Why can't people clean up after their dogs?

(56 Posts)
Samr85 Tue 04-Dec-12 09:27:47

It's disgusting! On the way to and from school every everyday I'm having to constantly point out the dog mess on the floor so my son dosent end up standing in it! I don't understand why someone keeps a dog if they can't be bothered to clean up after them?! Is it just me that's annoyed by this or am I just over reacting?shock

TerrariaMum Tue 04-Dec-12 09:30:41

Not just you. I honestly cannot understand the difficulty of taking a plastic bag with you, scooping up the poo and putting it in a bin. When I was 16, I walked my dog every morning and did that. If there was no public bin, I took it home with me. If a stroppy teenage girl can be bothered, why can't anyone else?

TerrariaMum Tue 04-Dec-12 09:31:31

Should add I don't have a dog now. She died when I was at uni and then I moved away.

Tiredmumno1 Tue 04-Dec-12 09:34:59

I agree that it's disgusting. Someone didn't clean up their dogs mess left right outside our drive, I had to clean it up and wash it down, I wasn't best pleased. I also do the poo dodging with my children on the way to the school.

One dad at the school walks his dog there in the mornings, he let it do it's business outside the school then walk away, we did say haven't you forgotten your dog poo, he just stared at us, and walked off angry

Fakebook Tue 04-Dec-12 09:38:12

Yanbu. You wouldn't see adult poo or baby poo or nappies smeared around on the ground so why is dog poo?

kiwigirl42 Tue 04-Dec-12 09:43:52

its just foul. I always pick up after our dog. Part of having a dog is having to pick up shit so if people can't do that then they shouldn't have a dog IMO

Bosgrove Tue 04-Dec-12 09:51:12

YANBU, our school run each day is spent dodging the dog poo, and me trying to get the children to their schools without stepping in it. They seem just not to see it littering the pavement, so I have to say mind the dog poo, and then grab them if required.

I was talking to a dog owner the other day, who said that her teenagers never pick up the poo when they take the dog for a walk in the evening, I was so cross. If they aren't old enough to take responsibility to clean up after the dog, they should not be walking it.

ladymarian Tue 04-Dec-12 09:53:10


This makes me mad!! It is disgusting and rude not to clean up after your dog! Yesterday I got dog poo on my pram wheel as it must have been in the middle of the pavement angry

As if I don't have anything better to do than wipe dog poo off the pram wheels...

SantaWearsGreen Tue 04-Dec-12 11:02:43

Oh yanbu..This is probably one of my biggest pet hates. I don't like dogs which makes it worse.

Its just EVERYWHERE. I don't understand why its so hard to take a carrier bag with you and pick it up. It is the worst thing having to poo dodge, stepping in it and argh pram wheels in it. It makes me SO angry. I can't even take my DC for a walk on the field behind us because everyone walks their dog there and rarely does anyone pick it up. It is disgusting.

Don't own a stinky dog if you can't pick up after it. angry

freddiefrog Tue 04-Dec-12 11:05:23

It's disgusting.

I own a dog and I always pick up after him. We buy cheap nappy sacks from Sainsbury's and put a handful in my pocket every time we leave the house with him. It's really not hard

Footpaths are disgusting round here.

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Tue 04-Dec-12 11:06:03

Because they are lazy sods.

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 04-Dec-12 11:06:48

If my dog's poo on marshland on private property that is used only by a few dog walkers, do I need to wade into the middle of the marsh to pick it up?

Just checking.

Wrigglebum Tue 04-Dec-12 11:12:45

What I really hate is when they go to the bother of bagging it, and then leave the poo filled bag in the middle of the pavement.

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EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Tue 04-Dec-12 11:22:35

Because they are lazy, selfish bastards that's why.

Phone environmental health and report it. Today.

EldritchCleavage Tue 04-Dec-12 11:38:09

Keep reporting to the council. We had a real problem with one dog owner who used to walk down our street every morning bellowing (and I mean really bellowing) at her dogs to follow her to the park. She let them crap everywhere, right on our house steps, and my neighbour just reported her every single time. She got told she'd be prosecuted, and the housing association evicted her for this and other nuisances before very long.

mypussyiscalledCaramel Tue 04-Dec-12 11:45:57

It seems to be a huge issue on school runs. I have a dog and wouldn't dream of leaving his shit on a pavement.

Although I am lucky in that he only goes on grass. I have nappy sacks in the pocket of every coat I own and I also pick up after other dogs if I think its necessary.

