“ Brand: Happy Pet / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys „
I absolutely love to spoil my dogs and they have near enough every toy going. The Mallard Duck is one of the newest additions to their toy collection.
The Mallard Duck
The mallard duck is a soft toy and to be honest could even pass for a child's teddy. The duck itself is very realistic looking and is not at all tacky like some of the 'rubber chicken' toys you can get which personally I think are awful.
Keeping in theme with the natural look of a duck, the head is dark green with a white stripe at the neck. Underneath the stripe is a section which is brown and then underneath that the rest of the duck is a grey colour. The duck also has small feet which are bright orange. The beak of the duck is yellow.
The duck has a squeaker inside the main body of the toy which lets out a quacking noise which to be honest is quite realistic! This is also one of my favourite dog toys as the sound it makes is not offensive and does not become annoying when my dogs set it off a hundred times in a row when they want me to play with them.
I bought this Duck from Pet's At Home where it cost me £5.99. I have also seen them for sale on eBay but they are about the same price and then you have to pay postage on top of that.
A company called Happy Pets produce these toys and there are currently four in their range including a pheasant, a swan and a goose as well as this duck.
What My Dog's Think Of The Duck
This is one of my dogs favourite toys. They bring it over to me and use it the same way they would a ball, me throwing it, and them collecting it and bringing it back. My youngest dog Dax, takes great delight in holding the feet or beak of the duck and shaking it as hard as he can in the 'killing motion' that most dog owner's will be familiar with.
Again, Dax enjoys squeezing the toy over and over, I think he enjoys the sound it makes and it's a good job that I do too as the noise could become very annoying like some of their other toys that let off a high pitched squeaking noise.
This pheasant toy would be great for puppies as I can imagine that it would really help them when they are teething and gives them something to chew on. Unfortunately these were not out on the market when my two were puppies.
The Downside Of The Duck
Although this is one of mine and my dogs favourite toys, it does of course have its downsides. Where my dogs like to play amongst themselves with their toys (often one dog at each end of the toy and yanking with all their might to see who will get the toy) and where Dax enjoys holding the duck by its tail or its feet (basically any weak spot that he can find) and shaking it like mad, the duck of course tends to fall apart.
I'm pretty sure that Dax enjoys trying to find the sqeaker/quacker inside the toy as the moment he finds a hole in the toy, he will burrow his nose inside and pull all the stuffing out until he has found the squeaker, which he them removes and chews.
The duck probably lasted all of a month before they managed to rip a hole in it. If we notice the hole, we do of course repair it but it does tend to rip open again, normally meaning that we have to go and buy another toy - which isn't cheap at £5.99 each.
The other slight downside of the is that the material can get a bit soggy and smelly (this is probably only in my house due to the fact that Dax will take the toys outside and drag it through any mud/dirt that he can find!) This isn't really much of a problem though as the toy is washable.
I would definitely recommend this toy. I do think it is a little overpriced at £5.99 but my dogs really do enjoy the unique sound that this toy makes. I like the fact that the toy can be washed as well meaning that it doesn't become dirty and smelly. The toy is big enough for my two dogs to play with the toy amongst themselves (leaving me in peace!) and can be used in a variety of ways.
The only downside is that the toy does split open meaning the owner either has to constantly keep sewing the toy up, or buy a new one.
I spotted this in Sainsbury's around three weeks ago and I decided to buy it as I knew my dogs would love the furry texture of it as well as the unusual noise that it makes. I paid £4.99 for this which is a little more than I would usually pay for a soft dog toy as my dogs can easily destroy teddies etc but it seemed very well made and it's a decent size, too.
This toy is made by Happy Pet and it's designed to look like a duck. It has a long neck, a beak, beady little eyes and webbed feet. The body is grey while the neck is purple and the head is green. The yellow beak sticks out which my dogs love and they're easily able to grab it while playing tug of war etc. The orange webbed feet are made from a soft fabric and the toy is stuffed with a soft foamy type of stufing material.
The toy does resemble a real duck and my dogs favourite feature of it is probably the long neck - they spend ages either carrying/swinging it around by this or chewing on it and my chocolate lab seems to have some sort of obsession with the beak as she will rub her nose/chin on it and nibble it - strange dog! The toy is available in two sizes - large and medium. I have the large and it's a good size. It measures 38cm long and 16cm wide - it's quite bulky but it's still light enough for all of my dogs to carry around in their mouths without struggling. I am also able to grip it easily so I am able to throw it quite far when we're playing fetch with it.
