Outside Magazine Says “It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop”

Wes Siler, at Outside Online, this week writes :

“In the United States, pet dogs produce 21.2 billion pounds of poop each year. All that poop is polluting water sources, both in urban areas and the backcountry, largely because dog owners aren’t doing a good enough job picking it up.”

Read the article at:

It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop

Pet waste has become a major pollutant, both outdoors and at home.

” A 2001 study conducted on Four Mile Run, a heavily polluted stream in northern Virginia, used DNA analysis to determine that 42 percent of the controllable bacteria load in the water came from dog poop. … And again, the scale of the problem is simply massive. That polluted stream in Virginia is just 9.4 miles long, but its watershed contains an estimated 11,400 dogs, which produce 5,000 pounds of poop every day.”

https://www.outsideonline.com/2292736/its-time-talk-about-dog-poop

 

That Ain’t Lazy, That’s Smart!

A dog owner in New Jersey recently posted:

“Name the laziest thing you ever did!

When had a dog i paid a dog poop removal company to come pick the poop up in my backyard once every 2 weeks.”

His friends replied with these comments:

“Na that ain’t lazy”
“I need this 😂 my backyard is big ”
“That’s not lazy that’s smart lol I hate picking up dog poop 💩 😝 🤣
“I don’t even plan on picking up the poop in my back yard but then again i dont want rats and stuff so ima have to do something. I didnt even know a company like this existed”
“Maybe I should call them too”
“I wouldn’t call that lazy. That’s smart. Lol”
“you know I wasn’t walking around with a shovel picking up after Barry we weighed the same lol”

Over the decades the old “How lazy can you get?”  retort has been made lots of times when people first hear about businesses that will clean up dog poop.  But what’s really lazy is just leaving the mess in the yard!  Lazy… and unhealthy for the dog, the yard, the family, and the environment!

It’s true that not every dog owner needs a professional pooper-scooper service.  But for a lot of good people there are a lot of good reasons to welcome the availability of scooper services.

Many busy professionals work crazy long hours, have a lot of appointments and meetings, and have very little free time to do the things they want to, let alone the many chores that have to be done around the house.  For this type of dog owner, leaving the job of shoveling the crap in the back yard to someone who can be relied on to take care of the work properly, regularly, and in an environmentally responsible way takes a burden off the family. It’s one less thing to worry about, knowing that it will be taken care of.  And considering the time involved, for many of these professionals it actually costs less to have a service do this that the value of what they could be doing in their own line of work in that same amount of time!  For so many folks, they just have better things to do, things they’d rather do, that shoveling dog poop, cleaning up the tools, and keeping bags of feces stinking up the trash cans for a week at a time!

And of course, there are a great many dog lovers who for one reason or another the physical task of scooping, shoveling, walking the back yard, bagging, carrying the bags, is not just an inconvenience, but a real difficulty or even an impossibility. Among the gratifications of being a professional scooper is the wonderful feeling of knowing that with our help so many people can keep the needed companionship of their beloved animals when they would otherwise not be able to keep their pets because they can’t do this necessary part of responsible pet stewardship.

Certainly not least among the reasons pooper scooper services are popular is simply the “Yuck Factor.”  People LOVE dogs, and dogs in the family contribute so much to the people’s happiness, health, and personal development, but a lot of people just can’t stand this one disgusting part of taking care of their pets!  Fewer family fights over who has to get out there and clean up the mess contributes to a happier family life, too!

Responsible, caring, loving, busy and hard-working people love their pooper-scooper services!

Lazy people don’t bother to clean up the mess.

What Children Can Learn from Animals – Arrowhead Pooper Scoopers

Arrowhead Scoopers, in Arizona,  writes:

“Children can learn a lot from having an animal in the home so today we give you 10 life lessons that will carry over well into the future:”

What Children Can Learn from Animals, Peoria, AZ — Arrowhead Pooper Scoopers

10 Life Lessons Children Can Learn from Owning a Pet

Visit their website and read the article to learn more about how pets can help children learn a lot about responsibility, compassion, trust, patience, respect, and much more!

Arrowhead is a leading pet waste removal service in the West Phoenix area. Give them a call today at (602) 391-0160 to receive your free quote. Rates start at just $11.00 per week. Visit their website http://www.arrowheadscoopers.com to view customer reviews and more. “Happy Tails!”

“IT” Doesn’t Have to Happen.

Pet Waste Billboard
“When your pet goes on the lawn, remember your pet doesn’t just go on the lawn. Do your doodie and pick up pet waste! “

We can help you do your part to help keep our waters clean.

Find out more at http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=if-you-don039t-stoop-scoop-it-happens

“Pet waste can carry harmful bacteria, parasites, or viruses. It can make people, especially children, very sick. It can also be dangerous to wildlife and other dogs. Rodents are very attracted to pet waste left in your yard. That is why it is important to pick up after your pet. When you leave pet waste on the ground, rain and snow melt runoff carry it to nearby storm drains where it reaches our lakes, rivers, and streams, often untreated. Once there, it can elevate bacteria levels and contaminate our waterbodies, causing our beaches to close. Decaying pet waste also consumes oxygen and may release ammonia. Low oxygen levels and high ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Similarly, nutrients in pet waste may increase algae and weed growth in our water, which consume oxygen as they decompose, further harming aquatic life. “

17 Things Your Dog Trainer is Judging

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!  🙂

Read Barrie’s article in the link below:

These are the Things Your Dog Trainer Is Silently Judging You For

“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.”

MORE Reasons to Keep Yards Cleaned: Houseflies Carry Disease

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.”

HouseFlies

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.”

Read the whole story at http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/11/houseflies-dangerous-disease-study/ :

Houseflies Found To Carry Dangerous Diseases

Know Your … uhm…. STUFF! Reading Doggie Diarrhea

Continuing Education for pooper-scoopers:

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: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments
“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.”
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/1878-dog-diarrhea-wsu#jJMulzvbm27FZb7X.99