Dog Ownership

Dog Ownership


As a responsible dog owner, you want nothing more than for your canine buddy to be safe and happy.  Here is what you need to know from the City of Red Deer’s Dog Bylaw.


You Must:

  • All dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed yearly
  • Renew your dog licenses yearly
  • Make sure your dog is always wearing the dog tag in order to serve its purpose.
  • Immediately pickup and dispose of your dog’s defecation from public or private properties.
  • Obey signage for dogs in parks (On leash or prohibited areas)
  • Always have your dog on a leash when off your own property.


Prevent your dog from:

  • Attacking a person or animal
  • Running at large off your property
  • Becoming a nuisance by barking in a disturbing manner


Dog owners found to be in violation of the Bylaw may:


If you are found to be in violation of the Bylaw, you could face one or more of the following penalties:

  • Be issued a warning notice by an Officer
  • Be issued a violation ticket by an Officer
  • Have your dog apprehended and impounded at our Kennel Facility and face further costs to claim.


Issues with a dog in your neighborhood?


If you are experiencing a problem or issue with a dog in your neighborhood, the first step is to talk to the owner, who may not be aware that their pet is being a nuisance.  If the issue persists you can file a formal complaint by contacting our office or via our online complaint form.  Be prepared to provide details on the address where the dog resides, description of dog, date/time of the offence.


For more information on The City of Red Deer’s Dog Bylaw.


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