Albertsons customers can now use DogSpot—a high-tech sidewalk sanctuary for dogs on the go. In the shape of a traditional doghouse but packed with amenities, the DogSpot offers a safe and comfortable home away from home for shoppers’ dogs that might otherwise be left in the car or have to miss out on the extra adventure and time with the family.
Two DogSpot houses will be placed outside of Albertsons on Broadway in Boise and Albertsons Market Street in Meridian. The houses are app-connected and available on both iPhone and Android, offering customers quick and seamless access to the houses. Shoppers may reserve a house up to 15 minutes before use through the app if they’re anticipating a trip to the store or use an available house immediately upon arrival. The houses lock to allow only the customer’s specific app account access to the house while their dog is inside, ensuring the dog’s safety while the customer shops. They’re also temperature controlled with fresh air ventilation to keep an optimal temperature inside and equipped with vet-grade UVC lights that sanitize the house automatically between each new session. Customers can monitor their dog through the DogSpot app’s puppy-cam feature while they shop.
The Brooklyn-based DogSpot was founded on the idea that life is better when you can bring your dog with you. Because 97 percent of dog owners consider their dogs family and 86 percent of them go on errands with their owners every week, retailers like Albertsons are making the best accommodations available to their customers and pupstomers.
“At Albertsons, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers,” says John Colgrove, Albertsons Companies intermountain division president. “Having DogSpot houses available at our two Albertsons stores will offer our customers who are running errands with their pets a safe and comfortable option for them while they do their shopping.”
DogSpot’s co-founder and CEO Chelsea Brownridge, explains how DogSpot has positively affected her life, as well as the life of her own two dogs, “People who have dogs get it—you don’t get a dog to leave them cooped up inside all day. The best part of their day is going out on walks around town, heading to the dog park, and spending time with you. We’re making it possible to say, ‘Wanna go for a walk?!’ more often and more safely than before.”
Albertsons, a Boise-based company, will be the first grocery store in Idaho to offer this service to shoppers, leading the way to a more innovative, pet-friendly world. Customers can download the app and sign up free now. The service costs 30 cents per minute and Albertsons shoppers can use code BOISEPUP for the first 60 minutes free.