Neighborhood Rules for Pets to Keep in Mind

May 30, 2019
In order for humans and animals to coexist, whether in a neighborhood or anywhere else, communication is key.

Having a dog or any other pet at home is a right that no one can deny us. However, we also have to be aware that some communities have certain neighborhood rules for pets. If you don’t want to have problems with your neighbors or the law, you should stick to these rules. 

In this article, we’ll tell you what these rules are, and how you can prevent problems by following them.

Neighborhood rules for pets

These are the main causes of complaints from neighbors about pets:

A dog sitting in his house.

  1. Noise. Barking can be really annoying when it’s constant and there’s no apparent reason for it. If your dog barks for no reason, and also barks too much when you’re not home, your neighbors will almost certainly complain.
  2. Going for walks. Sometimes people who have pets think that they can walk their pets in any shared neighborhood areas. This is not necessarily true, and it can also be punishable by law. Walking your dog in prohibited areas isn’t appropriate, and it can even cause serious health problems. In fact, some neighborhoods even prohibit pets altogether. They are permitted by law to do this. Therefore, each neighborhood can determine where pets are allowed, and where they aren’t.
  3. Rules for common areas. In this case, the rules depend on the neighborhood. The neighborhood will decide whether or not you can unleash your dog in common areas, and whether or not he has to wear a muzzle. Sometimes, apartment buildings prohibit people from taking animals in elevators. If you plan on moving, we recommend you check the neighborhood rules for pets where you are going to live.
  4. Documents. Before you take a pet home to your neighborhood, you should make sure your dog is registered, vaccinated, and has all his paperwork up to date.
  5. Night noises. In many communities, neighbors turn a blind eye to daytime noises. But the rules are stricter at night. That’s understandable! You’ll have to do everything you can to keep your dog from annoying people at night.

How to enjoy your pet and still follow the rules

A leashed dog stands at attention.

The best way to enjoy life with your pet is to accept any rules that your neighborhood makes.

If you’re moving, contact the community leader. Ask about the neighborhood rules for pets. Analyze them carefully and think about your dog’s needs.

Observe whether your dog barks for no reason, or if he is used to being walked off leash. If those things aren’t allowed in your neighborhood, comply and use a leash. You can walk him off leash somewhere else. In addition, if he barks for no reason, you should teach him not to. Even if it requires you to seek professional training, you should comply with the rules.

Keep your dog from doing his business in shared spaces when you leave your home or walk on the street. If he does this for any reason, you need to be willing to clean it up yourself.

If the neighbors see that you’re willing to comply and keep the status quo, they’ll be more willing to let a few things slide that they normally wouldn’t. Remember that in order to coexist, whether in a neighborhood or anywhere else, communication is key. Always be kind!