong as I mentioned earlier, it made its way into my virtual basket immediately and I waited eagerly for its arrival!
A few days later, sure enough, it arrived, and I quite simply thought the website in which I purchased it from had posted me a block of solid cement rather than the toy in question! Before I had even opened the parcel, I was taken back by the weight of it, and opening up the box, I was greeted by something which wouldn't have looked out of place in Jurassic Park! The Galileo Bone was HUGE and could have easily been mistaken for a dinosaur leg or something! Anyway, I unwrapped the toy and had a quick look at it before I gave it to the dogs. It was off white in colour, very smooth and shiny and looked very nice in appearance, it was extremely heavy as I mentioned earlier and it certainly seemed extremely strong too!
I called the terrible twosome through to test out their new toy and I handed it to Grace, who, after an initial struggle of trying to pick the damn thing up, trotted off down the hall with it, to settle by the front door for a good chew. In all honestly, I've never had something that has kept her amused for so long- she was done there chewing and chomping away at it for nigh on three hours before she admitted defeated and Benson swooped into have a go. He, too, spent an awful lot time grinding his teeth away at it, trying to get the best chewing position, before he reluctantly brought the thing back into the lounge, plonked it at my feet and looked at me as if to say ''Ah, very funny, now give me something I can kill!''.
I picked the toy up to have a quick look at the damage they had done and nearly fainted when I discovered not only was the toy still in one peace after over 4 hours of combined chewing from both of my dogs, it barely had a mark on it. There were lots of little scratches from the dogs teeth at the ends of the toy where they had been chewing away at it but there were no loose pieces and the middle of the bone was still in perfect condition- no marks from the dogs claws where they had held it between their front paws whilst chewing and nor were there any scrapes from the dogs teeth, probably because the middle part would have been awkward to chew- either way, I was gob smacked they hadn't managed to really damage it in the slightest.
Like the packaging claimed, small nylon bristles had been raised on the surface of the bone and to me, they felt pretty sharp so I did have a quick check inside the dogs mouths to see if there were any cuts or grazes, but thankfully, there was no damage to their gums or any bleeding, so perhaps I just thought the bristles felt sharper than they actually were. Here, I was convinced the Galileo Bone was doing an awful lot of good for their teeth, giving them a good scrub whilst the dogs chewed away at the bone which was something I liked.
Because of the fact they couldn't really do very much with the toy, the lesser determined one of the two, Benson, did give up after the second day of having the toy, he'd give it an occasional little chew but gave it no where near attention as Grace did, who is still, to this day, hell bent on destroying the thing! It's been around 3 month since I purchased the bone and it is only really Grace who uses it now, but even so, the entertainment it provides her with makes the purchase highly worthwhile. She'll forget about it for a couple of days, and then rediscover it and set about giving it a good chew again- I think her record of non stop chewing stands at about 4 hours! She's happy, getting the satisfaction of a good challenging chew and I'm happy because it's providing her with something entertaining and worthwhile, whilst also being excellent for her teeth.
Chewing however, is about all that can be done with the Galileo Bone- its quite frankly huge, rock solid and incredibly heavy so it certainly cannot be used for fetch or tug games and it's not a toy the dogs can carry about with them, with is something they are fond of doing, yet it is designed as a chew toy, and it serves its purpose extremely well!
Grace will often take it out to the garden to have a chew on in her favourite place, in the shade under the apple tree, so it does unavoidably get quite muddy from time to time, which isn't really ideal as it is something that spends an awful lot of time in her mouth, but it can't really be avoided and it cleans up well every time. I tend to just give it a scrub with warm water and washing up liquid when it looks a bit grubby and then I sterilize it the old fashioned way with tablets in my sterilizer along with the rest of the dog toys every month which kills all the germs and keeps it hygienic for Grace to constantly have in her mouth.
To conclude, if you have a big, strong dog who is a determined and powerful chewer, then the Galileo Bone is a worthwhile investment, I've found it to be safe, incredibly strong, very good for teeth, easy to clean and it is something that Grace loves.
Just make sure you a good 6 feet away from the dog whilst they are chewing the toy! It bloody hurts if it hits you- I've had it dropped on my feet a couple of times and poor old Benson got a nasty bump the other day- Grace was laying on the sofa chewing the Galileo Bone when she knocked it off and it got Benson who was laying on the floor beneath! That dog has few enough brain cells as it is, without Grace destroying the precious few remaining ones!
