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to think that dog owners should pick up the entire shit?

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BrittaPie Thu 18-Apr-13 09:14:11

I've seen this a few times in the last few weeks.

Dog shits. Owner gets bag and picks up main body of excrement. Bits are left behind. They walk on.

Seriously, if you have an animal that can't do a solid poo, you need to toilet it in your own grounds or take a little bottle of water or something. People can still stand in the residue. It is disgusting.

Oh FFs, this happened to me yesterday, I walk my dog to school, he does do solid poos mainly hmm but sometimes, it's a bit soft, and I used 3 fucking bags trying to get the entire thing up, a bottle of water would only disperse it a bit.

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 09:18:17

The turd should be in the kerb too.

I see that is optional for some owners!

BrittaPie Thu 18-Apr-13 09:23:50

Maybe a sudden attack of illness? In which case, fair enough, but keep your dog in your own garden or take cleaning stuff out until they are better.

Anything else, you are choosing to leave shit on the pavement, where people are walking, children are playing, prams are being pushed etc. Even worse if you are leaving it in grass, where people can't even see it till they have stood in it. Or near a school.

Maybe a gutter is the best option if you must leave dirty smelly shit full of germs lying about.

You choose to have a dog. Part of that choice is to be a responsible owner, which involves not allowing the potential to make people ill, ruin clothes, shoes and carpets and generally stink the place out.

IMO leaving poo everywhere is worse than letting them bark all night.

General dog fan then Britta?!

No responsible dog owner would leave shit lying about intentionally, but sometimes, you don't know how soft their poo will be til it's too late!

My dog also gets his arse as close to the hedge as possible, so it's never on the pavement, but it does make it harder to 'rinse'

BrittaPie Thu 18-Apr-13 09:32:14

I like dogs, when they have owners that don't leave shit everywhere, only let them bark a reasonable amount (I don't mind them making as much noise as my children, but obviously not barking for hours or late at night) and never utter the words "oh, he's only trying to play" when their dog is jumping up at me.

I had dogs all through my childhood, I honestly don't mind them as animals. It's the owners that do my head in.

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 09:32:40

In our village there are a few dog bins. Not everyone uses them though.

God knows why not?

I'm sick of dog poo.

It can be gotton rid of, well, a bit better then has been claimed here.

Bring some Dettol mixed with water , spray until its GONE. Not a quick whoosh -keep going till its DONE!

IAmJacksRagingBileDuct Thu 18-Apr-13 09:33:03

Unfortunately there are far too many irresponsible dog owners who literally couldn't give a shit. The recreation field behind our house would be a lovely big space for the DCs to run and play but its rendered totally unusable by the sheer volume of turds left hidden in the grass. I think we have a worse than average problem round here but no matter where you are if you can't pick up its shit you shouldn't have a dog.

I am a dog and horse owner, if the horse shots on the pavement I go back later in my car with a bucket, I wouldn't dream of leaving something so potentially harmful as dog muck lying around.

IAmJacksRagingBileDuct Thu 18-Apr-13 09:34:46

Ps Thank you to all those who do take their responsibilities seriously and clear up after themselves.

imour Thu 18-Apr-13 10:38:53

dont see why you are moaning if they pick up the main , you should moan if they leave it all smile

AuroraAlfresco Thu 18-Apr-13 11:09:49

Why on earth would you want it all scraped up, OP? Bit fussy, no? If a child just gets a tiny little bit of shit on their shoes, they're only risking getting a tiny little bit blind from toxoplasmosis. How precious of you. wink angry

YA Absolutely NBU!

GreenPeppercorn Thu 18-Apr-13 11:14:53

You don't always know that the dog is going to not produce a solid poo. How are you meant to determine the consistency of the poo before said poo is produced?

YANBU to expect people to clear up after their pets of course but my dog had been struck with the unexpected shits a couple of timesand i've spent a red-faced few minutes trying to scrape shite off the pavement with wet wipes blush

AuroraAlfresco Thu 18-Apr-13 11:19:18

Why don't dog owners bring along a little pot to shove under the dog's bum as soon as he starts to squat? Why should any part of it ever end up on the pavement?

I have dogs - six of them and I always pick up. My Cavalier sometimes has soft stools so I take a bottle of water with me to rinse any poo-goo away.

