“ Brand: Nylabone / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
We got a Nylabone Puppyfish for our pup the day we brought him home. We have bought him 2 of these, but both were red coloured in the middle, not purple as in the picture. They were supposed to taste like bacon, and while we cannot confirm or deny this (though I did try to persuade the other half to taste it, and when the middle red bit was exposed there was a 'meaty' smell), dogface certainly enjoyed chewing and chewing until there was nothing left but a little stump, barely resembling a fish of any kind!
These puppyfish kept him happy for long periods of time, although as with anything, he did tend to get bored with it for a while before going back to it. But, it was one of the things we were confident in for amusing him, should we need to take him somewhere he had to behave in the early stages of training. They are very hard to the touch and feel really durable and appear to be made from the standard Nylabone material. When we saw them I had pretty high hopes for this cute little fish. They are marketed for soothing teething pain since they can be put in the freezer; we tried this when dogface was teething, but he just looked so confused and kept picking it up then throwing it away. I think it was too cold for him so we tried it in the fridge, but he wasn't really fussed. He did however love bringing chunks of ice in when it was snowing, and eating those!
The shape of these is great, you have the fins and tail which are obviously thinner than the main body, and this seems to be the most popular starting point for little (and then not so little) teeth. With enough sustained chewing, the middle bit (which I assume to be the strongest in flavour) is accessed relatively easily. Its not so hard that my pup got bored, but not so easy that it's all done and dusted within half an hour, and overall each puppy fish lasted our dog for several weeks to a few months (this may have been altered by the fact I found one under the couch, having no idea how long it been there though. Dog's face when I produced it - priceless!)
I think this length of time is great for something like this. The primary function is to occupy and soothe little teeth and sore gums, and this shouldn't be necessary for that long anyway. The flavouring helps it keep its interest, and it's safe if small pieces are eaten (obviously you want to make sure they don't try to swallow big chunks). It is sturdy enough to fulfill the Nylabone promises of lasting value, and can be used in a few different ways. Nylabone stuff is never cheap, but this was good value I felt. I think we paid around £6 for the big one and just as everyone knows their own pets, we knew without doubt that our pup really enjoyed his fish.
It is something I would buy for him even now, as he is at his best when his restless jaws are working overtime (preferably not on flesh)! The only downside I have found with Nylabone chew things is the mess they create. My floors were always showered with small bits that had been chewed off. However, this is not a problem for me, as having a dog in the house means you're always going to need to vacuum!
Chewing toy for puppies