The toy is made from a soft and furry material which feels like real fur rather than obviously synthetic. I was a bit worried that the material would become matted/smelly/dirty easily which is why I try to keep this as an indoor toy so that it stays reasonably clean rather than grubby as I don't think that it would wash very well. It does become quite soggy and matted from my dogs chewing it and slobbering all over it but it dries quite quickly.
The toy when squeezed makes a loud honking/quacking kind of noise which made me jump the first time that I squeezed it as it's so loud! My dogs love the noise it makes and they will find where abouts in the toy the squeeker is and bite down on it over and over which can get a little annoying! It's a nice change from a usual squeeky toy though. Quality wise, I'm impressed. The material is strong and despite how much my dogs have chewed on this and played tug of war with it, it is in reasonably good condition.
One of the feet is missing and there was a small hole left with the stuffing poking out but a few stitches sorted this out. The beak is slightly mishapen and tatty from the amount that it's been gnawed on but it doesn't look too bad and it's not hanging off or anything. With most squeeky toys my dogs will manage to rip them open and get the squeaker out but the squeaker in this is still in place. The noise it makes when squeezed isn't as loud but the toy overall is still in good condition after three weeks of being played with daily.
I have 2 dogs at home, an Italian Spinone (Lottie) and a Tibetan Terrier, but only the Italian Spinone likes to carry things round in her mouth and give them to people, so when I saw this on offer in Pets at Home I had to get it for her. I got my little one some dog treats so she didn't feel left out! The RRP for this at Pets at home was £5.99 but it was on offer for 50% off, meaning that I got it for an absolute bargain of £2.99. This mallard toy comes in a variety of sizes; I ended up purchasing the Large as our dog is like a small pony. You can also purchase the same thing online for around the £6 mark, on Amazon you can definitely get them.
It is identical to the one pictured above in terms of colouring and it has very soft "fur" if you will. There is a squeaker, or should I say a "quacker", inside the duck. It is very well put together and I haven't noticed any manufacturing faults; if anything I would say that the stitching is very well done and also extremely strong to deter the dog from ripping it apart.
Before I move onto anything else, I feel it is important to say that Lottie bounded over to me and took the duck from me as soon as I pulled it out of the carrier bag - I didn't even have time to remove the sticker. I eventually managed to pry it off her several times that night and removed the sticker bit by bit. She did actually have one of these mallards that came with her as a puppy (obviously it was a lot smaller) and she seemed thrilled to have one more adapted to her size! Dad confessed to me that he had thrown her little one away several days before as it was so worn out.
It was visible (or audible) early on that the squeaker worked an absolute dream! It really sounds a lot more like a duck than your typical squeaker inside a toy, so that I was impressed with (although somewhat less impressed at 7am the morning after). The duck slept upstairs after that. Lottie literally beats the living daylights out of this duck just to make it squeak; if it doesn't squeak, she will persist until it does! She became very attached very quickly to this toy just after Christmas and she still carries it about the place now. Amazingly it is still intact and showing no signs of wear or tear. God help you if you want to take it from her; you will be met by a firm grip and a warning growl as if to say "don't you even think about it". Having already withstood a fair few weeks of playing and recalling how much her other duck put up with over the years, the quality really is impeccable and in my opinion definitely reinforced to withstand many a playtime.
I had honestly been thinking about getting her a big duck toy, so the fact that it was half price was just a pure bonus. They seem sturdily made and withstand some pretty tough play from our huge but gorgeous dog. I wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone with a gundog or any other dog that happens to have hunting instincts, just maybe don't take them to the park to see the real thing straight after! You can also get this toy in a variety of other birds such as a swan, Canadian goose and a pheasant. I might have to get her one of these for her next birthday or something!
This is a sort of fun toy for my dogs to chase around every so often, but not the sort of thing I would leave them with for any period of time because they would totally destroy it.
It is basically a stuffed toy that resembles a duck, with a head, body, little wings and feet all coloured coded in felt and fur to try and resemble the real thing. Overall it is about 11 inches long and in the body there is a little squeaker buried so that when you squeeze the body, it makes the quacking sound of a duck - which gets my dogs very excited. At the time I bought it, I think I paid about £5 from a local pet store, although I have seen it available in Pets at Home etc.
