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:
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.”
“You don’t have to send a dog to college. You could buy him a $10,000 doghouse and still come out ahead.” – Bob Vetere, American Pet Products Association
Read the story at PureWow.dot com:
A recent article at Dogtec.org has some useful ideas for scoopers who are running up against the limits of their time.
“Most dog service businesses are one-person affairs. If you run one, you know what it’s like to juggle a multitude of tasks and wear too many hats at once: Trainer/walker/sitter/daycare or boarding operator, administrative assistant, marketing manager, bookkeeper, accountant, customer service rep, even janitor.
We find in our business consulting work and when on the road speaking at conferences and seminars that many dog pros are exhausted by the pressure of keeping up—or the stress of not being able to. When we suggest hiring some help, the reaction is often shock. “Oh, I couldn’t do that. I can’t afford it.” The question is, “Can you afford not to?”
You can afford it. Really.”
READ MORE at http://dogtec.org/articles/hiring-you-deserve-some-help
Tapeworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments
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.”
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/55775-tapeworms-dogs-symptoms-causes-treatments#lDdSXeSWPIpVkHZ6.99