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Meet the traffic safety expert behind MIMsafe’s international reputation for safety.

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Associate Professor Johan Davidsson of Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology has
been appointed member of the MIMsafe’s Board of Directors. Johan has, for over a decade,
helped the company evaluate MIMsafe dog cages and the company’s MIMclip.

MIMclip, a system designed to minimise the risk of injury in field competitions, is the only safety system
for this tough sport approved by the International Equestrian Federation. The new
appointment will enable Johan Davidsson to apply more of his considerable expertise in
product safety and testing matters to further improving MIMsafe’s products.

MIMsafe UK new ownership

Exciting times ahead as MIM Construction AB acquires MIMsafe UK

By | MIMSafe Blog

MIM Construction AB acquires MIMsafeUK.

The Swedish company MIM Construction AB, owners of the MIMsafe brand, have as of January 1 2021 acquired a 100% holding in their former UK-based partner, MIMsafeUK.

MIMsafe is the brand leader in the field of safety products for the modern car industry, producing dog cages and safety systems for equestrian sports, with sales worldwide.

“The acquisition of MIMsafeUK, is a strong marker of our focus on developing our sales channels and strengthening the company’s presence in the British market”; says Gert Olofsson, CEO of MIM Construction.

Angus Griffiths, who has run MIMsafeUK for two years, is now the company’s Country Manager in the UK.
”It feels fantastic to become part of an internationally growing brand making headway into increasing safety with innovation in every channel they are present; from automotive parts, to the Equestrian and Dog world.”

The measure will mean MIMsafe UK has more educational powers within the UK to promote products and brand image. This will help customers to identify that MIMsafe are pioneers of safety in all that they do.  We will be able to educate more potential customers and provide many more people with the opportunity to travel safely with their pets.”

Gert Olofsson adds that the acquisition of MIMsafeUK is part of the company’s expansive growth strategy going forward. “We have set a high goal for the next five years. The acquisition of MIMsafeUK, is a first step towards achieving this goal.”

 

About MIM Construction AB

The MIMsafe brand is the international industry leader within the field of crash-tested dog cages, gates and universal cargo nets. Its products comprise the VarioCage, VarioSystem, MultiCage and Care2 series.

MIMsafe moreover produces specially adapted cargo nets for VW, Subaru, Kia and other makes of vehicles. The MIM Construction AB also owns the MIMclip brand – a safety system for safer equestrian sports in field competition, the only such system approved by the International Equestrian Federation, FEI.

 

MIM Construction AB has production units in Swedish Frändefors and Trollhättan, with a
total of just over 50 employees. MIM Construction AB is a co-owned company.
For more information, please contact:

Gert Olofsson, vd

+46 (0)10-55 00 451
[email protected]
www.mimsafe.com

MIMSafe, Leaders in Excellence, Committed to Keeping Everyone Safe

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You may have heard that MimSafe is a leader in the animal safety world and wondered what this really means. Leading sales figures? The biggest premises? The widest distribution network?

MIMSafe is a leader in excellence.  And we’re a company that’s not just concerned with animal safety, but with the safety of animal owners too. Human safety is a consideration in every pet safety product they design.

MIMafe, leaders in excellence

MiMSafe is a pioneer

There are many companies around the world that make car crates for pets. But no other company has the same approach to this task, or the vast experience of MIMSafe.
For over 30 years, we’ve worked in close collaboration with major car manufacturers from around the world, gathering the knowledge and experience we need to perfect the design, function and manufacture of animal safety products for the automotive industry.
The design team study the results of hundreds of crash tests to refine their blueprints. When their designs are turned into models, those models are exhaustively crash-tested to ensure they meet the high standards MIMSafe insist on for their car crates.
MIMSafe is the only company that crash tests its crates to the same standards as those used for the safety certification of child car seats, meaning that users can be reassured their pet is as secure as possible. MIMSafe’s high standards also ensure that drivers and passengers are kept as safe as possible too. Once an animal is placed in a MIMSafe crate, they can’t disrupt driving or distract the driver’s attention away from the road—and in the event of an accident, they are held securely in their super-safe crate; there’s no danger of them being thrown forward at high velocity to cause injury to human passengers, or escaping the car and putting other road users at risk.

MiMSafe is an innovator

MIMSafe isn’t just working hard to make the best pet safety products—we’re also striving to make unique and innovative products, such as the ground-breaking MIMmSafe NewEra MIMClip.

