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Box 113, 210-2nd Ave South, Marwayne, Alberta  T0B 2X0

Responsible Pet Ownership
Pets bring a community to life and are an important part of many Marwayne families. Pet ownership is regulated under the Animal Control Bylaw . The Village works with pet owners to help ensure pets are a positive addition to the community.
 
The animal control bylaw makes pet owners responsible for their pets' actions and outlines the minimum community standards that pet owners must meet in Marwayne. Responsible pet owners not only look after their pet's health and wellness, they also make sure their pet is a positive addition to the community.
 
There are a few obligations you have as a pet owner to be considerate of your neighbours and protect your pet.
  • Get a Licence
 
All dogs and cats six months or older must have a valid pet license and tags, so we can contact you if your pet gets lost. Think of your licence as reunification insurance! This even applies to indoor pets because they can slip out open windows or doors from time to time. License fees are due by February 28th annually.
 
There is a reduced fee for licensing a spayed or neutered animal. Responsible pet owners ensure their animals are spayed or neutered. With spay/neutered surgery, pets enjoy better health and owners often notice their pets have improved dispositions. With cats it eliminates crying, howling, nervous pacing and frantic attempts to get out and find a mate. Neutering reduces or eliminates inappropriate spraying. Spaying eliminates female heat cycles and bloody discharge. Surgery also reduces or eliminates disease, infection and cancer of the reproductive system.
  • Provide training, socialization, proper diet and medical care
 
A basic obedience training program for your dog at an early age, is often the first step to having a well socialized and behaved dog. Responsible dog owners ensure their dog doesn't bit, bark at, threaten or chase other animals, people, bicycles or vehicles.
  • Don't Allow your Pet to become a Nuisance
 
Keep Them Controlled
According the the Animal Control Bylaw dogs and cats are not allowed to be loose, unless they are on your property.
 
Dogs must always be on a leash when on public property and should be contained in a secure yard or building when on your property. This helps to reduce the potential for conflicts.
 
Cats must be kept indoors or secure in your yard and on your property. Allowing your cat to freely roam is dangerous for them and can lead to conflict with your neighbours. Despite popular belief, cats do not need to go outdoors or roam. Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives on average a life span up to 20 years, whereas an outdoor cat is two to five years. If you want your cat to go outside, consider using a harness and light leash or constructing a cat enclosure.
 
Prevent Excessive Barking
Barking is natural for dogs when they are bored, lonely, or want to alert their owners of something, but excessive barking will disturb your neighbours. Responsible dog owners ensure barking does not become a nuisance to neighbors. Excessive barking can be addressed through dog training, socializing, exercising, and family interaction.
 
Scoop the Poop
Pet waste can be smelly, unattractive, and can even be a health issue for you and your pet. Carry a bag with you to pick-up your pet's poop whenever you are off your property. Poop can be collected in a plastic bag and thrown in the garbage.
 
You do not need to clean up waste immediately on your private property, but you still need to clean it up regularly. Allowing excessive waste to build up affects your neighbours and pet negatively.
  • Lost Pets
 
If your pet is picked up by the animal control officer you will incur a running at large fine (1st offense is $100). If we cannot contact you it will then be taken to the Lloydminster SPCA. You will also pay the transportation fee of $145 plus the SPCA fees. Notices are posted on the post office bulletin board notifying unknown owners of who is in the pound. SPCA animal control page
 
The community can help in keeping animals under control by:
  • Reporting concerns to the Village Office
  • Documenting offenses with written verification of nature and location of offense, date, time, description of dog, name and address of owner (if known)
  • Seizing a dog or cat found at large and delivering it to the Village Office during office hours for transport to Lloydminster SPCA
 
Reporting Concerns:
We recommend that you talk to the owner first about your concern. If you don't get the desired results, then drop off your written complaint to the Village Office and we will discuss options to address your concern.
  • Bylaw Complaint Form
  • Record of Disturbance Form
 
Animals at large:
If an animal is running at large, contact the village office. For after hours contact the on-call number (306-821-0445) to discuss options regarding the animal.
 
The Animal Control Bylaw has been amended to implement non-breed specific vicious dog regulations
Council reviewed the Bylaw and has taken the position of many other municipalities in North America, that the Bylaw will address un-responsible dog ownership regardless of the breed of the dog. The "restricted" dogs (pitbulls, rotweilers etc) clause has been removed. A dog may now be deemed "vicious" on its BEHAVIOR not by its breed. This will provide greater flexibility to address negligent dog owners while not penalizing responsible owners for their personal choice of dog.
 
The principle behind the legislation of non-specific breed legislation is that no specific breed is inherently bad or prone to aggression. Dogs can't help who their owners are, this type of legislation addresses the irresponsible actions of the owner. Any dog, regardless of their breed or type can be dangerous...in the wrong hands. Aggression is very complex. It is not simply a case of breed; whether or not a dog uses aggression is influenced by a range of factors including how they are bred, reared and experiences throughout their lifetime.
 