Overall, it is fairly robust and well made. There are no stiff bits (other than the squeaker) so my dogs can throw it around at each other and bite into it at will - which then sets the squeaker off again, whereupon their ears go up, they look puzzled and attack it again and it does get quite comical watching this attack, squeak, stand back and re-attack process going on and on from each of them.
Now I do say that it is robust and well made, but as I said, I wouldn't really leave this toy with the dogs for any length of time. It is only a soft toy and given time, the dogs will start to chew and tug at it, eventually ripping it apart. So in my case I use it as a bit of playtime with them, after which I put it away until next time.
The only minor point is that if you use it outside on a damp day, it will get dirty because all it is made from is fabric with bits of felt and fur. Even on dry days it will get cover in doggy slobber. Most times we can give it a quick wipe down and it has been ok, and occasionally we have managed to put it through a amchine wash with no ill effects. Now, 9 months after getting it, it still has all of its faculties and bits, still squeaks and still looks pretty good, despite the constant re-attack abuse from my dogs.
So in summary, a cheap fun toy for your dog, but if they are a chewer or into toy destruction you may need to control access to it.
As an owner of a now nearly 10 year old red setter its amazing thinking back at what you've bought for him over the last ten years nad this mallard duck was one of his toys. They sell for around £5, look reasonably like a mallard duck, they are soft and feathery and give the sense of a duck if not the reality.
The toy itself is around 6 inches long, it looks like a duck, it can be pressed and make a noise like a duck and generally give the impression for the dog of a real live duck. Red setters are a type of hunting dog and therefore have a desire to go and join in with the hunters flushing out game and generally having a great time picking up ducks and pheasants.
Thats the basis of the toy, the duck does look reasonably like a duck and with the felt covering and the different colours gives a momentary feel for a real duck. The quacking is a bonus, the squeezing in the middle by the dog gives the duck a quack and gives the dog plenty of game play when he's trying to kill the duck because intrinsically that's what the dog is doing with lots of their toys.
Well it is made of felt and dogs do like to leave their toys outside, indeed some like to bury them so inevitably they get left outside, get really dirty wet and smelly all of which are undesirable when the duck sometimes returns to the house. Saying that though they can be washed in a normal washing machine and returned back to the wild.
This toy lasted about 6 months and was a favourite for a while with the dog, we tended to find it sat on the kitchen floor fairly often but after a while we noticed that the toy hadn't moved for a while and when it was washed and given to the dog he took it outside and it was left there for the next six months. Eventually it was thrown away and the dog moved onto another toy.
My sister has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels called Cody and Riley. Recently Cody had to have a minor operation and I collected him from the vet. As he was feeling a little bit (okay, a lot) sorry for himself, I took him to Pets At Home to get him a toy. Both dogs absolutely love new toys and even steal the toys that Gus (my parents' dog) has when they go round there.
So, as Pets At Home allow dogs to go in (which is fantastic for a pet shop), off we went into the store, where I walked Cody towards the soft dog toys aisle. He immediately grabbed one of these mallards and started to walk out. Rest assured, we did pause at the cash desk and paid! It cost around the £7 mark (although I think they may be cheaper elsewhere).
On the short drive home, Cody didn't let this toy out of his mouth so I had to take it off him so I could have a look. The mallard is about 11 inches long and looks as though it's in flight, as it lies flat on the floor. There's a squeaker in its body, which makes a fairly loud squeak. Although, as Cody has barked himself almost deaf, it's debatable whether he could hear it.
I gave the mallard back to Cody. Okay, he practically snatched it out of my hand and lay on it, with its head still in his mouth. And it's mostly been there ever since. Cody usually rips all toys apart within about thirty minutes and we have to find and confiscate the squeaker before he swallows it and chokes himself, but not this one. This one seems to have been cherished and he still loves it, over a month later.
Amazingly, the duck still has its squeak and, apart from the tip of one wing, is in one piece. It's incredibly good quality and has survived Cody's small but sharp teeth, so it's something I am now considering buying for Gus, who is about the size of a horse with larger and considerably sharper teeth. If it can survive Cody and Riley, it should survive with Gus for at least a few weeks.
And that to me is a good quality toy, which makes it £7 well spent.
Happy Pet Migrator Mallard Duck Toy
Description: Brand: Happy Pet / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Toys
Generally speaking, our little dog doesn't play with toys very often. This may be because she is getting on a bit, in fact, she is 17 years old but you would never think it to look at her. She still loves to run and bounce around, and if it were not for the telltale grey hairs around her face, she would (and frequently is) easily be mistaken for a much younger dog.
