if you dont pick up your dog poo....

(152 Posts)
pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 12:51:46

can you please tell me why?

Now i know most people on here are responsible dog owners who pick up EVERY time.

BUT on a forum of this size, there must be at least one person who is willing to admit it, and explain why.

I just dont get why you would leave your dog poo in the street.

pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 14:02:43

im surprised that there isnt one owner willing to stand up

No one is going to say they don't pick up in the street as you have to legally without getting a fine.

Plenty of folks will say they don't pick up in the middle of the country where all the cow/bird/deer/fox shit is.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 14:06:30

This has been raised before on other threads and no-one ever comes forward - although, as you say, on a forum this size there must be at least one skanky midden person who doesn't. I'd love to know why some people don't pick up too. The last person I challenged said that "dog poo is biodegradeable, and until the horse owners round here start picking up then I won't". She wasn't interested in hearing my explanation hmm

I always pick up in the street, or even anywhere near a countryside path.

I don't pick up in the middle of a wood, out of the way or anywhere where any possible human contact could realistically made. Sure that National Trust have a 'flick a stick' policy.

Interestingly, I was walking the dog over the local golf course today, I am friendly with the green keeper after I found his dog once, and I know the course is closed anyway due to the rain. He saw my poo bag and asked why the hell I had picked it up, when his machines (no idea what the terminology is for golf course keeping machines!) will 'sort it' anyway.

Think the more rural you are (we are), the less folk are too fussed if it's not on the street etc.

Can I emphasise that I ALWAYS PICK UP ON THE STREET, before I get shot down!!

HoneyDragon Thu 23-Jan-14 14:15:53

I don't pick up if I'm in the middle of a large ploughed field, I bury it. I do the same off path in woodland. If the ground is soft enough to bur it I do otherwise I bag it.

You may as well demand people come and give you a good reason for dropping litter.

It's because some people are dicks.

SnakeyMcBadass Thu 23-Jan-14 14:17:23

I always pick up in the street or an a path, but in the woods or on rough ground I tend to stick and flick into the hedgerow. People that let their dogs shit in the street should have their faces rubbed in it, imo. Filthy beasts.

Floralnomad Thu 23-Jan-14 14:17:53

The only time I don't pick up is if my dog does it in the middle of tall undergrowth and that's purely because it would be impossible to find and I'd probably tread in loads of other shit whilst getting to it . What annoys me more is people who pick it up and then leave it laying about in the plastic bag, or hanging on tree.

pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 14:18:09

yes but i always see it on the street, so it must be someones dog. There are very few strays in my area, yet EVERY day there is fresh dog poo to dodge.

I cant believe that people are so brazen to leave it, but not thick skinned enough to admit it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 23-Jan-14 14:20:03

I hope none of the people on this threads are Scots, as in Scotland it is an offence to not pick up after your dog, except on agricultural land.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 14:21:59

As long as it's a long way off the footpath then <shrug>, but there are too many dog owers round our way for whom 'just beside' the path is sufficient, forgetting that people (esp. children) don't always stick rigidly to the footpath. Scraping dog shit off shoes/carpets/pram wheels/clothes must be one of the most disgusting and wholly unneccsary tasks there is.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 14:23:09

ItsAllGoingToBeFine - agree. Wish more of my fellow countrymen and women knew about and abided by this law sad

pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 14:24:02

its illegal in england too!

pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 14:25:10

it just seems to be, if noone sees me leave it , then it doesnt count.

still no-one admitting it.....

i think i'll get a plackard and wearing it walking the streets!

AdoraBell Thu 23-Jan-14 14:25:47

Can't help you myself, but I know DH doesn't pick it up if he thinks he can leave it me because it's disgusting, I mean, it's poo, How could Anyone pick it up shock.

He is learning.

Next door to us is a flat which is rented. The occupant has two large dogs which he never takes out for walks. His garden is paved. The dogs shit all over it. He clears it up maybe once a week. Last night there were 24 separate piles of crap. Disgusting.

pollyputthekettleonagain Thu 23-Jan-14 14:30:02

i dont care if you have dog poo up to your windows in your own garden.

