Published on July 21, 2021

Dog Days of Summer

Keeping your furry companion safe and having fun all summer long is easy with a little planning and some great places to explore right here in St Albert.

In most neighbourhoods, there’s an off-leash area or dog park within walking distance. Lacombe Lake Dog Park and Dodger Dog Park provide off-leash options for Fido and all their friends. Which one is your favourite?

large white dog drinking water from bowl that owner is holding

large black and brown dog chewing on tennis ball

Off-Leash Areas

During the summer, there are many other designated off-leash areas, including outdoor boarded rinks, that are available for dogs when not in use for organized sporting activities that have been scheduled and authorized by the City. Signage is installed at outdoor rinks, clearly marking the area as off-leash and stating any restrictions.

These areas are designed so that dogs and their owners can meet, exercise, and socialize. Check out the off-leash areas map before your next outing.

Dog Guidelines

When out and about in City parks and trails it’s important to remember the following guidelines:

  • Dogs must wear a current dog license tag.
  • Owners must pick up pet waste immediately and always carry a means of picking up after their pets.
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times in the City of St Albert unless they are in a posted off leash area.
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times while on the trail system, this includes trails that run through off leash areas.
  • Dogs aren’t allowed in playground areas.

Learn more in the Animal Bylaw

Safety Tips

Keeping your best friend safe is also an important part to making sure they enjoy their time out and about. That means not leaving your dog in a hot vehicle, staying away from water that has blue-green algae in it and monitoring for signs of heat stroke. 

small white and brown dog standing in water

black dog sitting in front of water

Dogs in Hot Vehicles

Even on cloudy/cooler days and with the windows cracked, temperatures inside a vehicle increase quickly. Pets left in a vehicle are at risk for brain damage, suffocation and even death. Did you know that after 10 minutes outside in 21 degrees Celsius the temperature in your vehicle rises to 32 degrees Celsius? After 30 minutes, it gets to 40 degrees Celsius.

Every year, the City’s Municipal Enforcement Service responds to complaints of pets left in vehicles. If you have errands to run, leave your dog at home as even a quick run into a store could lead to serious injury or death for your pet.

If you notice an animal has been left inside a vehicle during extreme weather conditions, please contact the Municipal Enforcement 24/7 Complaint Line at 780-458-7700 and provide the address of where the vehicle is parked, a brief description of the vehicle, and the vehicle license plate number.

Signs of Heatstroke

During the hot summer months, you should constantly monitor your dog for the following signs of heatstroke:

  • Listlessness
  • Excessive panting
  • Restlessness
  • Appearing distressed

If your pet experiences the above in hot weather, consider walking them later in the evening when temperatures have cooled or wait to walk them on a cooler day. 

Steps to take if your dog has heatstroke

Blue-Green Algae

There’s currently Blue Green Algae present in the water at Lacombe Lake. It’s very toxic, so please keep children, dogs and other pets away. The City is monitoring the situation but unfortunately it can’t be removed from the lake. Access is suspended until further notice and the dog beach gate is closed. 

Keep an eye on the blue-green algae advisories page through Alberta Health Services to ensure any body of water you or your dog may be using to cool off in is not impacted. 

Learn more: Keep your dog safe around Blue Green Algae

Foreign Objects

When walking your dog, please monitor them to ensure they don’t eat foreign objects left on the ground. These can be harmful to your pet.  It is also a good idea to regularly check your yard for foreign objects that might have been blown into or thrown into your yard. 

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Last edited: November 26, 2021