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Dog FAQs | Dog off-leash parks | Responsible dog ownership

Responsible dog ownership is an important part of maintaining a happy, healthy dog and avoiding dog-related disputes with your neighbours. Part of being a responsible dog owner is complying with Calgary’s bylaws related to dogs.

Under our Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw:

  • All dogs must have and wear a City of Calgary licence as soon as they reach three months of age.
  • All dogs must be on-leash at all times, unless posted signs indicate otherwise, or on property where the owner of the dog has the right of occupation.
  • Dogs may not be left unattended while tethered.
  • Dogs may only 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.
  • Dog owners must ensure that they bring along a suitable means to pick up feces.
  • Dog owners must pick up all feces produces by their dog both on and off their property.
  • Dogs must be under control in designated off-leash areas. This means they must be in sight of their owners and respond to sight or sound commands.

As a dog owner, you must ensure your dog does not:

  • Bite anyone
  • Injure anyone
  • Chase, threaten or attack a person or animal
  • Bark, howl or disturb anyone
  • Cause damage to property or animals
  • Scatter garbage

Filing a complaint

Dog bites, as well as other incidents involving aggressive cats and dogs, must be reported immediately to the City of Calgary.

How to file a complaint and what happens to it

If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).

Dogs are not allowed in:

  • School grounds
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports fields
  • Golf courses
  • Cemeteries
  • Wading or swimming areas

While on a pathway, your dog must:

  • Be on a leash no longer than two metres
  • Remain on the right hand side of the pathway
  • Not interfere with or obstruct other users
  • You may not cycle, skateboard or in-line skate with a dog on a leash while on a pathway.

Read the bylaw

Our Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw regulates dogs in our city. This document is only a summary of the bylaw, please see the original bylaw for complete information.

Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

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