Dog Walkers in North Vancouver
About our North Vancouver Dog Walking Services
Release the Hounds recognizes that exercise is fundamental to your dog’s well-being and have designed our dog walking services around the beauty of North Vancouver’s mountains and the freedom of its off-leash hiking trails.
Our professional North Vancouver dog walkers always work to find the right walk for every dog to ensure a fun, safe, and nurturing environment as they trek through nature’s best playground. From Ambleside Park to the rugged terrain of the Baden Powell, there’s something for every pup. With convenient pick-up and drop-off options straight from your home or office, our North Vancouver dog walkers are there when you can’t be.
As are the network of dog-loving professionals affiliated with Release the Hounds. We’ve partnered with North Vancouver’s top trainers Annika McDade and Heather Lawson to provide the best dog walking in the industry: the complete package.
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 Phone Consultation / Dog Requirements
If this is your dog’s first time with us, please take a few minutes and book a time to talk with Tyson Pollack, of our Care Team, who can answer any questions you may have. Tyson will ensure that we have your pup set up with the walk that is just right for them. You can easily book using our online calendar, simply click here.
Our entire team is trained by our Canine Behaviour Specialist, Annika McDade, multi-certified Professional Dog Trainer of Canine Connection Training. Annika championed the creation of our DogForceU training program. Working with industry leading specialists like Annika ensures that your dog is socially and behaviourally ready to join our group 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
- All 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.
Meet Alison, Your North Vancouver Dog Walker…..
At Release the Hounds, all of our team members are dog-loving and skilled handlers, providing the best dog walking possible with the utmost reliability and professionalism.
Alison was born and raised in Vancouver, and has always loved animals. Growing up she had a cat, rode horses, and when she was 16 her family finally got a dog – a springer spaniel named Tynan. She has been a dog person ever since!
After working as a paralegal, Alison decided to take a break from the office and try working with dogs full time. She received mentorship from two trainers in East Vancouver, and started working with dogs including dogs dealing with anxiety and aggression. Over a year and a half later she loves it so much she can’t imagine doing anything else!
North Vancouver Dog Walking Rates
At Release the Hounds we recognize that exercise is fundamental to your dog’s well being and we want to help when you can’t find the time, or simply aren’t able to get your dog out on that oh-so-important walk. With convenient pick-up and drop-off options from your home or office, our professionally trained staff will ensure your dog is safe and has a ton of good old-fashioned fun while in our care.
Group Off-leash Walk Packages*
|Program Type||Recurring Package
recurring weekly bookings
(i.e. Tues + Thurs)
intermittent weekly bookings
|Casual Service Package
Explorer (1.5 hour) North Vancouver
Your dog will embark on adventures through forests, Lynn Valley, or play at North Vancouver’s best off-leash dog parks on the 1.5 Hour Explorer. Perfect for high endurance dogs, our professional dog walkers will provide your dog with plenty of trailblazing to burn off all that extra energy in a fun and safe environment.
The Explorer dog hikes are available Monday to Friday and, depending on your geographic location, are available in both the morning and afternoon.
Morning Adventure hikes: pick-ups begin between 8:30 – 10:30am. Drop-offs are between 11:30am – 1:30pm.
*Please note that due to potential traffic, construction, or weather constraints, all pick-up and drop-off times are approximate.
* Prices listed are per walk. Please note walks are invoiced in packages of 10.
* ‘One-off walks’ are not part of our service offering.
* All purchases are 100% refundable for any reason. A $75 charge is applied if a minimum of the first 5 walks are not used.
North Vancouver Off-Leash Dog Parks
We know you love walking your dog as much as we do, so we’ve compiled a list of all the wonderful dog parks in the North Vancouver area for some outdoor bonding sessions. Enjoy!
Address: 1150 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Description: Ambleside Park is a beautiful beach side park looking across to Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and the inner harbour and English Bay. The eastern section of the park, save for an exercise area for humans, is all off leash. Dogs can swim in the ocean or play on the beach. A sea-wall walk is a nice stroll and there are a couple of fields for chasing balls and what have you. There is some fencing restricting access to the Pitch and Putt golf course, otherwise is it a wide open area and most of the dogs are quite friendly. The forest from the Park Royal side of the area is riddled with many trails.
Address: North Vancouver, BC
Description: To get to Lynn Headwaters, cross the Lions Gate Bridge, turn right at the end of the bridge into North Vancouver and then turn left at Capilano Road. Follow Capilano Road up to the intersection with Highway #1. Take the sign that says Route 1 East. Stay on the Highway until you reach the Lynn Valley exit, about 3 kilometres. Exit the highway and turn right at the signal onto Lynn Valley Road. Stay on Lynn Valley Road until it dead ends at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
Address: North Vancouver, BC V7S 2V6
Description: You can find Lynn Canyon Park by following the same route you take to get to Lynn Headwaters; however, don’t drive to the end of Lynn Valley Road. Instead, go along Lynn Valley Road only as far as Peters Street. It goes off to the right as you’re driving north. Take Peters Street to the end and watch for signs that lead you to Lynn Canyon Park.
