Nikki is a Child and Youth Care Counsellor by trade — and works with high-risk youth throughout the city of Edmonton. It’s important to Nikki to look beyond the statistics and assumptions people make about at-risk youth. She takes a flexible, responsive approach to meeting the needs of her youth clients because no two young people are having the exact same experience.
So she tailors her approach to their unique needs and empowers them with the coping skills they need to be resilient when confronting tough situations. Similarly, Nikki ensures that Dog Jogs tailors its services to the unique needs of her four-legged clients and their families.
“I thought I just wanted to run. Then I thought I just wanted to run with dogs, but deep down there was much more to it!”
Nikki’s dog, Koda, was suffering from pretty severe separation anxiety and developing a routine based on exercise was the most impactful tool she found. Running and walking Koda beyond the typical vet recommendations changed Koda’s life — and Nikki’s life as well. Coming and going, and being away from the house used to cause great stress for Koda and Nikki, but after they started running together, that stress went away.
After seeing what a difference this made to her life, Nikki knew that other people could benefit as well!
Nikki enjoys running races, from 5-KMs to half-marathons, but she loves running with her furry friends best of all. She’s also a ball hockey player, hiker, camper, and enjoys cooking (and eating) and travelling.
Steph Law didn’t grow up with pets (because her parents said no), but she has always been a friend to many dogs! She’s a dedicated athlete who plays soccer and ball hockey, and while she always ran hard while playing those sports, she didn’t consider herself to be a runner.
And then she started running with Nikki and Koda! Running became a de-stress tool for Steph and also inspired her to stop smoking. Plus she loves the sweet running apparel and shoes she gets to wear all the time now! She’s also very calm and is great with nervous dogs because her relaxed energy helps comfort and settle them.
Steph likes to travel — whether she’s backpacking around Europe or relaxing in Mexico, she’s always eager to sample the local food and then try to replicate the recipes back home.
Becca has loved animals for as long as she can remember, though she suspects her intense love for the movie Homeward Bound might have had something to do with it. She was once tricked into thinking she was dog sitting, when in fact her husband’s parents had actually gotten her a dog of her own!
After suffering a severe knee injury, Becca had to give up competitive dance, but she rehabbed that injury and discovered that running was a great stress reliever for her. She works in an office setting and can’t wait to get outside and get moving after a long day of sitting.
Being able to get moving with a dog by her side makes her runs even more enjoyable and rewarding. When the weather turns cold in Edmonton, she often dreams of running along the beautiful beaches and rugged volcanic terrain that can be found in Hawaii!
Becca likes to connect with dogs and is committed to making sure they are getting what they need out of every visit she has with them. She’s always appreciated how tuned in to human emotions dogs are as well — even when you don’t know you’re upset, they find a way to bring you peace and comfort.