Adora.. so what do you say to him when he gets home without any of his little bags?

you cant just turn a blind eye to his behaviour.... surely.

I agree that i think its one of the worst things about owning a dog and is the number one reason why i dont have a dog even though i love them.

i did once see a man taking his dog for a newpaper, when the dog stooped to go, he deftly slid the newspaper underneath then chucked the whole thing in the bin! he had to go back for another one!

maybe he had forgotten his poo bags? I did once, and was dancing around the poo, wondering what to do and feeling dreadful, until an obliging fellow dog owner appeared with supplies!

Bowlersarm Thu 23-Jan-14 14:37:16

I have country dogs and mainly walk on farmland. So not guilty here. If in the local park, I bag and bin it.

But pensioners? Maybe older people don't pick up? Or, sometimes people just don't notice their dog doing it if chatting to someone or on the phone. Maybe accounts for a number which aren't picked up.

There you go OP, two plausible answers.

Sunflower49 Thu 23-Jan-14 14:39:32

My dog once had REALLY bad diarrhea, I'd no idea what she'd eaten but I buried it-it wasn't on a path or anywhere anybody would stand on it.

I was standing there thinking WTF do I do with THAT?!It was like liquid poo. I covered it in leaves and mud.

But apart from that one time,always pick up. I've taught her where to poo on our regular walks, so I know there's a bin nearby and she's still on the leash, but I do worry if she runs far away from the path and I can't see what she's doing, as she occasionally poos more than her usual places. But all in all, I'm conscientious. I've said it before but theres' been times I've gone to pick up after her and have picked up another dog's poo by mistake. There's tonnes of poo on grass verges and at the side of the path in parks. I can forgive peopel who miss it/forget bags occasionally but some people must be lax on it. And it does piss me off!

RobinSparkles Thu 23-Jan-14 14:40:17

You tend to see more shit on pavements in winter. I remember someone saying that in winter dog owners have to take their dogs for walks in the dark therefore if the dog does a poo they can't see it to pick it up. It kind of makes sense - "oh, I can't see anything, did they actually poo, or did they stop to wee?" And they leave it. It's no excuse as they could take a torch.

Sunflower49 Thu 23-Jan-14 14:41:57

And yes I've forgotten bags before. I once went in the bin got out an empty crisp packet and used that!

adagio Thu 23-Jan-14 14:43:27

As the driver(?pusher?) of a pram I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for those who don't pick up in the local park and on the footpaths and pavements round here. It's a right PITA. Toddlers also like to collect things, such as twigs, stones etc. So if its not wheel scraping and washing it's screaming 'mind the poo' at the top of my voice and trying to prevent toddler standing in it/falling over in it/picking up that really pretty leaf right fucking next to it. Get's me most vexed.

I do not own a dog.

HeadFullofSteam Thu 23-Jan-14 14:43:29

I almost always pick up - even if in fields, as it I walk my dog there, it is likely that others do too, so there is still a risk of someone standing in it. The only time I would not pick up is if it was in the middle of undergrowth which I could not easily access.

What I also cannot understand is the number of full poo bags you see lying about all over the place. Why bother picking up if you are not going to bin it?

NCISaddict Thu 23-Jan-14 14:44:25

I would if my dog went on pavements, he refuses to, I do if he poos anywhere where people walk but if he shoves his arse right into a bramble bush then no, I can't reach it so I assume no one else can.
Funnily enough where i live there seems to be very little dog poo left where people walk, I think I've seen one poo on the pavement in the last year. Do we live in a very well mannered area or are the local dog wardens scary?

lainiekazan Thu 23-Jan-14 14:45:58

Yes, pensioners... There is one old lady in the next road. I saw her hobbling along with her dog who did a poo iright n the middle of the pavement. I stood and watched as she totally ignored it as it steamed resplendently. I think it's a case of some pensioners can't physically bend down and also in their lifetime it was quite acceptable to leave dog poo.

My granny had a dog who roamed free goodness knows where all day. And goodness knows where he was pooing. But noone gave two hoots back then.

