About Us

Paws at Play has been proudly serving Vancouver’s westside since 2010. It was born from our passion and commitment towards exceptional service for Vancouverites and their canine pals.

We understand how important it is to hire someone who is caring, patient, trustworthy, and professional to look after your most cherished companions. 

At Paws at Play, we truly pride ourselves in being the reliable, dedicated and caring dog walking service that you and your dog (especially your dog) deserve. We are grateful for your trust in us to be part of their day! 

Meet The Team

Olu, Owner

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Born in Lagos (Nigeria), moved to Ireland then Glasgow and now Vancouver. This is home now.
Favourite quote: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” Paulo Coelho.
May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears” – Nelson Mandela
Best advice you’ve ever received: Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Binge watching a show…I’m trying to read more books.
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Butter Pecan.
I take my coffee: Occasionally. I’m more of a tea drinker 🙂
If I were a dog I would be: A Corgi.
I can usually be seen with: My headphones in listening to music or a podcast.

Sienna, Manager 

Sienna has worked in pet care since 2008, both in doggy daycare and as a veterinary assistant , lives in East Vancouver with her boyfriend Chris, dog Audrey and cat Liz Lemon.

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Born in the Kootenays but have lived in Vancouver since 5.

Favourite quote: “Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M. Schulz 
Best advice you’ve ever received: Life is short, make every day count.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld
Website visited most: Instagram addict!
Favorite ice cream: Chocolate peanut butter.
I take my coffee: With cream no sugar.
If I were a dog I would be: A blue heeler.
I can usually be seen with: My dog, Audrey

Jordan, Dog Walker

Jordan can break any shy dog out of their shell. He also loves to run with the pack!

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born in BC but spent most of my life in Ontario. I finally chased the mountains back across the country and ended up here again.
Favourite quote: “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Best advice you’ve ever received: When we react to the world, we react to the things we’re carrying around on top of our day-to-day. Be careful you don’t react to old hurts on people you meet today.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Binging Lord of the Rings, all the way.
Website visited most: Shaqshead.com (or probably Imgur)
Favourite ice cream: Coffee and chocolate, or peanut butter.
I take my coffee: Strong with cream!
If I were a dog I would be: A Mountain Dog.

I can usually be seen with: A few journals which I compulsively buy and write in.

Blair Bissett, Dog Walker & Sitter

Blair is your dog’s best friend! She treats your little ones like family and loves long walks in the forest

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Born and raised in Vancouver! I love this city.
Favourite quote: “Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
Best advice you’ve ever received: Live every day as if it were your last.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Watching a show! I love a good book though when travelling.
Website visited most: Instagram addict – guilty!
Favourite ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough
I take my coffee: Non-fat latte!
If I were a dog I would be:A golden doodle.

I can usually be seen with: Some type of animal print on me!

Leanne, Dog Walker & Sitter

Leanne is always excited to get to go out and spend quality time with all the pups and somehow, she always has a smile on her face!

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Carlow, Ireland. A change of scenery and new opportunities.
Favourite quote: “The beautiful thing about life is that we will never reach an age where there is nothing left to learn, see or be.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: You will never be criticised by someone who is doing more than you. You will only be criticised by someone doing less. 

Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Depends on my mood.
An interesting fact about you: I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and I once lived with an Indonesian tribe in the jungle for a week.

I take my coffee: My favourite has to be vanilla latte!
If I were a dog I would be: A Chow chow. 

I can usually be seen with: A smile on my face. 

Website visited most: Reddit.

Favourite ice cream: Vanilla Caramel.

Tricia, Dog Trainer

Tricia Sverre is Paws at Play’s partner trainer and owner of Canine Align. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), and a professional member of APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers). Committed to providing the most effective and convenient solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, she avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development.

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Canadian born, but raised in Malaysia, Texas, and Singapore. Moved to Vancouver to be close to family!
Favourite quote: “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” – Jane Goodall
Best advice you’ve ever received: Be kind and work hard.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Cozying up with a good book!
Website visited most: Tawzerdog.com
Favourite ice cream: Coconut.
I take my coffee: London Fogs are my favourite.
I can usually be seen with: Dog treats in my pockets!

