Lamb and apple flavor
Fun to chew
Good for teeth
Chew toys can serve multiple purposes for puppies: a reward for good behavior during training, a “just because” snack, or a distraction. But there’s an overwhelming number of options on the market. I recently enlisted the help of my sister’s 1-year-old mini Goldendoodle, Lucy, to test out Nylabone’s Healthy Edibles Puppy Chew Treats. Find out if these popular chews are worth nibbling.
Design: Classic bone shape
These tan-colored, bone-shaped treats are available in three sizes: mini (for puppies up to 10 pounds), petite (for those up to 15 pounds), and regular (up to 25 pounds). At the time of testing, Lucy was almost 12 pounds, so I went with a petite pack of four (you can also find them in packs of three, eight, and 36). At about 3.5 x 1 inches, the petite bones were a nice, slim size and shape for a small breed puppy’s mouth.
These treats aren’t cheap, but you are paying for the higher-quality, all-natural ingredients.
Though larger puppies could easily eat one in a few minutes, they last longer than your average chew treats, which tend to be the size of small candies. This is especially true for more petite puppies and why The Spruce Pets recommends them mainly for smaller breeds, as those puppies can enjoy a fair amount of chewing before the bone softens. Out of the package, these chews are dry-to-the-touch, and I love that they never get mushy, messy, or otherwise gross.
Ingredients: Healthy and natural
Formulated for puppies aged 3 months and older, these treats are gentle enough for a young dog’s digestive system. Each one is loaded with vitamins and minerals that support a pup’s growth. One key ingredient is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a kind of omega-3 fatty acid, which is known to support optimal brain and eye development and more.
The manufacturer lists a guaranteed analysis of minimum .1 percent DHA, to be exact, as well as a minimum of 5 percent crude protein and .5 percent crude fat and a maximum of 15 percent moisture and 8 percent crude fiber. The calcium minimum is .3 percent and the maximum is .7 percent.
The all-natural ingredients include wheat starch, glycerin, natural flavor, pea protein, powdered cellulose, lecithin, dried chicken, calcium carbonate, apple, potato starch, oat hulls, fish oil, lamb meal, and natural bacon flavor. Plus, they contain no sugar, salt, or artificial colors or preservatives. For these reasons, I felt confident that they were safe for my sister’s pup.
The lamb and apple flavor advertised on the packaging sounded appealing to me as a human, and apparently, the combination truly is delicious for dogs: These treats were a hit with Lucy and other dogs as well. However, thankfully, there is barely a scent to them (even when being chewed), so they are very pleasant to have around.
Performance: Wow wow
We tried out these treats at a park. While kids played in the river, Lucy danced around the water’s edge, exploring and then racing back for a bit of love—typical playful puppy behavior.
I didn’t give one to her right away. First, we had fun playing: I would hold it out to her, and she’d jump and jump trying to get it. I would toss one to her, and she’d run to find it, chew on it a bit, and then run it back to me to throw it again. After quite a bit of play (play is Lucy’s middle name!), she sat down and devoured the treat. It was gone in minutes.
I like that, in addition to functioning as a simple treat to reinforce positive behavior, the bones work as an interactive chew toy.
Lucy’s not the only pup who loved these bones. Within minutes of giving her one, another dog came up and promptly swiped it. If the speed and enthusiasm with which he ate it is any indication, he also gives this product a wholehearted two paws up. Luckily, there were more treats in the package for Lucy to enjoy.
I like that, in addition to functioning as a simple treat to reinforce positive behavior, the bones work as an interactive chew toy. We had tons of fun turning this treat into a game (“Get the bone, Lucy!”), which kept Lucy and her human friends active and happily occupied.
Price: Puppy’s worth it
Nylabone Healthy Edibles Puppy Chew Treats retail for around $9 for four petite bone-shaped puppy treats (though they can be found on sale for half that price). That’s more than $2 each, so not cheap. However, you are paying for the higher-quality, all-natural ingredients and a made-in-the-USA product. Thus, the higher price is justified—and who could deny those sweet puppy eyes, no matter the cost?
Nylabone Healthy Edibles Puppy Chew Treats vs. Old Mother Hubbard Crunchy Classic Natural Dog Treats
Both of these dog treats are made with wholesome, natural ingredients dogs will love. Both are bone-shaped, although the Old Mother Hubbard treats are smaller and have different flavors. The Old Mother Hubbard option is more cost-effective as you get one bag with 20 ounces of treats for around $7, while the Nylabone treats offer just over 3 ounces of snack in four bones for just about a dollar less. However, I still think the Nylabone chew treats are worth an occasional puppy splurge.
- Product Name Healthy Edibles Puppy Chew Treats
- Product Brand Nylabone
- MPN 59162
- Price $14.99
- What’s Included 4 bone-shaped lamb and apple-flavored puppy treats