Dog Friendly Communities in Southwest Florida 


You won’t find a shortage of dog-friendly activities and destinations in Southwest Florida. From doggie daycare, dog parks and dog beaches to the major shopping streets and popular restaurants. Water bowls can often be found outside storefronts and furry friends are a large part of the crowd at local art shows and parades. Southwest Florida has always been known as a dog friendly place to live.

It stands to reason that dog friendly communities in Southwest Florida are everywhere as well. There are, however, a few pet policies to be aware of as you begin your search for a new home and before you sign on the dotted line of a sales contract.

Types of Pet Policies and What They Mean

With Approval

Some Homeowner’s and Condominium Associations will require a pet application and reserve the right to review it before they make a decision on whether to allow your pets.


This indicates that pets are allowed provided they do not exceed a certain number per household or a maximum weight. Weight and size limits are outlined in the rules and regulations of the community documents.

No Approval Needed

This is a classification you’ll typically see when purchasing a single-family home. Basically, you can have as many dogs of any size – or other pets -as you want.

Not Allowed

Unfortunately, not everyone is dog and pet friendly.

How to Find the Pet Policy

Most communities have a Homeowners Association (HOA) or a Condominium Association or both depending on the structure of the neighborhoods. You can call the HOA to ask about their pet policy or reference the Rules and Regulations which can be found within the HOA and Condo documents.

When in doubt, you can always contact me and I am happy to assist you in your search for a home that allows dogs!

Source: John R. Wood


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