If you choose to have dogs then that's great but they shouldn't impact on other people. Leaving dog shit on the pavement or on a pathway is disgusting.

AuroraAlfresco Thu 18-Apr-13 11:48:21

I don't mean to be picky and you sound thoughtful and conscientious, OldBag ... but how can you be sure that every last bit, literally, is washed away with just plain cold water? Does it not create a bit of a slick across the pavement?

Fakebook Thu 18-Apr-13 11:53:09

Dog owners should carry a spray bottle of disinfectant with them to spray away the remaining shit. Hate dog shit on the streets and In parks. A

MyDarlingClementine Thu 18-Apr-13 11:53:21

I think in general and I speak as a dog owner here, the law needs to really get tough on dog owners for safety, for picking up dog craps, for not letting your huge bounding dog run up to people and then say...

" Ohhhh she is so friendly" etc.

MyDarlingClementine Thu 18-Apr-13 11:54:00

my dog eats on the vets advice, dry food, her poo is always solid.

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 11:55:04

Why are some of you not kerbing also?

I'm sure that was the law when we had a dog! 83-97 confused

Branleuse Thu 18-Apr-13 12:01:44

I do pick up my dogs shit, but tbh, I dont think its a massive deal if occasionally there are scrapings still left on the grass.

Its the outdoor world. There will be the shit of various animals and runners here and there and people do need to watch where theyre walking too. The natural world isnt particularly hygenic and i think in the main, most dog owners are pretty spot on about picking up dogshit, far more than ever before or in any other country. I think complaining because an occasional owner cant scrape up every single remnant, even when theyve made an effort at it, is a bit precious.

toboldlygo Thu 18-Apr-13 12:09:55

Love that a tiny scrape of dog poo residue is unacceptable but cat poo in garden threads always go the other way and it's perfectly fine to leave whole dollops of their shit around.

Kerbing? I thought it was 'curb your dog' - basically keep them under control and be aware of their bodily excretions. If you are suggesting that people bodily drag their mid-shit dogs into the road, I eagerly await the input of a great dane/leonberger/St Bernard owner on how easy this is to achieve. And the input of cyclists and car drivers who will be dodging these huge crapping dogs in the road.

To be fair, most dogs would benefit from a better diet that would incidentally result in firmer poo. How any dog manages a solid shit on Bakers or Pedigree is beyond me.

TheToysAreALIVEITellThee Thu 18-Apr-13 12:25:27

YABU. I pick as much as I can up, sometimes a bit of a smear is left behind its just one of those things <shrug>

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 12:38:21

No, thats not it tobo

Anyway, we had a large dog...if you know your pet, its easy to tell when they need/or about to go. Its not expected to be done mid-shit

everlong Thu 18-Apr-13 12:53:43

As a dog owner I cannot predict the consistency of my dogs turd.

It's not possible. For reasons unknown they can change.

I always take bags out with me and I always pick up. But if it's a bit soft/runny whatever it's going to be left.

Unless you want me to take out washing up liquid, water and a brush?

In fact don't answer that.


TomArchersSausage Thu 18-Apr-13 13:01:44

Ds got dog poo all over his top whilst playing football the other day.


Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 13:05:27

everlong spray bottle with dettol/water.

Spray till its gone!

JustinBsMum Thu 18-Apr-13 13:06:17

I wonder if people would donate to a national database of dog dna, then the poo could be traced (I think), and the owner fined heh, heh, heh.

I would love that as it's only a few selfish owners who spoil it for everyone else.

BastardDog Thu 18-Apr-13 13:10:12

My dog has colitis. He's poohs can be solid (in which case I always pick up fully), but if his colitis flares up for whatever reason he can do 7 poohs on one walk, of varying consistency and often containing mucous or blood.

I take a bottle of water with me and sluice away as best as I can, but its not terribly effective. In the garden at home we hose down, but even that's not effective, it just spreads it about.

I think asking asking dog owners to always clean up entirely is impossible.

However, if I know when I set off on a walk that his tummy is bad, I will take him into the woods or over the fields and avoid parks and pavements as much as possible.

feminine you keep saying that, but on grass, you cannot just spray til it's gone

also what is kerbing? Getting your dog to shit over the kerb?

SoniaGluck Thu 18-Apr-13 13:16:25


Not again hmm

Gorjuss Thu 18-Apr-13 13:16:31

I don't know anyone that has ever been issued a fine. There are more shits than signs.

