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Big-City Apartments Are Courting Dog Lovers With Luxury Pet Amenities

Apartment buildings across the U.S. now offer on-site services such as doggie daycare, grooming, pet sitting, training, and pup-centric events -- yappy hour, anyone?

Whitney C. Harris  |  Jun 26th 2015


Some people say the city is no place to raise a dog. That they should be in the suburbs, running around yards, enjoying the great outdoors. But some metropolitan apartment complexes are making urban life all the more welcoming for four-legged residents.

Abington House in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood has just launched its own Dog City, a full-service daycare and spa amenity created by Related Companies in partnership with canine expert Leya Ogihara. This is the second NYC location of the national chain and is intended to serve a whopping one-third of building residents, all who are dog owners.

The Dog City staff at Abington House, where there are already 100 pooches in the building. (Photo by Tyson Reist.)

The Dog City staff at Abington House, where there are already 100 pooches in the building. (Photo by Related Companies)

Alex DiLeonardo has lived at Abington House for a year and welcomed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named Winston into his home about two months ago. While the 800-square-foot Dog City facilities were being constructed in his building, Alex’s pup used the services at another Related Companies’ luxury rental, MiMA.

Because Alex typically works 14-hour days and travels a lot for business, he relies on Dog City for everything from grooming to daycare to leash walks. The dog concierge also offers complimentary pick-up and drop-off, veterinary care with an onsite AAHA-certified practitioner, doggy manicures, pedicures, and ear cleanings, and full use of a self-serve wash-and-dry facility, plus special events such as seminars on training and wellness.

“I’m very happy,” Alex says of his experience with Dog City thus far. “I sent them a thank-you note a few weeks ago.” The concierge is even helping him figure out the best overall care for his pet, and suggested a private obedience school. “They really think about how to raise Winston in a good manner,” he says.

The Dog City staff at Abington House, where there are already 100 pooches in the building. (Photo by Tyson Reist.)

The Dog City staff at Abington House, where there are already 100 pooches in the building. (Photo by Related Companies)

Alex has been especially impressed with how responsive the staff has been, especially during all the snow days last winter. He was relieved to consistently receive speedy replies confirming that Dog City staff would still be picking up Winston from his Abington House apartment on inclement weather days when he was in daycare at the MiMA building.

Even though he hadn’t originally been searching for pet-friendly housing before Winston came along, Alex has found Dog City to be a boon. “It added to the appeal,” he says. “The fact that it was dog-friendly building, it was probably friendly in other ways, and a warm place to live.”

Another Dog City customer at Abington House gets groomed to look gorgeous. (Photo by Tyson Reist.)

Another Dog City customer at Abington House gets groomed to look gorgeous. (Photo by Related Companies)

Other lavish options for pups throughout the country

City Market at O, Washington, DC

Aside from being convenient, in-building dog services and facilities help to create a more social atmosphere and are just plain fun. City Market at O has a 200-foot-long outdoor dog run on the rooftop with a water fountain, plus dog grooming and walking services.

The rooftop dog run is a great place to burn off some excess energy.

The rooftop dog run is a great place to burn off some excess energy.

The Spot Experience, multiple locations

With three locations in the bottom of luxury apartments buildings in the northeast and plans to expand, The Spot Experience offers residents upscale cage-free daycare, personalized walking, grooming, and training services, and retail products. Special features include flooring that protects dogs’ joints and Spot’s 24/7 webcam access in the facility’s daycare.

The Spot Experience has current locations at Silver Towers & River Place in Midtown West Manhattan, Harbor Point in Stamford, CT, and Mercedes House in Midtown West Manhattan.

The Spot Experience has current locations at Silver Towers & River Place in Midtown West Manhattan, Harbor Point in Stamford, CT, and Mercedes House in Midtown West Manhattan.

500 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

500 Lake Shore Drive has its own Dog City with off-site care, 24-hour walking services, dog sitting, grooming, training, and even customized home-cooked meals for your pup upon request.

Rub-a-dub-dub three dogs in a tub at Dog City Chicago.

Rub-a-dub-dub three dogs in a tub at Dog City Chicago.

One Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City

These apartments are home to The Wag Club, which is a daycare and spa for furry friends. The waterfront facility offers daycare, boarding, grooming, and training, in addition to special in-home care and after-hours walks. Wag Club staff will pick up or drop off your pup at no extra cost, and they also organize classes like Wine N Puppies, Basic Obedience, and Intro to Agility.

Wine N Puppies is a social hour for pups under four months and their owners. Participants learn from trainer Rob Haussmann of Dogboy, Inc., about topics like potty training. (Photo by Sophie Gamand.)

Wine N Puppies is a social hour for pups under four months and their owners. Participants learn from trainer Rob Haussmann of Dogboy, Inc., about topics like potty training. (Photo by Sophie Gamand.)

K2 Apartments, Chicago, IL

Other buildings, like K2 Apartments, take a simpler approach with an outdoor dog run and indoor washing facility.

It's nice to see some familiar faces at your building's dog run.

It’s nice to see some familiar faces at your building’s dog run.

Blue Apartments in Minneapolis, MN

Similarly, Blue Apartments provides amenities like outdoor areas and dog-washing stations.

Hanging out with your pooch in a dedicated dog area is a nice way to relax.

Hanging out with your pooch in a dedicated dog area is a nice way to relax.

Third North Apartments, Minneapolis

These apartments have an outdoor dog run and dedicated dog-washing room with a stainless steel tub and table for drying and grooming. The building hosts parties for pet people and always has treats in the office. What’s more, the neighborhood itself is incredibly welcoming for dogs, with restaurant happy hours and open shopping days that accommodate pets.

The dog-washing room at Third North is ideal for hassle-free grooming.

The dog-washing room at Third North is ideal for hassle-free grooming.

The Austonian, Austin, TX

The Austonian has a 600-square-foot dog park with synthetic grass and its own draining system. A dedicated dog grooming room is right next to the park.

This room has everything a dog groomer needs to make your pup look good as new.

This room has everything a dog groomer needs to make your pup look good as new.

The Olivian, Seattle, WA

Downtown Seattle’s The Olivian has a 6,000-square-foot ground-floor retail space called Citydog Club that offers daycare, boarding, grooming, and five indoor pet play spaces.

You just know your furry friend is getting some special love and attention at a place like Citydog.

You just know your furry friend is getting some special love and attention at a place like Citydog.

Meanwhile, Facebook is rumored to be constructing a new housing complex in Menlo Park, CA, that will offer doggy daycare. If it’s anything like the social network’s dedicated spaces for humans, we’re already jealous.

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About the author: Whitney C. Harris is a New York-based freelance writer for websites including StrollerTraffic, Birchbox and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by).