How to pick up dog poop?
Seems funny but it is a real problem! Smelly and full of germs and diseases, dog poop is a nightmare for many neighbourhoods and towns all over the UK! Although dog fauling is fined, many people simply do not know how to pick up after their canine.
You should be conscious of the fact that dog feces plays a significant role in water pollution, especially in cities, but also in lakes and the water table can make people sick. A single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria that can cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal disorders and kidney problems. By removing a dog poop and disposing of it properly you participate in keeping a public health safe.
Plastic bag method
Although handling dog poop is not the most pleasant of tasks, here you can find some useful tips in order to deal with it in a fast and clean way:
- when accompanied by your pooch, have the right items with you at all times
- protect yourself by having a plastic bag or pooper scooper and latex glove
- bring with you several bags (just in case!)
- bring with you cleaning wipes or anti-bacterial handwashing gel
Turn the bag inside out and place it on your hand as if it were a glove. Grab the bottom of the bag with your fingers and grasp the poop on the ground and pick it up into the bag. On concrete, gingerly lift it directly up from the surface to leave as little behind as possible. On grass, make a claw-like circle with your fingers; get as far under the pile as possible, then lift with care. Be careful removing your hand and use your other hand to pull the top of the bag over your fist and turn the bag back outside in, retaining the poop inside the bag. Tie the bag shut tightly. Dispose of it in the nearest trash receptacle. Holding your breath until you've picked up the poop and tied a knot in the bag(s) helps a lot.
Pooper scooper method
If you are unable to use a plastic bag method, you should try pooper scooper method. These usually consist of a handle on one end of a long arm, with a double-sided shovel on the other end. Remember to check that the size is appropriate for your breed of dog.
If you ever see anyone leaving its dog’s fouling on the street, you should always react.