“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Push, Pull & Roll „
We've had this toy for over 2 years now, my daughter received it for her 1st birthday, and she's now 3. And to say we've had it for over 2 years, you would never guess by looking at the toy because it still looks like new. Now whether this is because of the toy's quality, or because it hardly gets played with, I'll let you decide.
The actual toy is from Early Learning Centre, and we all know this to be a shop that sells good quality toys, if not a little bit pricey - this one comes in at £16. What you get is a cute little doggy in teddy format stuck on some oval shaped wheels, on the end of a plastic stick. The idea is that as your child learns to walk, they will be able to push this along and hear him woof out some tunes (requires 2 x AA batteries, not supplied), and see him flap his front legs.
The toy is well made and great quality, it's quite chunky and brightly coloured so of course it will appeal to young children, but I think that's where the novelty ends; well that's the case in our house anyway.
When we received the toy, my daughter had just learnt to walk so was still a bit unsteady, but quietly confident. But she was unable to push this toy at all on her own, the main reason being that it stands quite high so she couldn't get a good leverage on it, and also the wonky wheels made it very difficult to push along. So she would end up getting frustrated and just stand there screaming until I came to her assistance. As she got older she did manage to push it alone, but this was when she was much older, and it has definitely never been a toy she has regularly reached for.
There are two settings on the toy which allow you to choose between standard woofs, or tune woofs...i.e. he barks when you push him along, or alternatively he barks out a tune as you push him along. Tunes include Pop Goes The Weasel and The Muffin Man, amongst others. This is quite irritating to me, but it has been the one thing about the toy that my daughter has actually enjoyed. She doesn't usually run about with the toy listening to the tunes, but she has been known to sit and move the wheels until a tune is activated and then she will sing along.
I actually thought my youngest daughter might get a bit more play out of the toy than her sister, because she is much more active and physical, and I thought she would love running up and down the hallway with it. Unfortunately it has not sparked any interest in her either and the toy more often than not gets left standing against a wall.
The most I have seen this played with is when my older nieces and nephews come to play (6 & 8 year olds) and they seem to enjoy it, going on the rampage running up and down, just generally making a lot of noise. It seems they have a lot more control over such a toy than my two toddlers have, and they also have the strength to run with it.
I think a toy like this works best in group situations such as Toddler Groups or parties, where the kids are hyper and need to burn off some energy...but as it stands in our house, it stays still most of the time, unused. I've never had to change the batteries in the 2 years we've had it.
I don't think I'm going to recommend this toy. I'm not saying its rubbish or poor quality; it just doesn't excite my children.
My son got this for Christmas when he was 16 months old and it immediately became a favourite toy. He loves anything animal related and also loves running around so this is perfect for him.
The product is a soft toy dog fixed onto a roller with oval wheels making the dog move in a bit of a wonky manner and also making it a little more difficult to push. I don't know if this is a design feature but it is quite good as it means you can stand it up against something without it running away and also means it doesn't run away when being pushed by a toddler.
The handle comes in two parts which are easy to clip onto the dog and wheels and also easy to remove for storage. It is quite long and my son finds it difficult to get the dog and handle at the right angle to start pushing but it doesn't put him off and he gets going in the end. There is an on / off switch on the bottom of the wheels which offers two sound options (three if you include 'off'!) One is a dog woofing and panting and the other is a dog barking out a number of different nursery rhyme tunes and panting which is quite amusing.
All in all this is a fun toy, especially for youngsters who are into animals. I think it is more suited to a toddler who is fairly confident in walking as it is difficult to get pushing it and I think they would probably need to have their own stability rather than relying on leaning on this.
Why we have the toy
My son got this toy for his first birthday and as he wasn't walking steadily we put it away for a few months. Once he was steady on his feet we brought it out of storage for him to play with.
Who is it for
The Early Learning centre recommends this toy for children 1 year and above.
What is it
This is a Push the puppy along he scampers on wonky wheels, which make his feet flip forwards as as he plays doggy sounds or tunes.
The puppy part is made of robust material which is brightly colored. Both the ears and the feet are filled with what feels like bean bag balls. The head and body of the toy are filled tightly with study filling and there appears to be little give in it which I think makes it ideal for the rough and tumble a pull along toy gets.
The yellow plastic handle comes in two bits that attach together to make the handle for the puppy.
Underneath the puppy is the control switch for the three settings off, puppy barking or puppy barking songs. The songs include Pop goes the weasel, Have you seen the Muffin man and Knick Knack Paddy whack.
The toy takes 2 AA Batteries
The early Learning Centre sells this for £15 Its also available for just under that at the Boots website. I have noticed several off these on ebay with a low starting price of £3 so I think that would be a good place to look
What my son and I think
He enjoys using this toy and patting the dog. But the the wonky wheels still makes it hard for him to push the puppy and more often than not he ends up dragging the puppy around rather than it been used as a push toy. I also think the handle is too long for him. Now he is a bit of a shortie like his mum so it maybe taller children find the height of the handle and puppy OK. Noise wise the barking by its self is annoying so we always having it on the barking music side which I don't mind as I try to sing along to the barking too my son just as well he doesn't mind tone deaf singing
It is a good toy but not one of my favorites from ELC that said I do think my son enjoys it and after all it is his toy not mine!
Take the puppy for a walk on wonky wheels to enjoy doggy sounds and tunes.