Founded by Colin West in 2011, Colin's Pack offers dog pack hikes/walks and behavioral consultations. We service the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and Venice. Our philosophy is based around being the leader and mentor for the dogs, and it’s also based more subtly around love. We believe that love is more than just a word; it can actually be present in environments.
Our goal is to provide dogs living in the city with experiences that enrich their lives, as well as to help owners by sharing information and providing behavioral consultations.
We feel that pack hikes are the best single experience for a dog. To be out with other dogs, traveling in a pack, closely resembles their natural way of life, and is deeply fulfilling and healing to them. The human plays the role of alpha, the leader, which is the one who is able to bring all of the dogs together and make them feel like a family unit. Our goal in the role of "alpha" is to earn respect, handle all disputes, and to provide a blanket of protection so that the dogs feel they are safe to explore the boundaries of being a dog.
We protect all of the dogs and have 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 the dogs that they do, all the while knowing that they are safe to make those decisions.
By traveling in a pack in nature with a clear leader, we create an experience that is very close to the natural behaviors of dogs and their ancestors, which is very fulfilling to the dogs on an instinctual level. Pack hikes create happier, more balanced dogs who can then share that love with their owners.