The Dogs Days Are Here
With warm, sunny days approaching, ‘tis the season to bring your dog outside more frequently and actually enjoy it! If you are a dog owner, you know that nothing will make them love you more than taking them on longer walks and participating in fun outdoor activities.
But remember that in a city of 2.8 million people, some may not feel the same admiration for your dog as you do. Since we have about 230,000 dogs living in Toronto, we need to establish human-canine harmony by considering the safety and comfort of both species.
This is why our city’s bylaws promote responsible dog ownership. Owners are asked to have their dog on a leash in public at all times, unless in designated off-leash areas. The leash can be no more than two meters long to make your dog easier to restrain if they become excitable around others, and for their own safety. Using a shorter leash will keep your dog by your side so they don’t get lost in a crowd or run into traffic.
Another requirement of the bylaw includes “stooping and scooping” — or picking up after your dog on both public and private property.
It’s also essential that your dog is licensed and spayed or neutered. If they happen to go missing, a licence will help to bring your dog home. Spaying or neutering prevents serious health problems, lowers mating-related behaviour (which can be embarrassing), and prevents pet overpopulation in Toronto.
Considering the people around you and your dog’s best interests will help maintain a safe community where people and pets can coexist. Ultimately, responsible dog ownership will ensure our loveable canine companions are always safe, happy and healthy.
For more information, visit toronto.ca/animalservices