The Dirty Duty: Picking Up Dog Poo
Alright, who really wants to write about this topic? I seriously don't, but I feel it is my responsibility as a dog trainer and pet-parent of four animals to address this dirty duty!
No one, and I mean no one, wants this job. But, if you are a pet-parent, it must be done. Neglecting this duty is unsanitary for our environment, other pets, and children.
So, what are the best ways to clean up after your dog? Take a look at these different options, and pick one that will serve you best. Whatever you do, please be responsible and clean up after your dog!
#1 – Poo Bag
It's simple: Grab a bag, put your hand in it, use the bag to pick up the poo, flip the bag inside/out, tie and toss into garbage can. I prefer this method, as I feel it gives me the opportunity to be a little more sanitary and clean. (Of course, I immediately wash my hands with soap afterwards).
Tips: You can purchase biodegradable/recycled poo bags (think earth friendly here) or you can just use the plastic bags from the grocery store to save money and recycle.
Warning: Check Poo Bag to ensure there are no rips, tears, or holes, which can all be disastrous.
#2 – Scooper
Whether it's metal or plastic, the scooper will keep your hands poo-free. Some pet-parents simply use this type of scooper to scoop and dump. You will need a proper dumping place for the poo, otherwise your garbage container will become extremely stinky and disgustingly filthy (think poo smeared inside). Gross!
Tips: Some models are set up so that you can attach poo bags. However, that will entail you using your hand to remove the bag.
Warning: Using a scooper doesn’t necessarily give you a clean scoop; it can get slimy and dirty, which may require cleaning the scooper frequently. Plus, sometimes the poo will stick to the scooper. Do I really need to say anymore? Ewwwww……..
#3 In-Ground Waste Disposal
Okay, this is a clever removal method for dog waste. Purchase a waste disposal, and bury it partially into the ground. After using the scooper or poo bag (don’t dispose of the bag), open the lid and dump the poo inside.
These systems break down dog waste by using an enzyme and bacterial formula (that you purchase separately) in the disposal, creating a ground-absorbing liquid, meaning that they are especially environmentally friendly!
Tips: Make sure the one you purchase has a foot-operated lid opener.
Warning: You will want an appropriate size for your dog’s waste. Make sure to factor in extra cost for the enzyme formula.
It is a dirty subject, but someone (me) had to go there! What is your method to clean up after your dog?