Our Team

Our Team

Paw in Hand Pet Services does employ staff to help with the training and walking of your dog. Selecting and training great staff translates to great service for you and your dog, and a job well done for me. All hired staff members are insured and undergo criminal record checks to be sure that Paw in Hand provides the quality care we both want.

Each dog walker undergoes an extensive training period that includes on-the-job experience with me and with all of our canine clients. I want to be sure that a dog walker will know how to respond when a group of dogs all get excited at once. We cover standard learning theory, understanding canine body language, addressing issues before they arise, group dynamics, safety and canine first aid. Dog walkers are prepared to handle situations and know what to do if any surprises arise.


Katelyn Nicholson

Katelyn is the perfect addition to the Paw in Hand team. Not only has she always had a love of dogs, she has also worked in a dog day care for a few years and has now earned her dog training certificate from the International Academy of Canine Trainers.

She believes firmly in the benefits of positive reinforcement training, and thinks anything can be achieved if we give our dogs the tools to succeed!

Tosh, a Belgian shepherd and Boris, a Great Dane/Mastiff cross are her best buds. Travel, mountain biking and hiking are her other passions.  She looks forward to meeting lots of new fur friends and apprenticing with Maren to help owners and their dogs best enjoy their lives together. 





Aleksandra Maciejewska

Aleksandra Maciejewska joined Paw in Hand in 2015. She grew up caring for various animals like cats, dogs, litters of puppies, horses, sugar gliders, bunnies… and any other animals she was asked to help with.

Aleksandra moved to Squamish in 2012 and it felt natural for her to seek a career with animals. She has experience working in doggie daycares, dog hiking groups and caring for various foster doggies, kitties and puppies. After adopting her furboy, Hugo, in August 2014 and her cat, Roland, In September 2014 Aleksandra started learning training techniques to help further her career in working with dogs. Aleksandra fits right in with the Paw in Hand team as she has adopted a positive reward approach to training.



Alana Britten 

Born and raised in Ontario, Alana moved from the East to the West Coast for the same reason everyone does: the mountains. Four years and countless adventures later and she’s never looked back.
While it would be a shorter list to name what Alana hasn’t done, she is now focusing her creativity on writing, marketing and plain old organization – which is exactly how she helps out the Paw in Hand team. When she’s not hidden behind a computer screen you can regularly find her paddling, hiking, building furniture, camping or crouched awkwardly behind a camera lens in search of the perfect Instagram photo.

Her true love: “I don’t go anywhere without my rescued Husky/Shepherd mix, Hunter. And I mean everywhere – we’ve driven across the country three times together, he balances on my paddleboard regularly and has logged more hiking miles than anyone I know. We’ve been together 4+ years and bond together over our love of cookies and long runs. 



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