What’s not to love about being a dog owner? Dogs won’t ignore you like cats do. They’ll faithfully remain by your side, alert to any impending danger. And they’ll smother you with as much affection as you can handle.
The only shitty part about caring for a dog is, quite literally, cleaning up after them. No one likes to physically transfer poop into a plastic bag. Some owners are so repulsed by the entire process that they prefer to skip it entirely, leaving the poop exactly where it is.
Piqapoo wants to solve this problem entirely. The product consists of a small bag attached to a soft clip that is strapped onto a dog’s tail.
When your favorite furry canine has to do its business, all the poop falls directly into the bag. Owners then click a button to remove the bag from its clip and dispose of it directly, without coming into contact with any unsanitary things.
Piqapoo was initially conceptualized by Re’em Hazan years ago. He’s a dog owner who raised 11 dogs at a time – and struggled with proper solutions for waste disposal. The patent was registered in 2013, but it took the founders almost three years and several prototypes before they were able to hit a hundred percent success rate.
“Piqapoo has been beta-tested with more than 100 dogs of different breeds and sizes. It’s 100 percent safe and comfortable for the dogs to wear,” explains Gideon Hazan, CEO. “Veterinarians and dog trainers have been involved throughout the development and testing stages.”
The founder adds that competing dog poop devices are clunky and difficult to use. Fitted devices can be uncomfortable for a dog and don’t work if, say, your dog has diarrhea. There are also modified bags, but they’re expensive and don’t always work seamlessly.
“Once your dog gets used to Piqapoo, it’s as if he had been using it his entire life,” asserts Gideon.
Piqapoo’s Kickstarter launched yesterday and it’s already blown past its modest funding target of US$15,000. There’s still 58 days for it to run, with estimated delivery by March next year.
“A common piece of feedback we get from users is that their dogs wag their tales in happiness if they see their owners taking out the Piqapoo. They know that soon they will get to walk outside!” laughs Gideon.