MIMClip
MIMClip on a fence

The MIMSafe NewEra Clip and Pin were the first cross-country jump safety fixings to pass the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)’s new approvals scheme for frangible devices in the discipline of Eventing.
These pioneering fixings have been created to protect both horses and riders from the dangers of rotational falls when participating in cross-country jumping. They are designed to instantly break if the horse hits the fence, whether the fence is stuck vertically or horizontally, dropping the fence instantaneously.
MIMClips are available for all kinds of fence and they have an indicator to show when they require replacing. The fence judges can easily replace the clips in just 30 seconds.
The MIMClip not only contributes to the overall safety of the sport for both horses and riders but also guarantees fair and correct judging for riders.

Taking Care of Your Animals—And You

If you’re looking for a company that has the interests of you and your animals at heart, look no further. You can rely on MIMSafe to carry on innovating and striving for perfection, producing products you can rely on to keep you and your animals safe.

Crate Training Your Puppy For Safe Travel

By | MIMSafe Blog

Crate training your puppy is vital to ensure the safety and well-being of your dog whilst travelling. A dog that refuses to get into a vehicle, causes driver distraction or jumps out at will, is a danger to itself and others.

Crate training
Start training early; making positive associations by crate training at home first helps your puppy associate their car crate with feeling safe and secure. With correct training, your dog will look forward to time in their crate. Always perform car crate training where your puppy cannot run out into the road and remove their collar beforehand to prevent it from getting caught.

1. Choose the right car crate

When choosing a car crate, ensure it is the correct fit. Your dog must be able to comfortably stand up, turn around and lie flat inside their crate. Our Variocages come in a wide-ranging variety of shapes and sizes so there should be an option for everyone.

2. Positive reinforcement

Lots of treats and praise is key in training your puppy to regard their crate as a positive and secure space. Feed your dog part of his main meal in the crate, reward him with treats for being in the crate, and fit the crate with a familiar, comfortable blanket to reduce his anxiety whilst training or travelling.

Lure your puppy into the car crate with treats, once the puppy is comfortable with this, try putting a treat in and closing the door for a few seconds before reopening it. Always reward once they are in the crate if they are not crying or whining.

3. Introducing cues into Crate Training

Once your puppy is happily entering the crate to eat his reward, start to use cues for their entrance and exit. Use the entrance cue before tossing in the treat.
After doing this a few times, wait to reward until they are already in the crate.
A release cue is essential so you can open the car crate and your puppy will remain there until you cue it is safe to come out. Say the familiar exit cue and toss a treat outside the crate. Do this until the dog leaves the crate on cue. Now phase out the treats and use only the cues.

4. Short and Sweet Sessions

Gradual training is most effective; your dog’s comfort is paramount. Leaving the boot door open at first and gradually working up to closing it gently, along with turning on the motor when stationary will acclimatise them to the sound and experience. Slowly increase the time spent in the crate.
Never leave your dog unsupervised whilst crate training as this can increase anxiety, sitting with them in the car helps them remain calm.

5. Limit Travel Anxiety

Make your puppy’s first few journeys short and enjoyable. A trip to go for a walk or to a nearby dog park will encourage them to feel excited to get back in the car!

A car crate is the most secure option for travelling with pets – our crash tested crates are completely secure and fitted with multiple safety features that ensure your puppy’s safety and comfort.

MIMSafe VarioCage

MIMSafe VarioCage Christmas Giveaway!

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Win your very own MIMSafe VarioCage!

MIMSafe VarioCageWe are giving you the chance to win a MimSafe VarioCage of your choice worth up to £990

Our Christmas Giveaway opens at 7pm on Monday, 7th December.

 

All you need to do is:

EITHER:

visit our Christmas Giveaway Home Page  

OR:

visit this pinned post on our Instagram Page

& follow instructions.

 

How to Enter

You will be asked to:

1) Comment with which crate you would like and why you would like it (visit the MIMSafe website to find the crate that is right for you)
2) Like our Instagram page or visit our Facebook profile
3) Refer friends to the competition
4) Share this post to your Instagram stories (this can be done as many times as you like through the duration of the giveaway) or sign up to our email list for offers, news and discount coupons!

 

The competition closes at midnight on 20th December.

We will announce the winner on Christmas Eve.

(A perfect Christmas gift for your four-pawed best friend).

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

MIMSafe Black Friday 20% Off

Black Friday Sale!

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MIMSafe have never before offered any sort of Black Friday deals.  But 2020 is changing everything for so many people in so many ways and we would like to help.