Address: North Vancouver, BC
Description: To get to North Vancouver, cross the Lions Gate Bridge and go right toward North Vancouver. Capilano Road, just east of the Lions Gate Bridge exit, provides access to several trails. If you go north on Capilano Road, you’ll pass Capilano Regional Park with its extensive network of trails, Cleveland Dam with trails that connect with those of Capilano Park.
Address: North Vancouver, BC
Description: Two great dog walks follow Mosquito Creek. To get to either, cross Lions Gate Bridge, turn right at the end of the bridge into North Vancouver and then turn left at Capilano Road. Follow Capilano Road up to the intersection with Highway #1. Follow the sign that says Route1 East. Stay on the Highway to the next exit, Westview. Exit the highway and turn left at the signal at the of the ramp.
Follow Westview to Queens Road, about .5 km., and turn left onto Queens Road. Pass the Griffin RecCentre on your left, and just past the RecCentre, turn left onto the road that leads to a lower parking lot. Follow the road past the parking lot to where it ends and park your car. Pass the barriers, and cross the bridge on your right. Follow the trail as it bends to the left. After a short distance it will come to the creek and then will parallel the creek for about 2 km.
To get to the upper Mosquito Creek trail, follow the directions to Westview, but instead of turning at Queens Road, continue up Westview to Evergreen. Turn left on Evergreen and follow it as it skirts the tiny Delbrook Plaza mall. Find a place to park near the end of the road. It’s only about 100 meters long. You’ll see a set of stairs that leads down to the creek and a bridge that crosses the creek. Cross the bridge and turn right. The trail, very popular with both dogs and their companions, goes north for about 2 km.
Address: North Vancouver, BC
Description: To get to the West Powerline trail, follow the directions for Mosquito Creek. However, instead of turning at Evergreen, stay on Delbrook (Westview becomes Delbrook after Queens Road) and follow it as it winds north to Montroyal Road. Turn left on Montroyal and follow it past the firehouse and across Mosquito Creek. At the next intersection, turn right onto Skyline Drive. Be careful because about three blocks above Montroyal, Skyline turns sharply to the right. Park your car near the orange gate on your left at the beginning of the trail. The Powerline trail goes west from the gate about 2 km to the bottom of the Grouse Mountain Skyride. It’s another popular local dog walk with several creeks and streams, some good city views and a beautiful little bridge.
Address: North Vancouver, BC
Description: Seymour River trail begins at the end of Riverside Drive. To get to Riverside Drive, go east along highway 1 and exit at the Mt Seymour Parkway. Follow the signs onto Mt Seymour Parkway. Go along Mt Seymour Parkway to Riverside Drive and turn left onto Riverside Drive, which parallels the Seymour River. Follow the road to the end.
If you visit in the summer, you won’t be able to park at the end of the road, but you might way to drive to the end of the road so you know where you’ll be going before you backtrack and find a place to park.
Please note that all North Vancouver off-leash dog parks require dogs to be well behaved, have a current license, be leashed outside of off-leash areas, and their owners must clean up after them; no exceptions.
Did we miss your favourite North Vancouver dog park? Please email us with the park name, location, and a brief description, and we’ll add it to our list.
North Vancouver Dog Care
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
We believe in being part of our community, and that extends to our dog community of vets, trainers, dog walkers, animal welfare, and of course, dog boarding. At Release the Hounds we like to partner with like-minded affiliates that share the same values of professionalism, trust, and know how to have FUN!
Meet our list of highly educated, professional veterinarians. These experts in their field ensure your pet is cared for as a member of the family should be: with the most current medical knowledge and techniques in a compassionate manner. We trust them to treat your pet to the best of their ability.
North Shore Veterinary Clinic
Full Service Veterinary Clinic open 6 days/week. Excellent customer service, including seamless online booking. North Shore Veterinary Clinic uses the latest in veterinary technology, digital radiology, surgical equipment, and anesthetic monitoring devices to ensure the best possible treatment and utmost safety for the dogs they care for.
Lynn Valley Veterinary Clinic Ltd
Lynn Valley Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary that is incredibly well staffed and has an excellent reputation.
Sometimes that extra hand is required to educate our pups in how to become happy, well-adjusted members of the family. Sometimes, that extra hand belongs to the trained professionals who’ve dealt with hundreds of animals, each unique, and each adding another layer to their trainer’s grab-bag of practical and comprehensive experience. These trainers have seen it all, and are there to help right from puppyhood to your wit’s end.
Canine Connection Training – Annika McDade
North Vancouver’s Triple Certified Professional Behaviour Consulting & Dog Training Services. Flexible and customized services from a trainer who has the experience and is an excellent communicator.
BC SPCA: North Vancouver
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.
It is an especially great organization to get involved with to either volunteer, fundraise, or if you are looking at expanding your family, adopt/foster.
The SPCA does not have a North Vancouver branch, but we encourage you to connect with them in nearby West Vancouver: Visit SPCA West Vancouver.
Animal Welfare Shelter: North Vancouver
The North Vancouver Animal Welfare shelter provides a temporary home for animals until a responsible life-long home can be found. While at the shelter, animals receive quality medical care, nutrition, socialization, exercise, and behavioural training.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating to your local community animal shelter, visit their website: Learn more about the North Vancouver Animal Welfare Shelter.