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Dog ownership

The City of Airdrie's ANIMAL CONTROL BYLAW outlines the responsibilities of dog ownership. Please refer to the bylaw for more detailed information.

The bylaw states that dog owners:

  • must purchase a dog license once their dog is three months old
  • ensure that the licence tag is worn by their dog when it is outside of the home
  • adhere to three dogs or less per household
  • do not allow dogs to run at large
  • keep thier dogs on a leash at all times, unless the dogs are in a fenced private yard
  • maintain control of thier dogs in designated off-leash dog parks

Dogs must not:

  • bite anyone
  • injure anyone
  • chase, threaten or attack a person or animals
  • bark, howl or disturb anyone
  • cause damage to property or other animals
  • scatter garbage
  • wander into any swimming, bathing or splash pool/park that is provided for public use

Dog owners are responsible for:

  • picking up all feces produced by their dogs both on and off their property
  • adhering to three dogs or less per household

Dog barking complaints

Barking can be a major annoyance for your family and your neighbours. If your dog’s barking is an issue, you could try:

  • putting your dog in a private area of your yard away from neighbourhood noises
  • enrolling your dog in obedience classes
  • purchasing or renting a barking deterrent device through a pet store or your veterinarian
  • speaking with your veterinarian about other options

If you would like to make a complaint about a barking dog in your neighbourhood, there are a few steps you are required to follow.

  1. Request a Dog Barking package by filling in the Dog Barking package request form.
  2. Complete the Dog Barking package.
  3. Municipal Enforcement will review your form. When it is complete and if it provides sufficient detail, Municipal Enforcement will follow up with the dog owner.