A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids explore the process of caring for a dog by earning coins to play with, feed, groom and train it. The app can also foster some empathy in the care-giving process.
Ease of Play
It's simple to place the dog using the augmented reality app, through simple tapping and swiping features, kids engage with functions of the app to interact with the puppy.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This virtual puppy might help introduce caring for a pet, but it's lack of realism and in-app purchases make it more of a game. Children love to nurture and care for animals, especially dogs. But, kids and their families do not always understand the amount of commitments it takes to care for puppies. Using augmented reality, kids can design a puppy and then envision what it's like to care for it in their home environment. Using basic tapping and swiping, interacting with the puppy in the app is simple. However, in order to unlock additional features, kids will need to spend a fair amount of time engaging with the app to unlock coins. Buying the items through in-app purchasing is expensive. Kids love to earn points, and parents might want to monitor their play, since it's possible to be continuously rewarded for feeding the dog repeatedly, which is not realistic in day-to-day life. While this app is primarily a game for kids to play, parents who are looking to teach kids about the realistic requirements of having a puppy might be able to use it as an exercise in promoting responsible pet ownership.
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