“ Brand: Nylabone / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
I have two lovely collie cross puppies who have an annoying habit of destroying any dog toy they get their paws on within 10 minutes or less!
I saw these Nylabone toys in Pets at Home and thought they looked more durable than most dog toys. The Nylabone bend makes a range of dog toys in different shapes and sizes. This particular toy was a chicken flavour bone. I purchases this and alongside it I also bought the same bone in bacon. The chicken flavour was a white bone and the bacon was a brown colour similar to the colour in the photo above. I cannot remember the exact price I paid for these and they are not currently on the Pets at Home website for me to check, but I think it was around £5-£7. This is slightly expensive for a dog toy in my opinion, considering you can get toys for as little as £1, however if it lasted longer I felt like I wold get my money's worth.
The bone comes attached to a cardboard backing. On the cardboard it gives instructions such as for what size/weight of dogs the toy is suitable for, as long as the usual instructions like replace once damaged, do not leave your dog unattended etc.
Upon opening the bones, there was no smell immediately obvious to me, however I think the dogs may have smelt something as they immediately were very interested in the toy. When I gave them one each, they both went and lay down with it ready to play their usual game of destroy the toy!
My dogs played with these toys for at least an hour the first day they got them, and I am pleased to say that they still play with them regularly at least 6 months after purchase! The toys have lasted the whole time and have not broken or been chewed into pieces. The toys are noticeably worn in that they have little bite marks on them, but other than this they are in excellent condition.
My dogs seem to prefer the chicken flavoured white bone, although I am not sure if this is down to the taste or whether it is just chance.
One negative aspect of these toys is that they are really hard, and there have been times when my dogs have been throwing them up in the air and I have been worried that they will land and break an ornament or the TV! So I would say it is worth keeping an eye on your dog when it is playing with this.
Overall I was really pleased with the durability of this product and my dogs love it too. I will definitely be buying more of the Nylabone range when it is time to replace these toys!
Despite having four dogs, I had never actually heard of nylabones up until a couple of months ago when my friend reccomended them to me. I was intrigued and ended up buying one from Amazon to try as I was curious to see if it actually did what it claimed and I also thought it'd be something my dogs would enjoy. So.. what's a nylabone?! A nylabone is basically a chew made out of durable nylon. They vary in shape and the one that I have is in the shape of a bone as you can likely guess from the title of my review. The product is designed for strong chewers and there is a range of different sizes to choose from, for example you can get puppy sized versions, medium sized versions or larger ones. Flavours also vary - there's a wide range of different ones to choose from including bacon and liver. I have the chicken flavoured one. Some nylabones are also edible, although the one that I own isn't.
The manufacturers of the nylabone describe it as a theraputic chewing device and claim that the product promotes 'good canine dental hygiene'. Not a huge claim and I don't find it hard to believe at all, however, they do get just a bit carried away with their claims and state that the product: enhances overall mental fitness and encourages positive behavior.I find these two claims quite bizzare, and the only thing I can think that they may be referring to with the 'mental fitness claim' is that the product perhaps reduces a dogs boredom and keeps them entertained. They also state that this particular nylabone, the chicken bone one is designed to help clean teeth during chewing (due to the bristles raised when the dogs chews on the bone) and that it reduces plaque and tartar build-up.
There are a range of sizes to choose from meaning that there's a size to suit everyone's dog(s). I have four beautiful dogs, 3 big & 1 small. I opted for the 'souper' size, which is the extra large. It measures 24.1cm in length and 6.7cm in width. Other sizes are: XS (petite), S (regular), M (wolf), L (giant) and XXL (monster). I would reccomend getting a bigger size even if you have a small dog as I hate the idea that a dog could choke on one of these bones - the smallest measures just 9cm in length. The manufacturers reccomend that you get you choose the largest size that your dog is able to comfortable hold in his/her mouth.
Price wise, the prices vary on what size you get and obviously where you buy it from. I paid £17 for the XL one which is expensive but due to the fact it is durable and long lasting I think this is a reasonable price. Phsically, the nylabone just looks like a plastic bone. It has a solid, firm but slightly squidgy feel to it. It can be bent a little but not much. It is clear in colour and it has a smooth texture. There is a slight raised part where the text 'nylabone' is engraved onto it. The bone is easy for my dogs to pick up as it's not too thick, it does have a little weight to it but my dogs are still able to pick it up in their mouths with ease.
Anyway, onto my experience and opinion - I bought the chicken nylabone a month or so before Christmas as I wanted something that would be long lasting as in my house we get through a box of dog treats within a couple of days. The nylabone comes attatched to a piece of cardboard with safety instructions etc. The nylabone at first was quite unusual looking, and my dogs didn't really know what to do with it. It has no scent (to me anyway, i'm sure it smells to my dogs!) and it's really strong and durable. It took my dogs ages to work out what to do with the product and they've only just recently taken an interest in it. Only two of my dogs have chewed this bone and it didn't keep them entertained for very long at all. The bone is durable though and has no teeth marks in it or signs of wear. I've also noticed that when my dogs play with it it has a slight bounce to it when it hits the ground which makes it a fun toy for them as well as an occasional chew.
Clyro is the one who seems to like it most. He's a husky and very strong, he usually destroys bones and chews within 20 minutes however he enjoys laying with this between his paws and gnawing on it, he also moves it from one side of his mouth to the other which I think is a good sign as it must feel good on his teeth and he obviously enjoys it. Within half an hour or so though he loses all interest and the nylabone goes back in the dog toy box, and sometimes it stays there for a week or so at a time before one of the dogs picks it out again. The nylabone doesn't get too messy and when it does (eg when it's been in the garden) it is easy to wash and dry. I have not noticed the 'bristles' that are supposedly exposed when the dog chews but I assume they must be microscopic or something! I like that the chews have blunt edges and are firm but reasonably soft (eg if they hit you/a window/the plasma it wouldn't hurt/do as much damage as much as a real bone) and there are no sharp edges for my dogs to hurt their mouths on.
Overall, this is a good product as it's so durable but it is expensive and my dogs aren't really too bothered about it. I would reccomend it if your dog is bone mad/loves chewing and you know they would like something like this as obviously a nylabone is much cheaper than buying lots of edible dog chews all the time. It is also obviously completely mess free. I give it 3/5 stars overall based on the fact that it rarely attracts any of my dog's attentions and it doesn't keep them busy for long even when it does.
My Black Labrador Ness absolutely loves these Nylabones and so do I. Compared to buying real bones or chews which can get quite messy and smell quite a bit, these Nylabones are very clean,
I find they also tend to last a lot longer than other chews as well. I think its more of a challenge, usually my dog will eat other chews in about 5 minutes. These can last for days.
I was a bit curious with the plastic but on the packet it says it safe and to be honest my dog hasn't had any problems with it.
I would definitely recommend the flavoured bones. I have bought non flavour ones before and my dog Ness wasn't that interested in it. I had to get rid of it, she chewed one of the ends when she first got it so it turned into a quite sharp plastic toy. Ness definitely prefers the flavoured bones.
The only downside is that it is at the more expensive range of the dog bones/treats. I would probabably say it is worth the money especially if youre dog is a chewer. Ness went through a phase of chewing my walls which was a nightmare so it is much more cost effective for me to get these chews in order to channel my dogs need to chew rather than replaster my wall every couple of months!!
Chews made for light or average chewers / contain extra Chicken flavoring.