October 18, 2019 Marketing Team

In 2018, Americans spent $72 billion on their pets. While this number is massive (and continues to grow every year) it really isn’t surprising. What can we say, Americans love their furry friends!

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that animal facilities of all kinds have been popping up on every corner. Dog-friendly cafes, luxury animal spas, and pet toy stores are trending in almost every large city and it’s surrounding suburbs. If you’re wondering what will pop up next, check out these pet facility trends that are leading the pack in 2019.

Pet Daycares

Owners have to work (someone’s got to pay for that kibble), but it’s hard not to feel guilty about leaving your animals alone all day. Their boredom while you’re away can lead to naughty behavior and frustration for you. That’s why doggie/pet daycares have become a go-to solution for busy pet parents.

Drop your best friend off in the morning and they’ll enjoy a busy day of play and exercise while you get in your full 8 hours. In the afternoon, you’ll pick up a happy, content, and exhausted pup that is ready to relax with you in the evening. Pet daycares like Hounds Town USA include both indoor/outdoor play areas, napping stations, and even offer doggie spa treatments if your friend could use a bubble bath. Plus, they’re a great way to keep your pet’s mind and body active. Chances are, this is a trend that’s here to stay.

Dog Parks

The American Pet Products Association states that 60% of American households have a dog. Since many of those households live in city centers or the suburbs, owners often feel their options are limited when it comes to open spaces for their dog to exercise. Enter the dog park!

According to the Trust for Public Land, there has been a 42% increase in dog parks since 2009. The latest parks include dog and human-friendly features like shaded areas, benches, ramps/platforms, and water features. Not only are these parks the perfect place for dogs to let loose, but they have also turned into social areas for the owners, benefitting the community as a whole.

Natural Pet Food Stores

Pet food isn’t monitored for health and safety with the same rigor that the FDA monitors human food. This means that often times, you don’t know exactly what’s in your pet’s food. As a result, we have seen a surge of natural pet food stores and bakeries.

Companies like Wag N’ Wash offer everything a concerned pet parent could ever want. They have healthy natural pet foods, an instore pet bakery (for your biscuit lover), and self-wash and grooming stations. Not to mention the vibrant colors and large stores give you and your pet a fun place to browse and explore all their delightful pet supplies. Many pet owners are focused on giving their dog the best, which makes these natural pet food stores an amazing business opportunity for the pet-focused entrepreneur.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

People want to take their dogs everywhere. They don’t want to have to choose between going out for dinner with their friends or spending time with their dogs. They want both!

There is nothing better than enjoying a great meal with your friends AND your K9 companion. Restaurants like Unleashed Hounds and Hops really believe in this sentiment; they’ve set out to create one of the first combined indoor/outdoor dog park, bar, and eatery in the Twin Cities.  

America is a little behind on this trend, as many countries around the world are much less uptight about bringing your furry friends along for a meal. So, it’s about time we jumped on the bandwagon. And if the whole country becomes totally pet inclusive, you definitely won’t hear us complaining!

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Thinking about a pet-friendly business opportunity, and don’t know where to start? Our team is incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected in the pet industry. Reach out, and let’s chat about some cool options we know you’ll love!