K9 Connectables At Pupp

Posted on April 05, 2017 by Paul Froggatt | 0 comments

Since their introduction to the Pupp shop K9 Connectables have quickly become a firm favourite, so we thought it might be interesting to find out more about the unique Irish startup. The Pupp team recently sat down to chat to lead designer James McIlvenna about how the concept came about.

In a nutshell, what are K9 Connectables?

The idea with the K9 Connectables series of toys is that you stuff the dog’s favourite food and treats inside and connect them together. The dog can smell the food but has to break the connections apart to get at it.

K9 Connectables

Established dog toys are quite rudimentary – they have a hole in it and you put treats in it. K9 Connectables are essentially dog toys 2.0, and work with your dog’s instinct to hunt and work for food, challenging them to unlock the treats inside. Unlike other food filling toys you can increase the difficulty level as your dog gets better at the game by connecting more together.

What were the main changes from original design to final product?

Our first designs were so basic... kind of like most dog toys today! They were simple shapes with different sized holes around them to put treats into but I wanted to make something better, or more evolved that would challenge dogs more than your average toy with a hole in it. So the idea of connecting toys together came pretty quickly which we thought would also satisfy dogs primal instincts to break things apart.

K9 Connectables PrototypesSome of the many iterations of K9 Connectables

Would you have any advice for budding Irish entrepreneurs going through a similar process?

Test and test again. We were lucky that we had someone on our team that has expertise in 3D printing so we made literally hundreds of prototypes that we tested on every dog on the street and showed them to experts and trainers. Don't be afraid to talk about your idea and get feedback all the time. We are still learning about our products and working all the time to improve them.

At Pupp we've been very careful to set the standard high for dog-friendly cafes in Ireland. For anyone interested in developing toys, what kind of regulations might they need to think about?

We chose the British standards for children’s toys as there are no safety standards for dog toys. K9 Connectables are made from the same durable Thermoplastic Elastomer material as teething rings.

Thanks James! Final question - What's next for K9 Connectables?

We have a kibble / dry dog food dispenser, rope toy and tug toy that will all connect into the full range. We are also looking at Mini K9 Connectables for the small and toy breeds under 8kg in weight.

K9 Connectables TeamJames, his wife Lauren, and Connectables mastermind Sandy

 

K9 Connectables are available to purchase on the Pupp website here, or pay us a visit to see them in the flesh. If your dog has been enjoying K9 Connectables let us know! Drop us a note in the comments, or chat to us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Sizing Guide

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and we want whatever you buy to be comfortable and well fitted for your pooch. Sizing can often be confusing, with manufacturers using different standards and metrics. At Pupp we list all our sizes in cm's so you can find the perfect fit.

How to measure your dog:

Collars

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Harnesses

Chest: Measure right around the body around the deepest part of your dog's chest, usually just behind the dog's front legs.

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Sizing Guide By Breed:

BREED AVERAGE NECK SIZE
AIREDALE 40.6-55.9cm
AKITA 50.8-55.9cm
ALASKAN MALAMUTE 45.7-55.9cm
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD 40.6-55.9cm
BASSET HOUND 40.6-55.9cm
BEAGLE 30.5-45.7cm
BICHON FRISE 35.6-45.7cm
BORDER COLLIE 35.6-45.7cm
BOSTON TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BOXER 40.6-55.9cm
BRITTANY 35.6-40.6cm
BULL TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BULLDOG AMERICAN/ ENGLISH 45.7-61.0cm
BULLDOG FRENCH 30.5-40.6cm
CAIRN TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
CHIHUAHUA 20.3-35.6cm
CHOW CHOW 45.7-61.0cm
COCKER SPANIEL 30.5-45.7cm
COLLIE 45.7-55.9cm
CORGI 35.6-40.6cm
DACHSHUND MINI 20.3-43.0cm
DACHSHUND STANDARD 40.6-50.8cm
DALMATIAN 35.6-50.8cm
DOBERMAN 45.7-55.9cm
ENGLISH SETTER 45.7-61.0cm
FOX TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
GERMAN SHEPHERD 45.7-61.0cm
GERMAN SHORTHAIRED 50.8-61.0cm
GOLDEN RETRIEVER 40.6-61.0cm
GREAT DANE 50.8-66.0cm
GREAT PYRENEES 61.0-76.2cm
IRISH SETTER 40.6-55.9cm
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER 25.4-35.6cm
LABRADOR 45.7-61.0cm
MALTESE 25.4-35.6cm
MASTIFF 63.5-81.3cm
NEWFOUNDLAND 40.6-81.3cm
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG 45.7-61.0cm
PEKINGESE 30.5-40.6cm
POMERANIAN 25.4-35.6cm
POODLE MINI 25.4-40.6cm
POODLE STANDARD 30.5-40.6cm
POODLE TOY 20.3-35.6cm
PUG 30.5-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER GIANT 50.8-66.0cm
SCHNAUZER MINI 25.4-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER STANDARD 35.6-50.8cm
SCOTTISH TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
SHAR PEI 40.6-50.8cm
SHETLAND SHEEPDOG 30.5-45.7cm
SHIH TZU 25.4-35.6cm
SPRINGER SPANIEL 35.6-45.7cm
STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
WEIMARANER 40.6-55.9cm
WHEATEN TERRIER 45.7-55.9cm
YORKSHIRE TERRIER 15.2-30.5cm