In HOAs there are those who don't want dogs in their yard for any reason. I live in a city with no HOA and there are residents who do not want dogs in their yards or the city easement. I'm sure you are a responsible pet owner but others are not. Some owners may have problems with walking barefoot where dogs have relieved themselves.
You've received good advice. It all depends on what your documents require.
It all depends on what the HOA written rules are. Check your Declaration and Covenant Restrictions and any passed amendments. If you do not have a copy call your management company. Some have them on line on their community website. Some charge for them.
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