I didn’t grow up with pets, and the obligations that come with keeping one are not appealing to me. However, I foster in my toddler a love of the natural world, and I encourage him to interact with animals whenever possible and in a safe environment.
So, when I was asked to review the Push Me, Pull Me Puppy, I was totally up for it. This is the closest thing to a real dog my toddler would ever have in our home. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect too, as he started going to our childminder who has a dog.
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – First Impressions
I was very excited to receive this toy puppy, and we weren’t disappointed … my son was ecstatic!
We tore through the thick transparent wrapping around the box, and cut the cords holding its pieces firmly in place.
Everything else was already assembled, except the top half of the lead that we had to key in. The colors are bright, warm, and attractive for toddlers – and the puppy’s eyes are so cute and inviting.
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – Key Features
- Dog bone
- Water bowl
- Moving legs
- Wagging tail
- Movable ears
- Doe-eyed puppy
- Removable lead
- Music on and off button
- Moving head with the leash
- Music plays when walking Puppy
- Puppy barks and pants when its nose is pressed
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – Our Experience
It is constructed to maximize toddler engagement, and it supports the ongoing development of their cognition and coordination. Its colors are attractive and inviting, it’s smooth to touch and stroke, and just really nice to look at. All these makes it a good stimulus for imaginative conversations and interactions, as well as a fab reference for discussions about caring for animals.
He also sometimes ties his dad’s belt through the hoop to extend the lead – I wouldn’t have thought of that. 🙂
It’s not too small or too big; its size makes it realistic enough as a puppy that can be walked and indeed engaged with.
I also like that the fact that it is not flimsy; I’ve accidentally dropped it on the floor a few times whilst tidying up, without any breakage. Its smooth plastic body makes for easy cleaning if needed; we haven’t had to clean ours yet despite lots of toddler handling.
My toddler gave his Push Me, Pull Me Puppy a name on the day he received it – Dog Show. You see, we attended a dog show whilst on holiday in the Summer and we suspect this inspired his chosen name for his toy puppy.
He enjoys walking Dog Show at different points in the day, and he sometimes walks him really fast. This makes for louder noise than we would like, when on our tiled floor. However, I think (unlike his dad) that the noise is bearable, especially as we see his obvious enjoyment of the toy.
The puppy’s walking music
a short upbeat tune mixed with a puppy barking and panting – is repetitive, but not annoying. My toddler switches it on and off at the base of the puppy, as he wishes.
We discovered early on that pressing the puppy’s nose results in hearing the puppy panting or barking – good fun for any toddler.
I use the open box the toy came in as a kind of dog cage, to store it and its accessories when not in use.
I also like the fact that its ears and tail are made of a rubbery material, for a softer feel.
Engaging with this puppy toy is so easy and comes so naturally.
My toddler talks to it, strokes it, and we have conversations about him and his ‘puppy’ with reference to his interaction with our childminder’s dog. We’ve found it to be both a fun and educational tool that promotes learning through play.
It has definitely given us lots of opportunities to encourage positive behavior towards dogs specifically and animals in general.
This is one toy I wish my son had from when he was one; and one I see him enjoying for a while to come.
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – Top 5 Likes
- Fun and functional
- Sturdy and long-lasting
- Excellent introduction to pet ownership
- Imaginative, interactive and educational
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – Product Information
- 001 kg
- 60 x 8.66 x 9.45 inches
Push Me, Pull Me Puppy – Overall
Reviewing this toy has been enjoyable for us; it’s given us a ‘pet dog’ without the accompanying responsibilities – no dog hairs to deal with, no insurance or vet visits, no outdoor dog walking, no dog sitting plans if we’re away for long etc. Yet, it is a good introduction to pets for our toddler, and it has inspired so many lovely conversations and moments.
I sighed when I first realized it was another battery operated toy, but I’m pleased that the batteries last long. We’ve been using ours for over a month and the batteries are still going strong.
The Push Me, Pull Me Puppy is a toy that will be enjoyed for a very long time in our home; definitely good value for money.
It’s available on Amazon and other retailers for around $20 to $30; though currently on sale at Amazon for less.