When you're in the market for a new place to live, finding just the right apartment can often be a grueling ordeal. Finding an apartment that welcomes a pet—especially a dog—is almost impossible. Until recently, most property owners banned pets because of the risk of stained carpets, scratched doors and floors, and noise issues. But, finally, apartment developers are slowly seeing the advantages of accommodating pets as a way to attract and retain clients.
Cats are generally more compatible with urban and apartment living, since they tend to be more solitary and easily left alone for longer periods of time. But until recently, the needs of dogs were harder to accommodate.
Anne Rosen, co-owner of Avenue 8 Mayfair Apartments in Denver, Colorado, says she and her partner set out to design a dog-friendly living opportunity.
“Over 50 percent of our current residents have pets," Rosen said. "In addition to human amenities, such as gyms and yoga studios, Avenue 8 has an on-site canine concierge, an indoor Bark Park complete with an agility course, and specialized floor mats. We also have two stainless steel dog wash basins and an outdoor private park."
Dog trainer Gavin Ehringer, who...