The City of Mississauga is reminding all dog owners to please be responsible by leashing your dog(s) when out in public, including City parks – unless in designated leash-free zones.

As dog owners, set a good example by being courteous and abiding the City’s Animal Care and Control By-law. This includes leashing, licensing and picking up after your dog. This will also help make your community cleaner and safer places to walk, cycle and play in. A dog’s leash should be kept no longer than six feet (1.8 metres) in length.

A leash helps keep your dog safe from:

  • running away and getting lost
  • wandering into traffic
  • confrontations with wildlife (e.g., coyotes) and unfriendly dogs
  • approaching dead or diseased wildlife
  • eating things such as poison, animal poop or drinking from contaminated puddles

A leash also benefits you, your dog and the community by:

  • preventing your dog from scaring or jumping on children, other people or pets
  • preventing lawsuits or vet bills from injuries that could occur

For more information about responsible pet ownership, visit mypetmississauga.ca.