New rules for Ontario’s outdoor canines, including guardian animals, in force July 1


If your canine is outdoors, unattended for greater than 60 minutes at a time, the province of Ontario considers your canine one which lives outdoors.

That issues as a result of as of July 1 there are new rules relating to the care of canines that stay outdoors. The new rules, beneath the PAWS Act, embody necessities for housing, freedom of motion, safety from the weather, and extra.

For farms and particularly for those who have livestock guardian canines, there are some key factors to contemplate in assembly the necessities of the PAWS Act.

It’s essential to notice, that the place there are barns appropriate to deal with livestock, canines don’t have to be supplied with a canine home — the barn doubles as such — and dealing livestock guardian canines will not be required to have entry to a canine home, both.


Ontario Sheep Farmers advocated for a few of these adjustments and exemptions for livestock guardian canines. The producer group has additionally been engaged on guaranteeing that producers are conscious of adjustments in the legal guidelines and their duties in caring for outdoor canines. See under for a current webinar on the subject.

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