Have you heard the catchy phrase…Scoop the Poop? It’s to serve as a reminder to clean up after your dog when he or she goes potty in public or private properties (not your own).
You should NEVER leave your dog’s feces just lying around because; first, it’s beyond inconsiderate, second, it’s rude, and third, it’s just flat out gross. If your dog makes a mess, then it is YOUR responsibility to clean it up…no if, and’s or but’s about it.
Along with the reasons I just listed above on why you should clean up after your dog, one of the most crucial reason’s to scoop the poop is for sanitary and health reasons…now we’re going to dive into the icky stuff:
Dog feces carry all sorts of diseases that affect not only your dog but can affect humans too. Dog poop can contain worms and is one of the most easily spread problems for dogs. In the time it takes your dog to go over and smell the contaminated poop or eat it (yuck, but it happens), your dog can already become infected. Yup, it’s that quick.
Along with worms that are strictly dog-related issues, dog feces also carry Giardia, Salmonella, E-coli, and the ever deadly Parvovirus. Along with being a responsible pet owner by cleaning up after your dog, be sure to wash your hands after too to avoid getting sick yourself.
**Here’s an icky fun fact: in just one gram of poop, there are about 23 million forms of coliform bacteria and other gross stuff that can make you and your dog sick
If the reasons mention above haven’t quite convinced you to pick up your dog’s poop, then how about the fact that dog poop contaminates water. When the rain washes over the dog poop, the water runs into the drainage system, which then causes the water to be spoiled and that contaminated water flows into the local waterways…like the ocean.
Remember the icky fun fact I just mentioned, well to add to that little piece of information…it’s is seen that about 90% of that bacteria that is in the waterways comes from dog poop.
So when they say the water quality isn’t safe to swim in…know that some of those bacteria they find comes from dog crap being washed into the water from the rain…thank you Mother Nature.
Another good reason to clean up after your dogs is to control those pesky flies. Flies consume dog poop and then lay eggs in dog poop. Those same pesky little buggers come into your house and can spread disease the moment they land on any food or countertop. Eww Eww Eww!!!
So another yet solid reason to clean up your dog’s poop is just common responsible pet ownership. I can’t tell you how many times a “neighbor” of mine lets her dogs run loose throughout the neighborhood and allows their dog to crap wherever they want without bothering to come by and pick it up. I also have neighbors who walk their dogs in the neighborhood and don’t bother to clean up any mess left behind. I know they’re not my dogs, but I’m not about to let my dogs run the risk of getting sick or even worse stepping in it!
I actually stopped walking my dogs through my neighborhood and surrounding blocks because I couldn’t believe how much dog crap was just left out on or near the sidewalk. Don’t even get me started on the amount of poop I had to sidestep around near a local park.
It’s essential to be considerate to one another (especially in the times we live today) and clean up your dog’s mess. You wouldn’t want your friend to come to your house, poop in your bathroom, and not flush, right? Same concept, just a different species…or as my mother puts it, “it’s the same shit just in different ways.” You get the point!
Believe it or not, it’s actually against the law to leave your dog’s feces laying around without cleaning it up…yes Hawaii has a state law to cover poop:
Sec. 29-4-4 of Honolulu County Law states:
(a) No Person Shall:
(9) Permit an animal owned by such person or while in the person’s custody to excrete any solid waste in any public place or on any private premises not the property of such owner; provided, however, that nothing herein shall affect the duty of the property owner or occupier to keep the premises free of litter and provide further that no violation shall occur if the owner of the offending animal promptly and voluntarily removes the animal waste
Say What?!?!…in other words, clean up the poop or get a ticket.
I always have dog poop bags on me where ever I go. I have a holder clipped to my waist when out walking, attached to my dog’s leash, in my purse, and in my car.
If I see someone about to walk away from not cleaning up, I have no shame asking them if they need a bag to clean up after their dog…even if I have to shout it out to them.
So the next time you are out and about with your pup, and your dog poops, don’t forget to practice being a responsible pet paw-rent and “scoop the poop”!