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.
Megan & Kody
Business Manager & Obedience Trainer
Megan joined The Original Dog House in 2005 as a Co-op student. When she completed high school she went on to St. Lawrence College. During school, Megan continued to work at The Original Dog House in a variety of positions and always made a concentrated effort to keep in close contact with the dogs because those have always been her driving passion. As time moved on, Megan the consummate dog lover also became involved in several responsible administrative positions at TODH which gave her a broader view and understanding of the inner running of a client driven business. Now years later, after having acquired extensive hands-on experience within the canine industry, Megan was promoted to Buisness Manager. Megan is a hands-on individual and leads her team of dog professionals by practicing the philosophy of always being firm but fair when dealing with our Clients dogs. Megan is always available to everyone, and if not at her desk the best way to find her is to look for her big lovable Golden Retriever Kody.
Emily & Lester
Services 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!
Rochelle & Elvira
Dog Handler & Rehab Specialist IT
Rochelle recently joined our Team as a Dog Handler & is currently apprenticing under the direction of David to become a Rehab Specialist.
Rochelle brings a wealth of hands-on experience with dogs.
Welcome on board Rochelle!
Harley & Indie
Behaviour Specialist IT
Harley recently joined us in the capacity of Dog Handler & Behaviour Specialist IT.
This continuously smiling young lady has an incredible ability to befriend just about any dog she meets.
Harley is a team player and is always ready to help whenever called upon.
Welcome on board Harley, we are excited to have you join our team!
Megen & Louie
Megan recently 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 (4 legged & 2 legged). Megan is a consummate dog lover.
Welcome on board Megan!