Dog Poop Bags: This is How We Scoop It!
On any given afternoon there are usually a number of poop-scooping passersby taking their pooches on their daily strolls. Some owners saunter armed with numerous doggie niceties in tow, others prefer the simplicity of leash and dog poop bags, and a rarer few impetuous types prance about without neither leash nor dog poop bags at all.
Among the varied dog walking methods, is there one right way to scoop the poop? Here’s a stab at proper poop-scooping etiquette.
It’s important to leash your dog especially around other owners, who also happen to be walking their dogs. Try to find an unoccupied area for your dog to do his business. If this is not possible, maintain a firm grasp on that leash collar just in case an irascible hound decides to start trouble mid-dump, and its owner lacks the control or the resolve to stop the ensuing brawl.
How many times have we all been subjected to the occasional plumber’s butt flash when oblivious owners bend to scoop that poop? It happens more than we’d like to think. To avoid offending your neighbors with your unveiled butt cleavage, bend at the knee and scoop. Whenever possible, it’s an even better idea to leash up your pants with a belt.
The key to proper poop scooping is the speed of the sweep—use dog poop bags to promptly extract the oft-offending dumps from the environment. Increase your speed by keeping dog poop bags handy on the dog leash or other accessible contraptions.
Use plastic gloves or mittens to protect your hands when retrieving poo—as you are likely to run into a neighbor that you haven’t seen in a while, and getting reacquainted can get messy if you remain barehanded and unmindful. Large plastic scoops assist in hands-free retrieval, but they can be cumbersome when trying to manage both pet and poop.
Dog owners and dog-less citizens all complain about the relentless stench that emits from even the most securely tightened dog poop bags filled to the brim, especially on hot and humid days. When purchasing your next supply of dog poop bags, be kind to your neighbor’s olfactory glands as well as the environment and opt for the scented biodegradable variety.
Whether it helps the environment or your neighbor, proper poop scooping etiquette is fundamental to a thriving community in which just about everyone owns a pet of some sort. Consideration, like dog poop funk, leaves a lasting impression—pass it on!