About Our Dog Walking New Westminster Programs
Release the Hounds offers private and group off-leash dog walking services for New Westminster pups. Our professional dog walkers ensure the entertainment and exercise required for your dog’s well-being as they’re walked beyond the block and out on a memorable adventure.
We offer convenient scheduling and unparalleled safety to provide you peace of mind while your dog is in our care. Check out our dog walking rates to find the perfect walk for your dog in New Westminster.
Our affiliation with New Westminster dog services, from trainers like Annika McDade to the Central City Animal Hospital also ensure your dog is well cared for in every way. This whole dog approach to happiness starts with New Westminster’s #1 recommended dog walking company. Let us be there when you can’t be.
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 Mariana Azevedo, of our Care Team, who can answer any questions you may have. Mariana 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
- Be spayed/neutered to 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.
New Westminster 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.
Private On-leash Packages*
11am – 1pm
10am - 2pm
8-10am and 2-4pm
Private (15 minutes)
Great for puppies, senior dogs and less active pups that need to get out for a short pee break. On our 15 minute pee break walk we will take your pup for a short stroll around the neighborhood to stretch their legs and have a few minutes of play and bonding time.
Private (30 minutes)
Our 30-minute strolls get your pup out to explore all the smells, sights and sounds of your neighborhood. For many pups this walk is the perfect balance of getting out, stimulated and breaking up their day.
Private (1 hour)
Our hour-long visits are great for dogs with lots of energy, and need long periods of stimulation & interaction. We walk in your neighbourhood, maintain your dog’s individual pace, and provide your pup with 100% of our attention.
* 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.
New Westminster 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 New Westminster area for some outdoor bonding sessions. Enjoy!
Address: Accessed via pedestrian overpass at 7th Avenue and 22nd Street
Description: The West Side dog area park utilizes Ministry of Transportation land that hosts this spacious dog enclosure that features a grass & gravel surfaces, drinking fountain, park benches, waste receptacles, trees and spectacular views of the Fraser River and Queensborough bridge.
Address: Wedgewood St, Burnaby, BC V3N 3S5
Description: Off-leash area.
Address: 3rd Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 1V2
Description: Off-leash area.
Address: 7599 Mission Ave, Burnaby, BC V3N 5C7
Description: Neat sculpture!
Please note that all New Westminster 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 New Westminster dog park? Please email us with the park name, location, and a brief description, and we’ll add it to our list.
New Westminster 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.
Central City Animal Hospital
Serving New Westminster and Burnaby, a full-service clinic which is on-call for emergency service 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Central City Animal Hospital offers a variety of services, including vaccinations, spay and neuter, surgery and radiology, dentistry, general medicine, skin care, and prescription pet foods.
South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital
Voted best in Burnaby for 14 years in a row. Since 1987, South Burnaby vet offers services including housecalls, medical, diagnostic, surgical and preventive health care needs.
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
New Westminster’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.
Oh My Dog Training – Simone Ritter
Offers group classes and private one on one training. Basic training is without the use of food treats and only humane methods are used to achieve cooperation.
BC SPCA: New Westminster
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.
Although the SPCA does not have a New Westminster branch, we encourage you to connect with the Burnaby branch: Visit the Burnaby SPCA.
Animal Welfare Shelter: New Westminster
The New Westminster 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 behavioral training.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating to your local community animal shelter, visit their website Visit the New Westminster Animal Welfare Shelter.