If this is your first time seeing Pupr Pals, maybe you're wondering "Why get my dog another plush toy (that they might destroy in minutes)?" We'll explain what makes Pupr Pals different, and why they're unlike any toy your pet has ever experienced.
REASON #1: BUILD A STRONGER BOND WITH YOUR DOG.
Our goal at milunova is to help build stronger relationships between pets and their parents. Pupr Pals helps to achieve that through interactive play. When our oldest dog Luna was a puppy, her favorite toy was a children's fox puppet that we bought for her at the zoo. The fox never left her side until her sister Nova came into the picture. Seeing how much she loved it, we decided to create a toy inspired by hand puppets yet designed for interactive play with dogs and cats.
Thinking through the needs of both the parent and pet, we incorporated features that would make an interactive play session enjoyable for both.
It's no ordinary plush toy. The inner lining has a special bite resistant fabric, and we added a robust arm sleeve after having our arms scratched during testing with the milunova dogs. You don't toss this toy at your dog for them to keep themselves busy - you play with them.
Every time you take your Pupr Pal out to play, the look on your dog's face will say: "yes, the squirrel! That's my favorite toy because we always play with it together."
Grace has had a similar experience with her lab and Nutjob:
Perhaps the reason dogs get so worked up by the toy is that they think it's real, especially when you are moving the arms and head from the inside. This phenomenon seems universal for dogs of all sizes and ages. It has been shown to bring out the puppy in senior dogs as well. Whether they're an old dog, young dog, or just gave birth to a litter of puppies, it seems to capture everyone's imagination.
Take it from Ken Jagmin, renown Las Vegas dog trainer, who incorporates Pupr Pals into his activities.
REASON #4: LET'S FACE IT - YOU HAVE A SOCIALLY AWKWARD DOG.
Maybe your dog is an introvert, or they're a rescue who spent months or years in a shelter. If they didn't have an opportunity to learn appropriate socialization behavior with other dogs, they can practice with Nutjob.
We went to a shelter in Houston and observed this behavior firsthand when we took our Nutjob squirrel to play with the dogs there. One dog in particular, beautifully broke out of her shell after she played with the toy. The difference in her body language was staggering. She had never seen a toy in her life.
Pupr Pals' unique ability to provide feedback during play make it a fun learning companion. Experiences like that one encourage us to keep fostering and working with our local shelter and other foster parents.
REASON #5: YOU HAVE THE CUTEST PUPPY (OR KITTEN) IN THE WORLD.
Puppies need safe toys. After my puppy chewed the plastic eyes and nose with his sharp puppy teeth off one of our earlier prototypes, we decided to get rid of all the plastic facial features and move to embroidery. This change not only allowed us to create a safer and more durable toy, it also gave us the freedom to incorporate a high level of detail in our custom embroidered eye pattern which is based on a real squirrel.
When puppies learn how to play and socialize with other dogs, they correct each other's behavior. Nipping in puppies is very common either due to teething pains, or because they have not learned to safely play with other dogs and humans. If the yelping technique doesn't stop puppy biting, nipping can be corrected using the hands of the squirrel puppet, in a similar manner to how dogs play with each other.
While we have done less testing with cats than with dogs, cat parents tell us that the protective fabric will give a rest to your scratched hands from sharp kitten claws and teeth as well.
Since the toy is so different from anything else they've played with, puppies and kittens are usually scared of the toy at first, but eventually get into it. Finally, after a tiring play session, they just want to cuddle up together.
And that's why we call them Pupr Pals.
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