Black Friday

Highest Levels Of Crash Testing

Our dog crates aren’t cheap, but they are the safest, most secure way for you to transport your dog.  They are the ONLY dog crates that are subject to the same crash testing as baby seats and this testing does not only test for the safety of your dog.  They also test for the safety of you and all your passengers, ensuring that the crates work with the crumple zone in your vehicle, to protect everyone; dogs and people.

With rising puppy prices and dog theft, it’s important to ensure that your puppies and adult dogs are secure at all times, even while travelling and our crates feature a very secure inbuilt locking system with key.  (Note that there is an escape hatch at the back of the crate in case of emergency.)

It’s vitally important that dogs are restrained while travelling for safety reasons, and failure to do so could lead to very hefty fines and invalidation of your insurance in the event of a collision.  You can read more about this in our recent blog post about Safety Laws relating to travelling with your dog.

So in order to make our crates more accessible to dog owners, we are offering a one-off Black Friday deal, with:

20% off EVERYTHING!

From Midnight on Thursday 27th to Midnight on Saturday 28th November ONLY

Use the coupon code BLACK20 at checkout and the reduction will be applied.

dog crates

Christmas Giveaway!

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As part of our drive to promote responsible dog ownership and safe animal transportation,

we are giving away to one lucky winner:

 

Any VarioCage of Your Choice

Dog crates

The Safest, Most Secure Crate For Your Dog & Your Family

Crash tested to same standards as baby seats

Works with your vehicle's crumple zone to protect you & your passengers

Secure inbuilt locking mechanism with key

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Four Tips for Bringing Your Puppy Home in the Car

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Bringing your puppy home for the first time can be exciting but nerve-wracking, too! Here are our five tips for ensuring your puppy arrives home as safely and happily as they can.

Puppy in car
1: Safety First

Although it can be tempting to cuddle your puppy all the way home or pop them on the front seat, this isn’t the safest option for you or your puppy, particularly if you’re driving. Not only can your puppy distract you, but in the case of an emergency stop or accident, velocity means they become a projectile weapon. They could be thrown forward, injuring themselves or you. While it’s not necessarily illegal to have an unrestrained dog in the car, in most countries, it’s at least strongly advised against, and may result in a distracted or dangerous driving charge. It may also invalidate your insurance.
So, it’s always best to buy a suitable dog crate before collecting your puppy, preferably one that will accommodate him as he grows up. A crate can provide some protection for your puppy in the case of an emergency stop or crash, and it helps to eliminate dangerous distractions. You wouldn’t bring a baby home without a car seat, so care for your puppy in the same way!
If you don’t have a crate, take someone else along to hold the puppy. They should sit in the back seat, minimising distraction for the driver and ensuring your puppy is in no danger from a deployed airbag.

2: Cuddles and Smells are Important

Give your puppy lots of cuddles before getting in the car. This will help them feel more relaxed and they’ll start getting used to your smell, which is important to start the bonding process.
A snuggly blanket in their crate will make them feel more comfy. If you can prearrange to have a blanket that has been left near their mum to pick up her smell, that’s even better.

3: Take Puppy Refreshments

If it’s a long journey home, your puppy will need a drink. Take along some water and a bowl (many dog crates come with a bowl accessory that attaches securely to the side of the crate). Tasty puppy treats might help to distract and soothe your puppy, and you can buy natural dog treats especially formulated to have a calming effect on your pup.

4: Be Prepared for Smelly Messes

Most crates have a waterproof bottom or inner and will contain any puppy wees, but your puppy may also be travel sick. Take a cloth along with you so that on longer journeys, you can stop off, check your puppy and spend time cleaning them up. Give plenty of reassurance and fusses. If this is a problem that persists when you get your puppy home, take a look at our tips on preventing puppy travel sickness. Open a window a little to let in fresh air and keep the car at a comfortable temperature. Remember that your puppy is unlikely to have had his protective inoculations so don’t allow him to walk about outside.

Dog in car

Cars, Crates and Your Dog: Why You Need to Know the Safety Laws

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Dog in car

Many countries now have laws about travelling with your dog in a car. However, many people, from those with their first puppy to those who have had dogs for years, aren’t aware of these laws.
Making sure your dog is secured in your car is important, not just for their safety, but for your safety (and that of your passengers, too).

