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Dogs and the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

The City of Calgary's Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw regulates animals in our city. This is a brief overview of the bylaw. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information.  Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office​.

Overview of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

According to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, dog owners must ensure their dogs:

 
 
 
  • Have and wear a City of Calgary licence from when they are three-months-old.
  • Do not run at large. This means that dogs must be under control or on their owner's property.
  • Are on-leash at all times, unless posted signs indicate otherwise, or are in a securely fenced private yard.
  • Are under control in designated off-leash areas​​​​​​​​​. This means they must respond to sight and sound commands.
  • Do not:
    • Bite anyone
    • Injure anyone
    • Chase, threaten or attack a person or an animal
    • Bark, howl or disturb anyone
    • Cause damage to property or animals
    • Scatter garbage
  • Do not wander into:
    • School grounds
    • Playgrounds
    • Sports fields
    • Golf courses
    • Cemeteries
    • Wading or swimming areas
  • While on a pathway:
    • Are on a leash no longer than two metres.
    • Remain on the right hand side of the pathway.
    • Not interfere with or obstruct other users.
  • Are not left unattended while tethered.
  • Are only allowed to be transported in the back of a truck if the dog is in a fully enclosed trailer, a truck bed covered with a topper, contained in a ventilated kennel that is secured to the truck bed, or securely tethered and not standing on bare metal.

According to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, dog owners:

  • Bring along a suitable means to pick up feces.
  • Pick up all feces produces by their dog both on and off their property.
  • Do not cycle, skateboard or in-line skate with a dog on a leash while on a pathway.

Fines for failing to comply with the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw range from $25 to $1500.

The City of Calgary'sResponsible Pet Ownership Bylaw regulates animals in our city. This is a brief overview of the bylaw. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

Filing a complaint

If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it to Animal & Bylaw Services, please call 3-1-1 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).