Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

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Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by G. Walthe » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00



I'm no expert, but maybe this is becuase the pig ears, hooves, and
sticks smell good to them and the nylabone doesn't.
--
Gene Walthes

"Just because you're paranoid,
 doesn't mean they're not watching you."

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Lisa Ocho » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
>they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
>something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
>any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
>a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one
>has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
>at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
>nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
>purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
>barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
>hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
>the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
>moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
>to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
>frustrating.

Hi there,

Nylabones and Kongs are the toys of choice in my house, home of Archie
the Amazing Overlord of Toy Destruction.

Everyone likes the nylabones and plays with them, but I have had to
"convince" a couple of dogs in the past that they are fun to chew.  I did
this by sticking them in a Ziploc bag filled with homemade liver cookies
for a week or so (for liver-haters, I'd bet you could substitute hot dogs
or cheese).  It worked like a charm.

I only pass out rawhide or bones on special occasions (Christmas and
birthdays), and the dogs are separated until they're gone (in this house,
that amounts to oh, maybe an hour).

--
          Lisa Ochoa, Proprietor, Ochoa Petting Zoo
          Home of Sebastian (17yo Sortuva Lab); Archie (5yo
          Doberman/Torpedo); Nell (Gorgeous 4yo Lady Whippet);
          Oliver, CGC, FD (TMWDITW -- 5yo Border Collie);
          Ripley, CGC (BC Wonder Pup); Malchik the Rescue***atiel;
          and the Peep Sisters (zebra finches)

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             chewing through the leather straps..."

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Marku » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
> they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
> something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
> any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
> a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one
> has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
> at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
> nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
> purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
> barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
> hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
> the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
> moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
> to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
> frustrating.

I have not had any problem getting our Golden to chew on a nylabone. In
fact he is chewing on it now and it is his favorite toy. We have the
really ***e that is chicken flavored if that helps.

Markus

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Edward Duf » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one
has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
frustrating.

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by April Qui » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Your dog probably has too many other tasty choices. When I raise a puppy,
the only thing he has to satisfy his chewing urges is a Nylabone. They
grow up *loving* the Nylabones.

April with Levi and Caper, the Border Collie Hurricanes

: Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
: they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
: something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
: any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
: a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one
: has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
: at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
: nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
: purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
: barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
: hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
: the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
: moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
: to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
: frustrating.

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Howard Per » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Here's what I do - I coat the nylabones with peanut butter, which my dogs
are crazy about.  As they start chewing, tiny smudges and fragments of
the peanut butter get lodged into the grooves of the nylabones, giving
the nylabones an everlasting taste and odor of peanut butter.  Now, I am
very careful that they finish off the bones in a reasonable period of
time, as there is the possibility of bacterial growth caused by the
rancid peanut butter, if the bones lay around long enough.  This has
always worked for me.

-Howard and the two Keesnicks
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Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by ni.. » Thu, 29 Aug 1996 04:00:00


  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one

Quote:
> has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
> at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
> nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
> purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
> barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
> hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
> the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
> moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
> to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
> frustrating.

Ed,

I tried nylabones with my last dog (Mixed Breed) and my current Golden.  
Neither of them would touch the bones.  My Golden (10 years old) is a
real chewer and loves the pencil shaped rawhide chews.  I cannot give him
any type of flat chew they tend to stick in his throat.  I have on
occasion had to stick my finger nail in his throat and literally pull it
out.  I don't give him hooves because he once vomited after eating one
and I noticed large chunks.  

I was advised at a Pet Smart store once to buy the "vegetable" type bone
similar to a nylabone.  He loved it!  He chewed it up in chunks and spit
them out then barked delightedly.  Back to chews.

Carol

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by barry felste » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I've had 5 dogs over the last 30+ years(more than one at one time)and NONE
of them has shown any interest in Nylabones!No one I know has a dog that
really gets into them like rawhide or pig's ears.I have bought a couple of
gumabones,and the dog's did like them,but with a lifespan of a few hours(
If they really work on it),it's kind of ridiculous to blow the extra money
on them.Nylabone has a new rawhide bone out.It's supposed to be safer,it
probably is,but my dog is totally uninterested in it!I tried to palm it off
on my friends dog,but he turned it down flat,of couse.I will not buy
anymore Nylabone products,everytime I do it lasts for years!!!