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 13:23:01

Libertine...yes it can be done.

I've done it.

Keep spraying and spraying and spraying! grin

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 13:25:27

Oh and yes, as I said up-thread.

In built up areas you should make sure your dog does it in the kerb anyway!

I'm thinking it would be a good idea to bring back licenses for some people.

Maybe bringing in a bit about being able to deal with poo would be a good start!

My dog refuses to pee or poo on pavement. It has to be on grass. Pain in the arse sometimes especially when she decides to scrabble into the thickest bush to toilet (I think she's shy)

What bugs me is when people who don't pick up their dog's leavings also don't allow the dog to squat in one place so you are left with dollops of crap for the next 2 or 3 metres. It's obvious they just dragged the dog along while it is trying to do it's business.

everlong Thu 18-Apr-13 14:23:02

Spray bottle feminine ?

Erm no. It's my responsibility to pick up after my dog. That's it.

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 14:32:03

everlong but if its not done totally , then you haven't. confused

Your responsibility is to make sure its all gone surely?

everlong Thu 18-Apr-13 15:11:44

That's madness. Who is going to take a fecking spray bottle and a brush plus paper plus poo bag?

TheToysAreALIVEITellThee Thu 18-Apr-13 15:39:49

Well, I've picked up a poo that's left a bit of a skidmark right in front of a warden and we even had a bit of a laugh about the consistency of it and he didn't seem to think I needed to clean the grass.

EasilyBored Thu 18-Apr-13 15:49:07

The main road/path up to the park near my house is always littered with dog shit. There are loads of special bins but no one seems to bother picking it up.

While it annoys me a great deal, and I do think people should pick up the poo and be heavily fined if they don't. I wouldn't expect people to wipe the ground or spray water if the poo happened to be a bit runny. As someone who has to dodge shit on my walk to work every single day (with a toddler), I would advise people to look in the general direction they are walking if skid marks on the ground are such a concern.

Branleuse Thu 18-Apr-13 16:02:55

ive taken all your advice, and next time my dog shits, im going to clean every blade of grass with a paintbrush and some leaf polish afterwards

lougle Thu 18-Apr-13 16:05:09

My puppy had diarrhoea on the pavement last year. Terrible. It took me 4 doggy bags and copious amounts of cut dried grass (thank you, council worker who had done his shift there earlier that day), but the pavement was spotless.

Are we giving out medals? <hopeful>

HazleNutt Thu 18-Apr-13 16:27:53

I pick it up if it is in any way possible, but YABU. Dogs, like kids, also sometimes suddenly get stomach issues and it's impossible to predict that a dog might choose this particular moment to have a runny poo you can't pick up. What do you do if your child gets sick in the middle of the street and they are not in the age where you would also carry an endless supply of baby wipes? I don't think I've seen too many parents using their shirts to polish the street..

Oh and contrary to what someone said earlier, no you can't get toxo from dog poo.

CloudsAndTrees Thu 18-Apr-13 16:51:42

I pick up my dogs poo, but if you honestly think that people taking out dettol so that they don't leave the tiniest trace of poo around is in any way reasonable, you are crazy.l

A speck of poo on a couple of blades of grass is not going to ruin anyone's clothes or do any harm to the bottom of a shoe.

You need to find yourself an actual problem to worry about, as you currently seem to have too much time on your hands.

MarjoryStewartBaxter Thu 18-Apr-13 17:01:14

I'd love it if the people who bring their dogs to shit excercise on the field opposite my house would pick up even a bit of the crap they do. Most are the sort who find something verrrrry interesting to look at in the distance while Fido curls out a dirty great turd on the footpath.

andubelievedthat Thu 18-Apr-13 17:05:33

with co"s that clean out bins you put rubbish in ,the fluid they use should be bio degradable , hope all these cleaning fluids suggested are so? agree with you , CloudsandTrees,wonder how many drive ,ugg ,all those pollutants pumped out of exhaust, to screw up kid"s young body?

Feminine Thu 18-Apr-13 18:14:46

lougle I will give you a medal as you seem to be making a real effort.


everlong I'm afraid you get a biscuit

Not to be spiteful, but because its dry and you will be able to get rid easilywink

MrsWolowitz Thu 18-Apr-13 18:30:35

andubelievethat pardon?

