I like to refer to it as Gatorade for dogs, but I know there is much more too it than that :) We spoke with Ryan, the CEO and founder of K-10+ about what got him amped to create these easy to administer and effective all-natural supplements for our pups!
BarkBox: When did you decide to start K-10+?
Ryan: I came up with the original idea of K-10+ over five years ago. Years of planning and doing my research, I finally decided 2012 was the right time to roll out K-10+ into the market. Like humans when your dog is done with exercise they are thirsty and naturally prefer a refreshing drink than a pill so it was the perfect solution.
BB: You’re a new company just like BarkBox, right?
R: Yes . We just officially launched our product at this years 2012 Global Pet Expo in Orlando and are overwhelmed by the response we received.
BB: Congrats on the launch! What inspired you to start the company?
R: I wanted to create a more affordable and effective way to give your dogs their vitamins. Everyone knows how hard it can be to get their pets to take a pill. I was also upset by the growing number of bottled vitamin waters that are not effective and a terrible option for the environment!
BB: Are you crazy for dogs?
R: 100% Big or small I love them all! Grew up my entire life with them.
BB: Do you have a dog of your own?
R: Yes I do. 1 Spinone and 2 miniature schnauzers they are like brothers to me.
BB: How many people are on your team at K-10+?
R: Currently I have a team of 5.
BB: Do you require them to be dog lovers when you hire them?
R: If you dont love what you do than don’t do it! That being said if they aren’t dog lovers they would be wasting their time and mine.
BB: What are some of the benefits of considering daily health solutions for your pup?
R: A healthy pet is a happy pet. Proper diet and nutrition are key to a long and productive life. Investing in your dogs health now will save you time and money at the Vets office in the future! The direct benefits of our different products are:
- Boosts over all health, immunity, vitality and strength.
- Helps build strong bones and teeth, supports hydration and aids in muscle function.
- Supports joints strength and flexibility, prevents osteoarthritis and increases mobility in older dogs.
- Increased cardiovascular health, helps prevent heart disease, stimulates circulation and is essential to proper growth.
BB: Which of the 4 solutions are you most excited about and why?
R: I am really excited about all of them to be honest but if I had to pick one right this moment I would have to say that our K-10+ Glucosamine product is amazing and really becoming the biggest hit so far for us.
BB: What has been your favorite part about starting a company in NYC?
R: It’s where I grew up.
Check out their products here: k10plus.com
The Product: Dog chews
Unique: How many of your other dog chews can you say come from ancient Himalayan recipes? These are truly one of a kind. We spoke to the founders at Global Pet Expo and learned that these hard cheeses are what hikers used to take with them to eat on long journeys.
Here’s How: Himalayan Dog Chews are incredibly hard and great for super chewers. After a little work and some slobber, the chew will soften up so that your pup can enjoy it. When the chew gets too small to be safe, pop it in the microwave for 40 seconds and see the magic that happens! Out comes a yak puff, another great snack for your dog!
Read more about their story and unique product on their website: www.himalayandogchew.com
The Product: Holobal
Innovative: The Petprojekt company is wildly innovative. They’re so creative, they can even make a traditional ball interesting by making it hollow… and that’s exactly what they did!
How it works: For small dogs, stuff treats inside of the Holobal and watch your pet go nuts trying to get to it. For large dogs, you can do the same! You can even fit a tennis ball inside the Holobal.
Other great products: We love all of their products and you can bet we’ll feature another one in the future! Aside from their creative and fun toys, they’ve also created cool leashes, bowls and even a collar charm that will help you’re your pup smellin’ fresh! Check out all of these and more at petprojekt.com
The Product: Jumpin’ Ginger Snap Cookies
Local: We didn’t have to leave the five boroughs for these delicious treats! Here at BarkBox, we don’t like our treats to have more frequent flyer miles than us, so we’re all about choosing the best local spots!
Yums: These cookies smelled so good, we could hardly resist eating them ourselves… mmm ginger snaps! They’re made with all natural ingredients and our dogs gobbled them up in record time!
Check them out: Bing’s has great treats for all occasions. Check them out online at www.bingsbarkinbakery.com and use “BARK” on checkout for 10% off your first order!