At Release the Hounds we like to think of our relationship with our clients and their dogs as part of the greater “Hounds Family.” As with any family, there are expectations and responsibilities for every member.
General Terms of Service
Drop-in or Last Minute Scheduling
We welcome drop-ins and last minute bookings and will do our best to accommodate your pup! But please understand that our schedule may already be filled for your requested drop-in date and time.
Dog Walking Cancellations
We understand that plans can change.We only ask that you provide us with as much notice as possible if you need to change a previously scheduled dog walking service. To avoid being charged for the service, please give us a minimum of 24 hours cancellation notice.
Dog Boarding Cancellations
Our home-stay dog boarding team often alter their plans to cater to the dogs in their care. For this reason, all boarding requests made within 72 hours or less of the start date are subject to the lesser option of either a $150 or 50% non-refundable deposit. This payment will be applied to the final invoice once the booking is confirmed with our team member Should we fail to secure an approved team member in the allotted time, you will receive a full refund.
Release the Hounds operates on a pre-payment basis for all services. We ask that invoices be paid upon receipt through credit card, eTransfer or cheque. Please note that payments made more than 10 days after the invoice due date may be charged an administration fee of $30 plus 2% per month on outstanding balances.
Dogtastically Happy Guarantee
We are 100% committed to making sure that your dog is safe and has fun while in our care. We guarantee that if you’re not ‘Dogtastically Happy’ with our service on any particular day, we’ll move mountains to make it right, or we’ll provide a full refund.
Dog Walking Terms of Service
House Key for Pick-up and Drop-off
Prior to the first walk, should a key be required for home access, Release The Hounds offers multiple options for a seamless experience.
- FREE LOCKBOX – We will initially provide a free lock box to store your key somewhere accessible to the walker. After the first walk, we will reclaim the lock box and your key is tagged and securely stored with us for future walks.
- CONCIERGE/DOORMAN – If you live in a condo or apartment where the lockbox is not an option, we can facilitate leaving the key with a doorman or concierge.
- COLLECTION – If the lockbox or concierge are not an option, a time will be arranged for a free collection of the key by one of our team.
Keeping Your House Key Safe
Your key is always tagged and safely stored in a lockbox when it is in our care. Only the team member walking your pup for that day will be in possession of the key for the duration of the service before it is returned to the lockbox.
Dog Walking Requirements
Before your dog walks with us, Release the Hounds requires that you complete our online application form. Also, please provide a properly fitted buckle or martingale collar that has a legal City license attached. It is important that the collar cannot be pulled off over your dog’s head. We will provide the leash, treats and towel for drying off after the walk.
Whether to Walk the Dogs or Not, Depends on the Weather
Release the Hounds’ services are on a “safety first” basis during inclement weather. This means we will take the group out until they get too cold, too hot, or are in any type of potential harm due to the weather. In the best interest of safety we may return to the vehicle to warm up and go out again when conditions improve. In the rare case that we have to cancel a walk entirely due to severe weather, we send you an email by 8am the day of service cancellation. Please note cancelled walks are a rarity as weather needs to be extreme.
Injuries While on the Walk
If your dog gets injured on a walk and needs to see a veterinarian, we will attempt to contact you first, and if necessary, your emergency contact. If we cannot reach you, we will take your dog to a local veterinarian affiliated with Release the Hounds. We may authorize treatment on your behalf up to the amount you indicate on your initial service agreement and liability waiver. We strongly recommend you carry emergency health insurance for your dog.
Drying Off After the Walk
We walk dogs in natural environments and that sometimes means water and mud. We will do our best to towel off your dog, but there will likely still be evidence of the fun they had with us! If you would like us to leave your dog in a specific room, or in a crate or x-pen, please let us know.
Dog Trail Walking Manners and Dog-Gone Good Behaviour
Our group dog walks and particularly our hikes are primarily off-leash. For the safety of your dog and others on the hike, it is extremely important that each dog have a strong recall and stay with the group.
Dogs that are unable to recall, run after wildlife, “exhibit aggression”, or show bad trail manners will be offered training on a referral basis to one of our affiliate Vancouver dog trainers, and as a transitionary service, private leashed dog walks. Once a dog exhibits positive manners, a group off-leash dog walk will be offered. We want all dogs to be able to enjoy off-leash, group dog walks, but safety for all of our furry guests is always our primary focus and concern.