Robot dog: A comparison of interactive toys for children

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Robot Dogs for Kids: These feature remote-controlled pets

A robot dog is able to carry out commands and learn tricks.

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They cannot replace a real pet, but they can mimic their behavior: robot dogs are a practical and cheap alternative to live furry friends. With a little practice, the remote-controlled four-legged friends are even able to learn tricks.

Dogs are among the most popular pets in Germany. Even before the corona pandemic. Unfortunately, many families underestimate the time and effort that a four-legged friend entails, so they give it away again after a short period of acclimatization. Of course, a remote-controlled robot cannot replace a real dog, but it is quite capable of listening to commands, performing tricks or learning tricks. In addition, the electrically powered four-legged friends must be regularly fed – albeit with electricity. This makes them a good exercise for children to take responsibility and take care of the little rascals. In the following, we will introduce you to four different robot dogs in more detail.

These robot dogs are suitable for children

From 2 years

This cutie Dalmatian puppy goes by the name Harry. It is 17 centimeters long and almost 15 centimeters high. His distinctive characteristics include that he responds to touch, barks and also moves. When obstacles come in his way, he simply changes direction. In addition, Harry should be able to sing and dance with sensors on his head. The only downside here is that the robot dog only answers in English. Therefore, it needs an adult to translate, whereby children will quickly understand most commands (at the touch of a button) even without words.

From 3 years

The robot dog Power Puppy by Lexibook is 37 centimeters tall, more than twice as tall as Harry. It also has a remote control which can be used to control it. Its features also include singing and dancing, barking and counting, animal imitation, light, sound and voice effects. The puppy is not only able to walk forward and back, but also left and right. Besides, he should be able to teach children to count, if the manufacturer is to be believed. A particular highlight here is that certain actions can be programmed.

From 4 years

Smaller than the second, but taller than the first robot dog in this series this example: 13 x 22 x 21 centimeters. The remote-controlled four-legged friend is available in two different colors and comes with any accessories. According to the manufacturer, the dog can be individually adjusted using the one-button programming function. After being charged via USB cable (the other robot dogs need batteries, by the way), he should be ready to play and use for at least two and a half hours. Features such as singing, dancing, walking and interaction are also part of the standard program here.

From 5 years

The sweet dachshund by Ycoo! has been equipped with various sensors, enabling it to carry out various commands. It can be controlled with the remote control, but it also has a follow-me mode: if this is switched on, the robot dog follows its master everywhere. In addition to the fun accordion effect his body makes while running, the lid can bark and wag its tail. Its size is in the middle, measuring 40.6 x 25.4 x 20.3 centimeters (W x H x D).

From the age of 6

The Goplus robot dog (25 x 15 x 18 cm) is even more sophisticated: It is available in blue or black and comes with a remote control to control the animal. It can run forwards and backwards, clockwise and counter-clockwise. The dog can also sing and dance, turn its head and blink its eyes. A particular highlight of this one police puppies are the special launchers (rotating 360 degrees) on the back that can be used to fire small balls at a target. In addition, the dog has a recording function.

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