Watching my daughter (Sofia) play with this particular toy the other day made me really want to write a review on dooyoo to share mine and Sofia's experience. This purchase was an impulse buy what now seems like ages ago. We were in Toys r us buying present for my friend little boy's 1st birthday when my hubby spotted this toy which was part of buy 1 get 1 half price deal and since we picked the present which was part of this deal, we decided to purchase this puppy toy for Sofia who at the time was only 3 months old. So obviously she was far too young for it but my hubby insisted that she would love it when she is older, and he was quite right.
Sit 'n' walk puppy came packaged in the window cardboard box so you can clearly see what's in the box. He represents beagle puppy on blue wheels with its tong sticking out. Sit 'n' walk puppy or "doggy" as we call him in our household has red collar around the neck with green string attached to it which is used to pull him along. In my opinion, he has a friendly smiley face which would appeal to children. Doggy is around 30cm tall and is made of hard plastic. Doggy requires 2xAA batteries which came already inserted and to date, we have only changed them once which is brilliant bearing in mind Sofia has been playing with this toy for around 16 months. Doggy has on/off button and the volume setting button which can be set either to medium or loud. Doggy barks continuously when pulled along (which does get annoying after a while and this is why I appreciate volume setting), whines when he is sitting down and also pants now and again when in the sitting down position. Maybe I should also mention that he moves around smoothly, we have carpets and Sofia has not problems pulling him along and I would imagine you'd have no problems on wooden or laminate flooring.
I am speaking on behalf of Sofia as well when I say that this is one of her favourite toys. She has been playing with it for the past 16 months and is now at the stage when she can nicely pull him along and pretend she is taking him for a walk. It is such a joy to watch Sofia play with this toy especially the other day, when she was pulling him along stopping midway stroking his head and next minute telling him off putting him to the naughty corner. It was really funny. She uses him for all sorts of imaginative play, she tied him up to her buggy pretended she is taking her dolly for walk with doggy. I really like that she is using her imagination creating different situations, this toy keep her entertained for ages. Sofia loves dogs and I am sure she would rather have a real doggy but it is not happening (at least not yet) so for now, she is happy with this one.
I must be honest, my first impression of this toy I must say was that is probably quite boring as it is just a plastic dog. But seeing Sofia playing with it I know I was wrong. I actually cannot fault this toy. It is of very good quality, it had been dragged and bashed around no end of time and yet I cannot see any signs of wear and tear on it which is very impressive. Manufacture recommend this toy from 10 months onwards which I think it very accurate, however Sofia has been playing with it since she was around 6 months old when she could comfortably sit unaided. Of course very young children need to be watched carefully because of the string. I would not hesitate to recommend this toy to anyone; it is proved to be a hit with Sofia's friends too providing she lets them play with him :)
Sit 'n' walk puppy is currently (Dec 2012) available on Amazon for just under £20, we purchased it from Toys r us.
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Take him on a walk and he will bark to let you know he's having lots of fun. When it is time for a rest he will obediently sit down, and if you forget about him, he will whine to let you know that he's ready for his next adventure. Perfect for encouraging toddlers to get up and go. Requires 1x AA Battery Not Included.