Dog Toy Reviews

Nylabone Dental Chews Review – Dog vs. Dinosaur!

Charlie about to test out a Nylabone Chew from!
Written by Kevin Sando

Throughout February and March we have been talking about good dental health practices for dogs…

  • Brushing your dogs teeth is extremely important and if you have a cooperative pup, not too hard to do.
  • Dental chews can be a great complement to regular teeth brushing as well!
  • Another great (and easy) way to keep your dog’s teeth clean is to tap into their strong desire to chew!

Chewing is Harley’s favorite pastime and as any Golden Retriever owner knows, abstaining is just plain torture!

Unfortunately, a few weeks back, Harley had a procedure to remove several epulis from his gums. Our poor guy has been feeling a bit down in the dumps ever since as we had to take all his bones away while healing! In fact he has been digging through his toy bin every day whining and looking for his precious bones! 

Now that enough time had finally passed, it seemed that a Nylabone would be the perfect thing to get him back into the swing of things!

Nylabone is the industry leader in safe dog chew toys. They make edible and non-edible varieties for dogs of all shapes and sizes.


For those unfamiliar with Nylabone, they are THE industry leader in safe dog chew toys. They make a large variety of both edible and non-edible chews catering to dogs of all sizes, ages and chewing types.

We have enjoyed Nylabone products for many years and you can read some of our prior reviews here: Double Action Chew and Dura Chew!

A close up of the texture of the nylabone dinosaur dog chew toy. The raised nubs help to clean teeth while chewing.

Dental Dinosaurs

Nylabone’s Dental Dino is a non-edible chew that comes in several fun dinosaur shapes including Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and T-Rex! All shapes are roughly 6″ long, 3″tall and 1″ thick. They are covered in raised nubs that help to remove plaque and clean teeth while chewing. Furthermore, the Dental Dino has a clean scent that freshens breath!

Harley about to test out the Nylabone Dinosaur for the official MyDogLikes review! We are always on the lookout for the best dog chew toys!

A word of Caution

It is important to note that these chews are not edible. Small pieces that shred off and are consumed will pass without issue, but if large pieces or chunks are broken off these chews should be taken away.

Make sure to select the size that is right for your dog and always select toys for the largest, strongest, chewer in your home. (Nylabone recommends choosing a chew large enough to encourage chewing from the sides not the top and bottom)

Charlie about to test out a Nylabone Chew from!

Dog vs’ Dino

Not every dog is up to the challenge. This chew is designed for POWERFUL Chewers! Don’t worry, we have no shortage of those in our house!


  • Long lasting design
  • Cleans teeth and controls plaque and tartar
  • Engages and entertains
  • Discourages destructive chewing
Let the chewing begin!!

Harley working on a Nylabone Dinosaur - one of many dog chew toys available from

Harley is absolutely thrilled to have “bones” back in the house!!!

Harley from MyDogLikes tests out and reviews a dinosaur shaped Nylabone Dental Chew

The raised nubs on Nylabone Dental Chews do a great job cleaning dogs teeth!

One of the best things about Nylabone's is that unlike regular bones, they are clean! You don't have to worry about stains or bacteria while chewing!

Charlie loves that he doesn’t get in trouble when he tries to eat it snuggled on the couch!

The Aftermath

Looking at the aftermath of a several hour chewing session in our Nylabone Review

As you can see, the boys enjoyed these chews a great deal! What you are looking at above is the result of several hours of steady chewing.  While it is clear that damage has been done, the rough “bristled” areas exposed actually help to further clean teeth.  No large pieces were broken off during chewing so we did not have to take them away at any point – these chews are ready for more action! A serious achievement with our strong chewers!

Nylabone is an industry leader in safe dog chews. Here Charlie is working on a dinosaur dental chew!

Why MyDogLikes Nylabone Dental Chews

First and foremost, they are no-mess! Unlike real bones, there are no foul odors, bacterial concerns or stains left behind from chewing. Better yet, the Action Cleaning Nubs all over the surface actually help to clean teeth and freshen breath! These chews do a great job of satisfying their natural desire to chew, and the unique shapes keep them mentally stimulated in the process.  They are extremely tough and the boys enjoy them just as much as a regular bone!

Want to try out some Nylabone chews out for yourself?!

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About the author

Kevin Sando

Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has move than a decade experience in new product design, prototyping and early stage manufacturing. Pairing this background with his love of dogs, gives him a unique perspective to evaluate the design and execution of new and interesting pet products.


  • We have used Nylabone chews before. The edible ones don’t last long! Toby’s current favorite is shaped like a stick. We’d love to offer him the dinosaur chew for tough chewers. It’s hard to find chews for him. He polishes off a bully stick in about three minutes and I can’t give him rawhide for the same reason. He even destroyed an un-destroyable black Kong. So we’re always glad to see something new to offer him.

  • Yes, my dogs love Nylabones. The dinosaur ones hold up particular well & keep them busy!! We have 3 dogs – small, medium & large and the dinosaur ones are a perfect fit for all of them. Thanks for the chance!

  • No, she has never tried one. She is very small, about 8 1/2 lbs., so a small one would work for her.

  • We can’t have them. Every one of Mom’s dogs has bitten Nylabones into pieces in no time flat. We know many dogs love them and enjoy them, but Mom worries about all the pieces we bite them into. Enjoy yours.

  • Well, I’m glad to hear that Haley is back into the chewing business! I can relate to the abstinence ~ our boy Buzz had to take it VERY easy as far as chewing was concerned after he had fractured a tooth on a hard beef bone, which needed to be surgically removed. Yikes.

    I like the raised nubs on the Nylabone! Must indeed be great for a little extra help with dental care.

    Great review, by the way!

