Dogtopia franchisees come from various backgrounds and experiences and attract men and women, husbands and wives, and partners from across North America who understand the value of working together as a collective team to achieve our goals. Our owners are motivated, tenacious and passionate. Each one is different, but each one shares a common trait: an affinity for dogs and a desire to grow a successful business.


  • Owner-Operator: No previous business experience necessary, hands-on operator, assumes role of general manager
  • Corporate refugee/displaced executive: Previous corporate professionals & executives, first-time entrepreneur, some relative business and management experience
  • Diversifying serial entrepreneur looking for next growth vehicle: Absentee/semi absentee, investor type (Area Developer), strong previous or current business experience
  • Experienced Empire Builders: multi-brand/multi-unit franchisee looking for next big thing, strong existing management team, infrastructure and financial resources to develop a large market quickly, affinity with
    mature franchise business and leading brands with professional leadership.


  • Transferrable management/business experience or background is preferred, but not required
  • Skills include: sales, management of personnel, training, marketing and customer service
  • Doesn’t have to love dogs – must LIKE dogs – but LOVE the business of dogs and our investment model
  • Passionate about a new business opportunity, the industry and the projected growth and demand that’s coming




amberAmber Sutton

“Owning and operating a Dogtopia is very rewarding. I really enjoy building customer relationships by sharing STORIES about their dog while they’re in our care.”




mark-wMark Wayne

“The industry and demand is HUGE, the support is unparalleled and the brand growth is EXCITING. I’m in this for the business model.”




Bob Murphy

“Before Dogtopia I was working in business development. As avid dog lovers, Mary Beth and I have owned 5 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 2000. When we heard about Dogtopia, we knew owning a business that revolved around the health and happiness of dogs was something we wanted to do!”



Joe & Kelly Sicari

“Before Dogtopia I was the president and CEO of Paragon Holdings, Inc. Kelly and I were already in franchising in another personal services brand.  I decided to become a Dogtopian because I love the concept and believe it delivers on an under-served business segment. I love animals – especially dogs – and firmly believe that daycare enriches the lives of these animals.”


Lynn + Matt Konetschni

“Before Dogtopia, Lynn was the Vice President of Human Resources having worked in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Matt has continued his career as Vice President of Professional Development and Training for the Global Business Travel Association.”


Jolene and Matt Urbancic

Matt + Jolene Urbancic

“Before Dogtopia I was part of the IT marketing industry and sales. We wanted to take more control of our future and own our own business. Dogtopia allowed us to blend our love of dogs with our business experience. We love talking to customers every day and seeing how happy they and their pups are.”




Mike Browning & Ben Carter

“Before Dogtopia, Mike was president and COO of Bittersweet Management, which he grew to the largest H&R Block franchise in the nation with 61 stores in six states. Ben is program director at Healogics, the largest healthcare wound care management company in the United States. Carter oversaw operations and financial performance for three separate hospitals.”





Bryan Anderson & Ryan Muhlbauer

“Before Dogtopia we were both living in the Minneapolis area and have been great friends for eight years. Bryan brings more than 10 years of sales experience and his career started in consumer products and now he sells medical devices. Ryan co-founded Escape, Inc. and ventured into the world of business ownership. They both bring unique skill sets and their combined experience will make them leaders in the Minnesota market. Bryan and Ryan are excited to join the Dogtopia team!”


Anita Samadian

“Before Dogtopia I was in franchising with different brands for more than a decade both on the corporate side and as a franchisee of multiple locations. I was really excited to be a pioneer in building such an incredible brand. It’s such an exciting environment to be a part of. There is never a dull moment!”



Matt Moss

“Before Dogtopia I was Matt started working at Dogtopia of Clarksville in August 2007 while he was in college. After receiving his A.A. degree, he had planned on working in hotel management, but before he knew it, he fell in love with Dogtopia and everything the business had to offer. In March 2011, he was promoted to Assistant Manager and successfully grew the business every year thereafter. In July 2016, Matt was presented with the opportunity to purchase the business and swiftly took advantage, becoming the new owner in July 2016.”


John & Nikki Houston

“John is the owner of an Information Technology and Management Consulting firm and Nikki is a Registered Nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Richmond, VA. John and Nikki are the proud parents of six children and four fur babies. They both share a love for all animals and have been anonymous supporters of several local pet rescues and support organizations. Over the years, they have often spoke about starting a business in the pet service industry, but finding the right fit was the challenge. After some research, we decided to contact Dogtopia. After attending Discovery Day, realized the potential in operating a business that provides a service in an area they love. It’s their plan to open three Dogtopia’s within the next two years and have five in operation by 2020.”


Stefani Ballard

“Before Dogtopia I was a Media Buyer for an advertising agency. After researching franchise opportunities, I stumbled upon Dogtopia and fell in love with the concept. It was the perfect way to combine both my passion for entrepreneurship and dogs!”


Derrick & Katelyn Reinhart

“Before Dogtopia I was part of the banking software industry and a supply chain analyst. We both have a great love and passion for all animals, and our own dogs inspired us to look into opening a dog daycare. When we found Dogtopia of Omaha, we knew it was a perfect fit!”

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