Leapfrog's "My Pal Scout" is an interactive puppy-shaped plush toy which interfaces with your Macintosh or Windows-based computer via an included USB cable. It has the ability to speak and play music and can be controlled by your child who simply needs to press its four buttons, one of which is embedded in each of its four paws. Its games and songs can be customized through the computer-based LeapFrog connect software, allowing parents to change the toy as their child ages between its recommended ages of 6 and 36 months.
Download the LeapFrog Connect application for your computer by navigating to leapfrog.com/mypals in your Web browser and clicking on the orange "Download Leapfrog Connect" button for either a PC or Mac, depending on which computer you use.
Run the downloaded application to install the software by double clicking its icon in your computer's "Downloads" directory. Follow its on-screen instructions to complete the installation, which will include downloading additional files.
Turn My Pal Scout on by flipping the small switch located on his back directly under the battery compartment to the "on" position.
Connect the included USB cable to the port located on My Pal Scout's back, above the battery compartment, and connect its other end to an open USB port on your computer.
Launch the LeapFrog Connect application, if it is not already running, to configure your My Pal Scout.
If you prefer purple over green, look into getting My Pal Violet instead of My Pal Scout.