“These dog amenities are just the next evolution,” said Robert Marino, president of NYCdog, a coalition of about 60 dog groups in the city.
Still, some older co-op boards remain resistant, said real-estate agents—creating an opening that others have seized.
New buildings are “bending over backwards to cater to pet owners as potential buyers because they know that that problem exists,” said Barbara Fox, the president of Fox Residential Group, who owns four dogs and two cats.
And it has worked, say agents and developers.
On a recent evening, Dee Maxfield faced a situation dreaded by dog-owners across the city. The 35-year-old mother was at home, her six-week-old daughter had just fallen asleep and her husband called to say he was running late and couldn’t pick up their dog from the day-care center.
But instead of panicking, she picked up the phone and called downstairs. Two minutes later, Paisley, the couple’s labradoodle, stood at the door—complete with a report card detailing her day, and glowing from an earlier bath, full brush-out and blueberry facial.
That is because the dog spa and day-care center, Wag Club, was located on the first floor of her Brooklyn apartment building, One Brooklyn Bridge Park. “The convenience is paramount,” Ms. Maxfield said. “It’s great.”
Other developers noted that their policies toward dogs had loosened over the years.’
It’s about time new developers took notice of the growing dog-owner market. There is a great potential for new industry growth so this is a real win-win all around.