6 Ways to Make Dog Poop Picking More Tolerable

Neck down shot of woman in park with her husky dog after she has picked up poop in a baggie.

One of the less glamorous aspects of pet ownership is dealing with your dog's feces. But since it has to be done, you might as well make it as pleasant as possible, right?

While the plastic bag has long been the picker-upper of choice, it isn't the sole alternative for garbage pickup. If you'd like to retain your distance—or just outsource the chore entirely—you may accomplish it with the help of a few intriguing goods and services.

Keep in mind that no matter what you do, you must always pick up your dog's poop. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dog feces is both a human health threat and an environmental pollution, and if left (or worse, buried), it may enter the water system. With that in mind, here are six simple ways to scoop the excrement that involve no work.

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    Keep a Waste Bag Container on Your Leash

    Neck down shot of woman in purple jacket with doggie poop bag and holder.

    Instead of remembering to carry a bag with you every time your dog goes outside, invest in a waste bag container that you can attach to your dog's leash. This way, you'll always have bags on hand and will be aware when you're ready to run out.

    In terms of the bags themselves, seek for corn-based biodegradable bags that are created to higher standards than petroleum-based bags. This should make you feel a little better about throwing out your dog's feces.

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    Use a Pooper Scooper


    Pooper scoopers are an excellent option for anybody who wishes to stay away from their dog's waste or has physical restrictions that make bending over to pick up excrement difficult. They're also a fantastic alternative if you have a day or two between backyard pickups because you can quickly gather rubbish without having to use many plastic bags.

    You won't want to just throw the rubbish in your regular garbage can after that. Keep a separate can with a bag in your yard or garage where you can leave the trash, then tie the bag up on garbage day to have it picked up with the rest of your trash.

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    Do a Daily Pick-Up


    It becomes less of a nuisance if you pick up your dog's excrement on a regular basis. If you're out and about, you clearly need to pick up after your dog, but in your own yard, it's easy to let a lot of time pass before handling this task. This might make it appear much more difficult to control than it is. It also decreases the likelihood of your dog making or you missing a pile and stepping in an unpleasant surprise later.

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    Flush It


    If you're using a pooper scooper, another alternative is to flush the feces rather of sending it to a landfill. The EPA supports this practice since the waste water will be treated at your municipal water treatment facility to eliminate the majority of the dangerous contaminants.

    Before you do this, double-check with your local water treatment facility, since some systems aren't intended to manage this kind of waste. Also, unless the bag is supposed to be flushable, don't flush the waste in it (and in the latter case, make sure your septic system can handle the extra material).

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    Freeze It


    We're not suggesting you build your own poop-sicles. Not quite, at least. Certain aerosol sprays are designed to freeze dog excrement on touch, making it much simpler to pick up a clump of feces. This approach also has additional advantages, such as decreasing or even eliminating odor. You'll still have to clean up the excrement, but it won't be as... unpleasant.

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    Outsource the Job


    You can pay someone to take over poop pick-up tasks just like you can pay someone to do any other work you don't enjoy, such as cleaning your car or packing your house for a move. Professional dog waste disposal firms have sprung up all over the place, offering a dependable and completely hands-off service to those prepared to pay.

    So, how do they function? Most of these businesses provide service packages that allow you to schedule visits once a week, twice a week, or on a different schedule. The more frequently you'll need them (and the more pets you have), the more you'll have to spend.

    You front the fee and provide access to your yard, and in return, you’ll get a 100% guarantee that all the poop will be taken care of on your behalf. Not too bad of a deal if it’s in your budget. 

Poop occurs, but it doesn't have to be a pain in the neck to deal with. Figure out what works best for you, and be certain that the affection you receive in return is more than worth a few of poop pick-ups every day.