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OUR STORY

There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog

— Mira Grant 

True North is the concept of proprietor, Maraysha Kennedy – a dog enthusiast who realized her passion for force-free handling as a volunteer at the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch in 2015.

That same year, Maraysha fostered an emaciated and fearful Dalmatian named Tika; a 6 year old puppy mill survivor seized as a result of a BC SPCA cruelty investigation. While caring for Tika and watching her blossom, Maraysha observed the power of counter conditioning to rehabilitate traumatized animals. After this transformative experience, Maraysha realized she had to work with dogs as a career.

Since then, Maraysha’s taken on a volunteer coordinator role at the BC SPCA, become a Professionally Certified Dog Walker and has expanded her ethical dog handling skill set by studying the work of positive reinforcement pioneers Karen Pryor and Ian Dunbar.

To stay current, Maraysha regularly attends workshops developed by behaviour specialists such as Chirag Patel (Domesticated Manners), Dr. Sophia Yin (Low Stress Handling™) and recently, Malena DeMartini (separation anxiety expert.) These experiences have solidified Maraysha’s commitment to force-free handling, and she hopes by following this path she can better the behaviour and lives of every dog in True North’s care.

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Our muse, Tika (present day)

WHY CHOOSE TRUE NORTH?

Qualifications Matter. That’s Why We Are:

Licensed

True North is licensed to conduct business in the City of Vancouver

Certified

Certified by Dogsafe & Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid

Professional

Graduate of the International Academy of Canine Trainers

Insured

Covered by PROfur Insurance for Pet Care Professionals

What Makes Us Stand Out?

Our Commitment to Safety
  • We carry emergency first aid kits on every walk
  • We ensure your dog is securely tethered at all times
  • We stay safe with up-to-date first aid training
Our Client-Focused Technology
  • We keep you in the loop via instant messaging
  • We provide GPS reports & photos after each visit
  • We offer flexible online scheduling & billing options

SERVICES

Private & Group Dog Walks in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver BC

Add On Services / Fees

* Prices shown do not include GST

BOOK A CONSULTATION

New clients must book a short temperament assessment for their dog.
After this meeting, they’ll create a client profile & can then book online.

Schedule Free Assessment

BOOK A WALK

Returning clients can schedule services through the Online Portal or
download the FREE ‘Time To Pet’ scheduling App for Apple or Android

FAQ

Please click to view answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a Professionally Certified Dog Walker?

Yes! The owner and proprietor, Maraysha Kennedy is a graduate of  the International Academy of Canine Trainers. The curriculum includes practical hands on training regarding: proper equipment use, how to maintain a calm pack, how to handle reactive dogs, as well as how to ensure the safety of dogs and people during dog walks/transport.

Are you Pet First Aid Certified?

Absolutely! True North is certified with Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid – the gold standard of Canadian Pet First Aid training. Your dog’s safety is our priority, and knowing what to do in an emergency can be critical to your dog’s health and wellbeing. All staff members are also required to carry a canine-specific first aid kit on all walks.

Does my pet need a valid city dog licence?

Yes – True North requires clients to have two tags securely attached to their dog’s collar. Specifically, we require a tag that provides your contact info and your dog’s name, in addition to a valid city license. The City of Vancouver requires all dogs be licensed after 3 months of age. You can buy or renew your dogs’ license online via the city’s website here.

What is your vaccination policy?

Age appropriate vaccines are essential to keeping your dog healthy, while allowing them to be social with other dogs. For this reason True North requires all clients keep their dog’s vaccinations up to date. Proof of Bordatella and DHPP vaccinations or titre tests are required before private or group walks begin. These records can be provided as a hard copy or in an electronic format (which can be emailed via the client’s veterinarian.) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

How many dogs are walked at once?

Our goal with group walks is to pair 4-6 dogs that have compatible temperaments and enjoy each each other’s company. This means that they walk well together and don’t often disrupt the group dynamic. Although it is not always possible, we strive to keep younger, more energetic dogs together and quieter, more mellow or older dogs together. In general, dogs crave harmony, however canine conflicts do occasionally arise. In these instances we speak to the owners directly and suggest a different grouping.

Are there any breed restrictions?

Nope! We accept dogs of all breeds, ages, sizes, and colours! As long as they meet our behavioural and health requirements for group walks. Please inquire via email regarding private walks for reactive and special needs dogs.

What equipment do you use?

True North staff members wear rock-climbing grade harnesses with carabiners to ensure that your dog is securely tethered at all times. As we sometimes need to transport the dogs, we require that your dog wear a flat collar for safety reasons – no martingales, choke chains, or pinch collars please!

Will my dog be walked off-leash?

No, we do not walk dogs off-leash at this time. We only provide on-leash private and group dog walks. To ensure the safety of all the dogs in our care, we keep them leashed and secured to a staff member’s rock-climbing grade harness at all times. Please note: some images featured on Instagram show the owner’s dog Piper (and her friends) off-leash during weekend excursions.

How do you accept payments?

We accept payments through online booking via WePay or PayPal. Walks are billed on the date you make the booking unless scheduling on-going services, which are invoiced monthly.

What is your cancellation policy?

Due to the amount of organization that goes into scheduling staff and assessing dogs for walks, True North requires a minimum of 12 hours notice for cancellations, in order to avoid a late cancel fee of 50% of the scheduled service price.

CONTACT US

We would love to hear from you!

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