The homeowners association is proud to be pet-friendly and is happy your four-legged family members are part of the community. Of course, like any good neighbor, it’s important that these pets don’t create an unpleasant environment for everyone else. To avoid unnecessary disputes and potential HOA rule violations, here are some guidelines owners should follow to ensure their furry friends continue to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
- Read the Rules: While pets are welcome, there are a few rules and requirements. Please check the HOA community website or the HOA’s governing documents for more information.
Service animals are exempt from the HOA’s pet requirements. However, please contact the board or community association manager to ask for an accommodation to keep a service animal. Proof of the service animal’s training or a doctor’s certification may be required.
- Keep it Clean: No one wants to see, smell or accidentally step in the “gift” your dog left on the grassy common area. So when your dog needs to go, be sure to properly dispose of it, preferably in a pet waste disposal can. Not only will this keep the community looking better, but it will help keep ground water clean and help prevent the spread of fecal-borne diseases.
- Quiet Down: Pets will be noisy from time to time. However, when loud barking or meowing becomes annoying to neighbors, it’s time to help your pet become less talkative. First, try to find out what causes your pets to get vocal: Do they get noisy when they’ve been alone, bored all day and need some playtime? Have they gone through a stressful change in environment recently? Are they suffering from health issues? Do they simply like saying “hello” to every squirrel, person or car that passes by? When you’ve identified the cause, take remedial actions such as confining them to an area where they feel calm while you’re away, removing or blocking as many stimuli as possible, exercising and spending more time with them. You can also take them to a professional or search online for tips on how to better train your pets.
- No Wandering: For the safety of your pets as well as all residents, please do not allow your pets to roam outside unattended. Along with helping protect your pets, leashing your dog is the law.