Pets are valued members of the family, so it’s no surprise that pet-friendly communities are some of the most sought-after places to live. Like any homeowner association governed community, there are rules, regulation and restrictions that every homeowner is expected to follow regarding pet ownership. Here are some do’s and don’ts for successful pet ownership at Continental Country Club.
DO: Review the Governing Documents
Review all paperwork that may detail what your pet can and can’t do in and around its home and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for pet owners. You can find the Governing documents on the Continental Website and the Owner’s Portal- Appfolio. If you prefer paper copies, call the clubhouse (928) 526-5125 and we can provide you a copy!
The reason for these rules is to promote harmony within the association and keep the association grounds well maintained and presentable. Here’s a partial list of the restrictions for Continental Country Club common areas:
- All Coconino County ordinances concerning animals apply to Association Property
- Any confirmed dog bite on Association Property will be reported to appropriate authorities.
- While on Association Property, pets must be on a leash and droppings must be removed and disposed of immediately.
- Dogs shall not create a nuisance or disturbance.
- Dogs are not permitted on the golf course except during:
- Summer (May-November) before 7am and after 7pm
- Winter (December-April) dogs may be walked on the course before and after golfing hours.
DO: Be a Good Neighbor
Once you have a proper understanding of Continental’s pet policy, do your best to follow the rules. This will help create a good relationship between you and your neighbors. Talk to your neighbors face-to-face and keep conversations friendly. With excessive barking being one of the top complaints in community associations, keeping open lines of communication between you and your neighbors is an easy and quick way to resolve issues.
DON’T: Ignore the Barking
Speaking of barking, it’s good to remember that dogs don’t bark just to bark. Barking is a form of communication, so it’s crucial to determine what your dog is trying to say. The most common causes of barking include protection and warning, fear, play, attention, loneliness, and separation anxiety. Consider efforts such as exercise, socialization, or training to help your dog work through any issues.
DO: Be Courteous to the Community
If you’re paying dues to help maintain neighborhood parks, pools, or walking trails, then get out and enjoy them with your pet while helping keep the grounds safe and clean. As a common courtesy, you should always pick up after your pet. Getting out and enjoying the extra things your community offers will likely improve your sense of community and make your experience of living there far more enjoyable.
DO: Make Your Assistance Animal a Priority
Assistance animals, like service animals, comfort animals, and emotional support animals, are required to have reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act. Because assistance animals aren’t viewed as pets, community rules regarding pets—like size and weight limits—don’t apply.
Service animals and emotional support animals with their owner are the only animals at Continental that are permitted in the clubhouse, on tennis courts, and in the pool enclosure. Service animals are trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities, including but not limited to, guiding the blind, alerting the deaf, alerting and protecting those prone to seizures, or other tasks directly related to a disability. Emotional support animals provide comfort, companionship, or emotional support to residents with disabilities.
Any disabled person wishing to bring an emotional support animal to any of these locations must first obtain approval from the Association and be issued a card for the animal evidencing that the Association requirements have been met. No such animal shall be allowed to create an actual health or safety threat to others.
DO: Understand Rule Violations
When a member of the association breaks one of the rules, then they may receive a courtesy notice from the HOA. Typically, a courtesy notice will include details about the offense, how to correct it, and any other information about potential fees, fines, and a deadline to respond or fix the issue.
DON’T: Worry Too Much About Simple Mistakes
Your HOA Board understands that mistakes happen, and violations are often resolved with a friendly verbal or written reminder. If you question the violation, discuss it with your board or designated Compliance Officer to come to an appropriate solution. After all we are all neighbors!