  • Nylabone has been making safe chew toys for pets for over 50 years. We have been using Nylabones almost that long. We rescue large breed dogs who are difficult to adopt. Most of our dogs have been very aggressive chewers. Nylabone is the only safe chew toy that can stand up to our dogs. Chewing is a stress reliever and pain reliever for the dogs. Thank you Nylabone for helping make their lives safer and better.

  • My dog has never tried a Nylabone. He would love the Dental Dinosaurs and he would love the Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavor Bone Dog Toy too.

  • My dog hasn’t tried them, but she would love the Nylabone DuraChew Bacon Flavor Bone Dog Toy.

  • Our dogs haven’t tried Nylabone yet. They would like the Nylabone Healthy Edibles Longer Lasting Twin Pack Roast Beef Flavor Dog Bone Treats.

  • I just entered to win a Nylabone Dino chew, hope I win! We love Nylabone products, especially flavored ones. Unlike so many other chew toys, they last!

  • my dog has not tried them i think she would like Nylabone DuraChew Barbell Peanut Butter Flavor Dog Chewy Toy

  • My dog has never tried Nylabone. I think Logan would enjoy the Nylabone Puppy Chew Ring Bone Chicken Flavor Dog Toy.

  • My dog has not tried Nylabone but I am sure Cerebus would love to try any of the non edible ones!

  • I am a brand new puppy. When I came home to my new family yesterday, I had a big basket of toys waiting for me including 3 new Nylabones, but I like my big brother’s dino the best, it is as big as I am.

  • I have given my dogs many types of nylabones and they like most of them. I think they like the durachews a lot.

  • Yes, my dogs have had several of the Nylabone products. Any product good for small breed dogs from Nylabone would be great.

  • I don’t have any dogs, I am entering for my sister. I do not know what exactly they like. I do know they use those little bone things though

  • This is my first time hearing about these,but I’m going to try them.thanks so very much for sharing

  • I’ve been wanting to try the dinosaur chew toy for my dogs. I’ve bought other Nylabone products for my pack, including the twin pack bacon and chicken Dura chews

  • My Duke will be in absolute heaven with a new nylabone!! we lost his somewhere along the way and this dinosaur shaped one would be even better! thank you for the chance to win!!

  • Yes, Lady Girl has tried Nylabone and likes the products. She is a heavy chewer and needs something strong and long lasting. I would have to have the strongest product with good flavor. Either the peanut butter or dental chew.

  • Yes, Mickey has so many Nylabones and other toys it’s not even funny! I think he would like the Nylabone Romp ‘n Chomp Freezer Bone Treat Holder Dog Chew Toy the best. We don’t have that one yet!

  • We tried a Nylabone with Daisy when she was a puppy but not recently. Would love to try her with theNylabone DuraChew Monster Chicken Flavor Bone Dog Toy

  • No actually, my macey hasn’t tried Nylabone but I think she would be thrilled if she won one. 😀

  • Yes he loves nylabone, I like that I can trust the product. He would love the dinosaur nylabone.

  • My dog LOVES any NylaBone he can get! He rips apart soft toys, so i have to make sure we have enough durable toys to keep him busy. I know that I can trust Nylabone vs. some cheapo knock-off brand.

  • You know, I don’t know why, but I’ve never bought a Nylabone. I don’t know why. They look great. Mike might like the Nylabone DuraChew Hollow Stick Bacon Flavor Dog Toy. I think I’ll just go buy him one. If he wins the prize he will have destroyed it by then!
    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

    • Its one of those things you pass in the store and are like eh, not sure my dog would like that. In my experience though we have yet to find nylabone that the boys are not obsessed with! If you have a tough chewer I would definitely stick with the non-edible ones! Harley was able to crunch through an edible one in minutes several years ago!

  • My dog loves her Nylabone. She would also enjoy the Nylabone DuraChew Peanut Butter Flavor Souper Dog Chew Toy

  • My dog has tried nylabone and I would love to have the Nylabone DuraChew Double Bone Bacon Flavor Dog Toy for him

  • My dogs have a lot of nylabones. While they like them, they’re not always their favorites. They prefer real bones. But I do really want to try the nylabone marrow bone- I think it will be much safer to stuff than the real bones.

  • My dog as tried nylon bone before and loves it! I think my dogs will love the prize pack!

  • My dogs have never tried them before so I am sure they would be thrilled with any of them!

  • We bought one recently for our dog and he prefers his antler, only goes for the nylabone once or twice. I would be interested to see though if he would like the shaped ones better like the pretzel.

  • I would give this to my sister for her dogs that have been using the big Nylabones for years.

  • we have not tried this product but I think my dog would like the Nylabone DuraChew Barbell Peanut Butter Flavor Dog Chewy Toy

  • My dog’s never tried nylabones but I’m excited that the dinosaur stood the test of your strong chewers. My 13 pound dog could probably chew through concrete within minutes, so I”ve been looking forward to trying nylabone one of these days. I actually think the dinosaur is adorable and big enough my pup would have to work at chewing it apart… aka, he could hold onto a toy for hours instead of minutes!

  • My dog has never tried one. I think he’d like the Nylabone DuraChew Action Ridges Bacon Flavor Bone Dog Toy.

  • No, we have not tried these yet, but I think my dogs would like any one of them.

  • My dogs have a couple of the bone shaped Nylabones. Those are the chews that they always go for in their box of goodies & toys. I think they would also enjoy the DuraChew Peanut Butter Flavor Souper Dog Chew Toy.

  • My dogs have had several Nylabones. I think they’d like the Nylabone Romp ‘n Chomp Freezer Bone Treat Holder Dog Chew Toy since they haven’t had one yet.

  • My dogs have had Nylabones. I think they would really like the BIG Chew Knot Dog Toy and the BIG Chew Beef Flavor Bone Dog Toy.