The classic stainless dog wash tub with an important extra
Our engineers are always on a mission to make life easier for dog groomers. That’s why we head out into the field from time to time, so we can talk with groomers all over the country. Inevitably during our travels, we often hear about the back breaking struggle of lifting wiggly, wet dogs all day long.
Kennel news: Inventive Commercial Trench Drains Eliminate Kennel Odor
Oh the never-ending problem of kennel urine odors. At Direct Animal Products, we constantly hear about this issue from the doggie day care owners, groomers, animal control officers, shelter managers and other kennel-related folks we talk with.
The Joy Of Dog Grooming Tubs That Have A Foot-Tap Swivel Ramp
Of all the professional pet grooming equipment you invest in, whether you’re running a luxury doggie spa and you need durable dog grooming tubs for your clients… or you’re a shelter or animal control facility using utility dog bath tubs for pups that need a loving cleanup…
Dog Day Care Equipment Room Dividers
Owning a dog day care is a very rewarding albeit challenging endeavor. Meeting the physically active needs of large and small breeds with varying levels of temperament takes a lot of planning and careful supervision. When you find the right balance, your clients are happy. These days they will then “like” you on Face Book and tweet images of their pet getting dropped off at doggy day care to all of their followers, giving new meaning to the term “word of mouth”. Within days you can gain more clients than you know what to do with. For this reason room dividers are an excellent way to give you flexible play spaces. It is important when shopping for room dividers and other dog day care equipment that you do your research. You’ll want to make sure that the dividers are made of a heavy duty, pet safe material, on lockable wheels so your staff can move them around into multiple configurations.
At a recent tradeshow, we took all of our favorite pieces of grooming equipment. Our bathing tub with rotating ramp, our Hydraulic Bathing Tub which is always a favorite with groomers because it lifts up and down with a hand held remote, even our fanciest kennel with all the bells and whistles and most of the groomers gravitated straight to the floor grate and I have to say, I totally understood! I was a dog bather in my aunt’s dog grooming shop. From ages 13-15, I spent my summers wrestling all kinds of dogs, every size from Toy Poodle to Doberman and it wasn’t easy. Back then there were hardly any accessories and a bathing tub consisted of a standard human tub, raised off the ground somehow and it was a major back breaker, not to mention there were zero tie downs and now that I think about it, it was pretty unsafe. I do remember clogged hair slowing down the drainage in the tub and inevitably 90% of the dog was clean, except for the paws. These days bathing tubs have come so far, mainly because groomers demand options, ergonomics and the best value for their money. When you own and operate a business, you pay close attention to the bottom line so as manufacturers we had better be on our toes!
If you operate an animal shelter you face a lot of challenges. If you’re a shelter faced with the prospect of weekly euthanasia, getting animals adopted is at the top of your list. You’re busy with the day to day operations and most likely do not have time to spend on FaceBook, but FB has become an effective tool in the animal sheltering world especially since a lot of shelters are on the outskirts of towns and not many people even know where their local animal shelter is. Having a network of dedicated volunteers is crucial. Our local animal shelter in Wise County Texas has a group of passionate volunteers. They set up 2 FB pages one is for all of the animals in the shelter https://www.facebook.com/DirectAnimal?ref=hl#!/Urgent.Wise.Co.Animals
Large & Small Animal Cages: Our Custom Solution for Grooming Centers, Animal Shelters and Boarding Facilities
There are so many options for caging when it comes to large and small companion animals. Every time I watch a show on Animal Planet or see a commercial with an animal in a cage I pause, rewind and re-play in slow motion to take a look at what these animals are being kept in. We design and manufacture cages here in Texas and we’ve tried to think of everything from a dog or cat’s perspective as well as the human’s perspective that has to use and clean the dang thing.
As a leading manufacturer of cat condos and all things animal related, we’re always innovating and looking for ways to improve on our designs and make exactly what our customers are asking for. To that end we’ve established that each customer has a different need so custom configurations are key.
In our 4 part Dog Kennel Designs and Configurations blog series, we’ve covered the door, the sides and back, often referred to as dog kennel panels, the dog kennel floors and now finally, the dog kennel covers, or overhead enclosure. For boarding facilities and animal control/shelter environments animal safety and escape prevention is a top priority. Some of the dogs in an animal shelter have jumped their fence at home and were rewarded with their temporary freedom so having at least a few kennels equipped with kennel covers is recommended if you’ve identified one of these animals in your care. Ideally you want a cover that is made to withstand repeated blunt force, but not so heavy that it will cause any type of injury or harm. Our dog kennel cover is made of 1/4” thick round stainless steel rod. It’s very smooth material and non-porous so it resists bacteria and looks nice too. It’s fully welded for maximum durability then set inside a stainless frame. It easily attaches to kennel side panels or existing block wall and it’s available in custom sizes. It’s designed with animal safety in mind so even the craftiest escape artist will remain safe and sound, right where you left them.
Traditionally speaking, your dog kennel flooring success depends on these factors: 1) suitability and quality of the materials, 2) proper floor preparation, 3) proper installation, and 4) proper maintenance. These topics are covered exceptionally well in an article written by Grant Loyd in the May/June issue of Pet Boarding & Daycare Magazine. I can’t say enough great things about this Barkleigh publication. I consider it a must read for anyone in the pet boarding and daycare business. Once you’ve decided on your foundational dog kennel flooring you can build on that with a raised flooring product.