Within the City of Nanaimo any dog that is a Pit Bull Terrier, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mix breed dog whose breeding includes the bloodline of those breeds, is considered a "Restricted Dog".

The regulations that apply to "Restricted Dogs" are:

  • The owner of a Restricted Dog must keep the dog leashed and muzzled at any time that it is not on property owned or occupied by the Dog Owner. This applies to all public places within the City limits.

  • The owner of a Restricted Dog must keep the dog confined securely indoors or in an Enclosure that meets the following requirement:
    "a fence or structure of at least six feet in height forming an enclosure capable of preventing the entry of a child under the age of 10 years and adequately constructed to prevent a Dog from escaping"

If a "Restricted Dog" is registered with the Canadian Kennel Club or has successfully completed the Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) test he or she is exempt from all breed specific legislation.

Canine Good Neighbour

NACS encourages all "Restricted Dog" owners to complete a CGN course and test. This allows exemption from both the muzzling and enclosure regulations.

The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 12 steps. It assesses the handler and dog's relationship, together with the handler's ability to control the dog. Dogs are evaluated on their ability to perform basic exercises as well as their ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations.

The CKC has a .pdf that details the 12 steps.

The Nanaimo Kennel Club offers a six week course to prepare you and your dog for the CGN test. The course is $75 and is held at the Centennial Building at Beban Park.

Nanaimo Pet Services also offers obedience classes for CGN preparation. The classes are $140 for a 6 week course or $95 for a four week course. They also offer CGN testing several times a year. The cost of the test is $30 ($25 for class dogs).

Please visit the Nanaimo Pet Services events page to find the next CGN testing date.

When you complete the CGN test you will get a certificate. You can email us a copy of the certificate and we will attach it to your licence account. If you always have your phone with you, you can also keep a photo of the certificate on your phone. If you are stopped by an Officer you can simply show them your certificate on your phone. Your CGN tester may also be able to provide you with a tag that indicates you have successfully completed the course, which also works as proof of exemption.

CKC Registration

Your dog does not have to be a purepred to register with the CKC. If he or she is spayed/neutered and microchipped, you are eligible to register with the CKC as a Canine Companion. The process is simple and involves filling out an online form, providing proof of spay/neuter, and paying a $60 fee to the CKC. CKC registration allows exemption from all breed specific legislation in Nanaimo.

Visit the CKC Canine Companion website for more information and to download the form.