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If this is your pup’s first time at Dogtopia, there are a few things pet parents should prepare prior to rewarding your dog with the most exciting day ever!

As Dogtopians, we're a unique breed, we love and care for your pup like our own furry family.

At Dogtopia, our passion is giving every single dog the best-individualized care with their health, safety, and comfort as our top priority! Our home away from home environment is the perfect place for your pup to learn, play, and socialize with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever).

Meet the Team

Your Dogtopia Applewood Family, Dog Lovers Unite!

Our Dogtopia Applewood team is committed to welcoming every new furry friend into our family with open arms! We want every pet parent to know that their pups are in the best hands they could possibly be in. Our Team is made up of several people that all share a very important trait; a love of dogs!

A big shout out to one of our artistic coaches, Shawna, for making this beautiful image for us!

Jorge & Graciela, The Owner & The Love Of His Life

Jorge’s passion for dogs started at an early age. His father managed a cattle ranch where Border Collies were used as herding dogs. Jorge would hop on his horse from the age of 10 to “help” the staff herd the cattle with the dogs!

Jorge’s gorgeous wife is Graciela; a hard-working professional with such a big heart. She is sure to make the Team and our clients feel at home with her loving nature and cheery disposition every time she comes to visit us! Though she leads a busy life with her career, she makes time to drop off treats for our team whenever she has the opportunity!

Jorge’s fur baby these days is Milka, a 7 year old Chocolate Lab. Milka is the first Labrador that Jorge has owned, and he couldn’t have made a better choice! She is a sweet girl that LOVES to play fetch!

Amber, General Manager and Team Uplifter

Amber grew up in a small town at the bottom of Ontario, where her mother was a German Shepherd breeder. Surrounded by dogs for all of her life, she retained her attachment to furry friends and strives to ensure their happiness at every opportunity(even just passing by a pup on a walk!).

Amber welcomed a German Shepherd puppy into her home last year and named him Kai. As much trouble as he may cause, she’s always a sucker for his cuteness. Keep an eye on the cameras to find Kai playing with all of his friends from Monday to Friday!

Sonia, Head Shift Lead and Organization Master

Sonia has spent pretty much her entire life loving dogs! Her family has owned big and small dogs throughout her life, so she never discriminates against a pup’s size! Whenever a dog marches through our doors, you can see Sonia’s face light up at the opportunity to make another fur friend!

At the moment, Sonia doesn’t own a dog, even though she’d love to! She does own a 3 legged cat that she cares deeply for, even though Angel can be quite a rascal.

Lora, Pet Parent Relations Manager and 80s Music Lover

Here we have Lora! She is a very important member of our Dogtopia family to get to know, as her whole job revolves around YOU, our amazing clients! Lora will be able to help our valued pet parents with any questions about Dogtopia, as well as keep you up-to-date with all of our events happening at Dogtopia of Applewood through our Instagram & Facebook pages!

Lora’s passion for dogs started from birth, as her family always had a dog around! Most recently, her family has welcomed a lab named Cinder to her forever home! With all of this love for dogs(and other animals), Lora wanted to grow up to become a veterinarian…until she learned about having to deal with needles. So she searched for another way of fulfilling her destiny with animals and found us! We are very happy to welcome her to our team!

Becky, Pup Stylist and Resin Artist

Becky is our AMAZING groomer! Always friendly and ready to converse about pups! Becky has never lived in a home without dogs, and feels that her life would be incomplete without them. At home, she lives with 2 doggies with very different personalities!

Becky has been a certified groomer since 2016, we are so happy to welcome her to our team! Any time your pup needs a new haircut, just give us a call and speak to Becky directly about all of your needs!

Tommy, Canine Coach and Dog Behaviourist

This happy man is Tommy! No matter the size or the temperament, Tommy will love any dog that he comes across! Tommy can always be spotted in the room with a beaming smile and holding some kind of toy to make some music for the pups. Dogs have held a large piece of his heart for his entire life, they give him a sense of home. We are so glad to have him as part of our family!

Tommy has dedicated the last 12 years of his life to dogs, and wouldn’t have it any other way! From helping to train aggressive dogs in shelters, group dogs walks and working on farms, Tommy strives to learn all that he can about dogs’ behaviour! Tommy loves helping people connect to their pups by teaching them how their dog is trying to communicate.

If you are looking to have any training for your dog, Tommy is ready to help! He is our resident Dog Trainer and is always looking for a new challenge! Give us a call if you ever need to schedule a training appointment!

Michael, Canine Coach and Reptile Enthusiast

Michael is an avid animal lover, of all animal kind. At home, he breeds and takes care of several reptiles; including snakes and geckos! Though he doesn’t have a pup of his own at home, his friend’s constantly visit and bring their fur babies along with them!

The gentle giant is what we like to call him, or even “the super happy one”, Michael stands at 6’7″ and commands all of the dogs attention when he is in the room. Seeing him surrounded by several doggies that are less than a foot tall can be quite comical from the cameras, but the part that brings a smile to our faces is hearing his laughter throughout the day as he plays with all of our furry friends!

Shawna, Canine Coach and Digital Artist

Since she could crawl, Shawna has been obsessed with dogs. Being an only child, some of her best friends growing up were her pets. Her love of canines came from her first German Shepherd pup Eli. Shawna’s dream has always been to work with dogs, and she is constantly thanking us at Dogtopia Applewood for giving her the ability to do so!

Shawna is a loving mother of 2 children and also does commission art pieces in her spare time! Her busy schedule never stops her from showing up with the biggest smile whenever she comes in for a shift!

Miles, Canine Coach and Vet Student

Miles is an amazing coach that came to us with previous coaching experience, which has been a great asset for his Dogtopian experience! He leads a busy life with schooling and taking care of his family at home, we appreciate every shift he works here with us!

Miles’ partner in crime is Tabitha, a White Lab/Boxer mix! Miles’ family rescued her, not knowing much about her history, but it was the best decision they could have made. Tabitha is such a calm and well behaved girl, and very affectionate whenever Miles is around.

Jen, Canine Coach and Team Cheerleader

Say hello to Jen! This lovely coach has made her way to us through working with dogs for quite some time! Jen absolutely loves encouraging her coworkers to do their absolute best!

Jen has a pup named Cuervo, who she shows the utmost attention and love towards!

Veronica, Canine Coach and Snoopy Enthusiast

Next up is Veronica! Always happy and enthusiastic, Veronica brings happiness to any playroom full of dogs. She can be caught on camera dancing and singing with the pups, enjoying every second with her furry pals!

Whenever there happens to be a calm moment, Veronica will pump out some awesome chalk art on the floors! Have you seen Snoopy?

Bischon Frise Running in Dogtopia
Big Doggie on Slide
Pup with Tongue Out in Bath
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