Rosie O'Hooligan Magee was desperate for a mobile phone, but I refused. As a puppy it was curtain hooks that she craved, but she quickly progressed from that childish phase and moved on to telephone cabling and alarm clocks. She doesn't just crunch at them and spit them out. She eats them. Kia Monkeydoodle Magee, on the other hand, is a chew-and-spit dog. She will emerge from the garden and deposit an unrecognisable lump of chewed plastic at your feet. It's only when you find that the bottom end of the garden is flooded that you realise it was the tap from the water butt. She chews stones from the garden. I have a basket on the kitchen window sill which I empty back into the garden once it's full. There are some rather attractive cobles in there at the moment. Aesthetically she prefers a grey and white mixture. Rosie and Kia are Rhodesian Ridgebacks. For those of you who are not familiar with the breed, they're a large dog (both weigh in at about 40kg) and they have exceptionally strong jaws. Particularly when they're growing they need to be able to chew on something resistant, much as a baby needs something like a teething ring. Normal meat bones splinter (particularly if they've been cooked) and if swallowed can rupture the intestine or bowel. I'm sure that you've all seen those toys labelled as 'Virtually Indestructible!' Well my dogs regard these as a minor challenge. I once bought a chew which the pet shop owner assured me would last for ages - "and if it doesn't" he said "I?'l give you your money back!" He's not renowned for his generosity in such matters, so I took him at his word. It took me ten minutes to get home, fifteen for Rosie to destroy the chew and another ten minutes for me to return to the shop and get my money back. Rumour has it that the offer has not been repeated. So with the dining room table starting to loo
k nervous whenever it saw the dogs approaching, the hunt was on for something, anything, which the dogs could chew and not destroy within a matter of minutes. As luck would have it I didn't find the Galileo Bone, but rather it found me. I followed a lady with a trolley to the checkout in a Pet Superstore. As she cleared her trolley she dropped a Galileo Bone on my foot. I was hopping round, she was apologising and all I could say was "just tell me where you found it! I need two!" You should always buy the largest Galileo bone that your dog or puppy can pick up in his mouth. I bought the largest size, the Super Galileo. At about 19cm long it weighs in at 375gr. and is solid as a rock. It's made from super-tough virgin Dupont nylon and the manufacturers, Nylabone, claim that it is more than ten times as tough as any other nylon or polyurethane bone. I'm not certain which, if any, actual bone it's intended to resemble but it has a comfortingly rounded central section which fits neatly in the mouth and end sections shaped for easy chewing and gnawing. The smaller size is about 14cm long. It's designed for aggressive chewers. That doesn't mean that it's designed for aggressive dogs but rather that it's for the sort of dog who puts heart and soul into his chewing, as my two do. Now this does ultimately have an impact on the bone. What started as a beautifully smooth surface is now pitted with sharp pieces sticking up. To the dogs this only seems to make the bone more desirable, but if a visitor to the house is wearing tights I have to make certain that the bones are securely locked away. Occasionally, too, a very small piece of the surface comes away and usually catches in the dog's throat. We then have much coughing and spluttering from one dog, whilst the other dog takes the opportunity to quickly nip in and snatch the bone. Yes, I'm sure that you know how that one ends! It i
sn't a quiet activity either. When one of the dogs is energetically gnawing it sounds rather like someone enthusiastically sawing wood. If both dogs are doing it then you need earplugs. Additionally, from the dogs' point of view, there's the drop factor. Scenario 1: find a wooden floor. Lift bone to maximum height (consider standing on sofa if necessary) and drop. This is particularly effective if no one has seen you making your preparations and the noise created is sufficient to produce a heart attack in the unwary. Scenario 2: take bone to the top of the stairs, flick head upwards and drop bone. With luck it will bounce all the way down stairs. This has already accounted for one drinking bowl and nearly accounted for the person who unwittingly sat on the bottom step to put their shoes on. Those are the drawbacks. You might also think that the cost of £12.50 is a drawback but I'm inclined to disagree. We've had the bones for more than six months now and, although we've had the odd bit of damage, such as a chewed corner of a dog blanket, we haven't had any major damage. Clocks and cabling have lost their appeal. The dining room table doesn't look quite so vulnerable. Our vet, too, is impressed with the state of their teeth. In the wild dogs constantly eat carcasses and use their teeth as nature intended them to be used. The domesticated dog is at a disadvantage here as a commercially-produced diet is generally too soft to be good for the dog's teeth. Whilst the Galileo bone doesn't reach all areas of the teeth it can help to reduce plaque build up. The bones have been a good investment for us and could well be for you if you have a dog who needs to chew. Just remember not to sit at the bottom of the stairs!
This product has been well and truly tested by Shadow, our Border Collie X, who in his time has worked through most products on the market designed for enthusiastic chewers, usually in under half a day (when younger he was also fond of doors, door-frames, stairs...). We bought his first Galileo as soon as we got him and he has been chewing every evening for several hours ever since (when he's not lost the bone under the sofa, or dropped it in the garden!) and they last a year or two!!!! Incase you're thinking "Ugh! A smelly bone lying around for two years!" stop worrying! They do apparently smell to your dog, but you will smell nothing! Also, they are not only washable (very useful), but if you're really worried you can even boil them. From the canine health point; not only does Shadow chew normally, but also gnaws with the side of his mouth, so his teeth get a good cleaning. They're designed so that only the tiniest bits come off as the dog chews and pass harmlessly through, Shadow's certainly never removed any chunks. They come in several sizes, so you can make sure you get one big enough to not be swallowed. This product definitely gets top marks from me and my dog.
I haven't tried the Galileo Dog Chew, but a similar brand, and I find that they last quite a long time. Now, lets not be silly here, I wasn't the one trying the thing out, that was Bob, my lovely dog, known to me and my friends as 'Mr. Moo', as I think that it suits him better. We had tried everything with Mister, but he seemed to chew through it all in seconds. We like to give him a treat now and again, but if we are spending money on the little blighter, it should last a little longer. We came accross this bone thing and decided to give it a go. Not only did Mister enjoy the taste, it seemed to freshen his breath up too, which was a blessing, believe me! Usually, if we buy him treats, whether eatable or not, he eats them, and he ate this too, but this lasted ages and kept him busy. There is one downside, but there always is with Mister. If you give your dog one of these, don't let them go outside with them. The first time we gave Mister Moo one of there Bone thingies he seemed to enjoy it, and then a few hours later it had disappeared. We found him a little later coming in from playing outside with mud on his nose. The little Mister Moo had buried the damn thing! It will clean your dogs teeth and breath and keep him occupied. I suggest spending the extra money, as it lasts a lot longer than cheap plastic squeaky dog toys. However, keep an eye on your *best friends* as not only do they like to chew on things, but the word 'dig' makes their ears prick up too!