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Pets At Play Honking Duck Plush Dog Toy

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      01.08.2013 22:50
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      A fabulous long lasting friend for my dog

      My Border Collie Cross absolutely loves this toy - so much so I have bought her the mini one to take out and about, and for training it is a bit more convenient to pop into my bag.

      My other collie, (who incidentally hates it - but he is odd) is very very much ball orientated - basically your typical ball mad, collie. And if it squeaks well, what dog doesn't love driving you mad with a constant, "squeak squeak squeak". Luna doesn't do balls. So I found it really difficult, especially with training, as I became very aware of the fact that I was over treating her because it was all she would work for. Throw her a toy she'd look at it and look at you as if to say.....you get it.

      But for some reason she loves this duck. She picks it up, carries it round, and often gets a case of the "hyper zoomies" where she will just run around and bounce around, drop it, bounce around towards it, play bow, and pick it up again. Other times she will just sit, looking at you, duck in her mouth making it squeak. She will also just sit with it. This duck has become her new best friend, she will work for it, even at agility, and she will even fetch it.

      It's a nice soft toy, so I think (and who knows what a dog really thinks) it's become a comforter too. She doesn't chew it which is good for her, which shows to me that she likes it. Her sister likes it a little bit too much, as it's slightly bald in one place and has had its toes nibbled. I quite like the fact that the body of it is quite plump, some toys are really skimpy with the stuffing, but this one is full. The shape makes it an ideal throwing toy too, I usually hold it by the head and the body acts as a weight making it go quite far. Another advantage of this toy is the noise it makes. Whilst if your the type of person who gets annoyed by noises, then most dog toys will annoy you this one being no exception - as it produces a quack noise, it is slightly less grating than a constant "squeaaak". Another plus for me is the stitching and seams appear to be really good, testimony to this is that no one has attempted to unpick the seam yet - which is another party trick.

      Starting at £8 for the largest one, it isn't the cheapest toy on the market, but it has lasted well, and has saved me money on treats for training - that and you can't put a price on a dog's happiness!

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        19.11.2012 21:35
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        Not worth the cost for the amount of use

        One of my dogs loves soft toys, but unfortunately they don't love him and they tend to be destroyed fairly quickly. The ones designed for dogs last a little bit longer than the ones designed for human children, but still not a great investment for the amount of time they get enjoyment from them.

        Sadly, this quacking duck toy is no exception to the rule. I bought this against my better instincts as it looked like it might be tougher and put up a bit more resistance than the average stuffed dog toy. It felt pretty sturdy and robust to me. It also had a 'quacker' in the same way lots of dog toys have a squeak, which of course increases its appeal immediately!

        Unfortunately, this duck didn't fly for very long. My toy poodle had an absolute ball for about half an hour, pouncing on the duck, throwing it around the room and giving it a good shake, even rolling around on the floor in the general vicinity of the duck for some reason I can't understand! After an initial period of excitement he settled down with the duck and about ten minutes later I realised that it wasn't 'quacking' anymore.

        Sure enough, the duck had met its doom, and the stuffing was coming out in handfuls. At that point you have to take the toy away no matter how much the dog loves it as it isn't safe for them to chew on the stuffing and you can't take the chance that the dog will swallow the 'quacker' or more usually the 'squeaker'. Poor poodle was very disappointed to lose his new favourite toy but it had to happen, sadly.

        This toy wasn't massively expensive, I think it was about a fiver from Pets at Home, but as it only lasted less than an hour that's quite a high cost for the length of time it was actually played with before being destroyed.

        Maybe there are dogs out there who wouldn't feel the need to automatically savage and destroy soft toys, or toys that make animal noises, but if you have one that does then I don't recommend spending money on soft toys at all, no matter how well made and robust they might seem to you as a mere human! The dog did really enjoy it for a brief period though so if you can spare the money and you want to treat the dog on its birthday or Christmas maybe then you could get it. Just be careful to keep your eye on it ready to intervene when it becomes potentially dangerous.

        If your dog loves soft toys, charity shops usually sell them really cheaply.

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        16.11.2012 12:16
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        Maybe better for the calmer dog!

        Well, what can I say, the poor Honking Duck Toy has gone to the toy shop in the sky and well before its time might I add! We bought this last weekend for our 9 year old German Shepherd Fino when we saw it at Pets at Home for £4.00 which seemed a bargain.

