Although they can be your best friend, some pooches can get the neighbours howling. If you own a dog, take responsibility by respecting the dog-related provisions outlined in the City's Animal Care and Control By-law.

Barking dogs and other noisy animals 

In accordance with the City's Animal Care and Control By-law, pet owners must prevent their pet from constant barking or other noise that disturbs the peace. Such noise may also signal behavioural problems that the pet owner should address.

For example, barking or whining is your dog's way of communicating. Respond immediately to your dog's barking and do not let it continue. Train your dog not to bark needlessly. Also, ensure that your dog's basic needs (food, water, shelter, companionship) are met, and give it a toy or rawhide to reduce barking caused by boredom.

Register your concerns about barking dogs to the Client Service Centre at 3-1-1.

Controlling your dog

In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam. Leashing is required on most public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.

Dogs may be off their leashes in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly.

Dog bites and attacks

It is an offence under the City's Animal Care and Control By-law to allow your dog to bite or attack a person or a domestic animal. You may be charged, and a muzzle or leashing order may be issued.

Aggressive dogs are a threat to public safety and to other animals. You can help prevent your pet from harming others by giving it proper care and training.

The Dog Owner's Liability Act (DOLA) of Ontario enables a dog attack victim to make a claim against the owner of the dog which attacked. Under the DOLA, victims may also ask the Court for an order that the dog be destroyed.