To be honest, she never really played with toys though, preferring to just run around with other dogs. It was while staying with my sister in law, that she first came across this duck toy.
My sister in law has a bouncy collie who is around 18 months old so just a teenager. Our little dog loves him and becomes hopelessly excited as soon as she realises that we are going to visit. On our last visit, the collie had a duck!
I have never seen our dog so animated by a toy before. This duck is fluffy and looks a lot like a real duck. It is around 9 inches long and has a grey body and a green head. Most excitingly though, instead of squeaking, it has a very realistic quacking noise that happens when you press its tummy.
The collie came rushing to meet us clutching the toy, and instead of barking, our little dog was most surprised to hear him quacking! It took at least 20 minutes for them both to settle down enough for her to realise that it was actually the duck that was quacking, but as soon as she did, she was hooked. For the rest of the weekend, she carried this duck around, pausing often to make it quack.
Upon leaving, my sister presented her with a duck of her very own to take home. This had cost them les than £5 in a local pet store but you can currently purchase it from Amazon for £4.95. The duck is now a constant companion, and goes to bed with her every time that she does. She has had it for around 5 months now and it shows no sign of losing its quack. She doesn't really chew it, just carries it around, but my sister informs me that the collie gets through a new duck around every 4 months, and never gets bored of them.
If you are looking for a soft toy that is a little bit different for your canine friend, then I definitely recommend that you try this one. Even dogs who don't usually like toys may well become a fan! Would make an excellent addition to a Christmas stocking too :-)
== Intro ==
I recently found myself with £5 odds left in my Amazon account after spending some vouchers I had received from Dooyoo. I'm not one for leaving sums lying about so I just wanted to spend it so was browsing the dog toy section. On it I found two toys, which I thought, my little precious might like. One was a goose from the Migrators range and the other was a Mallard duck from the same range. I like most pet owners think the world of my little cross collie bitch and even although I was only spending a fiver I wanted to get the one which I believed would give her the most fun, hence I chose the mallard Duck.
== The Toy ==
The toy itself was £2.95 or £2.75 depending on which supplier you chose. The post and packaging on both wee different but the total cost in both cases was £5.01 so I plumped for the dearer option of supplier. My package arrived today whilst I was a work and since I had phoned my wife to get an answer to a question she raised the subject of its' arrival. She mentioned the dog was looking a bit pee'd off so I told her just to open the package and give her the duck. Little were we to know the outcome of such a move.
== The Outcome ==
So since about 2pm today one little chocolate and black cross collie bitch has continually had this 7inch duck quack quack quack all the time. It is not quite as big as the picture on Amazon gave the impression of but it is as I mentioned about 7 inches long. The body portion of the duck is about the same size as a large green pepper and the long neck protrudes from here. The body is quite a plush grey furry material, whilst the neck is not quite as furry and is split by the two colours, which one would expect on a mallard duck, those being brown and a purplish green. At the end of the head as you would also expect we have an inch long yellow beak. Now I've pretty much described this from heart since it is unlikely that either my wife or I shall be able to get a good look at this super toy while my little dog Tasha is around. She absolutely loves it, and every so often I can here the squeak from the duck, which as far as I can remember is quite a realistic duck sound. We are not normally in the habit of buying Tasha squeaky toys so it is perhaps this squeak that has endeared the duck to her so much.
== Summary ==
For my fiver I have made one little dog very happy, but by the end of the week-end my wife and I might be going round the bend with the constant quacking. Currently Tasha is lying nice and peaceful with the duck in her mouth. She gives it a squeeze every now and then just to make sure it still squeaks, It is nice to see her so content not that she isn't usually, sometime though she does seem a bit bored with it all so it would seem she now has a little friend to keep her company. The toy appears well made and looks as if it might be around for a while yet. All in all I guess it might well have been one of the best fivers I've spent in a while. I'm sitting here with a smile on my face at the pleasure Tasha is getting from a simple little squeaky duck.
This is a jointly written review by myself and my dog Oscar about one of Oscars favourite toys.
**** What is it? ****
It is a soft dog toy which looks like a quite realistic duck. It is from a range of soft toy birds from Happy Pets. I have bought the pheasant before but felt that I wanted to write a review of this as there are some differences in the structure which makes the duck slightly better than the pheasant. There are also a swan and a Canadian Goose available.
