BADM 318: Dogs In The City

How might we educate the public about responsible dog ownership?

Term: Spring 2021
Department: School of Business
Course: BADM 318 – Project Management
Instructor: Mitra Kiamanesh
Staff contact: Adam Vasilevich (Parks + Greenways Planner), Paul Duffy (Bylaws Manager)

Group 1: Dog ownership in the City of North Vancouver is popular and is currently experiencing an explosion! Residents are also using parks in record numbers this past year and education is needed to reduce the number of conflicts between parks visitors and dogs. The CNV is looking for engaging materials that will raise awareness about dog-owner etiquette, such as obeying leash laws, picking up after their dog and being respectful of other public space users.

Group 2: According to CNV Bylaw 8113-10 (a), Dog owners in the City of North Vancouver are required to obtain a yearly dog license. Its purpose is to help owners retrieve their dog in the case that it is lost, and the associated fee helps to cover the cost of amenities for dogs in public spaces. However, it is believed that approximately 20% of dogs in the City are licensed and many pet owners are not aware of the existence or purpose of such a license. The City of North Vancouver is looking to raise awareness about the importance of this license and encourage its adoption.

Student teams were asked to create videos that could be used on the City’s online platforms to educate the public about responsible dog ownership.

This collaboration was inspired by the success of a Fall 2019 collaboration between Laurie Prange Martin’s BADM 202 class and Paul Duffy. Read more about it here!

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Council Strategic Plan
    • A City for People is welcoming, inclusive, safe, accessible and supports the health and well-being of all.
  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 5.1: Expand the integrated system of parks and greenways throughout the City as articulated in the Parks Master Plan.
      • 5.1.4 Undertake maintenance and improvements to parks, greenways, open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities to reflect the community’s needs and expectations.
      • 5.1.5 Provide a range of experiences in parks, including urban, neighbourhood, natural and waterfront settings