Danger Factor: Dog Weight at Speed

According to a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA), an unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph exerts around 300 pounds of pressure. But an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a 30-mph crash will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure. That’s not just incredibly dangerous for your dog, but for you too; any unrestrained weight can become a projectile weapon when your car brakes quickly or suffers an impact.
An unrestrained dog may also leap out of an open window or into your lap, if scared or excited—and they could suffer an injury if your car has airbags. Using a dog car crate can prevent this.

Danger Factor: Distraction While Driving

Unrestrained pets are a serious cause of driver distraction. Turning to look at them, having them sitting next to you, trying to stop them leaping about, seeing them jump up in your mirror: they can all divert your attention from the road.
A 2019 study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll revealed that unrestrained pets more than double the incidences of unsafe driving behaviours and distracted periods, and increase stress in both drivers and their dogs. And the AAA & Kurgo Pet Passenger Survey revealed even more distracting interactions, including giving treats to dogs and taking their photo! Yet according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of a crash.

What’s the Pet Restraint Law in Your Country?

UK: Contrary to popular belief, unrestrained pets aren’t against the law per se. However, Highway Code Rule 57 says animals should be “suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.” Breaking the Highway Code isn’t an offence but may be used to prove your liability for an accident or contribute to an offence such as ‘careless and inconsiderate driving’. An on-the-spot fixed penalty notice gives you a £100 fine and three points on your licence in ‘low harm’ cases, but more serious incidents can lead to court appearances, an unlimited fine, up to 9 points on your licence and even disqualification from driving. And If a road traffic accident is caused by an unrestrained dog, your driver’s insurance may be invalidated.

Australia, Canada and the US: laws differ between states and provinces, but most prohibit transporting your dog in a closed trunk or on your lap. Where dog restraint isn’t law, unrestrained pets can still be a factor in ‘distracted driving’ laws.

Why Crates are Best:

There are various options for restraining your dog, but a crash tested crate is the safest way to restrain your dog in a car.  It is imperative that the crate manufacturer has performed crash tests that the crate has passed in order to guarantee your dog’s safety and that of you and your passengers.  If your dog wriggles out of a harness or it fails in an accident, they may get loose and run away into traffic. A crate gives your dog an extra level of protection in a crash and ensures they’re safely contained. It also eliminates distractions while you’re driving.

MimSafe make it easy to find the right crate for you, your dog and your car. Use our car model search to find crates suitable for your car, or our crate fit search if you have a crate in in mind and need to know if it will fit.

Protect your dog

Protecting your dog from rising dog theft as puppy prices soar

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Protect your dog

Lockdown Isolation

With lockdown leaving many people isolated, the demand for canine companionship is at an all-time high. Following a huge surge in puppy purchases as households spend more time secluded at home, breeders have steadily been increasing their prices since March to match demand, with sought after breeds seeing an increase in price of up to 184% compared to last year.

According to the BBC, figures from the Pets4Homes website that were based on about 150,000 adverts, showed the average price for a puppy from March to September was £1,883 compared to the same period last year where the average price was £888.

Rising prices of puppies

Shocking Increase In Dog Theft

Criminals have been exploiting the higher value of puppies following the lockdown demand, resulting in a worrying increase of dog theft across the country.  Although breeding mums and puppies are mainly being targeted, other dogs are also at risk.  Dr Daniel Allen, an animal expert from Keele University stated that, “As well as breeding mums, working dogs, such as sheep dogs and shooting dogs also attract a high value – they are a ready-made, sellable product.”

The BBC reported that there was a significant spike in dog theft particularly across Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall and Leicestershire – compared to the same period in the previous year, with five police forces claiming they had more reports between January and July 2020 than the whole of the previous year.

Dog theftMany owners across these regions have had their dogs stolen from their gardens or even from inside their vehicles whilst travelling with their pets. With a greater investment needed to purchase a puppy and a greater risk of dog theft, taking necessary protection precautions when travelling with your pet has never been more important.

Built-in Locking Mechanism

MIMSafe crates are a great way to ensure the safety of your dog whilst travelling. All MIMSafe Variocage crates have a robust built-in locking system, an essential feature to deter dog theft from vehicles. They also provide extra protection in the event of a road traffic accident; the entire range of crates are individually crash tested and ensure your dog remains completely secure in the event of an accident. This in turn offers safety not only for your dog but the rest of your family as a nonsecure dog can cause great risk during a collision; a 2kg dog can hit a passenger with a force of 260kg in a collision at 56mph.

With a variety of crates to suit different animals and vehicles, we offer an option for everyone. Invest in the protection of your dogs and your family by looking at our range of tested and trustworthy Variocages.

For more details, please visit our shop.