Do you get grossed out when you have to pick up poopy after your pet?
Or do you just get used to it? I know in my neighborhood it is required you pick up the poopy after your dog does its business. They even provide plastic bags and trash cans. Is this something you just get used to, because you love your dog?
I've been picking it up for so many years now that it doesn't bother me at all. If we don't pick it up where I live we can be fined. I'm not sure how much the fine is though.
I've had my dog since she was 8 weeks old, and she's now 8 years old. From the beginning of her outdoor "potty training", I didn't want to leave poop lying around in my back yard, so I forged the habit of taking a couple of baby wipes along on every trip outdoors. I use one of the wipes on her butt (yes...because she gets on the furniture and sleeps with me. It's just good hygiene), then place it (soiled side up) flat on the ground and use the other one to pick up the poop, deposit it on the flat wipe, cover it and fold the bottom corners in so the poop's covered and I can pick up and securely hold the "package." That sounds like a lot of trouble, but after more than 3,000 times, I could do it with my eyes closed! It helps that I feed her an excellent quality diet and give her probiotics for canines, so her stools are always solid.
I bought one of those outdoor doggy septic tanks that uses enzymes and water early on. It didn't work, so I began bringing the "packages" inside and flushing their contents (not the wipes, for the sake of the plumbing--they go in a covered trashcan) down the toilet. I don't like the idea of dumping dog poop in the outdoor garbage can any more than I think parents should dump stinky filled dirty disposable diapers in garbage cans. Both dog and baby poop should be flushed and carried away in the sewer system. (Do I sound a bit OCD about this? It may be because I'm old enough to have used cloth diapers when my children were babies, and I only got my first pet at age 61. Makes a difference in perspective!)
No, it doesn't gross me out to collect the poop. After all, I take her out on leash and have watched her "go potty" 3,000-plus times over the years. It WOULD, however, gross me out to leave it there and step in it later!
To everyone reading this and laughing their heads off--it IS funny, but it's also effective!
What a great answer. Thank you so much for sharing your opinion. I never thought about flushing it in the toilet. These are things to consider when getting a pet, because it's a long-term commitment.
Efficient Admin....Some might read this and think I shared too much! Ha-ha. Jaye
My neighborhood has the same requirements. Picking up my dog's poo has never bothered me at all. To me, it's not nearly as bad as changing a baby's diaper.
Strangely, it does sometimes bother me to pick up the poo from strange dogs. I do it sometimes when I'm on a walk and see some or if someone lets their dog poo in my yard. For some reason, I get grossed out by that. But the poo from my own dogs doesn't bother me. It's weird, I know.
But either way, it has to be done. Picking up after your dog is just one of the responsibilities of being a dog owner. You just have to suck it up and do it.
Yes, it grosses me out. Thankfully, my husband cleans it up. We have 3 large dogs--it is quite a job.
I get grossed out when I don't pick up the poo. There's nothing worse than poo left out in a public place. I buy special poo bags that are designed to keep you hands perfectly clean, and you can tie them off to stop the smell.
I show my dogs and would never consider not picking up poo at show sites or hotels. Yuck!!
by daisynicolas 6 years ago
How would you approach people who don't pick up after their dogs? These people doesn't seem to have any SHAME about picking up after their dogs especially when they crap on the main trail or the entrance to parks, or even on the streets. Part of dog caring is the responsibility to clean...
by Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago
If you see a stranger walking beside the road, do you pick them up?
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