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Dog poo

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Sadiesnan Sat 23-Jan-16 17:29:38

Am I being unreasonable to expect all dog owners to pick up and dispose of their dog's poo?

tanith Sat 23-Jan-16 17:39:34

Not unreasonable at all but I'm afraid there will always always be those who are too lazy to do the decent thing.

Sadiesnan Sat 23-Jan-16 17:41:18

How can we get the message across that it's not acceptable?

tanith Sat 23-Jan-16 17:45:17

I genuinely think that those 'lazy' people know perfectly well its unacceptable but they actually don't care. I think the message has been publicised over and over its just that they really don't care. Its one of those things that happen one has to just accept as a VERY ANNOYING part of life.

As much as that seems unfair its never going to happen that 'every' dog owner does the decent thing.

NanaandGrampy Sat 23-Jan-16 17:59:53

As a dog owner and a responsible one for the last 40 years I loathe lazy dog owners .Worse than that although I know I clear up every time I still feel tarred with the same brush as those who don't care.

The only solution is an expensive one, more dog wardens and fines handed out AND collected. I can't see it ever happening sadly.

tiggypiro Sat 23-Jan-16 18:01:16

But why do they think it is fine to pick up their dogs poo and then leave it somewhere else ?. I would rather they just kicked it into the hedgeback than put it there complete with plastic bag.

phoenix Sat 23-Jan-16 18:02:07

As my boss's PA, I offer to take the dogs out when I'm (slipping out for a cigarette break) going across to the workshop. (How do I do strike through on my Hudl?) But one thing I will NOT do is clear up after them when they have had a poo!

When I take them back in I tell him where it is & leave it to him to go out with his trowel!

Wheniwasyourage Sat 23-Jan-16 18:02:52

There are times when I feel like hiding behind the hedge with a missile launcher to target these owners and the ones who throw their little bags over the hedge in spite of there being a bin within sight. I would also like to get the one who put his bag in our brown bin (garden waste and food waste) when it was waiting for collection one day. If I hadn't gone with some more weeds and found and removed it, the bin would, quite understandably, have been left as they do not take plastic bags. Sadly, he was out of sight and so I couldn't run after him and put it in his pocket. angry

NanaandGrampy Sat 23-Jan-16 18:14:58

We use biodegradable 'plastic' bags , they're not dear. Or if in the forest we use the stick and flick technique to clear the walkways.

hildajenniJ Sat 23-Jan-16 18:26:59

I never go anywhere without a couple of bags in my pocket. If I can pick it up, why do other people have a problem?

Sadiesnan Sat 23-Jan-16 19:09:10

I just don't get it. I clear up after my dog and my son's dog. It's part of owning a dog. When you think about it, it's totally disgusting to leave dog poo just lying on the park or the pavement.

My DIL had a bad experience where their daughter innocently pushed her dolly's buggy through a pile and it was all over the wheels. DIL was pregnant at the time and she felt traumatised by the whole thing.

shysal Sat 23-Jan-16 19:23:11

On my daily morning walk I pass through what I think of as 'Poo Alley'. It appears to be the same 2 dogs who dirty it regularly. I once left a bundle of biodegradable bags hanging from the fence with a printed, laminated, polite notice. Next day the bags were gone and it continues to be 'Poo Alley'! It makes me so angry! There is even a special bin a few metres away!

Charleygirl Sat 23-Jan-16 19:34:56

I live in a cul de sac but have an open plan front garden which appears to be a magnet for dogs if taken around here for a walk. I sometimes have to clear up the poo which I loathe doing. No dogs live in any of the houses here.

phoenix I cannot believe that your boss goes after you and his dogs with a trowel to remove the poo! If you take them for a walk you should be prepared to clean up after them! A good job that you are not responsible for your 2 cats poo!!!

Iam64 Sat 23-Jan-16 19:38:41

Sadiesnan, forgive me for not having read all the posts before commenting (I'm about to dish up our evening meal). I have two dogs, currently 3 as I'm minding a 12 month old dog for my daughter and her partner (they have an 8 day old baby yippee)
I'm splenetic about lazy dog walkers, often in my experience, "professional dog walkers" who don't pick up after their dogs. We did a three mile walk around a local reservoir this morning. We kept all 3 dogs on leads until they'd done the necessary so we knew where they were and could pick up. I was honestly taken aback by the amount of dog pooh at the entrance to the walk, where dogs had obviously been let off,done their stuff and their owners had simply walked on. This walk is well used by families with children in buggies, walking or riding their little cycles. It's gross, disgusting and beyond words to be honest.
Our local park is a joy but is increasingly used by "professional" dog walkers, who in our borough are allowed to walk 6 dogs at a time. They arrive, open their van doors and let the dogs run. Needless to say they don't know where their various charges are toiletting and I have honestly,never yet seen one of them with the necessary black back full of yuck.
I've phoned the dog wardens, our local counsellors, grumbled and gently commented to the professionals, and been given an ear full of abuse by one chap. I despair

Synonymous Sat 23-Jan-16 21:21:36

Sadiesnan no, you are not being unreasonable. We should be able to expect people in charge of dogs to dispose of dog poo responsibly, thoughtfully and respectfully. People who cannot deal with dog poo clearly cannot deal with dogs and therefore should not be in charge of them.

