Off-leash dog parks are fantastic for both the dog owners and the dogs that get the opportunity to run around them. Here in Calgary we have more than 1,250 ha of off-leash running space that has been dedicated to dogs. This amounts to about 17% of the total park inventory in the city.
As the weather continues to warm up, your dog may be requesting visits to these off- leash areas frequently. As a responsible dog owner, you're expected to know and obey the rules set down by the city. Here are a few of the rules governing the off leash parks and the full list can be found at the City of Calgary website.
- You must keep your dog on a leash in the parking lot even if you are parking in a lot that has been designated for an off-leash area.
- Dogs aren't allowed any closer than 5 m to sports fields, wading or swimming pools, school grounds, play structures or golf courses that may be situated beside these off-leash parks.
- You must have control of your dog at all times. Your dog must be able to respond to visual, sound or voice commands.
- You must take responsibility for picking up after your dog.
If you're planning on taking your dog for a stroll down a pathway in the City of Calgary, you should be aware of the rules there as well. For example, you are asked to stay on the right-hand side of the pathway with your dog and your pet should be on a leash that is 2 m long or less. If your dog is considered to be aggressive, it must be muzzled and on a leash that is no longer than 1 m.
It's a good idea to find out what the rules and regulations are before heading out with your dog. When you know them in advance, you won't run into any problems with complaints from other dog owners or from bylaw officers.