        The Honking Duck is a plush dog toy which squeaks when the duck is squeezed...or chewed in Fino's case. The duck measures about 35 cm long as is a nice looking toy. It is soft and colourful and designed for company and as a toy for your pet. The different textures would also be great for dogs. It looked a good quality and well made so not easily torn or ripped.

        Unfortunately Fino thought otherwise and killed the squeaker within a couple of hours of having the toy. Not that this was too much of a bad thing as it was an irritating slow squeak every time he squashed the duck. To be fair if the squeak had survived we would have been surprised as our lovely hound has a habit of working on them until he kills the squeak once and for all so we did expect the duck to squeak no more and as it was only £4.00 we couldn't complain. Despite the dead squeak the duck was still like new and showed no signs of wear or tear from his teeth and Fino was soon lying with his head on the duck so seemed to like the toy

        However, after just 48 hours with the duck we came downstairs Sunday morning to find a massacre, with Fino sitting in the middle of the lounge surrounded by stuffing. The poor (un)-honking duck was no more. It had been ripped apart and was now lying in 3 pieces deflated. All the stuffing was strewn over the lounge and Fino sat their proudly!

        It appears he didn't like the Duck as much as we thought and our £4.00 simply gave him something to tear up. For the cheap price I don't think you can expect too much but I wouldn't recommend this toy to anyone who has a mischievous dog like ours. It clearly was cheaply made to not withstand any hard wear and tear and although we expected the squeak to go with our dog we didn't expect it to be so easily destructible! It is cheap and cheerful if you haven't got a dog with a tendancy to rip things up!

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        11.05.2012 19:44
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        Great toy if you have a dog that plays nicely and doesn't try to destroy soft toys!!!

        My puppy was given this toy for Christmas from a friend. He is a cocker spaniel and would of been 6 months old when he got it. It is a Mallard Duck and was bought from Pets at Home for about £5.

        For dog toys I like the look of this. It is a good size, colourful and looked well made. If you squeeze or should I say bite its bottom the duck makes a duck like honking sound. Definately not as annoying as some of the other squeeky toys around.

        The main body of the duck is a bit furry and unfortunately as soon as my dog was given the toy he started ripping the fur part off. However this seemed to come off easily and did not ruin the toy - just made a mess around the house!!

        However this poor duck has now had its foot ripped off and I have had to take it away before all the stuffing is pulled out of it, as with other stuffing filled dog toys in my house!

        For us the best cuddly type toys are stuffing free ones, however if your dog doesn't destroy things then this is a good fun toy.

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        12.01.2012 09:18
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        A toy my dog loves

        My dog is a Rough Collie and he is starting now to grow up very nicely but he does have one habit which he craves and that is throwing around and chewing on any teddy or toy he can.

        Recently his teething has been a bit of an issue and is an on-going problem but when my relatives found this rather amusing toy it provided him and me with some much needed down time.

        The toy is I believe a mallard duck although me and ducks it could be something else entirely. The duck is fun because it has fur on top which appeals and makes it look fun and it has a great appearance of the duck as well.

        So far so good and when I found it made a funny noise as well it was the icing on the cake. This teddy is not actually stuffed because when you touch the inside it sounds like a plastic back inside and I am to be fair unsure what it is.

        The duck is not too big it is something I would give a larger dog more than a smaller dog due to the size of it. When my dog bites into it he releases a noise and it sends my dog into hysterics and he runs around trying to locate the sound.

        The thing which appeals to me about this toy is it has plenty going for it on the one hand it is a duck so it has plenty of colour and although I am lead to believe dogs cannot see colour he seems perfectly able to pick this toy out of a box amongst others.

        It has the nice texture on top which is soft and makes it a very cuddly kind of toy which would make my dog want it more. There is no stuffing in the middle so if my dog happened to open up the outside he would not scattered the insides around my living room as he has done previously with other toys.

        There is a noise inside which is fairly loud and it does sound like a duck sometimes then other times something completely different. He responds to that noise and he seems to enjoy every moment of it as well.

        I like the product also because it helps my dog with his teething but also he sleeps like a baby next to it. Since he has had it over a few months now I cannot remember a night time where it is not either next to him when he sleeps or close by.

