Whether you have one dog or three and whether they are five pounds or a hundred, cleaning up their leftovers is not a fun prospect. It needs to be done, though, to protect your yard, your dogs, your children and yourself from the mess and disease that can go with it.
Besides, it looks and smells bad.
Dog Poop Cleaning Ideas
There are a lot of options for cleaning up dog poop. You can use the traditional doggie bags and throw them away – or get the flushable kind and go that way. Various types of poop scoopers and composters are out there, as are specialty items and even ways to train your dog to go in a specific spot every time so you don’t have to wander the yard looking for leftovers.
Many people care for the poop problem by taking their dog on a walk at least twice daily, training their dog to go then. This method is good for those who prefer doggie bags and getting out with their dogs. Of course, not cleaning up after your dog on a walk can get you in trouble.
Children are a good source of dog poop cleaning up labor. If you do the job regularly, though, it’s not really a lot of work – like anything else, keeping up with the job is the key to keeping it easy to do.
Dog Poop Cleaning Service
There are services that you can hire to come clean up – usually paying by the hour or by the dog, if it’s a regular (daily, weekly) service. Kids in your neighborhood might be willing to do this for a few dollars and many lawn care services include dog pooper scooping as part of the hourly or yard rate.
Types of Pooper Scoopers and Rakes
There are several tools for doing the poop cleanup job. Dog Poop Rakes that scoop up the litter and allow you to shovel it into a container, trash bag, or whatever are out there. There are contraptions that have jaws that open and close like an excavator to grab the poop so you can throw it out. This jaw poop scoop works well in the grass. There are also shovel-like scoops and litter pans for catching the poop as you scoop it. Most of these tools are all designed to minimize the amount of bending you’ll have to do in order to clean up after your dog.
There are also some high-tech ways to dispose of that poop too. Garbage is one thing, but what about a built-in septic system especially for dogs, like the Doggie Dooley Septic Tank Style System? These work in the same way a home septic system works, giving you a central location in the yard to “flush” the poop into an underground chamber that uses enzymes or natural processes to break the poop down (compost it) and let it run out into the soil around the system.
Homemade versions of the same thing can be made fairly easily out of a 5-gallon bucket, some enzymes made for campers or porta-potties, and a hole in the ground filled with gravel. The bucket is in the center of the gravel pit and the dog poop is put inside. The enzymes do their work and when the bucket begins to fill (or it rains), the water washes everything away into the gravel to end up, eventually, in the soil around the whole setup.
Dog Poop Cleaning Tips
When cleaning up after your dog, whether it’s on a walk or out in the yard, be sure to bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Avoid over-stretching or putting too much repeated strain on your back while getting the job done.
If you encourage your dog to go in a specific spot or area of the yard, this can make cleanup a lot faster as it eliminates the hunting to find every last doggie dropping left behind.
Preventing Dogs From Pooping in Your Yard
If the dog doing the pooping is not your own, one approach may be to try to prevent people from allowing their dogs in your yard. You can purchase something like the No Poop Sign that might encourage neighbors to move a little further down the path.
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