OP YABU. Of course poo should be picked up but as for washing the streets down and rinsing off grass? Nope. That's nonsense.

What about all the rabbits, cats, foxes or whatever that crap at will? A poo smear from dogs is the least of your poo-related worries.

sonofzod Thu 18-Apr-13 21:07:41

my dog often has soft stools and ill usually always pick up its poos unless ive forgotten a bag or shes had more poos than I have bags with me but im not getting on my knees with water and detol scrubbing the pavement for nobody, I think your having a bubble saying people should do that, your lucky people pick up the main body of the turd to be honest


furbaby Thu 18-Apr-13 21:53:26

Well I always pick up after my dogs but you should live in my village op then you would have something to moan about .... bloody horse riders on pavement all through the village and believe me horses can do a much bigger pile of poo than my 2 dogs ... try steering a pushchair round a pile of steaming horse shit angry

DreamingOfTheMaldives Thu 18-Apr-13 22:56:18

Drag my dog into the road just as he's about to shit?! Drag my dog into a narrow road that gets a lot of traffic where he might be injured, just so a tiny smear of shit doesn't remain on the pavement after I've picked up after him (not that any does remain as he has solid poo thankfully).

Are you for real?!

Permanentlyexhausted Thu 18-Apr-13 23:16:58

The sort of dog owners who pick up as much of their pooch's shit as possible are the sort who will also worm their dogs - they are not the problem.

TokenGirl1 Fri 19-Apr-13 01:50:15

I HATE dog poo and get really angry when I'm having to clean utility off my toddlers' shoes or see it on the main path to school.

My view is, if you decide to have a dog, clean up after it! Dirty bastards! How would they feel if I let my kids do their business outside their house?

MidniteScribbler Fri 19-Apr-13 02:09:15

Just curious that of how many of these people who think that dog owners should polish every blade of grass after their dogs defecates are the same people who own cats that they let roam the suburb and crap in other people's yards?

Kytti Fri 19-Apr-13 02:49:09

But if it's a bit soft/runny whatever it's going to be left.

You choose to have the dog, everlong we didn't. Clearly you're one of those people who are not responsible dog-owners.

Bring back licensing. Introduce more checks. Poor dog-owners infuriate me.

extremepie Fri 19-Apr-13 11:03:21

-Why don't dog owners bring along a little pot to shove under the dog's bum as soon as he starts to squat? Why should any part of it ever end up on the pavement?-

My parents do exactly this with their great dane - except they have a bucket instead of a little pot :D

Saves getting poo all over their garden too!

serin Fri 19-Apr-13 11:10:25

Nice to see a few active poo threads this morning hmm

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 11:37:44

I am going to get flamed and I don't care, this isn't really aimed at this OP in particular, actually not really but some of the comments are ridiculous.
Here goes:
I am so bloody bored of dog shit threads, who on earth really thinks so much about a few turds enough to post on a public forum. I think it shows the most staggering display of self righteousness, along with a very sad attempt at superiority. For fuck's sake, it's a bit of dog shit. Had a bad day? feeling a bit shit about yourself? never mind, post a dog shit thread, it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Or perhaps get a hobby.
Incidentally, I object to mummies leaving shitty nappies in cafe toilets, allowing their (I am sure perfectly nice) teenagers to hang around in childrens areas and make them too intimidating for others to use, and allow their sticky bogey encrusted handed toddlers to wipe them on the leather starbucks sofas. I also think the drunken pricks who used to piss in my garden every single night en route home from the pub are vile pathetic little idiots.
I would rather have a dog, a few turds and hairs, a grubby sofa than have to know these people in real life. Thank God for Lurchers and the internet.
Rant over.

Well said theodora grin

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 12:14:13

theodora yep lovely...

Anyway, most of us that object to it do so because it is dangerous

Toddler shoes have to be written off, as the shit grinds in to every crease.

Its not just a pain , its a genuine worry.

To make a whole post inferring that op ( and those in agreement)were being petty is just mean and a bit ignorant.

everlong Fri 19-Apr-13 12:27:47

kyetti don't misconstrue my words.

I pick up what I can. Always. But if it's soft or runny there maybe a bit left. I am not going to lose sleep over it.

susiedaisy Fri 19-Apr-13 12:28:52

I agree with Theodora and I have lost count of the amount of times my kids and I have stepped in cat shit, we have an epidemic in my neighbourhood, in the summer sat in the garden it's all I can bloody smell, they shit everywhere in my garden and on my gravel drive, flower beds my kids footballs get covered in it,

dog shit, I think one of my kids have only ever stepped in it maybe twice in 15 years!

