On the latest episode of Shark Tank, one business venture stood out for us dog lovers, thanks to the creator of the Pooch Selfie.
When it comes to the creations and business ideas that make it onto the show, Shark Tank, it is usually the ones we want to use for ourselves that really stick out. And that means when a dog related product shows up, we are usually ready to throw away all of our money.
On the latest episode of the long running series, we were introduced to the creator of Pooch Selfie, Jason Hernandez. As USA Today explained in their review of the episode, the product in question is a selfie stick with our dogs in mind, thanks to a squeaky tennis ball that attaches to our phones.
According to Hernandez, the purpose of the Pooch Selfie is to allow you to become the perfect “dog photographer.” Before he created this product, Hernandez said that many of the pictures of his own pup, Logan, were blurry or the dog was facing the wrong way, and of course in other pictures it was all about doggy kisses.
Jason Hernandez told the Shark Tank sharks that the goal of the Pooch Selfie is to not only take amazing selfies with your dog, but to also take some great portraits as well. Think of it as a multipurpose tool to keep your pup’s attention on you when trying to take their picture.
While we were sold on the product as soon as we saw it, the price tag was a definite plus, as he sells the Pooch Selfie at $9.99 each. And apparently they are even in some Bed, Bath & Beyond stores, although he did admit that the product was struggling to do well in retail locations due to it being labeled a pet toy.
Even though Hernandez was clearly nervous being on Shark Tank as he stood before the people he has watched for years, we weren’t surprised when one of the sharks took a chance on him and his product. Honestly, it may have been touch and go there for a bit, but really this was still the kind of product that we can see going big, especially considering the passion that Hernandez has for his creation.
As Jason Hernandez explained in his pitch, he gets a lot of joy from taking pictures of Logan, as he considers his dog his best friend. And he also shared that, “my dog’s not going to be around forever. That’s my first best friend. I just want to share that with people so they can do the same thing.”
As dog lovers, we completely understand where Hernandez is coming from. And as someone who takes a lot of pictures and videos of my dog, anything that helps make the process easier is a welcome addition to my life. Now I can’t wait to see how this Shark Tank partnership takes the Pooch Selfie to the next level, after all the entire purpose of the show is to help these entrepreneurs expand in a way that makes their product or service available to more of us.
What do you think of the Pooch Selfie? Would you use something like this to take better pictures of your dog? Tell us what you think in the comments below.