**** What is it like? ****
Its made of soft furry fabric and it looks quite like a real duck. Its a mallard drake with a lovely green head. It has a squeaker in its belly which makes a quite realistic deep quacking noise.
The main bit of the duck is made of the thick furry fabric with furry wings and feet and a felt beak.
**** Cost and Availability ****
You can buy it in a lot of local pet shops or larger stores such as Pets at home, it is also available online and it costs around £5.95
**** What will the dog do with it? ****
Well this really depends on your dog and what your dog likes to do with toys. Different dogs like different toys and really if you have a new puppy you just have to experiment with toys to see what they like and what games they like to play. We found early on that our dog isnt very keen on rubber toys, he likes rope toys, balls and soft toys.
Most dogs will use the duck as a retrival toy, you throw it and they will fetch it back. You can teach them to bring it back to you by giving them lots of encouragement and a treat when they come back to you. Oscar isnt very good at this but we are working on it (Rhodesian Ridgebacks arent well known for their retrival skills many think if you throw it away then you obviously dont want it!). You can also teach them to search for things and can hide it in a room and get them to find it, this doesnt work with our dog but if you have a dog that really searches with its nose its a great game to play. Dogs also just like to chew it, Oscar certainly does, its especially good for puppies who are teething they find the texture comforting for their gums. Believe me its better that they chew the soft toy than your arms or hands! Some dogs also like it as a comforter, and we pop the duck next to Oscar when he settles down in his bed at night!
**** How strong is it? ****
Having a big strong dog, the question of how long a dog toy will last is quite an important factor for me. Some soft toys Oscar has had have been torn apart in minutes. We had bought the pheasant (Freddie was his name) before and found it to be much stronger than many of the other soft dog toys on the market although it had weak points, mainly being the beak and feet. This is where the duck is a slightly improved design. It does have the felt beak, which on Mallory has sustained some damage as the dogs teeth go through the felt much easier than the fur. However the ducks feet are small and are made of orange furry material, this means that they are harder to rip so the feet despite months of play are still intact.
Oscar did manage recently to rip the stitching near the head, however it was quite a clean rip and I wias able to stitch it back together and he has been playing with it for the last week without any further damage. Despite the damage I would still rate this one of the strongest soft toys around for dogs.
**** My Thoughts ****
I think although the duck is not particularly cheap I have found it good value for money. I have tried buying cheaper dog toys in the past but found that they just dont last. The duck has been a good investment it has given Oscar hours of fun and although it has been damaged it can be easily mended. I would certainly buy it again. However dont take my word for it, I have asked Oscar to give his opinion about it so I shall hand over to my four-legged furry friend!
**** Oscars Story ****
Hi, Im Oscar. I am 13 months old and I am a Rhodesian Ridgeback. If you dont know what that is then you can see from my photo. I am quite a big dog but I do like my toys, especially soft toys. Anyway today I am going to tell you about Mallory the duck.
Mallory is one of my best friends. He is a duck and doesnt really say much except when I pick him up in my mouth and give him a good squeeze, he seems to like that because he quacks quite a lot and only stops when I put him down. I really like playing with Mallory, sometimes my mum and dad pick him up and throw him across the room and I go charging to get him and bring him back. Although instead of bringing him back I prefer chase which is when I hold him in my mouth and get my mum and dad to run round and round the room trying to get him back off me (this is also a fun game to do with socks, I think mum and dad prefer the sock game as they chase me faster when I have a sock in my mouth), they never win because I am so fast and can jump sofas if they try to close in on me!
Sometimes I try to sneak him out to the garden to play outside but mum doesnt like this she tries to grab him off me before I make it out the door. I have managed it once but she says that Mallory doesnt like to play outside hes more of an inside kind of guy. I am sure he would love to play in the mud but I guess mum knows best!
Sometimes I just like to sit and chew Mallory, I try to pluck his furry feathers, this makes a lovely noise and everyone stops to watch. Sometimes I bring him over to show my Granny, I think she likes this as she shrieks that he is all wet and yucky which I think means she likes it.
At night time when mum and dad tuck me up in my bed they often put Mallory next to me so I have some company. He is quite good to share a bed with because he doesnt snore and he doubles as a comfy pillow.
Mallory and me will always be good friends and enjoy playing together. Recently he had to go and have some surgery because his head came off a bit when we were playing oops!! Thankfully he is well again and we can play like before. I would recommend you buying Mallory (or one of his relations) for your dog because they will like him.