But yes dog owners should pick up their dogs mess!

ChasingDogs Fri 19-Apr-13 12:31:02

There was me, thinking I was doing the right thing picking up after my dog. Turns out I should have been cordoning off the area while I went to work with disinfectants.

On the subject of traces of poo. You know when you go into a public toilet and you can smell shit? Smells are particle based. You have the poo of a stranger in your nose.

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 12:44:10

you have the poo of a stranger in your nose

Its not going to turn me blind though is it?

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 12:44:58

No but leaving your shitty baby nappies on the hand wash basin might. I am amazed at the number of middle class fussy mummies who do this.

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 12:45:13

I'm sorry though, after seeing that in bold.

Its really made me grin

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 12:46:15

theodora...not me though.

I clean up all types of poo!

Not fussy....

ChasingDogs Fri 19-Apr-13 13:08:45

It won't send you blind, but just think, the next time you decide to breath through your mouth to avoid the smell...


(sorry, I'll stop now, heh)

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 13:10:37

chasing do you know, I've never done that.

Since being a small girl , I convinced myself the smell would end up in my mouth! grin

ChasingDogs Fri 19-Apr-13 13:20:13

Hmm, not tasty!

I went through a phase of trying not to breath at all if there was a hint of poo in the air. Eventually I had to decide between the shame of asphyxiating with my pants down, on the bowl, mid wee (which would have made my mother furious); or the ignoble suffering of a stranger's poo in my nose. sad

I'm still here, but my faith in humanity has never quite recovered.

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 13:21:17

Is smelling one's own farts ok? actually my little foster pup does some fairly spectacular ones, sometimes I can't help myself.

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 13:43:28

Yes. theodora you go right ahead! wink

Feminine Fri 19-Apr-13 13:45:25

chasing you SO need to change your MN nickname!

Youhavethepooofastrangerinyournose has such a ring about it!

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 13:47:14

I love the direction this thread has taken.

wintertimeisfun Fri 19-Apr-13 13:59:02

i wish dog owners wouldn't allow their dogs to shit in the middle of the pavement. one recently let their dog shit at the top of our path. dd and i were bogging her out whilst her dog did his turd, she just ignored us, picked up part of the shit and then walked off. i had to take a bucket of soapy water to the top of the path and scrub the fucking thing. i wanted to slap her

everlong Fri 19-Apr-13 14:05:56

What's ' bogging her out ' mean?

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 14:08:27

I agree about paths, pavements etc.

wintertimeisfun Fri 19-Apr-13 14:09:41

staring at her. we were staring at her in the hope that she might think to move her sodding dog from shitting at the top of our path. didn't work. her dog left a wet one which i had to go and clear up otherwise it would have been walked in the house. i should have gone and politely asked her to reframe from letting her dog shit at the top of our path but wasn't in a confrontational mood. i recognise her as a local and is known for being somewhat snobby

everlong Fri 19-Apr-13 14:12:38

It doesn't really work like that. A dog just stops and does a turd. There isn't much warning. You can hardly start dragging the poor thing off the pavement mid shit.

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 14:12:46

I am taking my newly acquired skill to another thread, there is someone who really needs bogging out.

WeAllHaveWings Fri 19-Apr-13 14:34:59

I would love to have a dog, but one of the reasons I don't is because I know I would hate picking up it's poo, and after sitting for an hour one day trying to pick soft smelly poo out of ds's nearly new £50 Geox trainers (the ones with lots and lots of air holes in the sole) before putting them in the bin, I wouldn't leave it for others to walk in. (never bought Geox again after that either!)

Once in our local park and a ladies dog pooed right in the middle of the path as we were walking towards her. She made a big deal in front of her kids about how she had forgotten to bring a bag for the dogs poo and it was clear from the kids confused replies she never does pick up.

The best bit was when she knew she had an audience and tried to cover it with one little leaf incase anyone stood in it, I just had to say her that covering it with a leaf wasn't a good idea as no one would see the poo and a little leaf really wouldn't protect whoever stood on it. At this point ds(about 4 at the time) said enthusiastically "its like setting a trap isn't it mum!". Walked by her telling ds how clever he was thinking that (I am evil), and I'm sure she would have left without picking it up, but a least she was very blush blush.

