Being a responsible pet owner doesn’t just mean keeping your dog’s vaccinations up to date or keeping your dog on a leash when outside, it also means cleaning up after them. Don’t be the neighbor who let’s the dog poop in every yard but its own. Don’t be the dog owner who left their dog’s poop in the kids play area of the park. It is a disgusting job, but is is not at all very difficult. You can find dog poop bags everywhere. There are the plain black ones at pet stores like PetsMart and PetCo. You can also get some pretty fashionable ones, if not at the pet stores then online. There are even biodegradable dog poop bags. One place places to get dog poop bags is at the dollar store. They are not labeled as dog poop bags but they work great and it is only $1.00 for 100 of them. They are labeled as disposable diaper bags. The ones we have seen are in a small blue rectangular box. Picking up after your dog is also a good idea when you travel. Some cities or hotels have very strict regulations about picking up after your dog. The last thing you want to do is get a fine in a distant city for not picking up after your dog. And think about how someone else would feel if they stepped in your dog’s stuff, then got in their car without realizing it until it was too late.
Pick up after your dog in the yard, too. This is a disgusting but necessary task if you want to have a nice yard for your kids to play in. If you don’t have kids, at least keep your yard clean so you can have people over for a barbecue. The best pooper scooper we have found is called Scoopy the Poo. http://scoopythepoo.com/. It is a fantastic device, easy to use, and reasonably priced. This company has thought of everything in their design.
Picking up after your dog whether at home or in public is not only a concern about courtesy, it is also a concern about health. Dog poo can carry parasites and bacteria which can spread to people and other dogs. Scoopy the Poo has some good statistics at http://scoopythepoo.com/health_concerns.html.