RobinSparkles Thu 23-Jan-14 14:48:16

Also, at the risk of generalising - apologies to those who have lovely, responsible children - but I see a lot of children/teenagers walking the family dog and I wonder if they pick up. I know that I wouldn't have liked to as a teenager as I would have been disgusted! (Good thing we didn't have a dog!)

I also see loads of people with their dogs off leads, chit chatting to their mates, not watching the dog and the dog doing alsorts.

Where I used to live there was a bloke with two bichons and he used to let them off the lead round the estate. While he'd be chatting to someone they would be wandering in people's gardens, peeing on their plants. I didn't see them poo as I would have told him but I bet did on other occasions.

Thumbcat Thu 23-Jan-14 14:48:43

I'd love to have a word with the charming person who walks their huge (if the poo is anything to go by) dog down the residential street where my sons infant school is. Every day we have to dodge piles of it. I can't imagine being brazen enough to let my dog take a huge crap on the path outside a school and then just strolling off.

AwfulMaureen Thu 23-Jan-14 14:48:50

I have forgotten bags and have gone looking for something to use....picked a bag out of a bin once...another time I walked to the shop, got a bag and then returned to the area. In my defence I was looking after someone elses dog and wasn't used to the routine. I'd NEVER leave poo on the ground.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 14:52:06

I think the 'chatting and not seeing it' is definitely one possibility, as is the 'dog walking way ahead of its owner and then taking a crap out of sight' is another - but neither are excuses.

pist Thu 23-Jan-14 14:52:13

I have definitely seen people outside my house looking around to check if they are being watched, which causes me to stand by the window WATCHING until they have trundled off with the bag .

There seems to be a fashion around here for bagging, then leaving the bag which I find even more offensive than if it is just left (bad enough). At least eventually it will rain away if it's left au naturel.

Personally I bag it if it's anywhere near where a child could get to it, but leave it if in thick undergrowth etc. Many of the more natural woodlands/parks around here request that you do it that way.

stickysausages Thu 23-Jan-14 14:52:27

I always pick up, so does DH. Except as above when dog was ill & it was too runny... but it was on waste ground, not a path or pavement.

I will admit to not binning the bag every single time though, on one walk there are no bins for miles & I refuse to carry a bag of shite that far, so I bag it & place it in gutter for the sweeper machine (it's a main road) I've never passed it again, so it's swept regularly

punter Thu 23-Jan-14 14:53:23

On our wooded walk there is a dog poo bin at the start. I have lost count of the times I have seen great piles of poo NEXT to the bin as obviously the dog needs to go as soon as it arrives at the entrance. There is also a notice saying 'there is no such thing a dog poo fairy'. Presumably these numpties cannot read either.
When I have used/forgotten/got the wrong coat on/ bags I have used DH's handkerchief - he was not amused. So he now carries extra bags, result.

RobinSparkles Thu 23-Jan-14 14:53:58

It's awful when you have a pram as it's sometimes impossible to dodge and it's HORRIBLE when you have walking children who don't look where they're going!!!

stickysausages Thu 23-Jan-14 14:54:35

I once ran out of bags, dog did an extra surprise poo... I had to use a hankie to put it in the bin <boak> !!!

Floralnomad Thu 23-Jan-14 14:56:32

robin my son doesn't walk the dog for the very reason that he doesn't want to pick up after him. I always pick up in the country side if its remotely near a path and always pick up in the local woods . My husband thinks people deliberately walk their dogs in the dark so that they don't feel obliged to pick up poo. For all those saying you bury it ,what do you do carry a trowel about ?

I have bagged, put to one side, carried on walking for an hour on a circular route, and picked back up again on the way back. I did forget once, but did the route the next day and retrieved. They are always hidden away, I don't figure out the folk who leave them dangling from trees etc?

UriGeller Thu 23-Jan-14 14:57:06

There a plenty of "big boys" around here who will glare at anyone and everyone while their bully breed on a thick leather leash shits in the middle of the pavement then strut off like a big cock.

Wankers. But what do you do? I've never seen one of those types with poop bags but they all love owning a shit machine of an animal.

LOL Floral at the trowel comment!!!

