COVID-19 pandemic revitalizes Americans’ focus on pets, quality time at home and outdoor getaways

While many companies and small businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, others are better suited to survival and even getting a boost from the hit. According to CNBC and data compiled by ad-tech company Taboola, home improvement and pet products, among others, have all seen a surge in interest while most of the economy falters. With a reported 50 percent increase in consumer interest in pet products, we expect to see a growing emergence of new pet-related businesses—from the basics of food, toys and grooming, to TV channels and shows geared toward pets and dogs.

Due to COVID-related stay-at-home orders issued across the nation, consumer mindset has changed. People are most focused on what’s in front of them—their family, home and pets. More Americans are spending time gardening, working on home improvement and taking on DIY projects. In the rental market, the demand for single family rentals has increased, and multi-family apartment buildings must consider new ways to stand out and improve amenities to retain residents long-term.

There has been an unprecedented surge in pet adoption with shelters and rescue organizations reporting increases in adoption and fostering. In late March, New Yorkers had already adopted 10 times more pets than usual. Similarly, Los Angeles has seen a 70 percent increase in adoptions from shelters. Now that they’re spending more time at home, pet owners are able to provide even better care for their pets, and the companionship pets provide plays an integral role in their owners’ lives, perhaps now more than ever. A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital® reveals 84 percent of pet owners feel more attuned to their pet’s health, with 67 percent planning to make changes to how they care for their dog or cat. As pets play a more central role in our lives, companies should consider ways to support this pet-friendly demographic.

Summer vacation plans look different this year with a growing number of people avoiding hotels and airline travel. People are spending more time with their pets at parks, campgrounds and hiking local trails. Families are looking for accessible and affordable outdoor getaways. RV and camper rentals have increased with astounding numbers as a way to travel, social distance and enjoy the great outdoors. An article in Car and Driver reports, “rental company RVShare, was claiming a 650 percent increase in rental traffic since early April.” And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The market is ripe to attract pet-friendly guests. Companies should consider ways to make their businesses more pet-friendly and attract dog owners. The Evolution Self-Serve Dog Wash is a great amenity for not only “pet focused” businesses such as groomers, veterinary clinics, pet stores, dog-parks and dog-beaches, but also multi-family apartment buildings, car washes, RV parks and campgrounds. Offering pet-friendly amenities is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

“Dog owners love their dogs and will go out of their way to seek out dog-friendly locations to ensure the best experience for them and their dogs,” says Matt Ogden, owner of Evolution Dog Wash. “We’ve seen an increase in calls lately with people looking to incorporate an Evolution Dog Wash into an existing RV Park or as they build out a new location.” Catering to dog-lovers makes them more loyal customers and gives them a reason to visit again and again.

The Evolution Dog Wash is not only a great way to attract people with pets but it’s a great way to generate more revenue for your business. The investment not only pays for itself, it continues generating profit for years to come. Whether you’re building a new destination or improving an existing location consider adding a pet-friendly amenity with perks for you and your guests.

TOP 5 DOG-FRIENDLY SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES

As the baby boomers begin to slow down and even retire, senior communities around the country are rolling out the red carpet to entice this huge infusion of new individuals.  One requirement that many of these seniors have is a safe and comfortable place to live, not only for themselves but in many cases for their furry friends as well.

 

Senior Living Communities Becoming More Pet Friendly

Just a few years ago in 2005, very few senior living communities accepted pets.  Fast forward to today and a recent New York Times piece pointed out that an estimated 40% of senior communities welcome pets.  This is largely due to the huge shift in many seniors’ affinities towards pets that has caused a seismic shift in the marketplace.

 

Not only are these senior communities becoming more accepting of pets but they are also adding a variety of amenities that pamper pets, which in turn pleases their owners.  Some of the amenities that are being added to senior communities around the country include dog washing stations, dog parks, agility courses and much more!

 

Top Dog-Friendly Communities for Seniors

We’ve put together a list of 5 of the top dog-friendly communities for seniors across the country.

 

The Palace Suites, Royale, and Renaissance

11355 SW 84th Street

Miami, FL 33173

 

The Palace Suites in Miami offers both accommodations for active seniors as well as options for long-term care if necessary.  These wonderful senior rental communities are all extremely pet friendly and offer a continuum of care for both the residents as well as their family members.  The various communities have specialized staffing in place to handle the ever-changing needs of a senior community.

 

Atria Hacienda

44600 Monterey Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92260

 

Residents of Atria Hacienda are able to enjoy luxurious living including a movie theater, fitness center, a full-service grill and even a luxurious spa.  Atria Hacienda caters to seniors with pets and will welcome both residents as well as their furry friends with open arms.