If it is determined that a dog is a vicious dog, either through observation or after an investiation inititated by a complaint, and considers:
  • the circumstances of the incident, and
  • the severity of the incident, and
  • any previous incidents,
then in writing the owner of this dog will be informed that his dog has been determined to be vicious, and require the owner to keep the dog have $500,000 liability coverage and confine the dog to inside or in an Enclosed Property as described in the bylaw. License fee is $250. Failure to confine/keep in accordance with the bylaw is $250.
 
Definition of a Vicious Dog
means a dog of nay age, which when on or off the property of its owner:
  • has shown a propensity, deposition or potential to attack or bite or injure, without provocation, other animals or humans; or
  • without provocation, chases persons who approach it; or
  • is a continuing threat of serious harm to other animals or humans; or
  • without provocation, has attached persons or other animals
 
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Barking, along with whining, howling and growling, is a dog's natural means of communication. A dog may bard for a number of reasons; to induce play, discipline young, ward of danger, threaten intruders, or he may bark because he's curious. none of these reasons tend to result in excessive or annoying barking. They are short lived and are specific to an occasion. Barking for companionship or for reward (food, freedom, etc) is the most likely to develop into problem barking.
 
A barking problem is much easier to prevent than to cure!
 
Causes of Problem Barking
In order to retrain a problem barker it is necessary to determine what factors may be triggering the behavior.
  1. Genetics - some breeds are more prone to barking (eg. terriers) although almost any breed can exhibit excessive barking.
  2. Physical need - dog is hot, cold, hungry or thirsty. This is the dog's way of requesting that you accommodate one of his needs. A dog may become a problem barker due to insufficient exercise - the pent up energy is released through barking.
  3. Emotional need - the dog is bored, excited or anxious. This can be the dog's way of requesting attention or may be a compulsive behavior resulting from a frustrated need for social and/or mental stimulation.
  4. Environment - improper confinement (restrictive tethering, being locked in a pen alone for long periods, lack of shelter) can all lead to a dog that barks excessively. Additionally, excessive barking may be triggered by environmental cues (other dogs barking, passing cars, sirens, storms, etc.).
 
Solutions
Once you have determined the situation(s) that cause your dog to bark excessively, there are steps that can be taken that may control or curb the problem barking. Give both negative and positive reinforcements. If the dog barks, use an appropriate correction and make sure you correct while the barking is occurring. DO NOT reinforce the barking behavior by giving in to the dog's demand for attention. Reward the dog when he is quiet and well behaved.
 
Increasing level of severity:
  • Make sure your dog's physical needs are met.
  • Do not leave your dog alone in the back yard longer than necessary dogs are social animals and like to be with their "pack". -If a dog is to be an outdoor dog, increase his activity level. Ensure he has bones or chew toys. Consider getting him a companion.
  • Move the run or pen to an area where the dog can't see or hear whatever may stimulate the barking (eg. children, pets, etc.).
  • Turn on a radio (low volume) to cover noises that may induce barking and to keep the dog company.
  • Place hand tightly around muzzle and growl a "Quiet" or "No". Do not shout as this may encourage the dog to bark more. Be consistent.
  • Throw something on the ground near the dog (not at it) which will make a loud startling clatter (penny in tin, chain)
  • Squirt lemon juice in the mouth (good for whiners).
  • If your dog only barks when you're not home you may want to consider "setting up" your dog. Set up a departure-make sure your dog sees you drive away. Return silently to make the necessary corrections. This procedure may have to be repeated several times.
  • I you trust your neighbors consider enlisting their help in applying necessary corrections when you're not home. But remember, THEY need to be consistent.
  • Enroll in a training class. A well trained dog is seldom a problem barker and training will increase your dog's confidence and control.
  • Bark Collars - there are several types available.
    • Citronella Collar - releases a spray of citronella when the dog barks. Sensitivity is variable and it may be possible to rent a collar,
    • "The Husher"- muzzle type device that applies resistance. Dog is still able to drink, etc. but becomes fatigued when he attempts to bark excessively.
    • Ultrasonic "beeping" Collar - may be bark activated or remote activated. Should only be used with proper knowledge and restraint.
    • "Shock" Collar - may be bark activated or remote activated. A last resort option and should only be used by a professional trainer.
  • The surgical removal of the larynx (debarking). Is costly and not guaranteed.
 
DO NOT USE BB GUNS OR SLINGSHOTS
All dogs have different personalities. Some may require a heavy correction while others will respond well to a simple verbal reprimand. So match the correction to the temperament of the dog.
 
Most Important:
have patience and be consistent.