Responsible Dog Ownership

Being a responsible dog owner means not only taking care of your pet’s health and well-being, but also by following City guidelines and being respectful of others in our community.

The Behaviour of Your Dog Is Your Responsibility

St. Albert is fortunate to have many designated off-leash areas, including dog parks, sites and outdoor boarded rinks. These are great places for dogs and their owners to meet, exercise and socialize.

To ensure St. Albert’s shared outdoor spaces are safe and comfortable for all, guidelines need to be followed as per the Animal Bylaw 11/2013.


St. Albert is an on-leash community, unless in one of the City’s two dog parks or other designated off-leash areas. This means all dogs must be leashed on or within one metre of trails, including trails in an off-leash area. Dog owners or walkers must always carry a leash, even in off-leash areas.


A dog must always be under complete control, even in an off-leash area. This means your dog’s recall must be good enough to prevent unwanted contact with others.


Dog owners must pick up poop immediately and always carry a means of picking up after their dog. Carry multiple bags to make sure you always meet this requirement. This isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law!


Dogs are prohibited from being in playground areas even when on a leash. All areas are on-leash when organized sporting activities are taking place.


All dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed. Maximum three dogs per household.


Remember that not everyone is comfortable around dogs. Off-leash activities should be limited to the designated areas.

Learn more about off-leash locations 

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Last edited: September 13, 2023