LottieJenkins Thu 23-Jan-14 14:58:00

Ive told this story before but here goes anyway!
Many years ago my late dh was weeding in our front garden and happened to stand up just after a man walking a big down came past. Not knowing that dh was watching he let the dog do an enormous crap on the side of the path and went to carry on walking. Dh then said very loudly ""I do hope you are going to pick that up sir???" The man jumped out of his skin and fumbled in his pockets. The only thing he had was in my dh's words " a very crisply laundered white hankie" which he proceeded to pick the crap up with! grin

Toomuchtea Thu 23-Jan-14 14:58:23

Yes, it's the random surprise poos that get you. I normally have pockets stuffed with bags I have enough to pick up after ten dogs usually, but the one time I hadn't was the time dog did an extra poo. Saw there was someone in in a house across the road and knocked and asked for a plastic bag. They were a bit surprised, but happy to oblige.

I have teenagers, the 'boaking' is vastly reduced after the first few poo pick ups smile

moggle Thu 23-Jan-14 15:00:13

I thought a lot of the ones hanging from trees were due to people planning to pick them up on their way back like needastrongone says?
We used to live in Balham and there was so much shit on the pavements there. There weren't even that many dogs around, I'm convinced some of it was human. Anyway whenever we see dog poo on the pavement we wistfully say 'ah, that reminds me of Balham...'. It was a great place to live apart from the poo.

BigGlasses Thu 23-Jan-14 15:00:21

I think it is often that the dog is not in sight when it poos so the owner is not aware. Not that this is responsible ownership, but I've seen it a few times where an owner has walked past, and 100yards behind it is the dog squatting.

PixieBumbles Thu 23-Jan-14 15:08:21

I don't have dogs but used to regularly walk my parents' dogs. One of them was very particular about where he pooped when he was out (not so much in the garden at home) so if he could he would wait until he could get right in under a hedge. I still tried to pick it up but a lot of the time I had to just leave it because I physically couldn't get to it.

I felt terribly guilty once when the other one had the runs and a terrible sense of timing. He left a lovely poo puddle right in the middle of the local school gateway. Fortunately I always carried sheets of kitchen towel as well as bags (because I cannot stand the feeling of warm poo through the plastic) so I just tried to mop up as much as I could with kitchen towel. I couldn't get it all up though and I still feel awful about it!

Floralnomad Thu 23-Jan-14 15:11:14

lottie I love that , did he put it back in his pocket poo and all ?

Many years ago....

There was a dog that crapped outside DH's parents garden. Always very late at night, so the family never knew who it was.

One night DH's brother was coming home late and very pissed from the pub and caught the culprit...

DH always remembers being woken up by a panic stricken brother, say 'our kid, our kid, I've killed a man...' and seeing a bloke lying sparko in the street......

The man crossed the road from then on in.....

Canidae Thu 23-Jan-14 15:20:53

Always, always pick up poo in the street and in farmer's fields. The only time I don't is in the woods that have those 'get a stick and flick' signs.

Dog1 won't poo on lead so he is easy to predict. Dog2 will poo anywhere and often twice on one walk. I think evey coat/jacket I have is stuffed with poo bags.

LtEveDallas Thu 23-Jan-14 15:23:45

Is it Friday already? I though dog poos threads were always on Fridays?

HoneyDragon Thu 23-Jan-14 15:28:05

Would you like me to name change and come back and announce I merrily fling poo up and down pavements and deliberately in the way of small children?

It's just I don't know what you are trying to achieve, only that you really want someone to come and admit it.

Most bods who regularly post in here are, as you say, responsible dog owners.

Which means we shovel shit with pride.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 15:36:58

No, bum sex is Friday

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 15:38:38

The OP has explained what she's trying to achieve - she wants someone to explain why they don't pick up. Seems reasonable.

LottieJenkins Thu 23-Jan-14 15:44:53

down dog......... grin

LottieJenkins Thu 23-Jan-14 15:46:17

Floral not sure DH came scuttling into the house giggling and didn't see! grin

HoneyDragon Thu 23-Jan-14 15:49:52

Well yes it's a reasonable ask. grin

But why does she want an explanation.

I'm all for a rant and all, but now I need to know why.

Why damnit why?