We have been renovating the garden in our new home and are disgusted with dog walkers and the evidence of their wrong doing. The number of plastic bags containing poo and hidden in our shrubs and trees is truly shocking. Some of this stuff has festered to such a degree that it is obvious that it has been going on for a long time. angry

I understand that there is now a process of extracting DNA from poo samples which are unique to each dog. What a pity that there is no longer a licensing system against which the dogs DNA could be registered which would make it easy to trace dogs and convict owners. confused

rubylady Sun 24-Jan-16 06:31:35

I have wipes, anti-bac and doggie bags in pockets, bags etc. It is unacceptable to not clear up, and I will look into the biodegradable bags as I hate thinking that it would only take a few days for the poo to wash away but a bag will take years to degrade. I do take mine to the little park or the shop though, both frequented by children, so I do clean up as I would have hated when my children were young for them to have stood or fell in dog poo.

I did feel sorry for my doggie though, going out in the snow in the garden to do a poo. Poor little girl. sad

rubylady Sun 24-Jan-16 06:37:14

I've just ordered some bioderadable bags, so feel good now. grin

Iam64 Sun 24-Jan-16 08:17:24

rublady, the supermarkets and petsathome all sell biodegradable bags. They're about £1 so not too expensive, I don't know how long they take to biodegrade though.

Marmark1 Sun 24-Jan-16 09:40:01

Poo bags in a container attached to the lead.There will always be the selfish useless gits who think rules are for dummies.Like those who throw their litter anywhere.

POGS Sun 24-Jan-16 11:02:27

This is top of my hit list along with people who push in front of you.

I read in my local paper about a problem area where poo bags were being thrown into trees, dirty buggers.

It's like anything in life hundreds of people will stick to the rules but odd ones feel they can do just as they please. Grr.

Alea Sun 24-Jan-16 11:48:32

Incensed by an off the lead collie I have seen around our churchyard in the village and the children's play area beside our village hall and shop, I wrote the following for insertion in our parish magazine in February!
I wonder if there will be repercussions hmm

"As a responsible dog owner who always clears up after their dog, and with spare "poo" bags in the pockets of every coat I possess, I sometimes feel sad when we are all lumped together with perhaps less responsible owners.
If the elderly collie-owner whom I encountered today would like to look into the Village Shop, I am leaving him a roll of poo bags for emergency use when he is exercising his dog in the play area. I would also like to respectfully request that he keeps his dog on the lead as per the many notices displayed all around the

granjura Sun 24-Jan-16 11:56:36

Well her goes- where I live all dog owners have to have their dogs registered at the Council with their microchip and vaccination documents- and have to pay a fairly hefty yearly tax (here we have about the cheapest around in the country at about £55 per dog (it can go up to about £100). That ensures dogs can't be dumped as owners will be found, and also owners found if lost or run-over, or responsible for rta or bites anyone, etc.

For this, the Council provides special dog bins and free bags at regular intervals in and around the village. What drives me mad is those who do pick up, but then throw the bag in a hedge or ditch!!!

Alea Sun 24-Jan-16 12:08:53

I can identify at least 6 poo bins which are emptied regularly in what is a small village with basically only 4 roads. Bags have to be bought but that is hardly a problem.
You can have all the taxation you want but it is the mindset which makes the difference.
The other issue you mention, abandoned dogs etc is a sad but separate problem. Dogs will have to be micro chipped (by law) from April and there is a flat fine for letting a dog foul a footpath - but does anybody ever get prosecuted?
I can imagine that in parks where numbers of dogs are exercised off the leash it will be an even greater problem. My point about our play area is that there are signs on every lamp post saying dogs must be kept on the lead which people generally respect. We are a small community and most will have children or grandchildren of all ages and it is not unreasonable to think that these children can play without the dangers from poo or being frightened by a hyperactive collie.

granjura Sun 24-Jan-16 12:31:01

We had many people walking their dog across the school fields where I taught- and where kids would play football or rugby, run, etc. And they went crazy if you had a word with them!

phoenix Sun 24-Jan-16 14:48:56

Charleygirl if I was taking them for a proper walk, I would of course take bags with me and clean up after them.

However this is more a case of them popping out with me into the courtyard for a couple of minutes, when sometimes (unfortunately) one of them will decide to have a poo just where it is likely that someone will tread in itconfused

I just can't bring myself to pick it up, still steaming, the smell makes me heave!