Welcome to Doggieland!

Welcome to Doggieland!

Doggieland proudly provides cage-free, clean doggie Boarding, Grooming and Day Care as well as Training and Retail for our doggie friends. We believe that when dogs socialize freely and naturally with each other, they are happier and healthier. Boasting approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space combined on 3.5 acres at our Vaughan location and approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space combined at both our Toronto locations, dogs can run around, play with toys, interact with other friends or just relax in one of our resting areas. We welcome dogs to stay for as long as they need to. Whether it’s for a few hours or a few days, overnight guests at Doggieland Vaughan sleep comfortably in private, floor-to-ceiling kennels.

Doggieland boasts 24/7 staffing at our boarding facility in Vaughan and offers transfers between Vaughan and both GTA locations. Our hours are set to your convenience.

Doggieland is a proud member of:

Pet Sitters International

Canadian Kennel Club


Meet Sandra

“Think of us as a wonderland for Dogs”

Hi! My name is Sandra Shinton, proud owner of Doggieland. I’ve always loved dogs. Growing up, my family had a small Lhasa Apso, named Benji and until a few years ago, most of my experience had been with smaller dogs. That all changed in 2007 when we adopted Indy. My husband Derek and I visited the Humane Society and as soon as we laid our eyes on Indy, it was love at first sight. We knew we’d found the dog for us and he has enriched our lives incredibly. Indy is a mix of German Sheppard and Retriever and was just under a year-old when he joined our family. His wagging tail and bum and unique personality always puts a smile on my face.

Most dog owners I’ve talked to share that same feeling. Their pet is more than just “an animal” they are an important member of their family. I make sure that everyone hired at Doggieland shares this same attitude and I can assure you that our staff will always treat your dog with the same love, care and attention that they give their own dogs.

It’s extremely important to your dog’s mental and physical health that they receive daily exercise and activity. I know from experience as a dog owner, it can sometimes be hard to give your dog the activity they crave and require. Busy work and family schedules can make it challenging as does difficulties that come with our Canadian weather.  Your dog doesn’t care if it’s raining, snowing or freezing cold outside – they still want to play!

Doggieland is the solution and I know it will become your dog’s favorite destination! At Doggieland your dog will have lots of fun and exercise with our staff, as well as interact with other dogs in a safe and supervised environment. The result, is a well socialized, satisfied and tired dog at the end of their visit.

Meet the Team

Sandra Shinton

Sandra Shinton has been steering the Doggieland ship forward with amazing skill and passion since 2010. A serious dog lover, she has set the bar high when it comes to the quality of people she employs and the services they deliver on behalf of both canine and human clients.

Derek Shinton
Executive Vice-President

Having run his own Insurance Paramedical business for the past 20 years, Derek proudly joined the Doggieland team in August of 2015 and looks forward to integrating new technology into Doggieland. Derek has been around large and small dogs all of his life and loves all breeds and sizes, including Indy, his Lab-Shepherd mix and Gally, his Akita-Shepherd mix.

Christina Patterson
Manager - Vaughan

Christina is an experienced dog care professional. She is trained in Pet First Aid, basic dog grooming and is a keen observer of animal behavior. She started at Doggieland in 2011 and became manager at Vaughan in 2012. When she isn’t at Doggieland, she continues her interest in dog training, as well as cuddling Sugar, her Bichon Frise.

Heather Medhurst
Manager - North Toronto

Having managed a travel tour company for 10-years, Heather’s skill set is ideally suited to managing a great staff and fun-loving pack of dogs at our North Toronto location. She is a huge lover of dogs, starting with her own American Bulldog named Cash.

Bryna Ficher
Bloor West Manager

A graduate with honours of the Animal Care program at Sheridan College, Bryna initiated her career working with animals as a Doggie Daycare Manager and went on to become a Veterinary Assistant. She is excited to begin her new role as the Manager of our Bloor location and looks forward to making many new furry friends.

Nadia Bongelli
Head Groomer - North Toronto

An award-winning groomer, Nadia has been with Doggieland since 2010. Her knowledge and techniques include: hand scissoring, hand stripping, corrective grooming and breed profile. She is an active member of several national and international grooming associations. Nadia continues to excel in her craft and is presently adored by her own Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle and Bedlington Terrier.

Groomer - Vaughan

From an early age, Tiffany began working with dogs at her mother’s kennel. She has continued her experience working in many aspects of the field and now, as a certified groomer at Doggieland. Having completed multiple certificates in dog grooming, she brings her skills and passion to ensure every client and dog, leaves happy.

Faye Chow
Groomer - North Toronto

Faye entered the grooming industry in 2004 quickly working her way up to pet stylist. She has turned her passion and love of the business into her career. Faye brings her calm demeanor, and consistent quality and skills to Doggieland. She resides in Toronto with her own fur babies, Tubby the dog and her cat, Grimace.