In Seattle, Washington there have been some very unique looking dog houses popping up outside of local grocery stores. They are lockable kennels and they were invented and built by a technology startup company that knows dog owners will be skeptical, but they say the invention is a great way to keep your dog safe and occupied while you run into the store. The large white “dog lockers” even say so on the outside in large red letters: Yes, it has A/C and air holes. No, they don’t use it as a bathroom. No, they don’t freak out. Yes, we’re serious. The company who invented them is DogSpot and they recently rolled the invention out to Seattle at seven QFC grocery stores in the area. The company is based in New York and is working on rolling out the lockers across the United States.
The company chose Seattle to roll out their invention because it was recently ranked as the top city in the United States for dogs based on a study by Rover and the real estate company Redfin. The dog houses can be rented using the company’s mobile app and can help owners with a safe place for their dogs while they shop. Dogs being left in hot cars has been such a serious issue, and this invention could be a solution to the problem. The app allows dog owners to find dog houses available for rent, reserve a spot ahead of time and unlock it when they arrive. The cost is 30 cents per minute.
Dog Spot has 60 houses in 14 states so far, with some of them located at rest stops in New York and Connecticut. The company targets areas where dogs are not allowed inside so owners don’t have to leave dogs at home or in their car. Owners can check in on their dogs thanks to a camera inside the house and they can even play music to them or talk to them. The houses are big enough to accommodate any size dog, including a Great Dane.