 

The Village at Duxbury and Allerton House

290 Kingstown Way

Duxbury, MA 02332

 

This lifestyle community is a full service senior center dedicated to individuals aged 62 and over.  Opened in 1994 the 38-acre campus offers a beautiful, wooded backdrop that is a favorite among the many residents that call this great community home.  Full pet care is available as well.

 

The Taylor

3100 Carlisle Street

Dallas, TX 75204

 

The Taylor offers luxury living in Dallas at its finest.  Some seniors are not quite ready to move to a senior-only community and would rather just live somewhere that offers full amenities and maintenance-free living.  The Taylor is in the heart of Uptown Dallas and even has a dedicated Evolution Dog Wash to keep your furry friends clean year round!

 

Brookdale Skyline

2365 Patriot Heights

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

 

Brookdale Village offers a senior living community focused on independent living.  With a full calendar of special events as well as luxury amenities, seniors will undoubtedly fall in love with their new home at Brookdale Village.  Both dogs and cats are welcome as well.

 

Pets Will Continue to be Welcomed At Senior Communities Across the Country

As more seniors begin to transition toward senior living communities, there is little doubt that pet friendly communities will continue to grow.  This is good news for the droves of pet loving seniors across the country.

DOGGIE DAYCARE IS AS POPULAR CHILD DAY CARE

With pets playing an even larger role in the lives of families than ever before, gone are the days where most homeowners just left Fido at home to play outside while family members traveled or went to work.  The doggie daycare industry has seen a huge uptick in popularity over the past few years as more people look for ways to entertain their pets while they travel or work.  With the entire pet industry accounting for over $58 billion in revenues in 2014, it’s no secret that Americans love their pets!  The American Pet Products Association indicates that in 2014 $4.84 billion was spent just on pet grooming & boarding alone.  In this blog we’ll outline what to look for in a doggie daycare facility and interview a local Cleveland dog trainer with ample experience as to what constitutes a safe and fun boarding facility for your dog.

 

Paul-Pollock-Sit-Means-SitWhat Does a Leading Cleveland Dog Trainer Have to Say About Doggie Daycare Facilities?

We interviewed our friend Paul Pollock who is owner of Cleveland’s own Sit Mean Sit.  Paul’s company works to provide all sorts of dog training to residents of the Cleveland area.  We asked Paul a few questions about his experience with dog boarding facilities and what dog owners should look out for when choosing a doggie daycare.

 

What red flags should you look for in a dog boarding facility?

Facilities that don’t ask for vaccinations and veterinary records could be a red flag.  Also, if a facility is not willing to show you where the dogs are staying it could mean that they’re ashamed of their conditions.  If the facility stinks where they’re willing to take you, it is likely much worse where the dogs are being kept.

 

What are some important questions to ask the facility?

What is the dog to staff ratio?

How long has the facility been in business?

What’s their protocol if a dog gets sick or injured?

Will they provide contact information for current clients?

 

How do you know you’re getting what you’ve paid for?

If the facility staff can tell you specific things about your dog it shows that they actually are getting to know your dog and aren’t just leaving him or her in their cage all day.  Also you should be able to get a sense of the staff knowledge to determine if the facility employees will be able to respond to your dogs needs.

 

What is a good size play area for small dogs, big dogs, etc..?

I would say it’s not as important as how how safe the areas are and how the dogs are being supervised.

 

At Evolution Dog Wash We Always Put The Dogs First

Just like Paul, at Evolution Dog Wash we’re committed to dog boarding facilities that provide the highest level of care to our pets.  We understand that dogs are an integral part of our families and if we have to leave them somewhere we want to make sure that the facility cares for our dogs in the best way possible.  We hope that you’ll do a bit of investigating prior to dropping your dog off at a doggie daycare facility in the future.

MULTI-FAMILY TOP REVENUE PRODUCING PET AMENITIES FOR 2016

As more Americans become pet owners, real estate investors and property owners are learning that catering to these pet lovers makes great business sense.  In the past many properties banned pets completely.  However, as the number of empty nesters continues to grow and young people delay marriage, pets are filling the voids of companionship for a large segment of the population.  This is proven with record levels of pet ownership in the U.S.

 

The American Veterinary Medical Association published some surprising statistics related to pet ownership in America.

  • Over 74 million households have at least one pet
  • Over 43 million households have a dog
  • Dog ownership is growing, especially among renters and singles
  • Between 2006 and 2011, the latest period of time where data is available, dog ownership grew 39% among women living alone, 48% among men living alone and 46% among apartment renters.

