In 1982, founder Michael Gould begins his canine career as a founding member of the NYPD canine unit. Later he went on to become the Commanding Officer of the Nassau County Canine Unit, going on to have a 15+ year career in police canine management. In 1999, as Mike is getting ready to retire from the police department, he has the idea to open a pet care facility after recognizing the need for reliable and honest pet care on Long Island. In 2000, Mike opens the first Hounds Town location, in a 1,200-square foot store in Port Jefferson, introducing the idea of interactive daycare to the area. The events of 9/11 in New York call Mike and his private scent detection dog company Canine Consultants to aid in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Mike gets deployed to Naples, Italy, as a member of the naval reserves to run the Military Working Dog program following the terrorist attacks. Since 2003, Hounds Town USA has grown as a franchise with more than 10 locations.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Mike Gould, the founder and CEO of Houndstown USA.
[2:36] Josh welcomes Mike to Franchise Euphoria.
[3:20] Mike shares about his past career in the NYPD and his experiences working with police dogs.
[11:15] Mike explains how when he was retiring from the police how he ended up establishing Houndstown USA.
[14:03] Mike discusses what the transition from a career in law enforcement to becoming an entrepreneur was like.
[17:27] For Mike, keeping their business model as simple as possible was the key to their success.
[24:32] Mike shares what made him come to the realization that his business could be turned into a franchise.
[31:05] Over the course of the pandemic, Mike was able to narrow down who the ideal Houndstown franchisee is.
[34:44] If you want to learn more about Houndstown USA, visit their website listed below.
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