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Are neighborhood dogs leaving “land mines” of poop for you and yours deal with?
Do you wish your yard could remain a “poop free zone”?
(If you live on a corner lot, chances are you’re yard gets “hit” even more than most — I know mine does.)
Sometimes, a friendly little reminder is all that’s needed.
Here’s how to (politely) inform your neighbors that you’d like your yard to remain poop-free:
- Check out these affordable dog poop signs that you can place in your yard.
- Follow these simple tips to help keep your yard (and neighborhood) poop-free!
A survey of 1,000 people across the state by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and East Carolina University Center for Survey Research, found that people aged 18 to 24 years and 65 years and older are most likely to report they always or often pick up pet waste. Two age groups tied for the least likely to pick up poop: 35- to 44-year-olds and 45- to 54-year-olds. Source
Yes, the debate continues about when & where you are “supposed” to pick up after your pet.
Dogs can’t clean up after themselves outdoors. Unfortunately, most owners don’t either.
Have an aversion to picking up your dog’s poop? You’re not alone.
Now, here are some things that you can do to lessen the number of “poo piles” in your area.
- Set a good example… Pick up your own dog’s poo – no matter where you are. Even if it’s your own yard. Here’s why.
- Carry along extra poop bags to hand out to forgetful dog owners.
- Encourage your homeowner’s association to place pet poop receptacles (or pet waste stations) in the “common areas” that are used by everyone in your neighborhood.
In Harrington Grove in northwest Raleigh, piles of No. 2 were often found on sidewalks or off the neighborhood’s walking trail. Now, there are “mutt mitts,” plastic gloves for picking up poop, on the trail and near trash cans. The neighborhood also has put reminders in its newsletter. Both efforts have helped. Source
Charles Neely bought signs depicting a dog doing his business, blocked out in red. Two are in his yard. Another is in his neighbor’s lawn. “The signs did stop it,” he said. “People respect the sign…”
Want to create the perfect spot for dogs to pee in your yard?… Check out these fake fire hydrants!
- Bags on Board Dog Waste Refill Bags
- Retractable Leash With Poop Bag Dispenser
- Biodegradable Compostable Dog Waste Bags
- All-in-One Dispoz-A-Scoop Bags
- Mutt Mitts: A Disposable Pick-Up Mitt
UPDATE: I finally found the best dog poop bags & dog poop bag holder!
Here are 5 things you don’t know about dog poop.
I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I've always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what's 'normal' and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I'm not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've written over 500 articles for dog owners on this site!