East Van Dogs has helped countless canines as the only community-based dog walking business on the east side. Formerly Momma Jo’s Dogs, East Van Dogs was founded in 2005 by professional dog trainer Jo Dworschak.

Using trust as a motivating principle, East Van Dogs offers safe, playful dog training and hikes. In the woods outside of the city, your canine companions are free to socialise, explore, run and play chase, before returning home relaxed and ready for a rest. Clients typically notice that their dogs become happier and calmer after just a few hikes, not only at home but also when they go to the park with their owners.

East Van Dogs has an excellent safety record. After 8 years of business and over 4000 hikes, no dogs have been seriously injured or lost in our care. Their team of diligent dog walkers take extra precautions with canine charges. You can rest at ease knowing your dog is in good hands and safely enjoying their hike.

Since 2005, clients of East Van Dogs/Momma Jo’s have remained loyal advocates.

  • Momma Jo is a natural with animals and has enhanced our dog's enjoyment of life enormously. She is soundly professional in her work ethic and I highly recommend her services. Any dog that is fortunate enough to be in her care is indeed a very lucky dog.–Jodi & Romilly


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About Momma Jo

Owner and head trainer, Jo Dworschak, has a lifetime of experience working with animals.

Hikes & Walks

Dogs are picked up from your home and taken to Confederation Park in North Burnaby.


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Our Services

We offer off-leash playtime with small groups of compatible canines as well as one-on-one walks and training. We also encourage our clients to voice any concerns regarding their canine’s care and gladly customize our services to cater to their wishes. Dogs in our care are always supervised by qualified professionals and are treated with patience and respect.