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Old 11-14-2012, 07:55 AM
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Nylabone - how durable for a 12wk puppy

We've just introduced a 12 week old GR into our home. We currently have a 4yo Aussie/German sheppard mix (70+ lbs) who loves his liver flavored DuraChew Nylabone. We invested in the puppy line of Nylabones (soft, durable and edible) medium sized. But our pup is drawn to the fullsized durabone. Aside from the edible bone which he loves, he doesn't touch the softer 'teething' bones.

Is there any risk of allowing him to knaw on the fullsized durabone? I don't want him breaking any puppy teeth. Plus, the bone makes me feel better that the empty Gatorade bottles his exercises his jaw on. Note: he doesn't bite through the plastic.

Seeing that he keeps borrowing our other dog's durabone, I figured he'd like his own fullsized durabone.

Any risks I should be aware of? He isn't interested in the chicken flavored softer teething bones.

Feedback would be greatly appreciated. We want to settle him in on routine as he's going to be my service dog. BTW, he's the most intelligent animal I have ever seen. 12 weeks only, no training, and he's already reading and responding to emotions...

Side question: puppy kindergarten. Recommendations? His Service Dog Trainer doesn't do much puppy work as she coordinates with the local Guide Dog Assoc. But for him, she's willing to make an exception. So, spend the money and go private or get the basics down with the prepackaged training at PetSmart?

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PS. Is it obvious we're new Golden owners? Totally in awe and excited about the future with this little guy.
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I would let him chew the adult chews if he like them. Better them than something he shouldn't touch.
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I agree, let him chew on the adult size nylabones.
I used to buy the puppy soft nylabones when I had pups, they did not like them and I think, they could get large chunks off of it with those sharp puppy teeth if they tried.
Regular adult nylabones won't hurt him/her.
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My pup hasn't touched his puppy nylabones except to play toss with them.

Re: training, we originally wanted to go utilize the petsmart/petco training but after our orientation, we felt alienated by the trainer so decided to go elsewhere. I strongly suggest you get an orientation to see how you mesh with the trainer.

We start puppy classes on Saturday at the humane society. There isn't an orientation available but we have the option to switch to a different trainer of we don't like the one we have.


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Our puppies often chew on the adults Nylabones that are laying around the house. There isn't a reason not to let your puppy enjoy them, too!!
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The only nylabones that Cookie ever touched were ones that were "started" by other dogs. They are tastier that way.
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Remy tends to go for Izzy's big nylabones and no teeth have been broken in the process. He also likes her antlers too.
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