Dog Ownership Information

Dog Licenses

Cuyahoga County requires all dogs to be licensed. Information is available online at the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer's website or by phone at (216) 443-7028. Ohio Law requires owners of dogs to renew their dog license each year between December 1st and January 31st.  A dog license is also required by Bay Village Ordinance 505.04.

Helpful Tips for Dog Owners

  • When walking your dog(s), refrain from listening to headset devices. You need to be aware of your surroundings, including joggers or people riding bikes behind you. This could startle the dog and result in a very dangerous situation.
  • Tree lawns are city property, not private property.
  • You must clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in a proper container. Do not throw bags in sewer drains.
  • Have respect for neighbors. Everyone works different hours. Control your dog’s barking. Let them out and bring them back in in a respectable amount of time. Avoid long periods of time letting your dog or dogs bark.
  • Have respect for other dog walkers. When walking on sidewalks give ample space to avoid confrontation and/or fights.
  • Before you walk your dog, make sure its collar is not too loose and is functioning properly. Old and torn collars break easily under constant pulling.
  • The person walking the dog must be of an appropriate age and weight to handle the dog. A young child should never be allowed to walk a dog that he or she can’t control under extreme stress.
  • Check and repair fencing to avoid dogs getting out and roaming at large.
  • No matter what time of the year, do not leave dogs unattended in vehicles. Additionally, do not leave dogs leashed and unattended on public property. 
  • Do not leave out water or food containers. This attracts all types of wildlife and creates a nuisance condition.
  • Check your yard frequently. If you have deer sightings, wait before you let your pets out to run in order to avoid confrontations.