Love ‘em and Leash ‘em – it’s the Law

When you take your dog out, remember to bring a leash and a doggy bag. The RDNO’s Dog Control bylaw was recently updated and now requires owners to carry doggy bags with them and to leash their dogs whenever they are not on their property, in their homes, or in an off-leash designated park or area. This applies to Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, and Electoral areas B & C.

“For most dog owners, this will not be a new habit,” said Ashley Gregerson, Communications Officer, RDNO. “Most owners have already been leashing their dogs and picking up after them voluntarily. To make it a consistent behaviour, there are now bylaws in effect that clearly state what is required.”

“An unleashed dog can be incredibly friendly and still unintentionally hurt someone, like if a dog were to jump up to greet an elderly person or a child and knock them over. It’s really about having respect for the people and animals you’re sharing the path with,” said Gregerson.

Top 5 reasons to keep your dog on a leash:

  1. Not all people are dog people – A person may be distressed, uncomfortable, or afraid of a dog. Let’s be good neighbours and respect those who wish to keep their distance from dogs.
  2. Avoid Preventable Veterinary Bills – Leashing a dog is the best way to keep your dog from being sick or injured. Harmful plants or objects and contaminated water may pose a health or safety concern to unleashed dogs.
  3. Avoid Injuries – A dog could intentionally or unintentionally injure a person, including the elderly and children, another animal, or itself. Unleashed dogs can also run out into traffic.
  4. Protect the Environment – Leashing your dog can reduce disturbance to sensitive wildlife habitats and negative wildlife encounters.
  5. It’s the Law – Outside of your home, property, and dog parks, your furry friend MUST be on a leash no longer than 2.4 metres if you’re in Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Electoral Areas B & C.

Marshall Fields – Dog Use Areas

The City of Vernon has identified TEMPORARY DOG USE AREAS at Marshall Fields.

The City has committed to public engagement, an environmental assessment and an assessment of the amenities at Marshall Fields to identify options for consideration of an off leash dog area in Marshall Fields.

Please send comments directly to the City of Vernon.

Marshall Fields map

City of Vernon – Map of Dog Use Areas at Marshall Fields, effective February 11, 2019


Bella tops the list again!

According to the RDNO’s annual Dog Control report, the TOP TEN names of licensed dogs in the North Okanagan in 2018 were:

1. Bella
2. Molly
3. Maggie
4. Max
5. Buddy
6. Bailey
7. Charlie
8. Sadie
9. Lily
10. Lucy

… and the FIVE most common dog breeds licensed in the North Okanagan were:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Shih Tzu
3. Shepherd
4. Poodle
5. Terrier

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NEW! Sign up for e-mail reminders on our website at, and we’ll send you an email to remind you to purchase your 2019 RDNO dog license(s) before January 1st to save!

* BEFORE January 1st, 2019: Altered Dog $20, Unaltered Dog $55

* AFTER December 31, 2018: Altered Dog $35, Unaltered Dog $75

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2019 RDNO Licenses:

BEFORE January 1st, 2019: Altered Dog $20, Unaltered Dog $55.

AFTER December 31, 2018: Altered Dog $35, Unaltered Dog $75.

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Get your Dog License before January 1 to Save!

2019 Dog Licenses are now available!

Save by purchasing your Dog License before January 1, 2019:
Before January 1, 2019: Altered Dog $20  |  Unaltered Dog $55
After January 1, 2019:  Altered Dog $35  |  Unaltered Dog $75

Dog Licensing applies to any resident keeping a dog within the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Village of Lumby or Electoral Areas “B”, “C” and the portion of Electoral Area “D” within the Lumby & District Fire Protection Area.

Dog Licenses are available for purchase at the following locations:

Municipal/Government Offices
District of Coldstream
City of Vernon
Village of Lumby
Central Animal Hospital
Creekside Animal Clinic
Crescent Falls Vet Hospital
Sunridge Vet Clinic
Vernon Veterinary Clinic
White Valley Vet Clinic
Fun 4 All Pet Resort

AJ’s Pets & Things
Healthy Spot
Paws Street Market
Pet Planet
Rusty Spur Tack & Feed
Total Pet

BC SPCA Vernon & District Branch
Dog Control
K9 Control Services

Please keep holiday closures in mind and purchase your dog licence ahead of the deadline! Licenses can also be purchased online at

For more information, contact K9 Control Services at 250.545.8070 or the RDNO at 250.550.3700.

2019 Licenses

Coming soon!

Be sure to purchase your 2019 RDNO Dog License prior to January 1st, 2019 to SAVE!

Licenses are valid for the calendar year and are effective from January 1 to December 31.

Discount license fees apply to dog licenses purchased prior to January 1st.

Buy BEFORE January 1 and SAVE!

Before January 1, 2019:
Altered Dog: $20
Unaltered Dog: $55

After December 31, 2018:
Altered Dog: $35
Unaltered Dog: $75

An Unaltered dog is a dog that has not been spayed or neutered.

What is Dog Control Bylaw Enforcement?

K-9 Control is contracted by the Regional District of North Okanagan to provide dog control services, including dog licensing, investigation of dogs barking excessively and dog attacks, rescue of dogs at large, reuniting dogs with owners, adoptions of dogs, and response to dog complaints.

K9 Control Bylaw Enforcement Officers are appointed by the Regional Board to enforce dog control bylaws in the following North Okanagan communities:

  • City of Vernon
  • District of Coldstream
  • Village of Lumby
  • Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) Electoral Areas B and C
  • Part of RDNO Electoral Area D in the Lumby & District Fire Protection Area
  • Township of Spallumcheen


“Bella” is still the Top Dog Name in the North Okanagan

Bella” remains the most popular name among licensed dogs in the North Okanagan.

According to the Regional District of North Okanagan’s 2017 annual animal control report, the 10 most popular names for licensed dogs in the North Okanagan are, in order:


‘Cooper’ and ‘Daisy’ replace previous #9 Top Dog Name ‘Lucy’ and #10 ‘Sophie’.

The five most common dog species licensed in the North Okanagan in 2017 were, in order, Labrador Retriever, Shih Tzu, Shepherd, Poodle and Terrier.