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Responsibilities

Pet owner’s guide

Each pet has its own special needs. Here are a few reminders for present and future owners of dogs and cats:

  • Obtain an annual license and ensure that he or she wears his or her tag at all times.
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered.
  • Have your pet microchipped.
  • Provide your pet with a safe and pleasant living environment that is adapted to his or her needs.
  • Give your pet the daily care he or she needs and make sure he or she gets appropriate veterinary care, to prevent illnesses as well as to treat health problems.
  • Use positive reinforcement when training your pet – stimulation, games and rewards. Never train your pet to be aggressive to people or animals.
  • Always make sure that your pet is not disturbing other people's peace and quiet.

For pets that go outdoors:

  • Make sure your pet's collar fits safely and that he or she is in no danger of being strangled.
  • Never tie your pet to street furniture without someone watching over him or her.
  • Pick up your pet's droppings and dispose of them properly in a garbage can.
  • Comply with the obligations as per the type of license issued by the city.

For dog guardians:

  • Obtain a license.
  • Ensure that the pet wears his or her tag at all times and always have control of the pet.
  • Keep the pet on a leash of a maximum length of 1.85 meters on public property.
  • For dogs weighing 20 kg or more, use a harness or halter attached to the leash.
  • Have your pet sterilized by January 1, 2020.
  • Pick up and discard excrement.
  • Refrain from using a strangling collar, a stud collar, an electric collar or any other collar likely to cause pain to the pet (as of January 1, 2020).
  • Refrain from tying up the pet, in particular with a chain or a rope, for a period longer than 3 hours.
  • Report any behavior that is likely to pose a safety risk by dialing 311.
  • Report any dog bite or attack and any attempted bite or attack to the nearest police station (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal). In an emergency, dial 911.

For at-risk dogs:

(a dog awaiting an evaluation requested by the city following a biting or attempt to bite, an attack or attempted attack, or for having displayed behaviour likely to pose a public safety threat)

  • Muzzle the pet when it is outside of its guardian’s residence.
  • Abide by the city’s notice and bring the pet on the date and to the location provided for the evaluation.
  • Ensure that the dog remains on the premises provided by the guardian, until the city issues its notice regarding guardianship conditions.

For owners of dogs deemed potentially dangerous:

  • Obtain a special license: proof pet is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, proof of clean criminal record, etc.
  • Have the dog wear the special city-issued tag.
  • Keep the dog under the surveillance of a person 18 years or older.
  • Muzzle the dog when it is outside the home.
  • Keep the dog on a leash no longer than 1.25 m on public property, except in dog parks or in areas that are fenced in to prevent the dog from escaping.
  • Clearly indicate on your residence the presence of a potentially dangerous dog using a sign or poster.
  • Keep the dog within a distance of at least 2 meters of children under the age of 16.
  • Notify the authorities before changing the location where the dog is kept or euthanizing the dog.

Dog parks

To keep your dog active in Montréal

Dog parks are areas just for dogs and their owners or caretakers. At a dog park, your pet may run freely without a leash, which is prohibited elsewhere and subject to a fine.

There are more than 50 dog parks in Montréal.

Here are the general rules in using a dog park:

  • Dog park gates must remain closed at all times.
  • The dog must be kept on a leash until it is inside the dog park.
  • All dogs must wear their tag indicating that a valid license for the current year has been issued.
  • It is strongly recommended that dogs visiting the dog park be vaccinated and that they receive the proper anti-parasitic treatments.
  • Dog owners must immediately pick up their dog's droppings and dispose of them hygienically in garbage cans near or inside the dog park.
  • Dog owners must watch and keep control over their dogs at all times, both inside and outside the dog park.
  • It is prohibited to feed your dog inside the dog park.
  • Dog owners must not use toys with their dogs unless they are alone with them in the dog park, as toys can create competition and aggression when other dogs are around.
  • Choke collars are not recommended in dog parks.
  • Sick or dangerous dogs as well as female dogs in heat are prohibited inside dog parks.
  • Dog parks are not recommended for 12-year-olds and under.

Dog parks are the only public places in Montréal where dogs are allowed to run and play freely without a leash. Such exercise contributes toward dogs’ physical and psychological well-being.

Locations of dog parks

Use the map to find the nearest dog park, or see a list by borough.

