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Belden-Canton Team


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

Dan Higgins, Owner and General Manager

Dan is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and member of its Athletics Hall of Fame. After attending Washington & Jefferson College to play golf, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History at Kent State University.  Prior to joining Dogtopia, he spent nearly twenty years in the medical sales industry, with the past six years in veterinary health sales.  From that experience, Dan learned a great deal about canine health and saw the need for high quality dog daycare and boarding in Stark County.  Dan loves all dogs and has three rescues: Molly, a boxer, Callie, a potcake from Turks and Caicos, and Bailey, a husky mix. Dan and his wife, Danielle, are excited to introduce Dogtopia to Stark County, and their kids, Caroline and Greyson, look forward to becoming Canine Coaches one day!

Jim Myers, Operations Manager

Jim is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The Ohio State University.  He has diverse professional experience in the food and beverage, landscaping, and tourism industries, and has always been a dog lover. Jim currently has two active poodles – Molly and Gary – who keep him on his toes!

Alysha Davis, Pet Parent Relationship Manager

Alysha is a graduate of Hoover High School and The University of Mount Union with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.  She loves getting to work with and meet local pups all day! You’re likely to find Alysha yelling at hockey games, binge watching Bob’s Burgers again, or asking strangers to pet their dog.