Before founding Hounds Town USA, Mike was working independently with a dog owner on training and other issues. This dog owner worked long hours and wanted some socializing opportunities for his dogs. He asked Mike Gould if he would consider spending time with his dogs, bringing them along on errands and just allowing his dogs to have some social activity during the day. Mike agreed, not knowing how this would end up. Before long, that original dog owner had told a few friends what Mike Gould was doing for his dogs, and a few more dog owners asked Mike about spending time with their dogs.
In 2001, Mike opened his first doggie day camp location in Port Jefferson, Long Island. Long Island Dog Camp provided a safe, healthy, and loving environment for dogs. Realizing that working with dogs and dog owners was a unique operation, Mike set out to create a doggie day care center that offered a fully social experience for the dogs.
Boarding seemed to be a natural extension of the day care business. Grooming evolved from customer requests. By 2005, Mike had an opportunity to purchase a building in another area of Long Island, Ronkonkoma. There were enough regular customers living in that area of Long Island that Mike was confident a second doggie day care location would be successful. Clearly, Mike was correct! Business at both locations has only grown since they first opened. In 2012, he opened Hounds Town Farmingdale and sold it to franchisees in May 2015.
At Hounds Town USA, dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcomed, entertained, and allowed to do what they do best: act like dogs. As pack animals, their most basic needs are fulfilled as they socialize, interact, tumble and play in this safe and loving environment.
The standard Mike and Hounds Town USA have set in the industry continues to expand and transform.