Daniel Lentz, the founder behind Aquapaw, came up with feasible and convenient bathing tools for our dogs and horses. He designed his products keeping in mind how the regular task of bathing our animals could be simplified and made easier by using tools that would keep them engaged and allow you to scrub them easily, making it a feasible job for both of you.
What is Aquapaw?
Aquapaw has worked on different products to make your pup’s grooming and bathing easy and effective. Aquapaw has created unique product designs, including the Aquapaw pet bathing tool, pro grooming tool, an equine grooming tool, and slow treater.
The Aquapaw bathing tool is a wearable sprayer-scrubber combination tool that can be turned on and off by making a fist. It can be attached to a shower hose that allows you to control the movement of water and scrub your pet with one hand.
The slow treater is an innovative technique to keep your pups in the bath while washing them. You can simply spread their favorite treat in the center and stick the tool to any surface, which is made easier by the rubber nubs that let the dog slowly lick their treats, keeping them engaged for a long time.
What Makes Them Unique?
The tool allows you to keep one hand free to control your pet, while you can simply turn the water on or off or control it using just one hand. The straps of the bathing tool are one size fits all, allowing you to easily fit the tool on one of your hands.
The bathing tool has a built-in adapter that allows you to attach it to any shower or garden hose, making it easier to wash your pet at any location.
Are They Still an Active Company?
Aquapaw is still running its business with an active website. The products are available for sale on Amazon.
How Did the Shark Tank Pitch Go?
Daniel Lentz made an appearance on Shark Tank with Tom Zipprian, seeking $200,000 for 7.5% equity in their company, Aquapaw. They introduced their product design and let Robert wash their golden retriever, who later commented that the bathing tool was very convenient.
They sold directly to consumers through their website and had Uncommon Goods as their retail partner. They ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter the previous year and have been talking pre-orders for the past nine months.
Their campaign goal was $42,000, making about $200K in sales. They promoted their brand to Petco and PetSmart, and the feedback they received was excellent.
Robert commented on the high valuation they were demanding from the Sharks, and Tom responded that they had made $200K in just eight months without any advertising of their product and were just a modestly sized retailer.
They wanted to put more money into the advertisement of their product and were hoping to blow up their sales by partnering with more retail sellers throughout the USA. They had applied for a utility patent, which was currently under review.
They also wanted to introduce new products to their range of bathing tools, like adding soap dispensers or towel hangers.
Lori remarked that she has already seen similar products on the market that let you wear the scrubbing tool on hand and allows the water to come through them. Daniel replied that those products didn’t have the feature that lets the user turn the water on and off with just one hand.
Robert offered them $200,000 for 25% equity. He said that he had been involved in many pet-related companies in the past and has learned a lot through his experience. He knew what it would take to get the product out there, with other competitions available in the market.
Lori thought that the market was too crowded and that she liked investing in unique products. She went out.
Mark said that he hated pet accessories since they were always facing competition with newer and innovative products. He went out.
Daymond agreed with Mark but offered the duo $200K for 30% equity. Robert also increased his value to 30% equity since they didn’t accept his offer of 25%.
The duo asked Robert if he could bring the same value to the company as Daymond since he had connections in Petco. Daymond said that he wouldn’t be the spokesperson for Aquapaw. He would handle the back office and talk to the buyers but wouldn’t be selfish enough to say that he would make them save thousands of dollars on advertisement and exposure. Bethany also offered them $200K for 30%; meanwhile, Robert went out.
The duo countered Daymond’s offer and asked him to come down to 20%. This offended Bethany, and she went out as well. Daymond refused to come down from 30% equity. Daniel refused his offer and left the show without securing a deal with any of the Sharks.
Our Review of Aquapaw
Aquapaw is a great tool to clean those playful dogs that like to make a lot of mess in the bathroom while bathing. The slow treater is also very helpful in keeping them in a single place.
Pros of Aquapaw
- Aquapaw lets you control the water flow with just one hand
- One size fits all strap provides a secure grip for anyone washing the dog.
Cons of Aquapaw
- No control of water temperature
- The product is very expensive.
Who Is Aquapaw For?
Aquapaw allows you to easily wash your dogs or horses without making a lot of mess. There is no need for bucket rinsing as the Aquapaw bathing tool lets you control water flow. It leaves your other hand free so that you can calm your pets or keep them in place while you are washing them.
Are There Any Alternatives?
- Bodhi Dog Store
- Waterpik Store
- Dexas MudBuster.
Our Final Thoughts
Daniel and Tom were brave to keep their ground on national television and not give up more equity of their company that they were hoping for. Nevertheless, Aquapaw is very well-loved among its customers, and the company is working towards introducing new products and improving the existing range of bathing tools.