ShedNET helps temporarily control dog shedding
Cincy Chic: What is ShedNET?
Marc Ragan, Owner of ShedNET: ShedNET is the ultimate solution for temporary control of dog shedding in your home and car. Designed to be worn by dogs indoors, ShedNET is a lightweight, breathable, stretchy mesh fabric garment that acts like a net, trapping hair and preventing it from spreading to your home, clothes, car and friends! Gone are the days of furniture blockades and blankets in the backseat of your car. We created a simple way of reducing the amount of dog hair you find on your floor, furniture, or anywhere you and your pet may go – especially right after you clean or are expecting guests.
Cincy Chic: When and why did ShedNET launch?
Ragan: ShedNET began business in the spring of 2014. After a few years of design, development and product testing it was finally time to bring the idea to the market. Lots of people want to own a business or bring an idea to market and the ultimate question is – “if not now-when?” And every time we shared our idea with people, the question they asked was “when can I get one?”
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Ragan: I own ShedNET LLC and The Original Shednet. The product is manufactured by a company in Forest Park, Ohio. Other key contributors in the development are co-inventor Penny Jarrett, Webmaster Michael Ragan and Package Graphic Designer Holly Ragan. Many other people (and pets) provided support and guidance in the development and launch.
Cincy Chic: What makes you different?
Ragan: More than anything else there is nothing like it on the market. There are really only combs, brushes, dietary supplements and shampoos. There is nothing to temporarily contain shed when you travel, entertain guests or go to work. ShedNET gives dog owners a little time off every now and then from vacuuming the house and lint-rolling clothes. It is also an easy-on, easy-off garment that comes in a variety of fun color combinations.
Cincy Chic: Can you explain the product concept?
Ragan: With very few exceptions, all dogs shed. The tedious and time-consuming routine of day-to-day sweeping and lint-rolling furniture, floors, clothes and cars begged for a solution. One day after work, passing by a drive through window at a fast food restaurant, I connected the hairnet the cook was wearing with the shed problem at home. That was really the moment of inspiration. The name ShedNET was coined after listening to a group of teenage girls talk about wearing a hairnet.
The idea was conjured up almost five years ago and was also inspired by a dog named Sadie. Most dogs shed and older dogs shed even more. At 16 years old, Sadie was shedding fur all over the house. Busy lives meant that daily vacuuming was out of the question. Taking her to friends’ homes for an overnight visit was out of the question. There had to be a better and easier way to contain the fur in-between brushings. Several prototypes were made, but it took time, money, support from friends and family, and a lot of ideas to bring it to market. All the parts (planned and unplanned) finally came together.
Cincy Chic: How much does does a ShedNET cost?
Ragan: $24.95 plus shipping. For a limited time, it is available with free shipping and a 10 percent discount by using the coupon code “free shipping.”
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Ragan: The color combination options will change over time especially with the holidays.
The most common question we get is “do you have one for cats”, so that option is definitely on the drawing board.
We also plan to expand the brand by offering specially formulated dietary supplements and grooming tools that are part of an overall regimen to support the dogs healthy skin and coat as well as a clean house. Combining complimentary products for a price break seems an attractive next step for our customers.