 

How Are Property Owners Responding?

Property owners are now finally starting to roll out the red carpet to pet owners.  They are using a variety of a amenities that are not only accommodating for renters, but for their pets as well.  A few of the most popular pet amenities that will sure to be a hit in 2016 include:

 

Dog Parks

For years large neighborhoods have been installing dog parks as a way to draw in pet loving residents.  Apartment owners themselves are beginning to include dog parks in their construction plans.  Apartments around the country are offering dog parks to help attract pet owners.  Even apartment owners in urban areas like New York are installing roof top dog parks for pet owners looking to keep their pets healthy and active, even in the city.

 

Dog Washing Stations

Dog washing stations are another pet amenity that is growing in popularity among multi-family property owners.  These pet washing stations allow pet owners to wash their pets without the normal mess that occurs when using a normal bathtub.  Property owners are looking to models like the Evolution Dog Wash that offer years of worry free service for a large multi-family property.

 

Dog Walking Services

Some apartment owners in large metropolitan areas are even offering dog walking services for their busy tenants.  How great would it be if you could assure your dog was getting his or her daily exercise thanks to dog walking from your apartment staff?  This dream is now a reality in a number of apartment complexes around the country.

 

Grooming Services

Another growing trend in luxury apartment buildings are pet grooming services.  Simply drop your pet off on the way to work and come back to find your furry friend bathed and groomed!

 

Indoor Pet Play Spaces

No one loves rain, especially pets!  While outdoor dog parks are great when it’s nice and warm outside, they don’t serve much of a purpose during the winter months or when it’s raining.  A few apartment owners have taken this concern to heart by installing indoor pet play spaces for those times when playing outside is not conducive for pets.

 

Evolution Dog Wash Excited About These New Pet Amenities

At Evolution Dog Wash we’ve been advocating for additional pet amenities in multi-family apartment buildings for years.  It finally seems as if property owners are starting to listen.  We hope to see property owners continue to be accommodating to the growing number of pet owners across the country.

EVOLUTION DOG WASH IS ADA COMPLIANT

Not only is the Evolution Dog Wash built to be convenient for our pets, but in order to accommodate those with disabilities and limited mobility, the Evolution Dog Wash is designed to be accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities.

As the “gold standard” in self serve dog washes, we are proud of what our Evolution Dog Wash system offers today. Although the Evolution Dog Wash features the absolute latest in what is available and possible with technology, we are constantly looking at ways to improve and update our machines to the benefit of the users, their pets, and the owners of the machines.  The Evolution Dog Wash is now ADA Compliant, which means that our dog wash machines meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and this is welcome news to many people.

 

Who Benefits From ADA Compliant Dog Wash Machines?

Being ADA compliant gives easier access of the Evolution Dog Wash machines to those who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility. Owners of therapy dogs and guide dogs who are disabled will appreciate being able to easily use the Evolution Dog Wash, thus providing them with a bit more independence in their lives. Those with limited mobility will appreciate not having to lean or bend down to wash their dogs using the ADA Compliant Evolution Dog Wash machine.

 

Evolution Dog Wash Features

The Evolution Dog Wash is designed for ease of use and convenience, which benefits all individuals. While your dog stands on a non-skid contoured platform, there’s no need to strain and bend because of a conveniently located extendable shower spray. Hair and water flow underneath the platform and through a triple filtered drain. Our dog wash can be used for shampooing, conditioning, treating dogs with specialty treatments such as flea and tick shampoos, and even drying.

 

Evolution Dog Wash Makes For A Quick Clean Up

Because all the models of the Evolution Dog Wash are made of Aircraft quality stainless steel, clean up is a breeze. All that is needed to clean the dog wash is a quick lifting of the platform, which rests on a kickstand, and a simple hosing down. Any hair in the tub is easy to access and can simply be removed by hand, and any further hair and residue that flows down through the triple filter drainage trap, can be removed with the trap which is convenient and easy to lift out and empty, when necessary. The tub can be easily and quickly disinfected with a quick spray and rinse solution.

 

More Locations And Opportunities To Find The Evolution Dog Wash

An ADA compliant dog wash means that there are so many more ideal locations to consider housing an Evolution Dog Wash system.  Locations and facilities that are frequented by those with therapy dogs can provide a valuable service to therapy dog owners while benefitting from the extra business at the same time. To learn about how the Evolution Dog Wash can help your business see more revenue and growth, we invite you to call our team today at 800-426-0760.