Please clean up after your Dogs!
When walking your dog, please clean up after his mess. Your neighbourhood appreciates it!
Dogs are extremely social creatures - Most dogs need one to two hours of outdoor exercise everyday.
- When walking your dog - ensure the dog is leashed.
- When containing your dog within your own property – ensure the dog is securely fastened to a run-line not a post
- When containing your dog within your own property – ensure the dog’s run does not reach your front or rear entrance; this may be stopping mail delivery and/or other types of service related deliveries to your home
In order to assist in preventing the spread of rats - please do not leave dog food or cat food out in the open – try and feed pets a little at a time so there is nothing left for other critters!
SFN continues to monitor the following dog related issues:
- Dogs running off-leash
- Dogs being aggressive towards people
- Dogs charging at cars
- Dogs defecating on other people’s properties
- Excessive barking - caused by:
Keeping your dog occupied by providing toys that make him engage in playful "work" such as a frozen stuffed Kong, or a treat dispensing toy, will prevent barking for a long period time. Always make sure your dog gets enough exercise before he is left alone so that he will sleep for at least part of the time you will not be around.
Some dogs bark because they are distressed being left alone. They have separation anxiety and need to be socialized with the family or other dogs.
Some dogs bark because noises stimulate them. They get themselves wound up and do not stop barking. Don't reward your dog when he is barking but ignore the barking and train him to "sit quiet".
Many dogs bark to get attention or to make their owner do "something" such as take them out or play with them. Teach your dog to ask for things (food, treats, pats, going out, etc.) politely by ignoring the barking and rewarding the dog once he is quiet.
The best remedy is spending time with your dog and taking him for a walk or exercise.
The SFN Dog Bylaw will be used as a guideline for these following situations:
- Stray dogs / dogs off-leash
- Aggressive dogs
- Nuisance dogs (i.e. continuous barking, howling)
- Neglect to an extent that is cruel or unnecessary
The process for dog related issues:
- A complaint is received by SFN
- A letter will be written from SFN to the offender in question (the claimant will remain confidential; the person making the complaint). The letter will contain details regarding the incident and will cite directly from the SFN Dog Bylaw.
- The letter will then be hand delivered to the offender in question. If the situation warrants the enforcement mechanism via Animal Control (as per the SFN Dog Bylaw) then Animal Control will be contacted and / or will deliver the letter to the offender themselves in severe circumstances.
- Animal Control enforces the SFN Dog Bylaw as well as other local area animal control bylaws.
Please see the Dog Bylaw below for full details.