Day 3 of Professional Dog Walker Program

19 Sep

Crosstown Pet is taking the Professional Dog Walker Certificate program at Langara College!

Six courses make up this program designed for dog walkers, trainers, and other dog handlers. Taught by industry professional Jill Taggart, PhD in Behavioural Psychology, Master of Science – Animal Behaviour, and a practicing Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

Our morning began with City Bylaws and Dogs-

As a professional dog walker, or a conscientious dog owner you need to know about your community and how city bylaws impact you and your dogs. Topics include liability and insurance issues for you and your dog, as well as local bylaws that may impact your business. Course content also includes animal welfare legislation.

ANIMAL CONTROL BY-LAW NO. 9150
This By-law is printed under and
by authority of the Council of
the City of Vancouver

ANIMAL CONTROL BY-LAW

SECTION 3
DOG LICENCES
3.1 No keeping of dog without licence
3.2 Applying for licence
3.3 Paying for licence
3.4 Waiving licence fee
3.5 Wearing dog tag
3.6 No removing of dog tag

SECTION 4
CONTROL OF DOGS
4.1 No running at large
4.2 Leashing dogs
4.3 Muzzling aggressive dogs
4.4 No running at bathing beach
4.5 Securing aggressive dogs on private property
4.6 Limiting number of dogs
4.7 Confining dogs in heat
4.8 Confining dogs with communicable diseases
4.9 Removing excrement
4.10 Removing excrement from owner’s property
4.11 Securing dogs in vehicles
4.12 Barking or howling
4.13 Upsetting or breaking into refuse container
4.14 Biting or attacking persons or domestic animals

SECTION 5
KEEPING OF DOGS
5.1 Giving basic care to dogs
5.2 Tethering dogs
5.3 Enclosing dogs

SECTION 6
IMPOUNDMENT OF DOGS
6.1 Seizing dogs under this By-law
6.2 Seizing dogs under Parks Control By-law
6.3 Delivering dogs without tags
6.4 Impounding dogs
6.5 Detaining impounded dogs
6.6 Destroying dogs for humane reasons
6.7 Caring for dogs
6.8 Disposing of dogs
6.9 Reclaiming dogs

SECTION 3

DOG LICENCES
No keeping of dog without licence

3.1 A person must not keep a dog that is older than three months unless such person has
acquired an annual licence for the dog, and has paid the annual licence fee.

Applying for licence

3.2 A person who keeps a dog must apply for an annual license, when the person acquires
the dog, on the form and in the manner specified by the Chief License Inspector, and must
renew the license annually on or before the expiry of the one year anniversary of issuance of
the previous license.

Paying for licence

3.3 A person who applies for a license to keep a dog must pay to the City the annual fee
specified in Part 1 of Schedule A of this By-law, except that if the applicant does not pay the
annual fee within 30 days after the due date, the applicant must pay an additional $10.00.

Waiving licence fee

3.4 If the Chief License Inspector is satisfied that a dog has been specially trained to guide
or assist a person who is disabled, and if such a person applies for a licence to keep the dog,
no fee is payable under section 3.3.

Wearing dog tag

3.5 A person who keeps a dog must ensure that the dog at all times wears a collar to
which is attached a tag furnished by the Chief License Inspector.

No removing of dog tag

3.6 Except with the authority of the person who keeps the dog, a person must not remove
the tag required by section 3.5 from a dog’s collar or from elsewhere on the dog’s body.

SECTION 4
CONTROL OF DOGS

No running at large

4.1 A person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to run at large.

Leashing dogs

4.2 A person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to be on a street
or other public place unless the dog is under the immediate charge and control of a
competent person by means of a leash that is not more than 2.5 m long or another by-law
allows the dog to be off-leash under certain circumstances.

Muzzling aggressive dogs

4.3 In addition to complying with section 4.2, a person who keeps an aggressive dog must
not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to be on a street or other public place or on any other
property that such person does not own or control unless such person has muzzled the dog to
prevent it from biting another animal or a person, except when the dog is participating in an
event sanctioned by the Canadian Kennel Club.

No running at bathing beach

4.4 Despite sections 4.2 and 4.3, a person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or
allow the dog to be on a bathing beach or in the water adjacent to a bathing beach unless the
Parks Control By-law otherwise allows.

Securing aggressive dogs on private property

4.5 A person who keeps an aggressive dog must, at all times while the dog is on property
owned or controlled by such person, securely confine the dog, either indoors or in an
enclosed pen or other structure capable of preventing the entry of young children and
adequately constructed to prevent the dog from escaping or from biting a domestic animal or
human being.

Limiting number of dogs

4.6 Except for a person licensed under the License By-law as a kennel keeper, a person
must not keep more than three dogs at any one time or at any one place or property in the
city.

