20 Toys That Will Make Your Kids More Responsible With Their Pets

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"I can't wait to pick up my dog's poop!" said no child ever. As cute and lovable as pets can be, it's no surprise that kids can have a hard time when it comes to taking on the responsibility of caring for them. The unglamorous side of pet care (read: scooping poop and trips to the vet) can be especially tough for kids to grasp, but some can even struggle with walking their dog on a daily basis (first thing in the morning, kids!) and grooming their fluffy friends.

Parents who are still on the fence about getting their child a new pet — or the ones who are looking to increase their child's current level of responsibility — should considering investing in any of these interactive and educational toys that are guaranteed to turn young kids into dependable pet owners.

01
Pomsies

Pomsies

When Pomsies ($28) feel tired, hungry, or cold, they let their owner know with cute sounds and flashing eyes, so kids can cater to their every adorable need.

02
VTech Care For Me Learning Carrier

VTech Care For Me Learning Carrier

Infants and toddlers can get a jump start on puppy duty with the VTech Care For Me Learning Carrier ($25). The interactive carrier allows them to bring their plush dog everywhere, and comes with accessories for grooming, feeding, and play.

03
Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart

Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart

If the only doctor your child wants to see is Doc McStuffins, the Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart ($40, originally $50) is the perfect way to encourage pretend veterinarian play.

04
Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Cat

Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Cat

Best for children ages three and up, the Manhattan Toy Nursing Nina Cat ($15, originally $26) teaches children about nurturing animals and encourages caring play.

05
Just Play Puppy Surprise Misty

Just Play Puppy Surprise Misty

There could be three, four, or five puppies that Just Play Puppy Surprise Misty ($44) is carrying. The sweet pocket-sized pups make the perfect teaching tools for children who have a dog or cat expecting a litter of their own.

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Georgie the Interactive Plush Electronic Puppy

Georgie the Interactive Plush Electronic Puppy

Georgie the Interactive Plush Electronic Puppy ($61) does almost everything a real dog would. He can respond to his owner's voice commands, give a high five, and has over 100 types of other puppy-related behaviors.

07
Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets

Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets

The Barbie Newborn Pups Doll and Pets ($19) allows doll lovers to mimic the behaviors of caring for newborn puppies.

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furReal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin’ Beagle

furReal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin’ Beagle

A collar translates furReal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin' Beagle's ($30, originally $50) barks into easy-to-understand phrases that kids can follow in order to care for him.

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Barbie Pet Care Center

Barbie Pet Care Center

Kids can become comfortable with the idea of taking their own pet to the vet with the Barbie Pet Care Center ($35, originally $43). A puppy, cat, kitten, and hamster are all included, and can be X-rayed and examined at four different stations.

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Fisher-Price Little People Caring For Animals Farm

Fisher-Price Little People Caring For Animals Farm

Farmers in training get a feel for what it takes to manage a farm when they play with the Fisher-Price Little People Caring For Animals Farm ($40).

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Little Live Pets Surprise Chick House

Little Live Pets Surprise Chick House

After responsible kids keep a chicken egg safe and sound inside the Little Live Pets Surprise Chick House ($22, originally $25), a colorful chick (which also sings and chirps) will hatch as their reward.

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Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy

Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy

Children easily learn cause and effect by caring for Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy ($45, originally $58). The realistic pup responds to belly rubs, can be fed with a bottle, and will even fall asleep in his new owner's arms after being cuddled.

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Lakeshore Pet Vet Center

Lakeshore Pet Vet Center

Bandages, a stethoscope, and other realistic vet tools inside the Lakeshore Pet Vet Center ($35) will prepare children for what to expect when they take their furry friends to the vet.

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furReal Kami, My Poopin’ Kitty

furReal Kami, My Poopin’ Kitty

Scooping poop is probably the most undesirable pet chore of all time. Luckily for parents, the furReal Kami, My Poopin' Kitty ($22, originally $25) makes the task seem a bit more enjoyable.

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Rescue Runts

Rescue Runts

Rescue Runts ($20) teach children how to care for and love a rescue dog. These adorable plushes arrive with messy hair and fleas, with tools for their new owner to transform them into happy, healthy companions.

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Dentist Pet Clinic

Dentist Pet Clinic

Toddlers and young children can practice brushing their pet's teeth with the Dentist Pet Clinic app (free download).

18
Hatchimals

Hatchimals

Hatchimals ($60) arrive inside a colorful, speckled egg, which kids must care for and pay attention to in order to make it hatch. Kids can provide even more TLC as the Hatchimal ages.

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Zoomer Show Pony

Zoomer Show Pony

The Zoomer Show Pony ($35-$77) is interactive in almost every way possible. Kids will love the way she responds with sound and movement.

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Fisher-Price Little People Animal Rescue Play Set

Fisher-Price Little People Animal Rescue Play Set

The Fisher-Price Little People Animal Rescue Play Set ($40) introduces little ones to the concept (and importance of) keeping animals safe in the community.