Pet Rules and Guidelines

Many of our communities are proud to be pet-friendly, and we’re happy your furry family members are part of them. 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 rule violations, here are some guidelines owners should follow to ensure their four-legged friends continue to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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Read the Rules: While your association might welcome pets, there are typically a few rules and requirements that need to be taken into consideration. Please check our website for the covenants and restrictions for your community or the association’s governing documents for more information.

Service animals are exempt from the association’s pet requirements. However, please contact the board or manager to ask for an accommodation to keep a service animal. Proof of the service animal’s training or a doctor’s certification may also be required.

“Each person with a disability who has a service dog, especially trained to aid such person or who obtains such a dog, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations as defined in R.S. 46:1952(2), and he shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such dog but shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or any person on the premises by such dog.”

Keep it Clean: No one wants to see, smell or accidentally step in the droppings that your dog left on the grassy common area. 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 your 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 and 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 them more and spending more time with them. You can also take them to a professional or search online for tips on how to train your pets not to get too noisy.

No Wandering: For the safety of your pets as well as all residents, please do not allow your pets to roam unattended outside. Along with helping protect your pets, leashing your dog is the law.

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