Your dog depends on you for his or her well-being, and your neighbours count on you to be a responsible pet owner. You can keep your dog and your neighbours happy by following the tips below.
To keep your dog healthy and happy, ask your veterinarian to:
Ask your veterinarian to spay or neuter your dog. Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted dogs, but these procedures make your dog happier, more affectionate and less aggressive. Spaying and neutering also improves a dog's health. Spaying a female dog before the first heat reduces the chances of breast cancer when older. As well, it helps prevent some skin disorders and diseases of the uterus and ovaries. Neutering a male dog helps prevent prostate disease and some tumors.
We do everything we can to return a lost dog to its family. A licensed dog has a much better chance of being returned to its owner. If a dog is not wearing a license, it makes it very difficult to locate the owner. If no one claims a lost dog within 72 hours, the dog becomes eligible for adoption.
Any dog six months or older must be licensed. You can pay your annual license fee online, by mail, in person or at a City of Lethbridge depository. For more information, or if there is a change in your account (address change or change in ownership of dog), please phone us at 403-320-4099.
Sterilized Dog: $25.00
Unsterilized Dog: $45.00
Dog Fancier's Fee (plus regular license fee per dog): $20.00
Want to renew your dog license online? Click here!
Dogs can run into a lot of trouble if they are not on leashes and under your control. They can be hit by vehicles, attacked by other animals or harmed in some other way. They can also frighten the people they approach and upset neighbours by urinating or defecating on their properties.
Your dog must be on a leash whenever he or she is off your property – unless the dog is under your control and in a signed off-leash area. The designated off-leash dog parks in Lethbridge are:
For an interactive map and driving directions to the dog parks, click here!
For the protection of your dog, children, other residents and local wildlife, your dog is not permitted in the following areas (even when on a leash):
By nature, dogs run in packs and develop relationships based on leaders and followers. Training your dog to be obedient will help you to establish yourself as its leader.
Before you begin obedience training, start socializing your puppy when it is two months old. Introduce it to dogs and people, including children. Let it get used to being handles and examined.
Your dog will learn faster when it receive positive feedback. Praise your dog every time it responds properly to a command. You can also give it a treat to reinforce good performance. Obedience training is important because owners who do not establish their leadership position cause most behavioral problems such as excessive barking.
For more training tips and additional dog resources click here!
Barking is normal for dogs. It is their way of communicating. Your dog will bark when it is excited, bored, playful or aggressive. Too much barking, however, can disturb your neighbours.
To discourage barking while you are at home, try playing with your dog and rewarding it with attention or food when it does not bark. If you know which activities or situations make your dog bark, avoid them. When your dog does bark, distract it by giving it a command such as
To discourage your dog from barking when you are away from home, exercise it before you leave in the morning and after you return in the afternoon or evening. The exercise will expend some of your dog's energy in the morning and give your dog something to look forward to later on. If your dog barks excessively when you are not present, it may be suffering from separation anxiety. Ask your veterinarian how to deal with this complex problem. To prevent separation anxiety in a puppy: teach it to get used to you not being at home by leaving for short periods of time, provide it with a special den such as a travelling crate to sleep in, and give it an "animal-safe" cuddly toy to play with.
Please consult your veterinarian before purchasing an electronic debarking device or considering a debarking operation.
For more training tips and additional dog resources, click here!
Dog waste can irritate neighbours, spread diseases among animals, and litter parks, boulevards and sidewalks.
The best way to remove dog waste is to put your hand inside a plastic bag and place the outside of the bag over the waste and turn the bag inside out. Tie the top tightly and drop the bag into the nearest public waste receptacle. Be sure to wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Transporting a dog untethered in the open bed of a pickup truck can endanger both the dog and other motorists. The smooth surface of the truck bed provides little to no traction for a dog. All it takes to jettison the dog into traffic is one abrupt stop, quick turn or bump in the road.
There are various ways to ensure the safety of your pet while travelling in a truck:
Through our public education programs and by enforcing the Dog Control Bylaw, we encourage dog owners to care and take responsibility for their pets.
To view the Dog Control Bylaw, click here.
Lethbridge Animal Shelter2405 41st Street North
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5W3
Hours of OperationMonday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.Closed Sundays and holidays
For an interactive map and driving directions to the Lethbridge Animal Shelter, click here!