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?):  I moved to Vancouver from Scotland (Glasgow) after I got my PR. I was born in Lagos (Nigeria) and moved to Ireland then Glasgow. Vancouver 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 though.
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Butter Pecan.
I take my coffee: Occasionally. I’m more of a tea drinker 🙂
An interesting fact about you: I speak 3 languages (English, Spanish, Yoruba), and I am now learning a fourth (Mandarin).
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.

Sarah, Operations Manager, Dog Walker & Sitter

Sarah has a big heart and will treat your pooch like they are her own. She grew up caring for animals of all kinds, but many of her fondest memories involve time spent with her dogs. 

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born and raised in Ontario. Moved to the West Coast for a job and a change, and stayed for the ocean, the mountains, and the opportunities.
Favourite quote: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have.” – Epicurus
Best advice you’ve ever received: If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Most often, reading a book.
Website visited most: My inbox.
Favourite ice cream: Moose Tracks. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, ever.
I take my coffee: . . . Everywhere.
If I were a dog I would be: An Australian Shepherd. 
I can usually be seen with: Someone else’s dog.

Karin, Team Lead, Dog Walker 

Karin is patient and enjoys helping each dog hone their skills.

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I’m from Dala-Järna, Sweden and I moved here with my boyfriend who is studying at UBC.
Favourite quote: “Live like someone left the gate open, woof.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: Work with something you love doing and it won’t feel like you’re working.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Watching a show!
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Chocolate with more chocolate.
I take my coffee: Black.
If I were a dog I would be: An English Setter.
I can usually be seen with: My dog, Toby!

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.

Erin, Dog Walker & Sitter

Erin is excellent at sorting out leash tangles and has so many laughs with the pooches.

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Rossland, BC. I came to Vancouver for university in 2004, and have been here ever since.
Favourite quote: “To the world, you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss
Best advice you’ve ever received: Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and if you get a chance, take it.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Summer reader, Winter Netflix junkie!
Website visited most: The Weather Network.
Favourite ice cream: This is hard! Cookies and Cream/Cherry Custard/Candy Cane. I’d better stop before I remember any more!
I take my coffee: Every morning with milk.
If I were a dog I would be: A Nova Scotian Duck Toller because I will always be a redhead. 

I can usually be seen with: A messy hairdo.

Heather, Dog Walker 

Heather is always excited to hit the trails and spend time with your pup!

Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Originally from Ireland, I came to Canada four years ago for a different experience, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. The people, the scenery, the life, in general, is absolutely wonderful.
Favourite quote: “I’m not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” – Cheshire Cat 
Best advice you’ve ever received: “Learn when to stop talking, empty vessels make the most noise.” – My Mother
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: The Sopranos.

Website visited most: Vancity. 
Favourite ice cream: Pistachio.
I take my coffee: Strong, but I am more of a tea person.
If I were a dog I would be: A Jack Russell Terrier. 

I can usually be seen with: My friends.

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

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