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Why Scoop Doggie Doo

Updated on January 5, 2012
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Host a Clean Up in your Town:

  • Choose a site that is often visited by dogs and their people, a beach, park, etc.
  • Schedule a date and time; set a rain date.
  • Put out the word asking for volunteers, remind them to bring plenty of poop bags.
  • Ask a pet store to sponsor the project: they could donate a couple items to raffle off at the site for the volunteers.
  • Spread the word on social media sites and ask for space in your local newspaper; a newspaper may also be interested in giving the event some media coverage.
  • A few days prior to the event, remind your volunteers and try to keep people excited.
  • On the day of the event, spread out your volunteers and let them begin their work. Have bottles of water available and bring hand sanitizer in case of "accidents."
  • Be proud that you did your share to help clean up your town.

We’ve all seen it on the ground in public places, a brown pile of doggie doo. Whether you’re a dog lover or not, doggie doo is not pleasant to smell or step in; so why do humans leave it lying around?

In addition to being just plain gross, it is a health risk. Rain carries pet waste directly into waterways. Pet waste is one of the primary sources of bacterial contamination in streams and beaches. Waste adds nitrogen to the water; excess nitrogen depletes oxygen necessary for flora and fauna to thrive.

One lazy dog owner actually said his dog’s poop was fertilizer when asked why he didn’t clean it up. I don’t know about his dog, but most dogs are carnivores and their poop does not have enough digested plant matter to make it a beneficial fertilizer; but good try…I guess.

Dog poop can contain roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, Coccidia, Giardia, and Parvovirus. All these things can be transmitted to other dogs as well as humans. You might say, “Why do I care if I don’t plan to touch the poop?” Well, if you happen to be unlucky enough to step in it and carry it into your home that should worry you; or perhaps you have guests over and after they’ve walked around your home, they discover the remnants of poop on their shoe. Now you’re the proud owner of a floor filled with many potentially harmful germs. Most dogs I know don’t particular care what they’re walking through, so one can’t help but wonder what they’re tracking through the house; and let’s not forget the dogs who like to sample what other dogs leave behind, that’s not so good.

So, when you’re out with your dog, be prepared by always bringing along a couple bags. I like to have an extra bag in case I run into another dog walker who uses the “oh I forgot my bag” excuse.

We all need to take part in keeping our world a cleaner, healthier place by scooping poop or by reminding others to do so. After all cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.

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