The kids at my sons school came up with a poem that was stuck up everywhere and it seemed to work. I think they now need to come up with another one.

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 11:55:28

We had a syringe one morning. I didn't see it but a friend told me. Funnily enough, that was they day the rubbish was actually picked up! I had stomped off on the school run snapping pics on my phone to email to the council too!

thewizenedone Tue 04-Dec-12 11:59:54

Think your title should read why cant "some" people pick up after their dogs? I hate dog poo and live in a village which is terrible for this. My husband came home one day after walking our dog and said he had not been able to pick up as "too runny" hmm I got in the car with two milk bottles of hot soapy water and went and cleared it. To be fair hes normally very good. Just back from a weekend away and found dog crap on our front lawn! its very annoying but there are some responsible people who always do clear it up,.

YouOldSlag Tue 04-Dec-12 12:02:25

I totally agree. The problem is that the majority of dog owners are responsible and already do this. The people who do it will probably keep doing it until they get caught. It's really hard to catch them.

It's this minority of dog owners giving the rest a bad name and yet since they see no problem with their dog shitting everywhere, they are unlikely to stop without a deterrent.

There are heavy fines where I live but it's impossible to impose on dog walkers who go out at night and don't bother to pick up. I wish there was a system by which these people can get caught and be afraid of getting caught.

It's a problem all over the country and lots of councillors say it's the number one issue with most residents.

There MUST be way of making people too scared NOT to pick it up.

I'd love to know the answer.

laptopdancer Tue 04-Dec-12 12:04:10

We used to live right next to dunes which were a common walking place leading to a beack walk. We had to move shortly after ds was born as it was plagued with dog poo which would alos end up on our drive and path. The thought of him crawling an toddling about outside in the circumstance was too much.

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 12:04:37

Of course, it's not all dog owners/walkers!

MrsLyman Tue 04-Dec-12 12:37:37

It's not just you, now it's dark early the pushchair wheels keep getting covered, and some inconsiderate arse lets their dog pop at the top of our drive and doesn't pick up drives me insane.

If I made the rules I would punish offenders by smearing the poo all over their favourite jumper.

cathpip Tue 04-Dec-12 12:50:45

It drives me up the wall, i am a dog owner and do pick up after my dogs i have poo bags in every coat and in both the buggies (often pushing one whilst dogwalking) even my 4 year old knows about picking up he calls it poo patrol. If you do catch someone not picking up like i have (next to the local playground!) tell them you will report them, a lady in my old village got made an example of for not picking up and was fined £750smile...

shinyrobot Tue 04-Dec-12 13:40:55

It is so bloody annoying.

It is just as bad that they allow their dog to shit on the footpath and do pick it up, but leave a smear on the path - why can't they at least put it to the edge of the road to shit. It still gets in your shoes & pram wheels if you step on it angry

We can't use the lovely green here as it is so covered in it, people wait at the edge and send their dogs onto it! We do report but they say they need to catch people in the act.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Tue 04-Dec-12 13:48:46

If I see someone not picking up their dog shit I ask them why? I don't care.

I will gladly give them one of my own dog poo bags if their excuse is they don't have a bag, because my pockets are stuffed with the damn things.

NickECave Tue 04-Dec-12 13:48:53

The foulest thing is when they bag it but leave it in the middle of the pavement. My 2.5 year old DD scooted over one last week and it went everywhere. Even if you are a lazy ignorant moron, how hard is it to at least take the dog into the gutter

Jambonfrites Tue 04-Dec-12 13:55:38

Another poo-dodging school runner here. I am just so grateful that at least now I can keep our buggy in the garage. In our old house, it had to be kept in the hallway of the house which is just rank with young kids crawling around.

DreamingOfTheMaldives Tue 04-Dec-12 14:01:51

I am a dog owner and I too hate it when people don't clean up after their dog. It is disgusting and gives the majority of dog owners, who are responsible, a bad name. People shouldn't get a dog if they are not prepared to pick up their mess. It is what you have to do in order to have the furry little friend in your life, and for me, and most dog owners, it is a very small sacrifice. Some people are just lazy and thoughtless.

I have been shouted at in the street by a woman who didn't clean up after her dog, and didn't appreciate me pointing out that she was meant to!

I was most pleased to see a sign up in our local park saying that someone had been fined for not cleaning up after their dog. There really is no excuse - if you find that you have gone out without a bag by mistake, there is always another dog walker around around who is willing to give you a spare poo bag.

