Dogs in the City

The City of Toronto has 73 Off-Leash Area's, the largest number of OLA's in Canada! 6 are within Ward 13, Toronto Centre.

Did You Know?

Your dog must be licensed.

  • Dogs go missing every day and a licence helps to bring them home.
  • The licence must be renewed yearly and the licence tag must be worn.
  • Automatically become a BluePaw member and receive exclusive offers and discounts on pet-related products and services.

You can have up to three dogs.

  • The maximum numbers of pets that you can own is six cats and three dogs.
  • You cannot walk more than three dogs at once anywhere in the city (sidewalks, parks) without a commercial dog walker’s permit.

Stoop and scoop.

  • Pick up after your dog on private and public property.

There is a one-hour maximum for tying up your dog at home.

  • If you are tying up your dog on your own property, there is a time limit of one hour.
  • The tether used to tie your dog must be more than three metres long.
  • You cannot use a choke collar, choke chain or pronged collar for your dog at any time. Martingale collars, which are considered a humane choke collar are still permitted.

Be aware of weather conditions.

  • Your dog must be protected from the cold and/or heat.
  • Leaving your dog in the yard without shade or water in the summer and adequate shelter in the winter is risking your dog’s life.

Respect your neighbours.

  • If your dog is continuously barking or whining and disturbing your neighbours, you can be charged under the Noise Bylaw.

Leash and control your dog in public.

  • Some people fear dogs – respect their feelings and concerns.
  • Your dog must be kept on a leash no more than two metres long.
  • You must be holding on to the leash – leashing your dog to a pole or bike rack is not allowed.

You are responsible for your dog if it bites a person or another animal. 

Every owner of a dog shall exercise reasonable precautions to prevent their dog from engaging in a dangerous act.  A dangerous act is defined as any bite, attack, act of menacing behaviour or any combination of a bite, attack or act of menacing behaviour.


Study in Progress

The City of Toronto is currently conducting a study to find out how the City’s existing Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) can be improved to accommodate an increasing human and dog population.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Improve existing DOLAs through better design, maintenance and operation
  • Encourage healthy relationships between dog owners and non-dog owners
  • Elevate DOLAs as spaces that provide a healthy, safe, accessible and sustainable environment
  • Develop guidelines to ensure consistent maintenance and operation across Toronto
  • Develop design recommendations that can be applied to all existing OLAs
  • Improve community involvement and develop future ongoing partnerships


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