<<I've possible had too much coffee>>

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 16:00:56

You might as well ask why are we here Honey, what is the meaning of it all? <nods sagely>

Personally I would like someone to come along, give some pathetic reason about how it's their right to leave their mutt's shit on the pavement so that I can reach through cyberspace, grab them by the throat and rub their face in dog poo have a stern word with them about their actions,

HoneyDragon Thu 23-Jan-14 16:07:21


Well that's why I was tacitly asking.

I'm not sure I should be posting on a thread where there is a strong possibility of murder if the op gets the right respondent.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 16:23:59

I'm kind of thinking there probably wouldn't actually be murder Honey grin

PenelopePipPop Thu 23-Jan-14 16:45:47

Don't own a dog, don;t know but would hazard a guess sheer fucking laziness has a lot to do with it.

We have a country park wooded area in our small town with a car park at one entrance. In the weeks leading up to Christmas the path was foul - quite clearly lazy-assed dog-owners had been driving up, letting their dogs run into the park to do their business, calling them back and driving off again.

Town Council sent someone along to administer some spot fines, obviously word got around, park is currently clear of shit and a delight, though presumably the lazy fucks are making somewhere else a shithole.

As a runner I must say all these people who say 'Ooh I don't do anything about shit in the undergrowth I only bother to pick up if it is on the path' make me wild too. Some of us do run off-road y'know especially in National Parks and access land. It is still foul and it is still your responsibility and if it is too dark and too difficult to retrieve your dog's shit from wherever s/he did it you have not been supervising it closely enough or should keep it on a lead. Lazy scum the lot of you.

Goldencity1 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:22:02

There are 2 good dog walking parks near to me. The nearest is forestry commision woodland with way marked paths and the other is in the grounds/parkland of a NTrust house.
The Forestry commision place is revolting, piles and piles of shit everywhere and it seems that any one who does pick up, just leaves the bag in a tree. I have stopped going there.
The Ntrust place - heaving with dogs and owners, never see any shite un-picked up. Clearly marked poo bins, clearly marked off-lead, on-lead and dog free areas.
I have 2 dogs, always pick up after them [even when it takes 5 poo bags and a whole packet of handie-andies- thanks pup] and walk at the NT place almost every day.

No idea about why there is such a diff in 2 places not 3 miles apart....

brunette123 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:27:33

I always pick up and I often take my dog at 5am when no one is around and still I pick up and I even have a mini torch which I keep in my dog walking bag to find the poo if necessary - I hate poo on my shoes/trainers/boots and today was walking my dog and there were at least 4 poos at the side of the pavement where although there are leaves my dog wants to walk so I am constantly pulling him away - there is no excuse.

brunette123 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:29:43

Can I just add another thing that drives me mad though is expecting us owners to scoop but the council providing no bins in the locality - some councils have red bins, where I live they don't there are just general bins - fair enough but 2 areas that I walk in elsewhere have no bins and I really don't want to take it home in the car with me nor drive a mile to a public bin.

JustALittleGreen Thu 23-Jan-14 18:45:26

Love that there is 3 whole pages on dog shit!

I always scoop, and would anywhere, countryside or town. I have a 2 year old who loves foraging and poking about and picking interesting bits of stuff up, and I would hate to think of her or any other child putting their hands in DOG SHIT!! Ugh, is there anything worse (other than cat shit!)? Granted there is cow pats and so on in the countryside but I know which I'd rather stand in

Skinheadmermaid Thu 23-Jan-14 19:14:51

My dog is very polite and will back into a bush or a patch of nettles to do his business. I can't even reach the poo, let alone pick it up.
Certainly if he pooed in the middle of the pavement or a grass verge i would pick it up, i always have poo bags with ne just in case.
Thankfully its only happened once in 4 years.

