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About Our Dog Walking West Vancouver Programs

Release the Hounds is West Vancouver’s most reviewed and recommended dog walking company. Your dog is in the trained hands of professional dog walkers as they explore trails and parks in safe and nurturing care.

Our dog walking services in West Vancouver include walks for every breed and temperament of dog; their adventures spanning the scenic beauty of the Baden Powell trail to the refined beach-side, off-leash playground at Ambleside Park. With safety in every step, it will be their little bit of bliss.

We are also proud to partner with several West Vancouver dog services including Annika McDade, and Ambleside Animal Hospital who share our values. Building strong community ties is important, as is ensuring our four-legged clients are happy, healthy citizens of that community and the right walk makes for a happy dog.

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
Every Dog.

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.

Before We
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.

West 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)
Drop-in Package
intermittent weekly bookings
Casual Service Package
as needed
Explorer (1.5 hour) West Vancouver

Your dog will embark on adventures through forests, Cypress trails, or play at West 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.
Afternoon Adventure hikes: pick-ups begin between 11:30 am – 1:30pm. Drop-offs between 2:30- 4:30pm.

*Please note that due to potential traffic, construction, or weather constraints, all pick-up and drop-off times are approximate.

$30.45 $31.45 $33.45

* 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.

West 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 West Vancouver area for some outdoor bonding sessions. Enjoy!

Ambleside Park

Address: Via the back of Park Royal Shopping Center or the foot of 13th Street, West Vancouver, BC

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.

Lighthouse Park

Address: West Vancouver, BC

Description: Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver's most beautiful parks located along the shores of West Vancouver. The park boasts some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver as well as breathtaking views of the water.

There are a variety of trails through the park that take you past old growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. The trails are all fairly easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Take a look at the park map at the trailhead and plan your route so that you do a circle through the park and end at the lighthouse.

Cypress Falls Park

Address: West Vancouver, BC V7S 2V6

Description: Cypress Falls is the perfect hike to do during the winter months when other trails at higher elevations are buried under snow. Just a short walk takes you through a dense forest full of old Cedar and Douglas Fir trees while following Cypress Creek up past two beautiful waterfalls.

Millstream Trail

Address: West Vancouver, BC

Description: There are many trailheads along Cypress Road and many others once you reach Cypress Provincial Park, 9km from the junction of Cypress Road and Highway#1. To reach Cypress Rd, take Highway #1 west to the Cypress Road exit and follow the road up into the mountains.

As you drive up Cypress Road, you’ll come to High View Lookout. Park in the parking lot and check out the panoramic view of Vancouver and the rest of the lower mainland. Once you’ve seen the view, follow the trail that goes behind the road barriers around the hairpin turn just to where the road straightens out and heads up the hill toward Cypress Provincial Park. You’ll see a trail off to your right.

Actually, there are several trails that go off from here. The gravel trail that leads down to the right goes all the way to the 21st Avenue exit off the Highway in West Vancouver. But the trail you want goes off to the left and through a gate in a black cyclone fence. You can follow that trail as it traverses the mountain and comes out in a posh West Vancouver neighbourhood after about half an hour’s walk. This trail starts out with some steep parts but soon levels off and is flat the rest of the way. Along the way, you’ll cross many beautiful creeks.

Please note that all West 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 West Vancouver dog park? Please email us with the park name, location, and a brief description, and we’ll add it to our list.

West Vancouver Dog Care

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
-Josh Billings

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!

Local Vets:

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.

Dog Walking West Vancouver - Ambleside Animal Hospital - Release The Hounds

Ambleside Animal Hospital

Ambleside Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary that is incredibly well staffed and excellent reputation. Ambleside has a wide variety of specialists with extensive experience.

Local Trainers:

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.

Dog Walking Vancouver - Annika McDade - Release The Hounds

Canine Connection Training – Annika McDade

West 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.

Canine Align - Tricia Stockton

Canine Align – Tricia Stockton

Canine Align tailors training services to the needs of you and your dog. Through the use of force-free methods, you will reach your goals in a way that your dog enjoys and understands best.

BC SPCA: West Vancouver branch

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 West Vancouver SPCA also oversees all of the Animal Control Services and Animal Welfare for the city.
Visit the West Vancouver SPCA.