I thought that would get your attention! I don’t want to talk about the delights of sniffing poop. I want to talk about the responsible disposal of it.
Scoop the poop
I’m really impressed that almost all of you dogs have trained your humans to scoop your poop. That’s really impressive as, for some strange reason, humans have an aversion to poop.
However, on a recent walk I was dismayed to discover that some of you still need to train your bipeds in the next step. Scooping the poop into a bag is a good start, but what they do with the bag of poo is very important. Some of them are leaving the bag of poop on, or by, the footpath.
Some of them are creating poop trees! I thought for a second that they must grow from bags of poo, but that isn’t the case. It’s okay to ‘water’ large trees to leave a message for any other dogs that pass that way, but no tree deserves to have bags of poop left hanging on its branches.
Bag it and bin it
I will now tell you what you need your humans to do with the bag of poo. If you’re lucky, there will be a dog waste bin nearby and you simply ask your biped to pop the bag in it.
If there isn’t a bin nearby, it’s a little trickier. You have to persuade your human to carry the bag of poo until they see a bin, or even carry it home to dispose of if there isn’t a bin on your chosen route.
I know that humans don’t like carrying bags of poo, but there are gadgets to make it easier for them. You can get clips to hang on your lead (leash) to carry the bag. You can get small containers that clip onto your lead, or onto a biped’s belt or rucksack. Some of these containers even seal the smell in! There are many ways to make carrying the dog waste less objectionable.
Reasons to clean up dog waste
There are many good reasons for cleaning up dog waste. I want to give you a selfish reason that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere else – I don’t want to be banned from walking in beautiful places.
When I hear my bipeds complaining about how abandoned bags of poo spoil the walk, I worry. My bipeds are not particularly squeamish (for humans), so I know most humans must find it objectionable. Dogs are already banned from some beaches and parks because a few dogs behave badly or leave a mess behind.
Let’s not lose any more places to visit. We need our humans to carry the poo away, so that we are still welcome. If you trained them to scoop it, you can train them to carry it away! Don’t leave anything more than a few paw prints behind you!
See you soon!