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Diane E. Eme » Fri, 30 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Our GSD (1yr old) shows no interest in nylabones. She occasionally will
pick it up and move it to a new location, maybe a nibble or two, but other
than that, she could care less about it. The Gumabone was similarly
responded to, but if you put it in her crate with her and no other bones,
she chews it once in a while. Unfortunately, it will occasionally make her
throw up and we have stopped giving it to her. Ears, hooves, and rawhide
are chewed with vigor!! All other life stops when given one of these.
Unfortunately, she is a very strong chewer and if I tried to keep her
supplies with these, I would be spending $50/week on chewies! She has one
of those sterile bones and I put a T*R*E*A*T inside it or some peanut
butter and that keeps her busy for a little while. Squeekie toys, she
kills the squeeker in three seconds flat but loves to chew on the stuffed
animal after it is dead. Have to be careful there, since she can really
tear some of them to pieces. I am hoping as she gets older, she wont be so
avid a chewer but I think I am dreaming!

diane

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Dina McCal » Sat, 31 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
> they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
> something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
> any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
> a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one

.......

I think it just depends on the dog.  I have a 14 year old kelpie cross
Lucy who loves her nylabones and has a good chew every evening, which
does keep her teeth good.   I also had a lovely old spaniel x collie
William (who left us last March) and I could never get him to chew
anything, let alone a nylabone.  Consequently his teeth used to get a lot
of plaque.  

As long as yours will chew something, I suppose it doesn't matter too much.

Dina>

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Ann Dudle » Sat, 31 Aug 1996 04:00:00


All that I can add it that I have three pugs, ages 9, almost 5, and 5
months.  They all love nylabones and gumabones.  They do prefer the
smaller ones and the favorites in our house are the wishbones!  We have
many, and yet they all have to have the one that the other is currently
enjoying.  They do not get ears or hooves.  They do get a small treat
when we leave the house.  Otherwise, they enjoy their bones and toys.  

--Ann
Chopper, Choomia, and Chester (the pugs)

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Stormy4 » Sat, 31 Aug 1996 04:00:00


My most recent GSD is the first one that used the nylabones that have been
around here forever.  Passed through 2 GSD's and the pug.  But Sassy has
the first one almost destroyed.  Better the nylabone than all the other
plastics that she also is the first one that destroyed.  That was a
convoluted sentence.  Sassy destroys!  Nylabone stays reasonably together.

Stormy, with Sassy, Moxie, Sparkles, Tarsea and Pretty Plenty.

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by William D. Radtk » Sat, 31 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I have two Weimaraners Fritz - chews Nylabones like they are God's gift to
dog teeth Rudi  won't touch them but he will chew a Nylabone Dental
Dinosaur - go figure.



Quote:
> Nylabones sell themselves as being far better for our dogs because
> they pose no threat to their digestive system and give the dog
> something to safely exert their need to chew on.  I've never heard of
> any dog being injured by a nylabone but I have to ask - how do you get
> a dog to chew on one.  I've had 5 german shepherds and to date not one
> has shown any interest in the nylabones I've purchased for them.  I'm
> at a complete loss.  My new puppy has absolutely no interest in his
> nylabone.  I guess I'm the one that needs to wake up and stop
> purchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
> barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
> hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
> the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
> moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
> to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
> frustrating.

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by lstree.. » Sun, 01 Sep 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>urchasing such a useless toy.  Are they safe.  Totally!  My dog can
>barely be coaxed into touching the darn thing.  He loves pig ears and
>hooves and will even chew on the various sticks he comes accross but
>the wonderful nylabone just doesn't even draw his attention for a
>moment.  Am I alone in this or is there some secret I'm just not party
>to with regard to the effective use of this product.  It is just a bit
>frustrating.

Pig ears and hooves?  Yummy!  But hooves are not safe (verified by
veterinarians and various anecdotal experiences) and I'm not too
sure about pig ears.  So I guess what works for us is restricting
choices and choosing flavors.  My dogs have Nylabones, some rope toys,
a Kong, another crazy bounce type toy, and Clancy has a vinyl beer with
a mouse in it.  For chewing, they gravitate to the Nylabones, but are
interested only in the chicken-flavored ones.  The standard-scented
variety gets ignored every time.

Linda and
Brandy CGC
and the ESS:
Maggie and Clancy

 
 
 

Nylabone: Healthier, maybe/maybe not

Post by Andrea Madele » Mon, 02 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Hey - what's wrong with the raw natural bone?
They are all natural, full of nutrients, good exercise....why feed plastic?

--
Andrea Madeley
Aldinga Beach / South Australia