Perhaps this is the thread to pose my question. How do you all deal with loose poo? I pick up after mine all the time but hes had a dicky tummy lately and its leaving a....smear on the pavement. Yuck. I do usually have a bottle of water with me to squirt at offending smear and wash it away but sometimes I forget it or DD drinks it and im left red faced on the pavement. Hmm.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 21:03:48

Smeary poo is grim - but at least you try and wash it away. I watched one of our neighbours clear up after her dog outside our front garden, leaving a big streak of the stuff - only for DS1 to skateboard through it <boak>

badasahatter Thu 23-Jan-14 21:11:48

I pick up in streets, in woods, wherever she craps in fact. Mainly because I think that kids, like mine, want to trek in the woods sometimes and go off-path. I would hate to think my dog was responsible for some kid getting ticked off for stepping in shite or being hated by some mom or dad for leaving it behind. I have left it twice in 2 years. Once she'd gone down a slope to poo and I couldn't get down to where it was safely. I just have to keep my fingers crossed kids wouldn't go down there either. The second time was in a wood in autumn. She pooed, I took my eye off the small pile for a minute and then spent 20 minutes looking for it. It's amazing how well caramel coloured poop blends in with fallen, autumnal leaves!

I loathe people who don't pick up. I have picked up poop from the middle of the street on occasions that didn't belong to my dog, just cos I couldn't bear the thought of a little un stepping in it on the way to school.

permaquandry Thu 23-Jan-14 21:18:38

I pick up every time, I even clamber into undergrowth. If it's messy blush I grab a bunch of leaves first with the bag, then the poo.

I live in an area where I counted 15 poos, some massive and almost all in a very obvious place on a very busy canal pavement.

I don't get it, it's disgusting, I don't want my dog treading in it let alone another walker, pram or child etc.

randomfemale Thu 23-Jan-14 21:19:18

My dog is very fussy about where she goes her preferred place is the patch of gravel just outside our front door (which I shovel and bin daily) but if she needs to go when we're out walking she buggers off under some shrubbery so I don't go and pick it up cos there is sod all chance of anyone stepping in it there. She has never ever pooed on a pavement or even in an open field. Must have had a repressed up-bringing grin

StuckOnARollercoaster Thu 23-Jan-14 21:34:23

Having moved to the suburbs after living in a city centre I am horrified by the amount of poo on the streets, and more so now I am pushing a pram and have to sometimes do some very odd manouvers to avoid it - am dreading toddlerhood...
We live on a street where the front gardens aren't fenced off and someone had been letting their dog poo on our lawn. I put up a note on our tree asking them to stop doing it, otherwise I'd have to get cctv to report them to the dog warden. Well the poo stopped until... we have a pickup and one night we left the back uncovered and I suspect the dog owner decided to get their revenge and chucked their poo bag into the back of our car. What I can't believe is that they clearly were offended by my objection and do feel it was their right to let their dog poo on my lawn.

AwesomeMrsFox Thu 23-Jan-14 21:37:04

I am very particular about picking up after my dog too, but.... my very old lab would often drop one or two randomly as she was walking along. I always walked behind her so they weren't missed, but when DCs were babies a neighbour used to sometimes take her out for a walk to help me out. I did notice once to my horror that despite my warning she did not watch and missed it, so I'm sure a few were my dogs. After that I always picked up abandoned poo's on the street/path 'just in case'!

Also I think it is just a very few people who do leave poo, and pretty much always the same ones, if you think over a month that's 30+ poos! I know of 2 people round here - don't have children themselves - who never pick up after their dogs.

Sometimes in the park when their dogs are off lead, people just pretend they haven't seen their dog poo, when you know full well they have (even if not, they should be watching). Would you offer them a bag if you saw that happen?

And my final comment, or more of a question really, what about old people? A really lovely old man used to live in my street and shuffled along each day with his little dog, there is no way he could have bent down to pick up her poo. As it happens the dog owning neighbours always used to look out for his little dogs ones and would pick them up, but I'm sure it is not like this for all neighbourhoods.

DUSTIN Thu 23-Jan-14 21:40:49

I always pick up even if in the country fields or in a wood. Just like someone previously mentioned, if I am walking in that area there is a good chance some else will.
My Uncle has a farm and many dog walkers use his fields to walk around. Unfortunately they don't pick up either much to the annoyance of my uncle who often steps in it when checking fences etc.
Our village has got an anti dog fouling group as it is such a big problem here. Posters were put up in problem areas but someone kept taking them down!! The walk to school is always a challenge, like an obstacle course.

