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Train and Play Puppy

Submitted by on November 15, 2010 – 7:14 pmNo Comment

The pooping is hilarious, my son loves it, and even though it is quite simplistic in it’s design, a brown rectangle made out of plastic that is popped in the puppy’s mouth and you can guess where it comes out!

Buy online: Argos

£29.99

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Initial Thoughts: This sweet little interactive stray Train and PlayPuppy came delivered in bright cheery packaging and certainly got the attention of the children straight away. The puppy comes with a clicker to start and change puppy functions. Puppy can sit up and beg, bark, stand or walk, and even eat treats.  What made it it seem all the more appealing for my little ones is the fact that the puppy poops after eating his treat! What child wouldn’t love that function. We are quite used to the bendy wires that come with most toy packaging these days, but really as a parent are a faff to deal with, eventually we got the puppy out. Then it was off to buy some batteries as we didn’t have any in the house and the children wanted to get playing with the puppy straight away. Puppy comes with a dog clicker, dog treat, 1 adoption certificate and 1 heart shaped sticker.

We liked:  We had the grey and white version, and the puppy is a real cutie to look at, big puppy eyes, soft longish hair, blue little collar with heart shape on. We liked that you can visit the Rescue pets website and adopt your pet and fill out the out adoption certificate. He really is very sweet, and does do all that it advertises, barks, sits up, begs, stands and walks. The barking is quite life like and if one didn’t know, does sound at times like there is a real puppy in the house. The pooping is hilarious, my son loves it, and even though it is quite simplistic in it’s design, a brown rectangle made out of plastic that is popped in the puppy’s mouth and you can guess where it comes out! The children have a little play with the puppy almost everyday, not many toys in our house can say that.

We weren’t keen: The Rescue Pals Train & Play Puppy comes with an age suitability of 3+ due to small parts. I have to say my 8 year old has shown more interest and understands how to train it more than my 4 year old, ( who does have a short attention span )  I would say the instructions definitely need to be read before first use. The 4 year old is really only interested in the pooping part and can’t quite get to grips with the understanding of training it via the plastic clicker that comes with it. Although not remote control as such, the puppy responds to the sound of the clicker, but on occasion we did find the clicker had to be clicked really close to the puppy for it too work. I am not a big fan of interactive toys where one can hear the motor’s in the background and I have to say on this one, the motors can be hard quite loudly at times when the puppy moves. For me, for the toy to be as life like as they can be, the motors ideally should be as quiet as possible.

Overall: We really loved this cute puppy, is nice to look at, have fun with, and the pooping part has been a real hit. I would say my 8 year old understands the how to *train* it better than my 4 year old, however this does not take away it is toy that can be enjoyed by many. In a way, it shows children what kind of responsibility comes with owning a pet, and if they get very bored with this, maybe they would with the real thing too! In my opinion owning this little toy puppy to be trained would be perhaps a good way to find out.

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