AThingInYourLife Fri 19-Apr-13 15:39:40

One day we will look back at the revolting old days when publics areas were covered in the excrement of domestic animals with the same disgust we have now for the emptying of chamber pots out the window.

Either the "responsible majority" of dog owners will become a reality, or dog ownership will become severely restricted.

The reason there are always ranty threads about this issue is because it is really fucking annoying and unjustifiable that public areas are covered in the foul, smelly, potentially dangerous mess of carnivorous animals.

Horse shit is nowhere near as disgusting.

theodorakisses Fri 19-Apr-13 17:35:18

camel shit is and I strongly object to them hoovering up my borgonvillia. It's all relative.

ChasingDogs Fri 19-Apr-13 22:32:57

FFS! Now I'm a bit sad that I've never experienced camel shit. I want to know all about camel shit so that I can compare it (with a wise tone, and a knowing manner) to fox shit, next time I'm down the local. If my life ends without me being able to compare camel shit to other offensive shits then my nose will never truly have lived.

That or need to sort my social life out. One or t'other. I'm on the bird-shit encrusted fence.

<wanders off to make a half hearted effort to figure out name changes, a la feminines brilliant suggestion>

Feminine Sat 20-Apr-13 10:05:45

grin chasing.

BrittaPie Sat 20-Apr-13 10:22:40

Err... Just because one thing is bad doesn't mean another isn't.

I mean, come on, moaning about teenagers when I don't like drunken adults - how dare you?


BrittaPie Sat 20-Apr-13 10:28:12

My DD once shat herself at a party. I cleaned it up. It was horrible and also embarrassing, but she is my responsibility. I didn't just pick up the solid bits and tell the other kids thy should watch out more.

DD is a human child. She has also only done it once. If she was leaving runny shit everywhere I would clean it up, then keep her at home till she was better. If it kept happening because of a disability, I would have to carry cleaning equipment and maybe put her in pads - obviously for her own sake but also because I am not a dirty bastard who thinks leaving excrement around is absolutely fine.

Really don't think you can compare shit everywhere at a kids party and a smear on a grass verge though Britta

AuroraAlfresco Sat 20-Apr-13 10:35:16

One day we will look back at the revolting old days when publics areas were covered in the excrement of domestic animals with the same disgust we have now for the emptying of chamber pots out the window.


jamdonut Sat 20-Apr-13 10:39:48

Why would you throw toddler shoes away because of a bit of poo? Wash it off! Or are you to posh to wash? Or wait for it to dry and then it should brush off. Yes its disgusting, but preferable to wasting money.

We've just got a puppy, a Lhasa Apso. My children, 13 and 16 are perfectly able to clear up after it as are my husband and I. However, at the moment she is eating absolutely everything she comes across, including cat poo,and as a result, sometimes her poo is a bit on the soft side. This makes it more difficult to pick up. But i am not going to lose sleep over it when there is other "crap" outside, including foxes,rabbits,cats,mice, rats,pigeons and bloody seagulls,the latter being the worst because they crap on you indiscriminately and it really does ruin your clothing,leaving you stained and smelling of fish .It is really, REALLY, disgusting.

Most dog owners are responsible.Like everything it is a handful who ruin it for everyone else.

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Sat 20-Apr-13 10:39:53

I am a dog owner and have to say I Hate it when people let their dog's poo on pavements. Mine has never done this, from a puppy he has always gone on grass and I am fastidious about picking it up. I hate stepping in dog poo, it is disgusting so I make sure to clean it.

There are streets around my home that look so scruffy, the pavements are full of dog poo and it is ignorant owners who think it is ok to just walk away that give responsible owners a bad name. Bet they are the first to go mad when they step in some though.

theodorakisses Sat 20-Apr-13 10:41:13

Camel shit is pellet like in substance so can easily be kicked away. However, it smells more like pig shit than cow and is particularly tempting to dogs who stash it in the back of the truck when I am not looking. It's not really rollable in due to its hardness but could be a tripping hazard (a bit like walking on big marbles)

I love dogs, but this pisses me off no end.

