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Kitchener 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

Charis and Xerxes Wania, Co-Owners

Charis and Xerxes are the Co-Owner of Dogtopia of Kitchener and along with their senior boxer, Kiara, make a perfect team. After researching several businesses and franchises they engaged with Dogtopia to provide the best Daycare, Boarding and Spa in the Kitchener Waterloo area. They are more then happy to meet you and your dogs.

Robyn Cowey, General Manager

Robyn has been with Dogtopia since December 2019. She comes to Dogtopia with 13 years of business and people management. She has grown up with dogs her entire life and is currently the proud mom of a spunky 6 year old Min Pin named Pretzel. Dogtopia has offered Robyn a career which combines her love for dogs and passion to help people be their best. She is honoured to support a community of staff and pet parents who value responsible, loving relationships with dogs. Robyn considers every dog in our pack a part of her family!

Ziya, Shift Lead

Ziya has been with Dogtopia of Kitchener since February 2020. She has loved animals her whole life. When she was 13 she rescued her first dog, which was a Dachshund she named BeiBei. Through BeiBei, she discovered dogs are intelligent and loyal. After this she fell in love with all dogs. For Ziya, working at Dogtopia is a dream come true. Ziya and her dog X are so excited, and look forward to meeting all of you and your pups. Let’s make more furry memories together at Dogtopia!

David, Playroom Manager and Trainer

David has been at Dogtopia of Kitchener since June of 2020. With over 10 years as a dog handler working in doggy daycares in Toronto, his focus shifted to training when he was given the opportunity to help rescue dogs find happy forever homes. Having his pet first aid, dog behaviour, and dog body language courses already under his belt, he looks forward to learning better ways to help dogs find happiness. David looks forward to helping your dogs find their best furry friend.

Lorena, Canine Coach / Rover

Lorena has been working at Dogtopia since June 2020.  Her love for dogs started when she was a kid. She used to collect dog magazines to learn about all the different breeds. She grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier and always wanted to become a veterinarian. Unfortunately, life took her into a different direction but after getting her two Labs (Summer and Lemon) her desire to reunite her professional life with her dreams is back on track! Lorena volunteers with service dogs in training and is currently studying to become a certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Therapist.

Lena, Canine Coach / Rover

Lena has been with Dogtopia Kitchener since February 2020. She has been passionate about animals her entire life. Although she’s never had a dog of her own, she has always had cats. Her grandmother raised show dogs and would often allow Lena and her sister to show them for her at events. Whenever Lena visited her grandmother, she would sit in her drawing room and look through her Canine Catalogues to learn about all the different breeds. Lena has provided pet sitting services for friends and family since she was 14 years old. It wasn’t until one of her friends helped her get a job working at dog daycare years ago that she realized that she would be happier working with dogs. Lena truly looks forward to come to work every day and says she wouldn’t want to be in any other line of work. Lena hopes to one day have her own animal rehabilitation sanctuary. Until then, she is looking forward to meeting your pups and loving every day at Dogtopia.

Nick, Canine Coach

Nick has been with Dogtopia since May 2020. His love for dogs started at an early age when Nicks family looked after National Service Dogs on their weekends off. Nick has had dogs his entire life and his current dog Chester is a wonderful American Bulldog. Nick loves working with your pups in the playrooms! He says he still can’t believe that he gets to do this as a job!

Daksha, Canine Coach

Daksha has been with Dogtopia of Kitchener since June 2020. She says she had always heard people say that dogs are “man’s best friend” which she admits she never believed at a young age. The reason why she never believed this is because she was terrified of dogs when she was a kid. Daksha discovered her best friend who happened to be a dog when she was only 8 years old. She was sitting outside of her home wanting to talk to someone but found no one around. It was to her surprised that a puppy came out of nowhere and sat beside her! She spoke her heart to this puppy and he listened more patiently than any person could have. This is where her journey and love for dogs started. Daksha’s love for dogs has never stopped since that day. She says that the love and loyalty a dog gives us is truly beyond words! When she was a little older Daksha started a small summer business where she took care of the neighborhood dogs. It was only when she moved to Canada that she missed dogs so much. Daksha says this void was filled by her 1 year old Husky named Sky and by her favorite job of all time – Dogtopia. Working at Dogtopia has given her a chance to work with all the wonderful pups in our community and Daksha says that she will never forget any of our dogs, she will always remember the memories shared and all their kisses!

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