I always wonder which dog walkers it is allowing their dogs to foul round where I live, as other than the one person described above, I have never actually seen it happening - I see plenty of people picking up but also see too much left - I think the lazy, irresponsible people must only go out when it is very early or very late.

Please don't think that dog owners don't mind there being poo everywhere - believe me, we hate it as much as you do. I have even knocked on 8 doors on a street before finding someone in, who would give me a bucket of hot water and bleach so I could wash away the (extremely runny) mess my dog had made!

HairyButtMonkey Tue 04-Dec-12 14:02:59

Our village is also plagued with poo. I think a lot of it is old people who wander along to the shops trailing dogs behind them (usually off the lead) not caring/noticing where they go or shit. They're of a generation that just doesn't do picking up poop. I wish the dog wardens came out occasionally.

somewheresomehow Tue 04-Dec-12 14:13:22

What narks me is when the owner picks up the crap in a bag then dangles it on the nearest tree or fence. if they are going to leave the sodding stuff in a bag why pick it up in the first place

Fakebook Tue 04-Dec-12 14:13:31

We have condoms on a footpath we use everyday. They're durex ones from a pink box. Some arse shit has taken them out of the packet and thrown them around. I'm in two minds about telling the council to clear it up.

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 14:18:56

I saw a yelling match between two lovely doggy locals. One has three shitty little happy crapbags and the other is rat-boy with an incontinent devil dog who I wouldn't approach! I didn't know who to root for.

Samr85 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:41:55

Bosgrove I also do the "mind the dog poo" chant and necessary grab lol. So glad I am not alone in thinking its disgusting!! X

Samr85 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:54:43

Don't get me wrong though u do understand that a lot if people do clear up after their dogs and even thanked a man the other day down the alley I have to walk down for clearing up after his dog as that's where must us left. It just really annoys me that people go to effort to get a dog but done clear up n then other people have to dodge the stuff whilst trying to get from one place to the next! Most frustrating.
I also have had the same problem with buggy wheels going into it on my way to a baby group and I've had nothing to hand so ended up trying to clean it off with grass!! Not nice.

NothingIsAsBadAsItSeems Tue 04-Dec-12 19:22:37

There MUST be way of making people too scared NOT to pick it up.

How about random member of the neighbourhood watch following you as they "saw" your dog poo and you didn't clean it up.

Happened to me but the nosy old bitch failed to realise that my dog did a wee. If you don't know enough about dogs to know the difference between a wee pose and a poo pose then you really shouldn't march up to someone spouting a load of shit. Especially when that person actually does clean up their dogs mess

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 04-Dec-12 19:33:04

somewheresomehow I must admit I do this occasionally. My dog has a habit of shitting just before we get to the field where there are no poo bins and wrangling a ball thwacker, a ball, a bag of treats, a lead and a bag of shit is not easy.

I hang it on the shrubbery around the field but I collect it again on my way home plus any other bags that happen to be hanging nearby. I always just assume that those bags left in trees are either people still on their walk who are going to come back later or people who meant to return but forgot where they left it (I make sure I always use the same tree so I don't lose my bag o' poop)

flaggybannel Tue 04-Dec-12 19:42:21

Dog dirt is worst! And dangerous! I have took myself outside to hand a poop scoop and bag to someone who walks thier dog past my garden everyday who laughed at me- i was livid! Cleaned it up myself.
Its cats-pooing under my plants that really bug me- thats probably another thread though.
Btw- i have 3 dogs- and pockets full of poop bags lol!

thekidsrule Tue 04-Dec-12 20:01:26

why is it always the school run

you would think being near a school people would be more aware,NO CHANCE

i wonder if anyone will come on here and admit they let their dog do this without clearing up,NO CHANCE

YouOldSlag Wed 05-Dec-12 07:41:22

Most posters on here are the responsible kind. It's the ignorant sods who don't see there's anything wrong with it that are the problem. It's their mindset we need to change.

impty Wed 05-Dec-12 07:57:10

People walking their dogs must end up walking around or standing in their own dogs poo? For that reason alone you'd think they'd pick up.

I pick up, but spend my time walking around horse poo on the roads... It's easier to spot though smile

mamij Wed 05-Dec-12 08:00:13

YANBU! Its disgusting seeing it in the streets and also having to try and dodge it during school run/walks out etc. People shouldn't have dogs if they can't clean up their mess.

maddening Wed 05-Dec-12 08:05:16

Yanbu it's awful.

Fwiw your council will have people go out and pick it up if you give them a call. They might also not be aware of it being a problem until they have to go out so many times.

