Myles and Tyson Walters want a good fit for Shed Defender, their onesie for dogs, in Shark Tank episode 1003. Tyson came up with the idea back in 2011 when he wanted a solution for his Saint Bernard's massive shedding. The Shed Defender looks like a doggie leotard. When your pup wears it, his hair doesn't get all over the furniture, rugs or car. The hair stays in the leotard and you wash it out when it's convenient for you.
The Shed Defender has some other benefits, too. Some dogs benefit from the mild compression. Nervous dogs feel more secure when they wear one. The garment also replaces the dreaded “cone of shame” some dogs need to wear after surgery. Which looks more ridiculous – a cone of shame or a dog in a leotard is up for debate. Instagrammers love it too as it provides some pretty funny dog pictures. When your pooch wears one it reduces airborne allergens and pet dander. It's great for winter, keeping bugs off your dog or just keeping her clean a little bit longer. There are holes for pooping and peeing too!
Tyson spent several years perfecting his product. He tried different designs and fabrics until he had the right fit. Initially he only made them for his dog, but people kept asking him about it so he started a business. Customers love them, though nobody asked the dogs how they feel. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and range in price from $39.99 for a mini up to $62.99 for a “huge.”
The Walters brothers are getting a lot of press for their product in the pet world. So far, they've been well received. They likely need a Shark's help with manufacturing and with selling in to the pet trade.
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Shed Defender Shark Tank Recap
Myles and Tyson will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Barbara Corcoran that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Shed Defender will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Shed Defender Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Shed Defender & Myles and Tyson Walters as more details become available.