Meet Our Team
David & Ari
Director & Senior Behaviour Specialist
David is the founding father and visionary behind The Original Dog House, earning him the nickname "The Dog Father". Three years into his early retirement after a successful career in business, he decided to live out his long-time dream of working with dogs, which led to the creation of an "Ultimate Centre for Dogs". Since the age of 9, David has been infatuated with dogs, and has always gravitated towards the German Shepherd breed. For many years, he focused his free time to the rescue of German Shepherds that were labelled incorrigible or non-adoptable, yet time and time again he proved several rescue organizations to be wrong in their assessments of the dogs he took on. David believes that just about all dogs can be helped and rehabilitated if someone who has a sound understanding of canine behaviour handles them ‘Fairly but Firmly’.
Over the years his inherent talent to work with and rehabilitate difficult and/or dangerous dogs preceded him and led to having numerous friends, neighbours etc., ask him for help regarding their dog problems. The Original Dog House has given David the platform and opportunity to live out his passion. Since starting the company David has worked with a variety of dogs that displayed a variety of behavioural issues and this in turn allowed him the privilege to meet and work with many of their wonderful owners. David, in conjunction with The Original Dog House team are also committed in rescuing dogs that would have otherwise been put down. Once the rehabilitation process of the rescues is successfully completed, David and his team will work hard to find each dog a new and safe forever home.
In recognition of David’s work and dedication in helping problematic/needy dogs, he was awarded the prestigious WALLY KOEGLER AWARD in 2009 by the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society. The KW Humane Society recognized David for his selfless work at rehabilitating and re-homing several of the Humane Society’s troubled dogs who required significant behaviour rehabilitation. David provided both his and his company’s services at no cost to the KW Humane Society. Currently, David and his wife Marilyn (a retired teacher) are empty nesters living in Toronto. They share their lives with their wonderful friend Ari a rescued German Shepherd, who is always present in David’s office at The Original Dog House.
Emily & Lester
Co-Manager & Obedience Training
We are pleased to welcome back Emily, who took a leave of absence. Emily joined our team in November 2017. She brings along with her a wealth of knowledge regarding animals in general having worked for several years at a veterinarian clinic in Toronto. Over the years she has been exposed to many different breeds of dogs and is quite knowledgeable about K9 wellness. Emily is currently apprenticing under the guidance of David to become a Behaviour Specialist.
Emily is a passionate dog lover through and through as she is a kind and nurturing person.
Welcome back to The Original Dog House Emily!
Eddie & Rambo
Co-Manager & Lead Behaviour Modification (Rehab) Specialist
We are pleased to announce the return of Eddie.
Eddie had been with us as a Handler, Obedience Trainer and a Behaviour Modification Specialist (Rehab) for several years.
About 2 years ago Eddie took some time off to travel and to connect with family and friends.
After having satisfied his travelling lust, he decided to return to The Original Dog House to continue his work with dogs.
Eddie will be heading the Behaviour Modification (Rehab) segment of the company as he excelled within that department.
We are very glad to have you back Eddie.
Ted & Yogi
Dog Handler & Behaviour Specialist IT
Ted joined our Team as a Dog Handler and to apprentice under the direction of David & Eddie as a Behaviour Specialist IT.
This personable young man brings along a wealth of medical animal knowledge having just about completed a degree in Veterinarian Medicine in the Philippines.
Ted is a very patient and gentle individual who has decided to gather as much information as possible on dogs and dog ownership in Canada.
Glad to have you with us, Ted.
Photo Soon to come
We are excited to announce that Doug joined our Team to take on the grooming segment of the company. Doug brings along with him a plethora of knowledge and many years of experience within the field.
Over the years, within the Leaside community, his name had become synonymous with Grooming.
We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Doug.
Glad to have you with us, Doug.
Megen & Louie
Megan joined us as a Co-op student.
Although this young lady does not have experience with dogs, she has jumped right in and endeared herself to all her 4 legged & 2 legged friends. Megan is a consummate dog lover.
Glad to have you with us, Megan!