Our story

"Being able to spend every day with a wonderful pack of dogs and giving them the opportunity to be their doggy selves - that is the highlight of my day!"

- Valerie van Breugel, Hikin' Hounds Owner

Dogs love being outside, sniffing around, and playing with their friends, and quite frankly so do we (well, maybe not the sniffing!). In fact, this love of dogs is what created the foundation for Hikin’ Hounds, Dog Adventures. Dog walking is a social activity. It is meeting up with a good group of friends everyday and enjoying a fun-filled adventure together that deepens bonds and continually creates new memories. But even with all the fun there is a serious side to it too. Understanding how dogs interact, both with each other, their physical environment, and their human counterparts, is important in keeping our loved ones safe and healthy.

In 2006 Hikin’ Hounds was born from a love of dogs and an outdoor lifestyle.  Over the years Vancouver has grown into a vibrant city and with that has come a huge growth in the number of dogs at the local dog parks and beaches. At these communal dog spaces, it became apparent that there was a real need for dog owners to learn about positive training techniques with their dogs, which is why in 2015 Valerie decided to enrol with the Academy for Dog Trainers and offer Vancouver dog owners educated, force-free training solutions that were affective and enjoyable for both the dogs and their owners.  

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Meet Valerie

Valerie van Breugel is the owner, dog trainer and dog walker for Hikin' Hounds. Learn about her lifetime of experience working with animals, including her time as a zoo keeper in NZ and a wildlife researcher in Thailand!


Our Mission

Our mission is simple, we want to help owners have rewarding relationships with their dogs by providing safe, reliable and fun dog walking and dog training services. We strongly believe in dogs being allowed to be dogs!


Safety First

Our number one priority is the well being of our dogs. Valerie is a certified dog trainer and has 16 years of professional dog walking experience. We are licensed in Vancouver and North Vancouver and are fully insured by Profur.