Colin's Pack Dog Hiking Photo
Dog Pack Hiking with Colin's Pack
Water Break with Colin's Pack
Colin West and 10 dogs hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Colin West and his 10 dog dog pack walking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Colin West walking a pack of 10 dogs in the Santa Monica Mountains.

About Us

Colin's Pack is a dog hiking business in Santa Monica focused on providing dogs with the healthy pack setting that they would naturally be growing up in.  Though we allow for dogs to develop their relationships amongst each other, it's understood by the dogs that the human is ultimately the authority figure, the leader, the alpha, etc. and will protect all of the dogs and has the final say if any dog is being out of line. This gives the dogs the freedom to be themselves, avoid dogs they don't want to interact with, and play with dogs that they do, all the while knowing they are safe to make those decisions.

We serve Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Venice. By traveling in a pack setting in nature with a leader, we create an experience that is very close to the natural behavior of dogs' and their ancestors, and so is very fulfilling to the dogs in a primal way. By fulfilling a dog’s natural instincts to travel and be part of a stable pack, our pack hikes create happier dogs that the owners get to enjoy.

We are also happy to give feedback and recommendations on how to understand and what to do if the owner is having a behavioral problem with their dog.  Sometimes these problems can be the natural disposition of the dog makes him/her more prone to a certain problem, sometimes is is a problem with the relationship between the owner and dog, and sometimes a combination. By understanding where a behavioral problem comes from, it gives you more power to deal with the root cause, and to understand what you as an owner can do, and what to expect.

For videos of pack hikes, please visit our Facebook Page, where we regularly post videos of the hikes.

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