The Physical Therapist-Turned Franchise Owner Is Thrilled to Move Into the Pet Industry
Physical therapist Eric Steinke is moving from human care to pet care with an investment in a Hounds Town USA franchise in Fort Worth, TX. Although Steinke is not new to business ownership, he is new to the pet industry. “I have a doctorate in physical therapy,” says Steinke. “I have been practicing physical therapy for ten years. Three years ago, I opened my own private practice in Forney, TX.”
The decision to invest in Hounds Town USA was a big one, but Eric was ready to live his dream and move on to a new career that was more ideal for the future. “I have always dreamed of owning my own business, and I have done that successfully with my physical therapy practice. I believe the layout of healthcare will change tremendously in the next ten years, so I would like to open another business in a different industry.”
The Booming Pet Industry
With a passion for pets and a desire to invest in the booming pet industry, Steinke was excited when he discovered Hounds Town USA. “I had been looking into possible franchises for about a year when I started speaking with a recruiter who happened to mention Hounds Town USA,” says Eric. Since New York-based Hounds Town USA hadn’t expanded to Texas prior to Steinke’s location, he saw it as a great opportunity. “I had told my wife years ago that I had an interest in opening something in pet care or daycare. It felt like a God-send that it all aligned with something that we had been interested in for years.”
Steinke was impressed with Hounds Town’s excellent support system and established name. “It is something my wife and I have been interested in for a long time.” Knowing what it takes to start a business from scratch, Steinke was excited to join an established franchise with a solid business plan. “I like the idea of having support and systems already in place, which will be a smoother process than starting a business alone.”
Steinke says Hounds Town USA has a great system to ensure franchisee success. He said the franchise’s small size but big support team was a perfect fit for him. By the time Steinke met the corporate team and attended Discovery Day, he was sold.
Steinke immediately clicked with the executive team and liked the laid-back corporate culture. “It wasn’t overly done or made into a big production. The team seemed genuine, and the process was easy and relaxing. I realized it was a great opportunity and the Discovery Day solidified my decision to move forward.”
Building a Future with a Doggie Daycare Franchise
Steinke says that determination has always been his key to success. “I am a determined individual, and I’m not scared to take risks and work the extra hours to make something succeed. Since the start of my private practice, I have a proven track record and will push with the same confidence and determination with Hounds Town.” His advice to aspiring franchise owners is to take risks and do research to find the best fit. “Find a franchise that makes you feel like a part of the team and family.” Steinke enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. And, yes, he has a family dog: an Australian Shepherd.
Hounds Town USA Doggie Daycare Business
Hounds Town USA serves communities around the country with no-frills doggie daycare and grooming services. The company believes that business ownership should be accessible by offering a low-cost initial investment and thorough corporate support. For more information, visit the Hounds Town USA website.