Dog poop

United States
January 27, 2007 3:49am CST
You know what really gets under my skin? People who make their dog poop my problem. I can't tell you the number of times this has happened to me: My dogs will start barking because they see someone outside so I look out the window and someone is walking their dog and they've stopped in front of my house to let their dog do its business on my lawn! And then they just go on and leave it there. Grrr!And I used to go ride my bike every day in this nice park with bike trails, but it got to the point where I couldn't just enjoy the scenery because I was having to dodge all the little doggie land mines that had been left right there on the bike trail. I love dogs, but sometimes their owners really bug me.
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I fully agree with you. I would walk out the door and hand the offender a plastic bag to pick it up with. I always carry bags with me in my car and on the leash. As soon as my dog is done I clean up the mess and deposit it in a waste receptacle. We have a local dog park for letting our dogs run with other dogs and even there we are suppose to clean up after our dogs. Shovels and cans are provided. Still there are many that will not clean it up. In Alaska there is a week during breakup(spring) when everyone is to go out and help clean up the yards and trails. It smells terrible in the spring due to all the waste. We always wore mucking boots or hip waders and got out in our yard and cleaned up. My daughters made a game out of it. They were so funny to watch! I work in a hardware store and we sell signs that refer to people to not allow their animals to poop in your yard. Next time go out and hand them a bag and tell them thank you for cleaning up after their animal.
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
Those dog parks are a fantastic idea. I've seen them in Brisbane Australia, even though I don't live there. The owners get to know each other sitting on the bench provided while their dogs run around. And being in their own fenced off area means other people don't have to worry about them jumping up, or barking at them. And I think it helps lessen the dog pooh problem in the general park area.
• United States
28 Jan 07
Being a dog owner myself I know I would have a really hard time letting my dog poop in peoples yards. Thats just me though. Kind of the do unto others thing. I am lucky that we have a really nice size yard and dont have to worry that our dogs will be polluting other peoples properties. On a more humourous note though this makes me think of that scene in the Forrest Gump movie where he is running and steps in a pile of dog doo and says the line that becomes a bumper sticker sh** happens. Maybe if you keep that in mind it will bring a bit of a smile the next time you have to stand their gritting your teeth while a furry friend plops in your yard. It isnt just dogs doing it either. Cannot tell you the number of times I see cats doing the same thing.
• United States
29 Jan 07
LOL, yeah the cats seem to like the flower beds!
• United States
28 Jan 07
Do you know these people? They must be sort of neighbors to be walking their dogs by your house ~ I would be bold to call out to them as their doggy pooped --Do you need a bag to clean that up with? ~ Yes, I think a little boldness is called for -- if that does not work try to find out where they live and let the police handle it. There must be dog laws in your town. Is there any way to put a little picket fence up along your front lawn? Maybe that'll help get the idea across?
• United States
29 Jan 07
No, it's never been anyone I know. And unfortunately, I'm terrible at face-to-face confrontations. I know I should be able to say something when it's MY yard, but I usually just grin and bear it.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
27 Jan 07
I'm totally with you. And the smell of parks is no longer of freshly mown grass or lovely scented trees and flowers! In Australia you can get fined for not cleaning up after your dog. You have to take a bag with you when you're out walking and clean up after your dogs. These are council bylaws. I wonder if you can make a citizen's arrest if they poop out the front of your house or on your lawn. Apparently it's a problem in Paris, I know in London there is definitely a doggy poop problem. My nose told me so.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Yes, I did notice it in Paris, in the middle of the city. Of course, I was suprised in Paris that people seem to bring their dogs with them everywhere. I couldn't believe it when I was sitting in a restaurant and a couple came in with their dog and he sat in a chair at the table with them!
@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Have you said anything to the owner when something like this happens? Luckily we have a fence around our house. But if I looked outside and saw that, I'd go out and tell them to clean it up.
• United States
28 Jan 07
I have the same thing happening in my front yard and it makes me mad. I actually went out and talked to the lady last time I saw her waiting for her dog to finish doing his business.... I recognized her from down the street and asked her if she'd ever noticed me letting my dogs poop in her yard when I walk past. Of course she said no and I asked her to show me the same courtesy - or at least pick up after her pets because I'd noticed in the past that she didn't bother. I thought maybe this would make her worse in the future, but so far she's been better. Maybe you should try something similar. I mean, people know that in a lot of towns and cities, you have to have some means of picking up after your dog while you are out walking. It's a city ordinance where I live. I think once they know that you've seen them they will be a bit more careful just to avoid getting into trouble.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
28 Jan 07
Yea i think the dogs owners should clean up the dog poo for their dogs , or else they would be a nusiance in the neighbourhood yea ... but seldom people will be that considering yea
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I know we have it happen here. We walk our dog as well as let her out in the yard but we pick up after her especially on the walks. It's a shame not everyone does. What gets me is often times they have bags with them. They just don't use them. Yes we do have a law on it here that they are supposed to pick it up, problem is the cops have to actually see them do it in order to give them the ticket. Yeah, like they will not pick it up when a cop is right there. So the law is nice in theory but it lacks in actually being carried out. What you can do is if you see them doing it call out to them or even just step outside your door while they are letting their dog go. They might think differently about not picking it up if they are being watched.
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
28 Jan 07
Ya some people are wild when it comes to this. We pick up after our animals even in our own yard.
• India
28 Jan 07
i didn't under stand can makrit understandable for me so that i can ans u?
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Our yard doesn't have a sidewalk, so very few people walk their dogs on it. We have 2 dogs and the kids pick up the yard once a week or so (it's fenced). When we do take the dogs out, we take baggies with us. We got into the habit at our last apartment. They had bag stations around the complex, so it was really easy. It definately makes things nicer. I do hate when we see someone who doesn't / hasn't picked up after their dogs. Yucky!