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Wed Sep 26, 2012, 04:17 PM

Dog owners - picking up the "unpick-upable" on walks?

Ok sorry for the gross out factor but just a question:

I try to be a responsible pet owner and when I walk my dogs of course I always clean up after them. Every now and then my dog has ummmm loose stool and its almost impossible to pick-up - I make an attempt, but usually end up just smear stuff in the grass.

I feel terrible about the waste on someone's yard, but not sure what else to do?

Also in winter, sometimes the poo just melts through the snow to the bottom of the snowbank and no way can I pick it up.

How do you handle these situations?

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Reply Dog owners - picking up the "unpick-upable" on walks? (Original post)
nadine_mn Sep 2012 OP
hlthe2b Sep 2012 #1
nadine_mn Sep 2012 #2
hlthe2b Sep 2012 #3
Stinky The Clown Sep 2012 #4
nadine_mn Sep 2012 #5
Stinky The Clown Sep 2012 #6
nadine_mn Sep 2012 #7
Lydia Leftcoast Sep 2012 #8
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 #9
Kablooie Sep 2012 #10
roody Sep 2012 #11
Walk away Sep 2012 #12
nadine_mn Sep 2012 #13
Walk away Sep 2012 #14

Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 04:19 PM

1. I carry a bottle of water and pour over to dilute it--same as with urine, since it burns the grass

(or at least I did--lost my beloved furry girl a few months ago... )

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 04:50 PM

2. Oh I am so sorry for your loss




Water is a good idea - never thought of that! Thanks

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 04:58 PM

3. thank you....

and yes, homeowners will appreciate your diluting, even if you can't always remove it all.

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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 05:48 PM

4. We always carry bags, but when it is less than solid we do the best we can

I think we get a lot of slack from the homeowners along our routes because we pick up not only from our dogs but often that from the dogs of less considerate neighbors.

In the case of runnies, we pick up the poop and a little grass or dirt along with it. The grass will grow back. There has been a time or two when it just wasn't possible to pick it up so we left it, but picked it up on our next walk, after it had hardened a little.

We're kind of lucky with our three. The two big dogs generally don't poop on walks (but when the GSD _does_ poop, it is often because it is runny and that's _not_ funny!). The little one is not an issue except she poops as many as three times, with each one successively smaller, but wetter.

Anyway . . . . after that overshare . . . . we just do the best we can and try to be good neighbors. Sometimes, however, we just have to move on.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 06:37 PM

5. Heh..no over sharing when it comes to pets IMO

Most pet owners have seen it all....and then had to pick it up.

Our lab mix is a shy pooper...will only poo at home when no one is looking and our GSD is an exhibitionist...he will always try to squirt something out on a walk.

Fall is the best...you can usually grab some leaves and that helps, but its been so dry here the grass is pretty sparse. We walk at night...there are no sidewalks in our area so we have to walk in the street and we live near a very busy road, so I wait until the wee hours to walk them. Plus there are a lot of other dogs in the area that come charging out at us when we have walked at normal hours and my GSD does not handle that well.

I have thought about coming back the next day to retrieve it, but I feel like I should leave a little flag with a note...saying I will be back tomorrow when this firms up. Then that seems silly, so the water bottle is the best yet when there is a leaf shortage.

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 06:56 PM

6. Ya know . . . . that's not a bad idea: Poop Flags

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 26, 2012, 07:12 PM

7. My grandpa used to put out poop flags in his yard

We lived across the street we would come over with our dog to visit. He (another GSD exhibitionist pooper) would leave a gift and my grandpa would mark the spot with one of those flags you see that mark gas lines and stuff. It was a reminder that we had to come back and pick it up.

One day my mom and I went to the hardware store and bought a ton of those little flags and spend the morning putting them all in his backyard (just to be clear, my grandparents were like parents to me and we played jokes on each other often). We called him and my grandma to come outside to see the sea of waving little pink flags. Then we yelled "one is real!" and ran off.

It was awesome and that day is an epic tale in a long history of family jokes!

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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2012, 12:04 PM

8. My neighborhood has an annual dog festival, and one time I witnessed

a dog having a really nasty spell of diarrhea on the sidewalk. The owner of the nearby business came out with a garden hose and hosed down the sidewalk, washing the mess into the gutter in diluted form. Problem solved.

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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Thu Sep 27, 2012, 02:02 PM

9. all you can do is the best you can do

We've probably all been there with this problem before. I always feel badly about it, too, especially with a big dog (big dog = big poopy). I do my best to pick up what I can with the bag, but of course that doesn't work so well. I just do the best I can and then feel bad about it later, but what else can you do? If I know that he's likely going to have a drippy one then I try to walk him somewhere where he's not going to do it on someone's lawn, but it always seems that these things come as a surprise. I think as long as you make some kind of effort that's good enough. I still feel badly about it, but shit happens (no pun intended).


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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 03:02 AM

10. I always have two doggy bags in my back pockets.

So I don't accidentally forget if I take my dog out on a spur of the moment walk.

I try to lead her into ivy or some other brushy area so if I can't get it all at least it won't be visible.

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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 04:46 PM

11. I pick up other dog's poop

to make up for the times I miss my own dogs' poop.

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Response to nadine_mn (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 09:29 PM

12. My friend trained her Beagle to poop on a paper plate!

I know, it sounds crazy but they would go on their walk and when Murphy started to do the "Mystery Dance" Nancy would slide a paper plate under her her butt when she stopped spinning. Then she just popped it in a baggie. Totally clean!

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Response to Walk away (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:32 PM

13. that is amazing - my dogs have the smarts to learn

but I don't have the patience. That is awesome!

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 12:25 AM

14. People stop their cars....

She buys them at the Dollar Store by the hundreds. I tried to teach my dogs but they generally just scoot away!

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