I have over 10,000 hours of daycare experience with thousands of dogs, worked in a vet clinic, was a pet-sitter, and am a Toronto Humane Society Canine Enrichment volunteer. I’ve been studying dogs for as long as I can remember and working with them for the past 20 years. Lucky me!!!
My name is Frankie and I’ve been training the good people of Paws for the last 5 years. If it weren’t for me, they’d be chasing their tails! Seriously tho, I love the playground and the other kids who come here – it’s been my home away from home for the last 5 years. A dog couldn’t ask for a better place to play and stay!
I have a passion for all animals especially dogs as I enjoy quality time with dogs by playing and interacting with them. I also thoroughly enjoy discovering each dog’s unique personality and creating bonds with them -this is what makes my job so rewarding.
After being in business for 13 years, I was looking for a new adventure and to live out my dream of working with dogs! For the last 8 years, I have been working in the industry and have expanded my knowledge through hands-on, certificates and training courses, holistic and behavioural remedies. I am the proud owner of a gorgeous Great Dane, named Dana. She arrived in my life just as I was embarking on my path with dogs. I also own a very special cat named Cosette who I rescued at 2 weeks old from Mexico City. I am passionate about dogs, wildlife, nature, traveling, outdoor activities, and practicing yoga.
“Having loved dogs since childhood, it was only natural that one day I would have them in her life on a regular basis. In 2005 on the recommendation of a friend, I began working taking private care of dogs, cats and bunnies in Los Angeles, learning much about their care and behaviour along the way. Some dogs went for simple walks, others, I hiked with daily but everyone always got lots of love and cuddles. After returning to Toronto, I began working at Paws Playgrounds in 2013, yet another different environment to interact with dogs. In this daycare environment, I learned even more about dog behaviour, as daycare can at times be a busy and dynamic setting. All dogs have their own personalities and getting to know them and love them while encouraging good behaviour so they can be their best dog-self is always my highest priority.”
I live in Toronto with my Fiancé and our two American Akitas, Sam and Scout. I am responsible for the pack during the day as well as taking photos of the dogs at play for Facebook and Instagram. My experience comes from a variety of jobs over the years working in multiple dog daycares and kennels in Toronto and Halifax where I learned much about basic dog care, behaviour and body language. My first opportunity to work with dogs was with a security company in downtown Toronto where I looked after their four patrol German Shepherds and three bomb detection Labs. During this time, I quickly learned that working with dogs was the career for me. I have worked with breeds of all shapes and sizes as well as all kinds of temperaments while assisting in behaviour modification, basic training and grooming. I have a special interest in canine nutrition and have taken a course in dog obedience training and hope to continue learning and growing from working with our dogs at Paws Playgrounds.