  • Ahuntsic—Cartierville
    Parc Sault-au-Récollet
    Rue de Saint-Firmin/rue Fleury Est
    Parc Saint-Benoit
    Rue Sauvé Ouest/rue Meilleur
    Parc Ahuntsic
    Rue Lajeunesse/Henri-Bourassa
  • Anjou
    Parc Lucie Bruneau
    7051 Avenue de l'Alsace
    Anjou H1J 2X8
    At the back of the parking lot
    Parc Roger Rousseau
    7501 Avenue Rondeau
    Anjou H1K 2P3
    Near the intersection of Boulevard Châteauneuf and Avenue Émile Legault
    Permission to use the playing field as a dog park
  • Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
    Parc Trenholme
    6800 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
    Parc Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
    3501 Avenue Marcil
    Parc William-Bowie
    4955 Avenue Trenholme
    Parc de la Confédération
    6265 Avenue Biermans
  • Lachine
    Simon Racicot - At the corner of Victoria/28e avenue
    Parc Roger-Richer - At the corner of St-Jacques/Richmond
  • LaSalle

    The Borough has three dog runs:

    Parc Lacharité
    At the corner of Centrale and Champlain
    Parc Leroux
    At the corner of Lacharité and Bannon
    Parc Frederick-Mackenzie
    At the corner of Lapierre and André-Merlot

    They are open every day, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
    Parc Laurier
    North of the park, at the corner of Christophe-Colomb and St-Grégoire
    Parc Baldwin
    At the corner of Fullum and Sherbrooke
    Parc La Fontaire
    At the corner of Sherbrooke and Émile-Duployé
    Parc Jeanne-Mance
    Open area between Avenue du Parc and the soccer field, just north of the central path
  • Le Sud-Ouest
    Parc Louis-Cyr
    Via St-Ferdinand
    Parc Angrignon
    Parc des Trinitaires near Lacroix
    Bande St-Antoine
    Via St-Antoine/Vinet
    Square Gallery
    Via Rue Basin
    Parc Ignace-Bourget
    Against the snow chute
    Parc Campbell-Ouest
    Via Rue de Maricourt
    Parc LeBer
    Via Rue Ash
  • L’île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève
    At the end of Rue des Bruants
  • Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
    Parc Lalancette
    On Rue Hochelaga between Rue Nicolet and Rue Valois
    Parc Wolfred-Nelson
    Rue Pie-IX and Rue Notre-Dame
    Parc Felix- Leclerc
    Rue Langelier in front of Rue Michel Bouvier
    Parc Liébert
    Rue Cirier in front of Rue Ste-Claire.
    Parc De la Bruère
    Rue Dubuisson between De la Bruère and Rue Liébert.
  • Montréal-Nord
    Parc Gouin
    Parc Pilon
  • Outremont
    Parc Canin
    On the corner of Rue McEachran and Rue Bates
  • Pierrefonds-Roxboro
    Parc Brook
    12 800 Rue Brook
    Parc Grier
    17 760 Rue Meloche
  • Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
    Parc de la Polyvalente Pointe-aux-Trembles
    15200 Rue Sherbrooke Est
    Parc Pasquale-Gattuso
    11770 Place Gilles-Trottier
  • Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
    Parc Beaubien
    Rue Beaubien Est and 9e Avenue
    Parc Père-Marquette
    Boulevard Rosemont and rue Garnier
    Parc du Pélican
    Boulevard Saint-Joseph and Rue Molson
    Parc Lafond
    Avenue Laurier Est and 13e Avenue
  • Saint-Laurent
    Parc Cousineau
    1740 Avenue O'Brien
    On the corner of Boulevard O’Brien and Avenue Poirier
    Parc Gohier
    730 Rue Buchanan
    On the corner of Rue Beaudet and Rue Leduc
    Parc Marcel-Laurin
    2345 Boulevard Thimens
    On the corner of Boulevard Thimens and Boulevard Alexis-Nihon
    Parc Philippe-Laheurte
    Intersection of Boulevard Cavendish and Rue Raymond-Lasnier, at the extreme west of the park
    Parc Guillaume-Bruneau
    Intersection of William Chapman and Roger Lemelin
    Parc du Bois-Franc
    Rue Modigliani between Rue des Outardes and Rue des Andes
  • Saint-Léonard
    Rue Arthur-Péloquin on the corner of Rue Jarry
  • Verdun
    Parc Arthur Therrien
    Champion dog park. Boulevard Gaétan Laberge, on the axis of Rue Gilberte-Dubé
    Enter through École secondaire Monseigneur Richard and go towards the shoreline.
    Parc à chiens Place de la Fontaine located on the street of the same name in the Ile-des-Sœurs neighbourhood
  • Ville-Marie
    Northeast corner of Rues De la Commune Ouest and Nazareth
    In front of 720 Rue Lucien-L'Allier (just off the exit from the 720 Expressway)
    Parc des Royaux
    Corner of Rue de Lorimier and Rue Larrivière
    Parc Percy Walter
    Corner of Avenue Docteur Penfield and Avenue McGregor
  • Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
    Parc Jarry
    Near Rue Gary Carter, in front of Uniprix Stadium
    Parc Villeray
    Intersection of Jarry - Christophe-Colomb