        Personally the noise it makes drives me crazy when he is constantly setting it off and the noise comes from the inside towards the back end and when I press down I cannot create the noise at all so it must be a set way of making it happen.

        These are sold at Pets at Home and were down to £2.99 when my relatives got it before Christmas. It can help dogs with teething as it is something they can chew on but to me it is a toy which relaxes him and that to me is heaven.

        These also come in a stuffed version as well I might add but unsure on there price.

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          26.09.2010 20:32
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          We noticed that Ben, our German Shepherd has a thing for cuddly toys. He started nicking my ones off of the bed and camping out on the floor with them - not chewing them but actually putting a paw over the toy and falling asleep with it like he was cuddling it. It is the cutest thing to see. I thought he needed a cuddly toy of his own and I was pretty excited when I found the Honking Duck in our local pet shop.

          The Honking Duck is a cuddly version of a mallard duck and it is nice and furry with the added addition of it quacking like a duck. If you press the bottom of the duck it quacks likes crazy for a few seconds! It is quite loud too! The duck is brightly coloured in the proper colours a mallard duck would be. It is quite realistic though it is slightly concerning as if you have purchased this for a dog that likes to play rough, it might give them the idea that it will be okay to grab a real live duck from the park! The duck is a nice quality and looks pretty durable though I do think some dogs who are quite boisturious and chewy would be likely to chew his beak and feet off.

          Ben loves the mallard duck and was thrilled when he got it. He was jumping up at the bag, sniffing and trying to see what he had got. When I gave him the duck, he gently took it in his mouth and plodded off to the other side of the room to have a sniff of him and after 5 minutes, he laid down with the duck and fell asleep in the cuddled up position he usually undertakes with my stuffed toys. What he didn't realise at this point was that the duck was not just a stuffed toy but an actual play toy.

          When he eventually decided to come back to the land of the living, my daughter showed him that he could play catch with the duck and she let him hear the noise it makes. He went barmy! He absolutely loves the noise and if he hears it when he isn't in the same room you can guarantee he will come charging in to see if someone is ready to play with the duck. As I said previously the sound the duck makes is pretty loud and unfortunately Ben has discovered how to make it quack all by himself and he has decided in the middle of the night that he has wanted to play with his duck and makes him quack. Not the nicest of sounds to be woken up by!

          It is a really nice toy and is a little bit different to all the others out there. Ben really likes it and it is his bedtime pal! Highly recommended!

          ETA: I paid £4.99 for it from my local pet shop.

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            22.08.2010 21:32
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            A great distraction toy

            Very recently we went out and got our very own little puppy, a very adorable, cute and totally cuddly labradoodle. He isn't my first dog, but he is my first dog since I have moved out of my parent's house many years ago, and I was excited. I wanted to get a few toys and treats to get him started and settled into his new home, he's already turning out to be a bit of a spoilt puppy. One of his currently favourite toys is this honking duck dog toy. It is a cuddly imitation mallard duck that is soft to the touch and reminded me of a cuddly toy that I had when I was younger.

            When you press the toys bottom it makes a type of quacking noise. So far my puppy hasn't figured out how to make it quack by himself, but he loves the sound of it when it does, he comes running to jump all over it with renewed enthusiasm. I have to admit, I think that I will go off this toy a bit when he does realise how to make it quack, the noise is quite loud and it does stay on for a good few seconds before going quiet again. This toy because of the noise, makes for a great distraction, which is a fantastic help when the little puppy looks like he is about to do something he shouldn't.

            This toy looks quite good and is a nice size for larger puppies. So far this poor toy has stood up to a lot of chewing and biting without looking too much the worse for wear. My puppy loves this toy, however, I think it realistically won't last all that long. I ordered mine from Amazon for around £3 and I believe you can buy this for around £5 from Pets at Home, which works out pretty much the same by the time you pay for postage and packaging. Although, I can see this toy being shredded in the near future the amount of fun he has had with it is well worth the cost.

            It's a nice toy and it's a bit different form all the other toys that just seem to squeak. It is also a pretty good quality toy and it hasn't fallen apart yet, even when taking a lot of puppy attacks and he isn't the most delicate pup out there. This toy has definitely earned a very well deserved four out of five stars. A great toy and I would happily recommend it to other people.

            I bought this for my puppy but it would be suitable for larger adult dogs too.

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