Dog Friendly City

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Update February 28, 2022: Thank you to everyone who answered the survey, contributed to the map and shared their stories. The input period has now closed and we are reviewing all the information received. Your input will be used help us address issues and find solutions to concerns that arise when people and pups share spaces in the city.




Dog Friendly City

We’re building a framework that will guide our decisions over the next ten years to create safe and active spaces for people and dogs and improve dog facilities and services.


Why Do We Need a Plan for Dogs?

More and more households are bringing dogs into their families, and the number of dogs in the community is growing. As our community grows and changes, City spaces and services need to evolve too.

The ‘Dog Friendly City’ framework will guide the planning, design and maintenance of spaces shared by people and dogs in the City. The action items within the framework will reflect current research, public concerns and priorities, and evolving best practices for urban dog management.


How You Can Get Involved

We’re looking for input to help address issues and find solutions to concerns that arise when people and pups share spaces in the city.

  • Answer the survey - there are questions for pup owners and non-pup owners
  • Pin places on the map showing your favourite pup-friendly places or amenities, as well as what could be improved, with your photos and comments
  • Share your experiences with dogs in the city by telling your stories in the storytelling feature below
  • Look for display signs in public spaces around the city to learn more

How Your Input is Used

Input you share in this engagement will help us identify issues and discover solutions, and contribute to the creation of a 'Dog Friendly City' framework. This framework will ultimately be expanded into a comprehensive plan that will guide how we plan and design our City in the future to meet the diverse needs of our community - including one of our fastest growing groups, dogs!

Deadline for feedback is Monday, February 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

Update February 28, 2022: Thank you to everyone who answered the survey, contributed to the map and shared their stories. The input period has now closed and we are reviewing all the information received. Your input will be used help us address issues and find solutions to concerns that arise when people and pups share spaces in the city.




Dog Friendly City

We’re building a framework that will guide our decisions over the next ten years to create safe and active spaces for people and dogs and improve dog facilities and services.


Why Do We Need a Plan for Dogs?

More and more households are bringing dogs into their families, and the number of dogs in the community is growing. As our community grows and changes, City spaces and services need to evolve too.

The ‘Dog Friendly City’ framework will guide the planning, design and maintenance of spaces shared by people and dogs in the City. The action items within the framework will reflect current research, public concerns and priorities, and evolving best practices for urban dog management.


How You Can Get Involved

We’re looking for input to help address issues and find solutions to concerns that arise when people and pups share spaces in the city.

  • Answer the survey - there are questions for pup owners and non-pup owners
  • Pin places on the map showing your favourite pup-friendly places or amenities, as well as what could be improved, with your photos and comments
  • Share your experiences with dogs in the city by telling your stories in the storytelling feature below
  • Look for display signs in public spaces around the city to learn more

How Your Input is Used

Input you share in this engagement will help us identify issues and discover solutions, and contribute to the creation of a 'Dog Friendly City' framework. This framework will ultimately be expanded into a comprehensive plan that will guide how we plan and design our City in the future to meet the diverse needs of our community - including one of our fastest growing groups, dogs!

Deadline for feedback is Monday, February 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

Tell Us More

We want to hear about your experiences with dogs, dog-designated spaces, and dogs in public spaces. Share your story!

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thank you for your interest.

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    Dog owners who don't pick up their dog's poop bags are... poopy.

    by AN604, 7 months ago

    What's up with some dog owners who leave their poop-filled plastic bags on apartment buildings' lawns, and on sidewalks?

    What about those dog owners who let their charges relieve themselves behind bushes, on lawns, and flower beds of private property (residential buildings; townhouses, houses, high rises and the like), hoping no one is seeing them, so they don't have to pick up after their dogs?

