Tomy’s Push Me, Pull Me Puppy | Review and Giveaway

Push Me, Pull Me Puppy | Introduction

I didn’t grow up with pets and I’m not keen on the responsibilities involved in owning one. However, I cultivate a love of the natural world in my toddler, and I encourage him to engage with animals when we have the opportunity, and within a safe environment.

So, when I was asked to review the Push Me, Pull Me Puppy, I was totally up for it.
Tomy Push Me, Pull Me Puppy inside its packaging

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 colours are bright, warm, and attractive for toddlers – and the puppy’s eyes are so cute and inviting.

Tomy's Push Me, Pull Me Puppy - doe eyes with bone | @aNoviceMum Reviews

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

Design:

It is constructed to maximise toddler engagement, and it supports the ongoing development of their cognition and coordination. Its colours 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.

The curved hoop at the top of the leash helps my toddler to securely hold it when he walks the puppy. He continues to improve on how to manoeuvre it to turn the puppy’s head, and master how to control it to push or pull the puppy, depending on whether he is standing in front of the puppy or behind it.

He also sometimes ties his dad’s belt through the hoop to extend the lead – I wouldn’t have thought of that. 🙂

Tomy's Push Me, Pull Me Puppy - lead hoop | @aNoviceMum Reviews

Size:

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.

Durability:

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.

Usage:

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.

push-me-pull-me-puppy-ears

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 behaviour 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

  1. Portable
  2. Fun and functional
  3. Sturdy and long-lasting
  4. Excellent introduction to pet ownership
  5. Imaginative, interactive and educational

Push Me, Pull Me Puppy | Product Information

  • 12m+
  • 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.

push-me-pull-me-puppy-playing

I sighed when I first realised 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.

Push Me, Pull Me Puppy | Giveaway

As usual on my blog, you can win this fabulous toy – thanks to Tomy – by accurately completing the options on the widget below.

All the best with your entries, and I hope you found my review helpful.


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175 thoughts on “Tomy’s Push Me, Pull Me Puppy | Review and Giveaway

  1. I love the thought of the puppy having walking music – especially as it incorporates barking and panting noise to make it sound more realistic! My nephew would love it as she is at the toddler stage and loves to interact with our chihuahua when I am childminding him!

  2. I love the durability of this product. He looks like he can stand some rough cuddles! The size is great for smaller hands to play with. Fun with learning built in. I have a Nephew who would love him.

    • Definitely suitable for toddlers, no doubt about it. 🙂 All the best with your entries; your nephew is in for a treat if you win or buy it 🙂

  3. I think it’s a great price and love the fact little one can interact with it, preparing for getting a real pet (maybe!)

  4. What do you like most about the Push Me, Pull Me Puppy and who would you like to one for?

    I would love to win this for my son 🙂 I love the interaction 🙂

  5. I love that it’s a little dog. My niece, who would be the recipient of him, absolutely loves dogs.

  6. It’s cute and will bring out the kids imagination and nurturing. I’d love it for my lil nephew.

  7. My daughter would love this – she loves interactive toys…and dogs! So this is a perfect combination!

  8. That its a puppy and doesnt leave hair everywhere. Lillie pops would love him dearly

  9. i would love this for my 12 month old little girl, great way to introduce animals/pets to her

  10. I think this would be a great toy for my grandson, it looks durable and i like the fact that the batteries last a long time too

  11. What a lovely prize, good luck everyone! I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  12. Children would love taking this dog for a walk! It’s bright & sturdy. Would be perfect for my nephew.

  13. My little grandson would love this well constructed little toy puppy, great for the imagination and fun to play with. Also a great Christmas present for tiny tots who already love animals.

  14. I like the fact that you get a pet without all the extra responsibilities. Ideal for families who like mine are allergic to pet hair or even those who rent a house that does not allow pets.
    I would love this for my boys.

    • Fab point about allergies – I should add it to my post! Thanks Bernice. 🙂 I would love it for your boys too; all the best with your entries … definitely a toy to have.

  15. Love tail wagging aspect, sign of a happy dog. Seems such a Wonderful toy for a toddler. We are a family of pet lovers, though number and type of pet /s changed over the years. Would certainly recommend this toy.

  16. We just brought a real puppy home yesterday this toy would help our grandchildren to play and learn about caring for a puppy and play taking it for a walk too. Thanks for running this fab prize draw.

    • Thanks Michelle, I love running fab prize draws on my blog, and winning others too. 🙂 This toy is definitely a fab learning one. All the best with your entries, for your grandchildren. Hello to your real puppy. 🙂

  17. I love these! it reminds me of the more traditional toys from when I was younger. It’s bright and fun and I think my niece would love it

  18. This is perfect, thanks for the review! I have a soon to be 3 year old who is desperate for a pet, but unfortunately we live in rented accommodation and are not allowed one in our contract. This could make the whole situation a little more digestable for an upset little man. I love the fact that it’s walkable and comes with a food bowl as it at least gives them an aspect of realism if they can’t have a pet of their own!

