Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

How to Teach Your Dog to Love a Nylabone

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NylaboneHard nylon toys (the Durachews by Nylabone and Benebones are top picks) have been a staple in my dog toy box for decades. They last a long time, provide hours of chewing delight to dogs who know how to use them and can be put into the dishwasher or soaked to clean.

The most common downside I find is that people simply hand these to their dogs and, when the dog doesn’t immediately start to chew it, think their dog never will. Not at all! Your dog just needs some help learning how to use them and off most dogs will go.

As with all hard chews, some dogs will chip or crack teeth. Personally, I have not had this experience but, on the Internet, you will find many who have. All chews have some risks. Edible chews and softer chews can cause digestive issues or blockages, especially in the hard-core chewers.

So, know your dog and make your choices accordingly.  Dogs need to chew and some dogs MUST chew hard daily. We either supply them with items we like or they will select items they like. That’s the choice you have.

If your dog is nylabone clueless, here are a few ways you can get them started on these close-to-indestructible dog toys:

  • Rub them between your palms and/or blow on them before handing them to your dog.
  • Store them in with your dog’s dry food.
  • Store them in your box of treats or treat jar.
  • Rub wet food into the durachews with nubs and crannies.
  • Smear a bit of peanut butter or a cream cheese/soft cheese into those same spots or on to the end of a regular chew. The smear should not be visible or, at most, barely visible when you are done.
  • Try the flavored ones.
  • Deliver them for brief periods then put them away.
  • Hand them to your dog with great drama as if this is the best toy in the world! (Read both Creating Calm: Tactical Toy Use and Building a Toy Obsession for hints on this.)

Over the years, I’ve gotten most dogs started on these durable toys which are not only good general chew toys but one of the few toys I have found to be safe in crates as well as easy to thoroughly clean.

I hope with these hints, you can have the same sort of success with your hard-chewing dog.

Also of interest: How to Prevent Possessive Aggression in Dogs

 

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