I always call if I see it round children's play areas.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 05-Dec-12 08:08:39

dreamingofthemaldives & others, I will never forget this - I was sitting in my car on a busyish road. a man was walking his dog. dog pood. man made a huge fuss of getting the bag out, shaking it open etc then walked off. clearly making a display for passers by but not actually clearing it. up. However that thought process works, I do not know!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 05-Dec-12 08:12:02

flaggybamnrl, you should have started hose piping it while the dog & owner were still there! better still follow him home and put the contents if my son's nappy this mirning on his driveway. believe me that was equally gross!

SHoHoHodan Wed 05-Dec-12 08:13:54

Some bugger let their dog poo at end of my drive yesterday. Most of it in the middle, but bits trailing away too.

There's an alley near us too which has the informal name of Dog Turd Alley. Bleugh.

Thankfully the percentage of dog owners who do this is extremely tiny.

lotsofdogshere Wed 05-Dec-12 08:18:46

Recently our council had a couple of people, with cameras, who photographed the dog in the act, and the owner walking on without picking up. The owner was then stopped and a £60 fine was administered - this was in parkland. I walk my dogs round a reservoir, and am shocked by the number of people who don't pick up when their dogs go in the middle of a footpath. I commented to a couple of men recently, that they seemed to have missed noticing their (huge pit bull cross breed type) who had crapped mid footpath. They were abusive, predictably and left the huge pile of there. I agree with all other posters, it's disgusting and the dog owners who do this have no shame.

adeucalione Wed 05-Dec-12 09:05:16

In our village the main culprits are teenagers - I'm sure their parents ask them to walk the dog and arm them with poo bags, but they can't be bothered to use them.

Although yesterday I passed a retired judge who was standing next to his mid-poo dog as I drove past. When he saw me he waved and started getting a bag out of his pocket, but when I checked my rear view mirror a few seconds later he was putting the bag back in his pocket and dragging the dog off.

And this time of year is the worst for poo in grassy areas - people take their dogs out after dark, and can't see exactly where the poo is, and don't want to feel around with their hand, so just leave it.

bellarose2011 Wed 05-Dec-12 09:11:03

Its a huge problem were i live. A few months ago my toddler picked up a piece, think it was because I'm always saying people should pick up there dig poo. Since then i have made it my personal crusade to stop it in the streets around my house. Ive have reported 1 person to the council as i saw him coming out of his front door, walk down the street and leave a big pile of his dogs poo in the middle of the path. I did ask him to pick it up and he walked off.
Its so hard when you have a pram and a toddler walking, i literally can't take my eyes off the path when were walking, its just not fair.
I think the councils need to get tougher on this, as far as i can tell people just get warned to pick it up. Thats not enough, they should get on the spot fines.

bellarose2011 Wed 05-Dec-12 09:17:48

The other thing i can't understand is people walk there dogs on the same path everyday, they leave dog poo all over the path, surely there dogs feet get covered in poo then walked into there house? And there own shoes?

thekidsrule Wed 05-Dec-12 09:41:31

i think local councils should employ a warden especially for this task (can you imagine the job script)

plain clothed with id to hand to visit parks and hand out fines on the spot,they could record on phone as evidence,play back to offender etc

round here it would pay the wages and make a profit

but the job would be just for spotting and fineing,going from parks to notorious fowling spots

ive put alot of thought into this grin

InNeedOfBrandyButter Wed 05-Dec-12 09:48:55

Another school run poo dodger here to. Even the picker uppers leave smears.

I don't believe any dog owner has always picked up the poo, that they have never run out of bags or their dog had the squits.

DaPrincessBride Wed 05-Dec-12 10:03:11

YANBU, DD (2.5) stepped in dog poo a couple of weeks ago, realised after she had walked into the house on our cream carpets....took about an hour to get it all out of the grooves of her boots, another hour to scrub it out of the carpet and several days for the smell to properly go.

freddiefrog Wed 05-Dec-12 10:03:39

thekidsrule We have a dog poo warden, the job is solely to go out and fine people who dont clear up after their dogs. I've yet to see any evidence of them in action yet though, our local Dog Shit Alley, is still pretty shitty

ZigaZig Wed 05-Dec-12 11:38:35

YANBU and YANBU again!

How many times have I had to haul my children back from the park covered in dog poo!?

Would I let my kids s**t in the park and then not clear it up?? No. Totally unacceptable and I can feel myself typing more and more angrily with this post.

To dog owners who are responsible--thank you.

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