Our road has an Anonymous Diarrhoea Dog whose owner seems unable to carry a bag with them, or has given up because it's so runny and just LEAVES it in the middle of the pavement. It's fucking disgusting. I've taken to having a look/sniff around before stepping out, and my bucket's at the ready. So fucking inconsiderate and dirty. Fix your dog's digestive system or let them crap all over your garden!!!

But, at least this person you're describing has attempted to clean it. Feel grateful for that. And if it was a one-off I very much doubt the owner had all necessary tools available for complete removal. So yabu.

If you know you can't be sure to clean it up then the logical conclusion would be not to let them shit there in the first place. Train them to go in your own garden before you walk them. Or how about carrying a plastic sheet you can put down for them to go on. Someone suggested a pot but that might be awkward. A sheet would work though.

Seems to me that the timing of walking the dog is about getting them as far away from your own place as possible before they go.

As for those saying a little bit won't hurt please research blindness in children caused by dog shit.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 10:54:01

My dog poos on the verge, never on the pavement. Sometimes I can't get it all up. There will be poo smears left on the grass.

No way am I taking a spray bottle on walks with me. Dog walks are 90 mins long and I'm not carrying a bottle and brush round with me.

BrittaPie Sat 20-Apr-13 10:59:54

Again, you are not arguing logically. 'I can do x because other people do y' is not a valid argument.

Wild animals shit. They don't have people in charge of them, who have chosen to have them and who choose to not clean up properly. They also rarely shit where people walk.

Your argument is the same as 'I can play music at 4am because birds sing at that time'

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sat 20-Apr-13 11:12:35

Dog walkers around here also seem to be protesting at a lack of dog poo bins or are just plain disgusting/lazy as they place turn in a bag, with a neat bow and proceed to leave it in the middle or, if you are lucky to the side, of the pavement. There is a dog poo graveyard all along one of the pavements right by DD's nursery. Surely wrapping it in plastic makes it even less biodegradable? If you aren't going to bin it, put it into a hedge or something so no one can tread on it! I always worry DD will try to pick them up as they are in various coloured bags.

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sat 20-Apr-13 11:12:49


soverylucky Sat 20-Apr-13 11:19:28

athinginyourlife YES YES YES!

I am always saying this. We WILL look back in disgust like we do our ancestors for having human crap in the streets. It is gross. There is a path near us - lovely bit of countryside but as soon as you turn into it you can literally smell shit - there is so much of it. It makes me feel sick.

Clean up your dog crap - if that means taking water bottle with you then tough shit! (though it seems soft shit is the issue here)

I don't have a dog because I do not want to pick up poo.

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sat 20-Apr-13 11:24:23

It does seem a bit medieval having animals we drag around on leads to get them out of the house so they can poo somewhere other than our garden. I wouldn't have a dog because I have a toddler - quite enough poo to pick up and bag thank you. I carry around a nappy changing bag for this purpose. If you have an animal that does the same thing then when you have taken it along a public walkway, it should be natural you supply yourself with similar equipment.

theodorakisses Sat 20-Apr-13 11:50:13

I use these

And if anyone says they are too expensive, I would suggest that owning a dog is expensive and such is life. I also feed Royal Canin because it massively reduces poo and am always shocked when we run out and give them Pedigree for a few days how many soft stinking turds they create.

wintertimeisfun Sat 20-Apr-13 14:02:57

kir i wouldn't be surprised if the runny poo is that of a fox..

wintertimeisfun Sat 20-Apr-13 14:04:45

what about 'doggy nappies'. not only would it collect up the poo but as a bonus, we wouldn't have to look at their bumholes. the breed that have their tail standing straight up leave nothing to the imagination. really gross

jamdonut Sat 20-Apr-13 21:31:42

I feed my puppy dry dog food (IAMS, suggested by the vet,not cheap) so that poo should be firm,and we do not feed her "tit-bits" for this reason but as I said, she eats anything she finds,at the moment,which we are deperately trying to discourage. We have no objection to her pooing in the garden and use poo bags to clear up there too. But if we take her for a walk, even if she has had a poo at home, she very often still has another one.I can't predict this though,there is no pattern.
I would never leave it there,but I am not going to scrape and scrub the pavements just so there is no slight trace, that is being unreasonable,just as it is unreasonable of people to not pickg it up at all.

GogoGobo Sat 20-Apr-13 21:50:56

Thanks for starting this op, I will sleep we'll tonight

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