“We met Val with the hopes of training our overexcitable 10 month old golden doodle, Mila to have a calm state of mind, walk perfectly on a loose leash, heel beside us off leash, and have a super reliable recall. After a consultation, we signed up for Val’s 2-week board&train program and we were not disappointed!! She did a fantastic job at keeping us updated on Mila’s daily progress through pictures, videos, and messages. She clearly explained the specific skills they were working on and provided guided instruction during our coaching sessions. We found Val’s differentiated, thoughtful, safe, and friendly training method to be extremely effective for us and Mila. We highly recommend her training program!!”

-Rohan & Courtney


“I have been using Valerie at Hounds Hike to take my dog Brody on hikes since I moved to Victoria, now for well over a year.  She is by far the best walker for Brody I have ever had and I have used a number of different dog walkers due to relocation when I lived in Vancouver.   Valerie is always reliable, keeps me completely informed as to when she picks up and drops off Brody, provides a wonderful service of maps and pictures and most importantly makes sure Brody does not dirty up the house on his arrival home.

Also, as she is a certified dog trainer, I can be confident that she will watch Brody, manage any issues and keep me well informed if there are issues we need to watch or discuss.  Brody is almost 12 years old so also needs watching as he ages and develops related issues.  I am confident to work with Valerie in this regard.

I highly recommend Valerie for all these reasons; one cannot go wrong with her if you are looking for dog walking and or training!!”