What Our Friends Say

“As always – I am ever grateful for the team at Paws at Play. Their flexibility and over and above service they provide for my family and our beloved lab Charlie is wonderful.”

Keri & Charlie

“We are truly grateful for all the staff at Paws at Play taking such wonderful care of our little Westie Duncan.
We are thrilled with how professional, friendly and helpful all the walkers have been since we started the small group walks over 8 months ago. We researched different companies, and it was very important for us to find one that took dogs on a walk/hike to improve socialization and get proper exercise, in contrast to the ones that load up over a dozen dogs in a van and take them to an off-leash park and not really pay attention to them.
Little Duncan seems to know which day is ‘walk day’ and has learned the entry phone ring tone when the staff buzz in to pick him up. He gets so excited and tries to pull his leash down from the hook at the front door! We just love the daily walk reports and looking at the photos of his furry friends.
Thank you so much for all your care and attention.”

Liz & Duncan

“Marlo is loving her walks in the forest every day and seeing all of her pals. It gives me comfort to know she is well cared for while I am at work!”

Pam & Marlo

“Paws at Play have been walking our dog for over three years now and we love them. More importantly, our dog loves them too! Every time a Paws at Play walker arrives at our house our dog dances with happiness. There are about 4 walkers and our dog loves each of them so much. Paws at Play are very professional, before the first walk two of their walkers came to our house to meet us and our dog. They assessed our dog to see what kind of walking group she would be good in, and off she went! At the end of the day, we always receive an email with a little report about what the dogs got up to in their walk and some pictures. In the few times that we have had to make last minute changes because of sickness or vacations Paws at Play have always been very accommodating. I couldn’t say enough great things about Paws at Play; their walkers are upbeat and clearly love dogs, they are always on time, and they are very caring.”

Hannah, Alex & Ila

“Our Scout has been with Paws since she was 4 months old! The Paws team taught her the forest running ropes. Three years in, she waits patiently every morning. When she sees the truck she spins into action ready to head off to the forest. I never worry about her. I know that she is safe; she gets a lot of love and great exercise.”

Kathryn & Scout

“We have nothing but positive things to say about this team! Our dog Colby races to the door to meet them before they have even rung the doorbell 🙂 We highly recommend Paws at Play to anyone looking for a dog walker or sitter.”

Sara & Colby

“We brought home our puppy when he was just 2 months old and only had enough energy to walk to the end of the block. House training was constant and I took a week off work to take him outside every few hours for potty breaks. When it was time to go back to work, I was so worried about our little puppy having an accident in the house. I started looking for a dog walker, but felt overwhelmed because there were so many to choose from. Paws At Play was the only dog walker who was willing to work with us and our unique situation. We started with private walks because our dog was so young and didn’t have enough energy to keep up with the group walk. Like a new parent going back to the office, I would worry and wonder how my puppy was doing back at home. Getting the dog walk “report card” gave me peace of mind because I knew exactly what happened, when the walk occurred, and even got to see a picture! I felt like I was sharing in part of the experience and it really helped lower the stress of being a new pet owner. I was hesitant to trust someone other than myself with taking care of my new puppy, but now I’m so relieved to have found Paws At Play. Paws At Play let us know when our dog was ready to join the group walks. He was already happy before, but joining the group walk took his enjoyment to the next level. Now he sits patiently by the door waiting for Paws At Play to arrive, it’s his most favourite time. And for me too, I love knowing that he’s having fun socializing and getting fresh air. (Plus I get to stay warm and dry on those rainy Vancouver days.) Our dog even has a best friend from the group walk. He loves his bestie so much that we met up by ourselves so the dogs could have a play date. Just over a year ago our dog experienced a health scare that happened very suddenly and unexpectedly. We felt so helpless after trying multiple different vets and treatments, but still no improvement. I was afraid that Paws At Play would not be able to include him in the group walk anymore, but instead they worked with us to inform their entire team of our special needs and how to approach the situation. It’s been such a relief to know our dog doesn’t have to give up his most exciting activity. I am so grateful to Paws At Play for being so understanding and treating my dog like family. The level of care he gets is beyond what I had hoped for him. If you are looking for someone to trust with your dog, I absolutely recommend Paws At Play!”

Amanda & Lars

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