Dog bylaws in Calgary

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Below you will find a listing of dog bylaws in Calgary. This is provided for information only. Please check with the city of Calgary when in doubt.

Licensing & Identification:

- All dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed.

- Dog’s must wear their license tag whenever they are off the owner’s property.

- Reduced license fee for dogs that are spayed or neutered.

- Important that dogs have permanent identification such as tattoos or microchips.

- There is a fine for having an unlicensed dog.

Dog Poop:

- All dog poop must be picked up regardless of whether it is on your own property or elsewhere.

- Dog feces pose a health issue.

- There is a fine for not picking up after your dog.

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Dogs at large:

- Dogs are not allowed to be “at large”. This actually means that they must be under the control of their owners at all times.

- Ensure that your property is properly fenced for the type of dog you own.

- Ensure that your dog is wearing a collar with his/her identification tags so that it may be returned to you on the off chance that it is “at large”

- Dog’s that are left tied up, alone, outside a building such as a store, is considered to be “at large”.

- Owner’s must ensure their dogs do not bite, bark at, threaten or chase other animals, bicycles, vehicles or people within any park area of the city .

- There is a fine for having a dog “at large"

Off Leash Areas:

- Consider every area an on leash area’s unless specifically indicated.

- Dog Owners must ensure that they maintain control of their dog even in off leash areas, they must ensure that the animal responds to voice, sound or sight commands.

Pathways & City Parks:

- All of the City of Calgary’s pathways are an on-leash area for dogs, even in off-leash areas (Exception of Southland Park).

- Owner and dog must be on the right hand side of the pathway at all times.

- Dogs must not disturb any of the other pathway users.

- Leashes can be no longer than 2 metres in length.

- Dogs are not to be attached by a leash to a moving bike or a wheeled conveyance.

- Unless indicated otherwise, all City of Calgary Parks on on-leash areas.

- Dogs are never permitted on school grounds, play grounds, tot lots, sport fields, golf courses, cemeteries and wading/swimming areas .

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Dogs in Vehicles:

- Dogs should always be secured while in a moving vehicle. (Kennel, harness or doggie seat belt.)

- Dogs in the back of pick up trucks must be in an enclosed trailer, in a truck bed covered by a topper, secured in a ventilated kennel or tethered in the back of the truck. They must not be standing on bare metal.

- Dogs are not to be put in danger of being strangled, able to jump or be thrown from a vehicle.

- These conditions apply to both a moving and or parked truck.

- Dogs are not to be left unattended in a vehicle unless they are provided with suitable ventilation.

- The dogs movement must be restricted to prevent access to people outside the vehicle.


- Barking is instinctive to dogs.

- Dogs usually bark because they are bored, to communicate with other dogs, to alert their owners to possible danger and to protect their property.

- Dogs owners must ensure that their dogs’ barking is not disturbing to neighbours.

- Dogs that are exercised regularly prevent boredom barking.

- There is a fine for nuisance barking.

This information is provided by the City of Calgary’s “Responsible Dog Ownership” Bylaw.

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