    • I can totally relate with your situation. We live in a block of flats too, and there are restrictions on pet, though not a full ban. But also, I’m not in a position to take on the responsibilities involved in pet ownership. Even then, I still want a measure of the experience for my little one and this toy is fab for that, in terms of owning a puppy. All the best with your entries. It’s a toy worth getting, for sure.

  19. I like the multiple modes of the puppy, my grandaughter can sit and play or get up and walk about with it.

  20. I love that it is sturdy and long lasting, which alot of toys aren’t, its also interactive which I think is good in a toy. I would give this to one of my grandkids, but there will probably be a fight over it x

    • Oh Tracy, I can almost imagine the fight … good opportunity to practise sharing, hey. 🙂 It’s a shame some toys are so flimsy these days; I can tell you this isn’t one of them. All the best with your entries. 🙂

  21. The perfect little toy when kids ask for their first pet – keep them amused for ages!

  22. I would love to give this to my granddaughter as she is getting obsessed with dogs at the moment so to have her own one would be lovely.

  23. I like that it’s very sturdy and could withstand being thrown around. I’d give it to my 18 month old daughter 🙂

  24. We got my daughter a kitten last year for her xmas she loves her to bits she only 3 but can’t understand why we can’t have a doggy aswell she would love this the functions are great my daughter would love it and maybe stop asking for more pets at least a little while lol

    • Awwwww … all the best with your entries; it sounds this will be a real treat for your daughter. It’s definitely been one for our toddler.

  25. I like the fact that it is so durable and will help children with there coordination skills, it looks so much fun.

  26. I’d love this for my daughter, she’d love a dog but a real one isn’t happening at the moment!

  27. I’d love it for my youngest son. He would love the music & barking, lots of stimulation for imaginative play

  28. I’d love this for my nephew. I love that the toy has so many features that are suitable for young children, something fun without it having to be interactive and complicated.

    • Playing with this in the garden will be such fun; so wish we have one. No doubt your little one will enjoy it. 🙂 All the best with your entries.

  29. I would love one for my son’s friend. I’m glad it is sturdy as he can be clumsy with toys.

  30. My youngest son would love this, he loves dogs and I like the fact it’s not real so I won’t have to clean up after it!

  31. my kids love dogs so they can have a dog without the poo everywhere. I would like it for my daughter lyla

  32. He looks well made and lots of fun. My son keeps asking for a dog so hopefully this will appease him!

  33. It looks like a well built, sturdy toy. A good way of introducing your child to looking after a pet and how to handle it.

  34. The fact that both my son and daughter can play with it. Looks sturdy enough for when they both want a go lol

  35. I love how durable and sturdy this is. I’d love to win for my managers little boy. He’s just turned one and this would be a fabulous gift for him

  36. I love how cute this is! entering to win for my energetic 2 year old who would take it for long walks and give it a lovely home! A dogs for life – Right?! X

  37. Push and pull toys are a staple of childhood fun, learning and balance. I would give it to our youngest if I were lucky enough to win.

  38. I like the different textures 🙂 like the ears and tail being made of a rubbery material not plastic. And I’d love to win for my friends daughter!

  39. my little niece has gone puppy crazy. her parents aren’t ready to get a real one – this would be a great option for now – spark the roleplaying imagination

  40. Looks like a great toy. I love the name Dog Show, it’s so funny the names kids come up with.

    • It is, isn’t it Angela … we sure appreciate Dog Show, he really makes us smile. Actually, I should ask my toddler whether Dog Show is male or female. All the best with your entries.

  41. fun functional and educational, suitable for lots of fun and games with my little one who loves dogs!

  42. What a fantastic toy, I love it that , Music plays when walking Puppy. If I this I would give it to my little niece for Christmas.

  43. I love that it would be long lasting as it’s great quality! I’d love to win this for my nephew – he loves anything with dogs at the moment!

  44. My little William is 3 and a half and really wants a dog like his gran, however we both work full time and feel it unfair on a dog so this would be the ideal solution for him, I know he’d have hours of fun with this cute little puppy

  45. I’d love to win this for my nephew as it would be like having a pet without the responsibility

  46. I like that the puppy responds when its nose is touched, as well as walking to music. It sounds as if it offers several different experiences, so that a child will not get bored too easily. I would give this to my little granddaughter. Her parents (my daughter & SIL) have a cat who gets on really well with my granddaughter and will let her stroke it & play with it, etc. but you can’t take a cat for walks and they sleep for 20 hours a day. A real dog is a lot of work especially if you have a small child, so a toy dog would be ideal.

    • It’s definitely a responsive toy that offers a range of sensory experiences for little ones. It’s definitely a good alternative to the real thing for us and I think your granddaughter will enjoy it too. All the best with your entries. 🙂

  47. my daughter would love this and I love that it is sturdy enough to cope with toddlers!

  48. This looks absolutely fabulous! I really like the fact that it is a responsive / interactive toy that my daughter would love as she would love a real puppy, but this would be the perfect substitute for her!

  49. I would give this to my great niece. (Daughter of my nephew). I think its a really good idea and a very nice toy for a youngster. Looks well made.

  50. I like that’s it’s interactive and em enables pet learning skills I would give it to my son who’s 16 months and dog mad

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