Fisheries and Land Resources

Dog Training Areas

Conducting Field Trials and Training Dogs in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Wildlife Division advises dog owners that as of April 1, 2003 a revised policy for field trials and training of dogs is in effect. The policy establishes the following guidelines permitted under Sections 102 &103 of the Wildlife Act.

Guidelines for dog trials/training:

  • Dog field trials/training will continue to be allowed from September 1- March 31 annually, without permit or restrictions on areas.
  • From April 1-May 7 and from August 15-August 31 annually, field trials/training will be only allowed within designated dog training areas (DTA). A written permit is not required to conduct these activities during these dates within the designated areas.
  • Dog field trials/training will not be allowed from May 7-August 15, annually, in any area.

Designated Field Trial/Training Areas in Newfoundland:


What is a dog field trial or training exercise?

Dog field trials/training provides the opportunity for dog(s) to be taken into the wilderness to roam freely off the leash, if kept within designated dog trial/training areas.

Do I need a permit?

A written permit is not required, as of this notice, if the activity is confined within designated field trial/training areas and the dates outlined in the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide.

What is the cost?

Conducting dog trials/training is free in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Further information:

Please consult the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide for further details or contact:

Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
Wildlife Division
P.O Box 2007
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 7S1
(709) 637-2025

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