Do you use “poop”, “poo”, ‘doggy doo”, “droppings”, or “yard bomb”? Maybe you use “dog log”, “dookie”, “dingleberrie”, “doodie”, “doodle”, “stinkers”? Or maybe you use a vulgar phrase when referring to the waste matter eliminated from the bowels of your pup.
“I can’t wait to scoop dog poop from my yard” said no one, ever. It is not glamorous. It is smelly (especially in Texas, in August and the temperature has been over 100 degrees, for weeks!). But I have to admit, scooping poop can be interesting. I have spotted a purple polka dotted hair bow, a Barbie head, coins, pieces of dog toys, tampons, pea gravel, thongs (not the flip flop variety) and socks in dog poop. Red, green, blue…dog poop comes in all colors, creating a mystery as to what might have been ingested. I have scooped dog poop that sparkles. Doggy Doo comes in all shapes, sizes, and consistencies. Regardless, you must scoop poop.
WHY SCOOP POOP?
Goundworms, gardia, salmonella, and Ecoli are just a few of the diseases that can be transmitted to people, cats and dogsIn addition, your dog can spread or contract parvovirus or coronavirus through infected droppings. These are serious and common diseases. Poop consists of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, which usually end up in the water table. Storm water carries pet waste directly into waterways. According to the EPA, dog poop is as toxic as oil and chemical spills. Scoop poop.
Doggy land minds prevent you from enjoying the huge financial investment you made in your home. Your pup gets less exercise. No creature wants a “squish” between their toes, paws or on the bottom of a shoe. Scoop poop.
The goal of a fly is simple:consume poop, gain entry into your home, land on your food and counter tops, return to poop to consume and lay eggs, in the poop. Ick. Ick. Ick. Scoop poop.
4. STOOL EATING
Yes, a distasteful practice but dogs evolved as carnivore/scavengers and feces were considered fair game in lean times. Unless you want this to be a habit, scoop poop.
5. POOPER SCOOPER LAWS
Do you fit into one of these categories:
- Don’t want to carry a bag?
- Think dog poo is natural?
- Believe dog poo is smelly and gross?
- Don’t want to carry it with you?
- Don’t know the Responsible Dog Ownership Laws in your community?
- Just don’t care?
In most communities, scooping your dog’s poo is the law. Be a responsible member of your community. Scoop poop.
POOPER SCOOPER PRODUCTS
So many cool products are available to make scooping poop interesting and easier.
1. PLASTIC BAGS
Yes, if no other plastic bag is available, go ahead and use the WalMart bag you have. BUT, scented poop bags are available as are biodegradable bags. There are even flushable poop bags.
2. POOPER SCOOPER One of my clients has a pooper scooper that I like to use before her pups and I play in her back yard. I don’t have to bend over or feel the poop through a plastic bag, but, it has to be sanitized. Dispoz-A-Scoop is an interesting earth friendly combination.
You have been a responsible pet owner and scooped poop. What do you do with it?
Before trying any of the suggestions below, check with your city and follow the city’s rules.
1. Flush it. Unless you are using a flushable poop bag, make sure you dump the poop out of the bag.
2. Throw it in your trash can.
3. Install a pet waste septic system. Check out Doggie Dooley
4. Call a pet waste disposal service
Be a responsible pet owner. Scoop poop.