Barrie Segal has some tips that will help you get a lot of value out of the money you spend on dog training. A well-trained dog is a thing of beauty, but without follow-though by you all that work and expense can be wasted.
And we can help with number 13, at least in your own yard! 🙂
“Dog trainers, however, really train people, not dogs. And how successful that dog training is depends on how dog owners comply — or don’t — with the program. Dog trainers must provide extensive training to owners so they can apply the lessons they learned in obedience classes to training their pets. But the owners have to follow through or it’s a total waste of money.
You might think you’re doing a great job of taking care of your canine — until you hire a dog trainer. Keep reading to discover what your dog trainer is secretly judging you for so you can measure up — and get the most you possibly can out of your sessions.”
The thought of flies being attracted to the dog poop in your yard, and then moving on to your patio furniture, and into your living room and dining room, is gross enough and already a good reason not to let the mess in the yard accumulate. And now there’s even more specific research into how dangerous it might be to let that yard go uncleaned!
According to Valuewalk.com,
“Scientific Reports found that two of the most common or garden insects – houseflies and blowflies – are both capable of carrying hundreds of different bacteria. And the bad news is that a significant portion of this is ultimately harmful to humans.”
And it might be even more important to keep the yard clean in the city and suburbs than out in the country!
Another interesting morsel of information which cropped up in the study is that houseflies residing in urban environments picked up more germs than those living in rural areas.
“It will really make you think twice about eating that potato salad that’s been sitting out at your next picnic.”
Knowing when and what to tell clients about what you see adds value to your service. Dogtime ran this article that will be very helpful in knowing what to look for in dog stool. Color, texture, and more characteristics of dog stool can carry important information about the dog’s health. Your expertise in this topic can make you much more than “just a poop scooper.”
“Diarrhea in dogs is the passing of loose or liquid stool more frequently than usual. Treatment for diarrhea can be simple or more complicated depending on the underlying cause. Diarrhea symptoms could be related to problems with your dog’s small intestine, large intestine, or other organs. To help your veterinarian determine the cause, be prepared to answer questions about your dog’s diet, habits, and environment, as well as specific details about the diarrhea. Once your veterinarian has narrowed the list of possible culprits, they can plan for specific tests to determine the exact cause and treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for diarrhea in dogs.”
Your dog isn’t the only one who will LOVE having the yard cleaned regularly! You will love being able to devote your precious little free time to the things you really want to do, and you will love not having do deal with the worst part about having a dog.
Your family will love the domestic tranquility of not having to fight over who has to shovel the dog poop.
Your clients will love that you can focus more on your professional projects.
And your neighbors will love that your yard isn’t attracting pests and stinkin’ up the neighborhood!
(And, if you have a neighbor who has a yard that needs to be cleaned, turn them on to pooper-scooper.com as a public service.)
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.View Full Caption
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MOUNT GREENWOOD — An emerging rat problem in the neighborhood can be attributed to one thing, the 19th Ward alderman said: dog poop.
“The major concern with animal waste is that it is nasty stuff in it that can either make you sick or make the environment sick. Animal waste, like human waste, contains bacteria and viruses that if it gets into water bodies that people use can give them all kinds of nasty things, the most common of which is stomach flu.” — Jon Devine, a senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council
Mike Clark writes about a subject of great importance for all pooper-scoopers in the article at Dogtime.com
“If you see the signs of tapeworm infestation in your dog, [LET THE CLIENT KNOW SO THEY CAN] get to the veterinarian immediately so they can prescribe treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tapeworm in dogs.”