Pet Awareness Tips
#1- Off Leash/At Large Dogs
Dog owners must have their pet on a leash (no longer than 2 meters long) unless when in a designated off leash area. Owners must ensure that dogs are under control at all times. Please remember that dogs tied up on Public Property are not considered under your control and are subject to fines for dogs at large which is $200.00.
For a map of the off leash areas click here.
#2 – Dog License
Every dog must have a dog license within the City of Revelstoke. You will receive a tag number that you can attach to your dog’s collar/harness so that in the event your dog(s) get out of your yard you are quickly reunited with your pet. The fine for an unlicensed dog is $200.00 plus the cost of purchasing a dog license. The cost for a dog license is $20.00 for pet that are spayed/neutered and $60.00 for those that are not. To purchase a new license go to the finance department at City Hall.
To view a copy of the Animal Control & Licensing Bylaw click here.
#3 – Spay/Neuter Your Pet
With respect to population control, spaying/neutering your pet will prevent unwanted litters. It has also been shown to improve quality of life for your pet making them happier and often better behaved. In some cases it eliminates excessive crying, howling, nervous pacing and attempts to get out of the yard to find a mate.
Having your female pet spayed eliminates heat cycles, and for both male and female dogs it may also reduce possible health issues and diseases.
For more helpful information here is a link to the BC SPCA site.
#4 – Training and Socializing and Caring for your Pet
Every pet needs to be trained from an early age. To make training a smoother process there are obedience training programs that address the basics as well as specific training for pets with anxiety and behavioral issues. The first step to training a well behaved pet is to socialize them with other animals. Responsible dog owners ensure their pet doesn’t bite, bark at, threaten or chase other animals, people or vehicles.
When taking your dog to an off leash area they must be under your control at all times. This means they must respond to voice, sound, or sight commands from the owner, and come when called.
Another aspect of training and caring for your pet is providing them with daily care such as feeding, fresh water, and exercise. Regular grooming, medical check-ups and vaccinations are important measures you can take to ensure your pet is healthy and happy.
For more training tips visit the BCSPCA site.
#5 – Pick up After Your Dog
Owners are responsible for picking up all waste produced by their dog. No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars and businesses. Remember, kids love to roll around and play in the grass, not in pet waste!
Dog feces poses a health risk for many different reasons. One of which is that if left on the ground, it can be carried into the waterways bringing with it many different types of harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water.
Doggie bags are located along greenbelt trails and various other locations around Revelstoke. For those pet owners that don’t walk the greenbelts you can purchase doggie bags at most pet stores. You can even purchase a holder for bags that attaches to your pets leash so you can’t forget either of them!The fine for not picking up after your dog is $200.00.
#6 – Barking Dogs
It’s an instinct for dogs to bark, but for responsible dog owners and good neighbours you must ensure that barking doesn’t become a nuisance. Dogs bark to communicate with other dogs, alert owners to possible danger and to protect their property, or out of boredom. Proper training, supervision, exercise and stimulation will help prevent nuisance barking. The fine for a noisy dog is $200.00.
For more tips on how to reduce excessive barking click here.