We’re Here When You Can’t Be
At Release the Hounds we recognize that exercise is fundamental to your dog’s well being.
We know that sometimes, you can’t find the time, or simply aren’t able to get your dog out on a walk or hike. With convenient pick-up and drop-off options from your home or office, our professionally trained team will ensure your dog is walked beyond the block and straight into bliss.
Why Walk With Us
The Right Walk For
Release the Hounds offers a variety of group dog walking programs that have been designed to create a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Choose from private urban promenades or group play sessions in dog parks, to off-leash hikes through forest trails. This means there’s the right walk for every furry companion: little pups, big guys, teens and seniors, active breeds and mellow pups. In a group or as an individual, 30 minutes to 1 hour, we have something that fits your beloved dog, and your schedule.
Mind + Body Bliss:
The Benefits of a Walk
Fresh air and exercise are just the beginning. Socialization and good old-fashioned fun during a Release the Hounds walk will contribute to a happier, calmer, more responsive dog at home. In fact, dogs that maintain an ideal body weight have less medical conditions and live nearly two years longer; and who wouldn’t want two more years with their pet? Along with guidance from our certified walkers, your dog will also practice leash skills and adopt a more refined walking manner over time.
Leading the Industry,
One Dog at a Time
Release the Hounds is one of the largest and most trusted leaders in the pet industry, safely leading tens of thousands of dog walks since 2005.
It all comes down to our commitment to the fundamental principles of safety, reliability, and being trustworthy. We know that your dog is part of your family, so as part of our commitment to safety first, our team is bonded, licensed, and insured through the Canadian Northern Shield (CNS), and is Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid certified.
Release the Hounds has also partnered with one of Canada’s foremost trainers, Annika McDade, to develop DogForceU. This progressive dog walking certification and training program utilizes the world’s first Employee Knowledge Platform; the award-winning Axonify. By helping our team learn smarter, our clients and their dogs will receive unparalleled service.
Safety in Every Step.
Every one of our dog walkers is selected, trained and experienced to deliver next-level care. They are loving, attentive, and safety conscious walkers. Each member of our team is certified dog safe through Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid. Beyond people, we have also developed comprehensive safety processes, protocols and technologies such as: air-conditioned vehicles, GPS monitored vans, GPS monitored walks (private walks), optional GPS collars (for off-leash walks), world class walker training and handling certification.
After the Walk Emails
For dogs on our private walks, you’ll receive a summary email detailing the day’s route. Our smartphone app tracks the walk, start and end times, as well as any stops along the way using GPS so you’ll have every detail recorded. Photos are included so you can visually enjoy your pup’s walking adventure.
Walk, We Talk…
Initial Consultation / Dog Requirements
If this is your dog’s first time with us, Release the Hounds offers a complimentary consultation to answer any questions you may have and to ensure we have your pup set up with the walk that is just right for them.
We’ll also assess your dog’s social and behavioural readiness to join our group dog hikes or private walks.
In order to ensure that all the dogs on our group excursions have a safe and fun time, we ask that every dog must:
- Exhibit positive social behaviours with other dogs and people
- Have had up-to-date vaccinations, titre tests, or release form (See our vaccination policy)
- Have a “clip” collar, martingale or buckle collar (no choke chains or pinch collars)
- Have a valid license on their collar if required by the City
- The majority of male dogs over the age of seven months must be neutered
- Female dogs in heat may not participate
- To ensure the safety of the other dogs, the public, and our team, Release the Hounds cannot take dogs with aggressive tendencies on our group off-leash hikes and walks. Private walks and training walks are available for dogs with behavioural challenges.
Off-leash Dog Walking Services
At Release the Hounds we recognize that not all dogs are the same. We offer a variety of off-leash walks to fit both the needs of you, and your dog.
1 Hour Urban
Trailblazing and plenty of exercise for all types of pups
Just the right amount of exercise and socialization. Our 1 Hour Urban Exploration off-leash walks are specially designed for older, less energetic, and smaller dogs who still enjoy socialization and the opportunity to explore their city at a slower pace.
1.5 Hour Explorer
Urban forest adventures for energetic dogs
The 1.5 Hour Explorer offers plenty of trailblazing in the form of running, swimming, and chasing of sticks and squirrels in a fun and safe environment.
2 Hour Adventure
Trailblazing and plenty of exercise for high energy pups.
Our 2 Hour Adventure is in lush, forested mountains, along beaches, and is the perfect outing for high endurance dogs with excess energy to burn.
On-leash Dog Walking Services
For dogs that do better with on-leash walks, we have both group and solo walks available to fit your pups needs.
Break up the day with a little fresh air and friendship
Break up the day with a little fresh air and friendship. Specifically designed for our downtown dogs who are tired of staying home alone all day, Buddy Walks get your pup out with friends for just the right amount of exercise.
Create a customized walk to fit the needs of your dog
Create a customized walk to fit the needs of your dog. Some dogs just don’t do the group thing, and our Private Walking Program is designed with them in mind. Perfect for puppies who need a bit more time, seniors who just can’t keep up with the pack, females in season, and dogs with special needs or behavioural challenges.