    As someone who has owned a dog previously in a much larger city than North Vancouver, this behaviour is abhorrent and smacks of privilege. If your dog has pooped, here's what you do: you pick... Continue reading

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    Dogs are a huge part of the North Vancouver Community

    by Faith Gray, 7 months ago
    I see alot of comments about people being ‘attacked’ by dogs…and I’d like to know what exactly they mean by ‘attacked’. Did a dog come up to you and bark? That’s not an attack. Did it touch you? Or did it simply scare you? Did you run away screaming provoking the dog to run after you? Or did you put your hand out for the dog to sniff it and realize you are both indeed harmless. I think anyone who wishes to see less off leash dog parks around needs to be trained on how to be around dogs (or... Continue reading
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    North Van Lifer

    by North Van 4Ever, 7 months ago

    Creating community is our main goal. Making space for people to gather that have common interests like tennis, basketball, kids is valuable. What if our common interest is a 4-legged best friend or rather only friend for a single person?... isn't it important to create an engaing community for all? Yes, there are dog owners that shouldn't have a dog, but don't let the 1% of irresponsible humans ruin it for the rest of us. Having fenced in off-leash dog parks is a great way where everyone gets to enjoy the park safely. An ideal location for a safety driven... Continue reading

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    Quiet Please!

    by Frustrated neighbour, 7 months ago

    I live above the new off leash dog park at 8th and Lonsdale. We own a dog and support off leash dog parks in principle. Unfortunately, this dog park is poorly located and too small for the number of dogs enjoying it. The sound funnels up and it amplifies. Most of the dogs in the park are having fun and it is a great way for them to socialize. But all day long there are some dog owners that let their dogs bark. It is driving us crazy.


    We understand that dogs bark. For these dogs there are other parks... Continue reading

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    Both my Children Attacked by off-leash dogs

    by Weirdbeard, 7 months ago
    My family has had nothing but negative experiences with off-leash dogs in public parks. On separate occasions both my children have been attacked by off-leash dogs in public areas of parks. The 1% of dog owners who will not keep their animals in control are too risky for other park users - off leash dogs should be in fenced areas only. My family no longer feels comfortable using parks that are shared with off-leash dogs.
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    Attacked by on leash dog

    by Leapin.levi, 7 months ago
    I was attacked by an on leash dog last spring while walking from my car, to work on Crown Street in North Vancouver. I was walking on the road, and the dog owner and dog were walking on the grass. I was at least 25-30’ away from the dog when it it bolted, pulling the leash out of its owners hand, and attacked my left leg. I didn’t have any food items or clothes that smelled like food, I didn’t even acknowledge the dog. After it bit my leg, drawing blood, it retreated in an attack position about 7’ away... Continue reading
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    Poor location for Dog Park

    by Russell, 7 months ago
    A new Off Leash Dog Park last year opened on 8th & Lonsdale. I live in an apartment adjacent to this park - the barking of dogs has become a topic of conversation amongst my neighbors. A few months ago someone organized a petition to see if this could be addressed - the City did put up signs asking owners to be aware of the close proximity to the apartments and to curb the barking, as yet this has not been successful. The park is open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm, too early in the morning, in particular. This... Continue reading
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    A nature lover’s daily journey

    by Tooquiet, 7 months ago
    Every day there is a new pile of dog waste on our lawn. We have a split residence, own no dogs, and live on a corner next to a school.

    The piles are massive and diverse. Small ones, large ones. Smooth ones, chunky ones. Brown ones, black ones, gray ones. We and the children walk past them as they dissolve into the dirt. We do it every day when we walk to the forests and other public spaces.

    The trail we love most is a sensitive habitat that is in recovery. Dogs must be on a leash. Dogs are never... Continue reading
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    Off-leash area in Moodyville PLEASE!

    by debgingras22, 7 months ago
    The area of moodyville is developing rapidly with many townhouses and apartments. This means NO BACKYARDS! The park developed for kids and people is amazing and so beautiful but we don't have anywhere to take our pets. The "Moodyville dog park" isn't fenced or landscaped at all. There would be benefits to everyone to have it as a safe community area we could use to spend time together with neighbours and our dogs. It would help with dog waste on the sidewalks and neighbouring properties. A fenced area would keep runners, bikers, kids, adults safer. The area is ripe with... Continue reading
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    We need more off-leash opportunities

    by HT, 7 months ago
    I recently rescued a beautiful pup. It's not until I joined the dog community I realized how much more off-leash spaces we need where dogs aren't crammed in and have to gather in packs, whether they want to or not. We need open spaces where dogs can be dogs and owners can enjoy one another's company. Did you know the BENEFITS of people with dogs? They share information, they keep an eye on the neighbourhood, they have routines that are like an automatic block watch service. But dogs need to run free and there is no dog run in Loutet... Continue reading
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