Dogs and the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw
Overview of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw
According to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006, 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
- Sports fields
- Golf courses
- 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's Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006 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
To report a bylaw violation please: