Dog Health & Care

Removing Dog Waste-10 Tips for Disposing of Doobie Droplets


Removing dog waste is a job nobody really enjoys doing. Unfortunately, it must be dealt with one way or another. In our article, we have suggested 10 tips for disposing of your dog’s doobie droplets…hoping in some minor way to make this extraordinary task much easier for you!

1. The correct tools for removing dog waste

  • Tools are vital to getting any job done. Let me rephrase that;  the proper tools for removing pet waste are vital to getting the job done correctly.
  • First of all, you need certain tools to scoop dog poop off your grass: (1) a rake, (2) a lobby dust pan to pick up dog waste, and (3) doggie bags to place your dog poop in it
  • Keep in mind that you will need a pair of rubber waterproof gloves and a pair of boots. Ahem, never mind why. Over time you will find out.

abnormal dog poop cartoon

2. Do not pile dog waste for long periods of time

Since 1991, the EPA has stated that dog waste is a pollutant and not a fertilizer.  And we know they are never, ever wrong. So…it is better to start scooping rather than layering your garden with it.

Place dog waste in doggie poop bags or even trash bags if you need to. Use two bags, double-stacking like Walmart does,  so that it will not break and spread germs throughout your yard.

3. Know where to look and step before removing dog waste from your yard

Most dogs have a tendency to poop in the same spot. In fact, count on it!

If you remove dog waste every time your dog goes outside to toilet, you will notice they eventually will always toilet in the same area. As they get older, they will continue to potty.

This is a good thing. If you are the lucky owner of a dog that has its personal ‘outside bathroom’ of its own, then in the autumn or when the ground is covered with debris you will always know where to look for the little-frozen jewels.

4. Scan your surroundings before starting to scoop poop

After scooping up one section of dog doobies, do NOT make another step before you check the area. As we said before, a dog’s habit is to poop in the same area. That means exactly where you were about to step! Take off your dark sunglasses in order to see the hidden piles of dog poop you were planning on stepping in.

Talking about steps, it is important to keep your shoes clean and watch where you step. Try not to drag dog poop tracks through the clean kitchen floor! Think of how difficult it will be to scoop it into the bag.

5.  Dog doobies can be stuck tight to the ground

Although at times it seems that a lot of the doobies are stuck to the ground, they are actually easier to pick up than the fresh ones. Also, if it rained a lot that day… then you had better hope that it is not as soft and wet as it looks! You maybe could wait until the weather has gotten more stable until starting this ‘awesome’ job.

6. Scoop everything up at once for quality removing dog waste

Dog waste can be the source of E. coli. In fact, it contains over 23 million fecal coliform bacteria in just one gram. So, if you are looking at something that looks like dog poop but it could very well be a rotten pine cone, you better scoop it up anyway. After all, is it not better to be safe than sorry? A clump of mud and leaves? A half-eaten bird? Pick them up! Just do not forget your gloves.

7. Clean your dog’s outside poop spot regularly

As a responsible pet owner, removing dog waste (and anything in doubt) from your lawn once or twice a week is the number one responsibility of being a dog owner. Place all the dog waste in poop or trash bags and tightly secure the bags. Place the bags in your household trash barrel or a designated area if you live in the country. Remember: it is important to keep the area clean, no matter how big it is or if you only have a tiny dog. Great Danes are another matter!

8. Train your dog to know where his toilet is

Make your life easier by teaching your dog to do its business in a separate area. Use a leash when it is young and just beginning to go outside.  Eventually, this will result in faster and more efficient job of cleaning up after your precious dog. Otherwise, you will end up going on a treasure hunt of out-dated turds all year long! A single toileting area will allow you to clean faster, and keep the rest of the yard clean.

removing dog waste cartoon

9. Seek a professional poop service

Maybe you have too many dogs and too little time to scoop poop. It happens. And let’s admit it, weekends aren’t made being your dog’s personal slave! Be a responsible owner and take care of your family’s health and pets’ health. You can do both by hiring a canine pooper scooper professional service that specializes in removing and not even touch the smelly waste by hiring a service that will deal with removing pet waste.

10. Poop can be a health risk if left on the ground

To put it perspective, the EPA has estimated that the dog waste from 100 dogs in 2-3 days could make so much bacteria that it would temporarily close a bay and 20 miles of that area – and people will no longer be allowed to swim or fish for shells. It is hard to image, but it does pay off to be a responsible dog owner. If done weekly or even daily, removing dog waste helps the environment for the better.

Summary

Always know where to look and step before removing dog waste from your yard. Most dog owners realize their pets have a tendency to poop in the same spot. If you are the lucky owner of a dog that has its personal outside bathroom of its own, then in the autumn or when the ground is covered with debris you will always know where to look for the little-frozen jewels.

Dog poop can be a health risk if it is left on the ground for long periods of time.  To put it perspective, the EPA has estimated that the dog waste from 100 dogs in 2-3 days could make so much bacteria that it would temporarily close a bay and 20 miles of that area and people will no longer be allowed to swim or fish for shells. Removing dog waste is the first responsible act of owning a dog or a puppy!

 

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