In 2008, Kathleen Desrosiers, an animal health technician, founded Aïkiou. After giving birth to her daughter Joany, she realized she was running out of time to take care of Sumo, our Golden Retriever. As he began to show signs of boredom, he had to find something to occupy and prolong his meal while making it fun seemed the best idea. So she started working with specialists to create a bowl that would occupy him that would also correspond to how he would eat in nature. Given the enthusiasm of veterinarians for the solution, what was a solution for our family became a product, then a category of products recommended by most veterinarians.
Enriching dog lives since 2008
It started with a simple idea. Keep our dog occupied during the day. The best way we could do it was by using their food ration instead of treats who could lead to weight issues.
Following the request from many veterinarians to mass produce it for them, we decided to found the Aïkiou Company, a company dedicated to enrich pet lives around the world.
It's not a boy, it's a patent
It's in 2009 that Aïkiou gets delivered the first patent for a dog interactive feeder. After nearly a year of work, the Aïkiou gets recognition as a true innovation.
Aïkiou starts production
It's in February of 2009 that we started to deliver to our first customers the Aïkiou dog interactive feeder, making it the first dog interactive feeder on the market
First cat interactive feeder
It's in 2010 that Aïkiou first partners up with cat behaviourist to launch the first cat interactive feeder. It gets instant recognition and is featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Recognized by the industry
It's in 2013 that Aïkiou gets its first recognition from the pet industry with the Best in Show Award from Dr Marthy Becker.
Dog bites were on the rise, that's why we decided to create the HUmanimo Foundation where the main goal would be to provide learning material to families so they could help reduce bite related dangers.
Aïkiou and Mira foundation
Aïkiou associates with a major retailer to create and manufacture a toy to help raise money for children with special needs.
A new kind of dog toys
Having small dogs, we could not find a proper dog toy they could chew on and stuff with treats, this is why we created the Vars stick, Drum and Kogel balls.
Time for a new cat interactive feeder
After stopping production of our cat interactive feeder, we decided to create a new one which would offer a new and improved cat feeder.
new cat toys
After a cool dog toys launch, we decided to create a new cat toys line. The Aïkiou mouse and fish treat toys are being made of a human food grade TPR which is really cool for cats.
new partners join us from around the world
It's in 2018 that we decided to expand our reach. With the addition of new distributors and a master distributor, Aïkiou is now available in over 14 countries both in North America and Europe.
A new year a new project
We decided to start 2019 with a new big improvement on feeding cats wet food. the Stress Away is our new addition with great benefits. Reducing cat ingestion speed and helping them relax while eating.
Now I'll let you in on a little secret
Aïkiou is a small company, actually a small family own company owned by me and my wife. We started it because we had a problem with our own dogs. We don't have the marketing ressources that most big companies have but everything we have, we put it on supplying you with only the best quality products we can come up with.
We make sure the materials we use are only human food grade so we keep our pets and yours out of harms way. But being a small company like ours is also an advantage. We can do much better and still make products which are competitive in this market. So buying a product forms means you have the same quality you would ask of a company for your childrens for your pets. And that's our promise.
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