Confining dogs in heat

4.7 A person who keeps a female dog must confine and house the dog during the period it
is in heat.

Confining dogs with communicable diseases

4.8 A person who keeps a dog, and who knows or suspects that the dog has a
communicable disease, must:

(a) isolate the dog, during the period such person knows or suspects that the dog
has a communicable disease, in a manner that will prevent further spread of
the disease and in a manner prescribed at law;
(b) seek the assistance of a veterinarian; and
(c) follow the orders of such veterinarian, the Poundkeeper, and any government
officials who have authority to issue such orders.

Removing excrement

4.9 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog,
except for a service dog in the company of a handler who is physically disabled or a guide dog
in the company of a handler who is blind, must immediately remove any excrement deposited
by the dog, and deposit it in a suitable refuse container.

Removing excrement from owner’s property

4.10 Section 4.9 does not apply to excrement deposited by a dog on property owned by or
in the exclusive possession of a person who keeps, or who has care, custody or control, of the
dog.

Securing dogs in vehicles

4.11 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog, must
not keep the dog in a vehicle unless such person secures the dog in a manner that prevents
the dog from falling or being thrown out of the vehicle.

Barking or howling

4.12 A person who owns or occupies premises must not permit, suffer, or allow the sound of
a barking or howling dog that a person not on the same premises can easily hear and that
disturbs or tends to disturb unreasonably the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or
convenience of such person.

Upsetting or breaking into refuse container

4.13 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog, must
not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to upset or break into a refuse container on a street or
other public place.

Biting or attacking persons or domestic animals

4.14 A person who keeps a dog must not permit, suffer, or allow the dog to bite, attack or
injure a person or domestic animal.

SECTION 5
KEEPING OF DOGS

Giving basic care to dogs

5.1 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog, must
give the dog food, water, shelter, and exercise sufficient to maintain the dog in good health.

Tethering dogs

5.2 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog, must
not tie or fasten a dog to a fixed object by using a choke collar or choke chain or by tying a
rope, chain, or cord directly around the dog’s neck.

Enclosing dogs

5.3 A person who keeps a dog, or a person who has care, custody or control of a dog, must
not confine the dog in an enclosure unless the air ventilation, temperature, and size of the
enclosure are sufficient to maintain the dog in good health.

SECTION 6
IMPOUNDMENT OF DOGS

Seizing dogs under this By-law

6.1 The Poundkeeper or a police officer may seize a dog:

(a) in respect of whom the person who keeps a dog does not have a licence;
(b) in respect of whom payment of the licence fee referred to in section 3.3 is in
arrears;
(c) who is not wearing the dog tag referred to in section 3.5;
(d) who is on a street or other public place unlawfully including running at large;
or
(e) who has bitten or who is alleged to have bitten a human being.

Seizing dogs under Parks Control By-law

6.2 A police officer or a person authorized by the Park Board who seizes a dog under a bylaw enacted by the Park Board may deliver the dog to the Poundkeeper or to the pound.

Delivering dogs without tags

6.3 If:
(a) the Poundkeeper believes that a dog is not wearing the collar and tag required
under section 3.5;
(b) the Poundkeeper requests the person who keeps the dog, the person who has
care, custody and control of the dog, or a person who occupies the property
where the dog is situate to produce evidence satisfactory to the Poundkeeper
that the dog has a licence and that the licence fee referred to in section 3.3 is
not in arrears; and
(c) the person referred to in clause (b) fails to produce such evidence;
the Poundkeeper may request delivery of the dog to the Poundkeeper or to the pound, and,
immediately upon receipt of that request, the person referred to in clause (b) must deliver
the dog to the Poundkeeper or the pound.

Impounding dogs

6.4 Promptly upon receiving a dog under section 6.1, 6.2, or 6.3, the Poundkeeper must
impound the dog at the pound, except that, if the Poundkeeper believes the dog is in need of
medical care, the Poundkeeper may take the dog to, or leave the dog with, a veterinarian.

Detaining impounded dogs

6.5 The Poundkeeper may detain for:

(a) 72 hours, a dog impounded under section 6.4; and
(b) 21 days, a dog who has bitten or who is alleged to have bitten a human being;
after the date and time of impoundment.

Destroying dogs for humane reasons

6.6 Despite section 6.5, if the Poundkeeper believes that an impounded dog is suffering
from injury, disease, sickness, or other cause which it is unlikely to survive or from which it is
unlikely to recover, and that destroying the dog would be humane, the Poundkeeper may
destroy the dog immediately.

Caring for dogs

6.7 The Poundkeeper, as he or she considers necessary and humane, may maintain and
care for impounded dogs including the provision of food, water, and shelter, and may arrange
for veterinary care and medication.

Disposing of dogs

6.8 After expiry of the 72 hours referred to in section 6.5, the Poundkeeper may destroy,
or sell by auction or private sale, an impounded dog.

Reclaiming dogs

6.9 At any time before destruction or sale of a dog under section 6.8, the person who
keeps the dog may apply to the Poundkeeper to reclaim the dog, and, when applying, must:
(a) give the Poundkeeper proof of ownership by such person of the dog;
(b) pay all outstanding charges and fees under this By-law that apply to such dog;
and
(c) pay all outstanding fines or penalties imposed on such person for breach of this
By-law.

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