Pet Etiquette on City Properties
Practice Proper Petiquette
Dogs are welcome on walking trails and in parks, but owners must follow the Responsible Animal Ownership By-Law No.12-031 to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff, protect property and prevent issues.
Important Rules and Guidance:
Keep your dog on a leash that’s less than 2 m/6 ft long, and make sure they’re under control at all times.
- Leash your dog to keep staff and visitors safe.
- Dog owners are required by the City of Hamilton By-law and the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario to keep their dogs leashed at all times.
Please pick up after your dog.
- Pet waste on or off walking trails and in parks is unpleasant and unwelcome.
- Trees are not places to hang dog waste bags, there are garbage cans in strategic locations to dispose of waste.
Make sure your dog stays on marked trails.
- Staying on marked trails reduces the impact on properties, protects birds and animals that may live or nest on the ground, and keeps everyone away from danger.
- Municipal golf courses have programmed activities throughout the entire year, be mindful of the facilities and considerate of the patrons that are participating in the respective golf programs.
Never let your dog chase, disturb or harm wildlife.
- Wild animals may attack you or your dog if provoked.
Never leave your dog unattended.
- Vehicles, or picnic areas are no place to leave a dog alone. Wildlife, weather and unfamiliar environments can all be scary and dangerous.
Be considerate of other visitors.
- Some people are afraid of, or allergic, to dogs. Even the most well-behaved dog can frighten or injure another visitor. Don’t let your dog approach anyone without their permission.