SirChenjin Thu 23-Jan-14 21:42:35

You can buy long handled dog shit scoopers, so no excuse not to pick up if you can't bend down

DUSTIN Thu 23-Jan-14 21:44:22

For elderly owners there are 'poop scoop' contraptions available with long handles to help them pick up after their dog.

DUSTIN Thu 23-Jan-14 21:45:03

cross post x

Wallison Thu 23-Jan-14 21:51:54

All of you stick and flick people or whatever you call yourselves can get to hell. Just because it isn't a path, doesn't mean that your smelly hound's shit is welcome on there. There is a nature reserve near us that would be a lovely environment if it weren't for the huge amounts of dog poo all over it. If you let your filthy dogs shit all over woods, meadows, fields etc then you are ruining things for the rest of us. Just pick it up, ffs. It's not hard. I bet none of you would squat down and curl out a fat one just because you aren't on a road, so why do you think its ok for your dirty mutts to do so?

Canidae Fri 24-Jan-14 07:53:51

Just leaving this hear for Wallison


There are signs saying this all over my nearst woodland walk. It's worth it just to stop people hanging poo bags in hedges. Can't stand people who pick it up just to leave the bag behind.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 08:01:48

When they say stick and flick, please make sure that it's flicked far away from the paths, and not just a couple of feet away where people can still tread in it. Beside the path is not enough.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 24-Jan-14 08:35:27

And stick and flick is against the law in Scotland...

Re lack of bins. Tough shit. Your dog, your responsibility. Why should I be subjected to your dog's shit, just because you can't be arsed to carry home. Yes dog shit is minging, and I wouldn't want to lug it miles, but that doesn't mean you can just leave it there for your convenience!

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 09:05:43

Canidae, grrr. So people are actually being told to leave shit all over the place? Fucking rank.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 09:24:01

Of course, the other problem with this 'stick and flick' nonsense, quite apart from the fact that people should be able to walk where they like without running the risk of treading in your dog's shit, is that kids love sticks and are forever picking them up. So if you've chosen not to do the responsible thing but instead flick it so that people can tread on it, you're also leaving a shitty stick behind for a toddler to pick up. Nice.

EasyToEatTiger Fri 24-Jan-14 09:29:37

Just out of curiosity, if you or your child are caught short in the woods, do you pick up? The number of times I have caught one of my dogs eating what humans have left behind.... Yes I pick up!

pollyputthekettleonagain Fri 24-Jan-14 09:29:57

the reason why im asking is simple

my dd asks me.. why dont people pick up thier dogs poo?

and i dont have an answer for her. I know what I think, but it isnt appropriate to share with a 10 year old

I wondered if there were any reasonable explainations....

EasyToEatTiger Fri 24-Jan-14 09:35:05

There is a hell of a lot less dog poo left on the pavements these days then in the 70s. Really, you couldn't leave the house without treading in something revolting. I think the people who leave turds on the pavement are the same people who expect and assume that other people are there to clean up after them. Dog turds are just a symptom.

So, wallison, by adhering to the guidelines set out by the forestry commission and National Trust, dog owners are still not being responsible?

itsallgoingtobefine - I fully take on board your point ref carrying poo bags home, folk should just take responsibility, however far that means carrying the bag. But, sadly, it doesn't seem to work that way. I visit two local parks quite regularly. One has poo bins literally every 200 metres round the popular walks. I rarely see dog poo on the floor. The other one doesn't, hardly has any, and it's more of an issue. I am not saying that's right at all, but it's a fact. I guess of you give folk the means to bin it, they are more likely to.

See, I did that whole post without swearing! smile

Shall I introduce cat poo into the thread? Bloomin' cats always pooing in my garden and lazy, good for nothing owners never clearing it up wink

Guess it's like fly tipping, there's regular refuse collections and loads of local tips, yet a small minority will still do it.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 09:44:54

needastrongone, I should have thought it perfectly obvious that if you leave poo lying around - yes, even off the path, because people have a perfect right not to stay on paths when they are walking through woods/nature reserves etc - you aren't being responsible. If the guidelines disagree with that, then the guidelines are wrong. And if you're too much of a precious flower to carry your dog's shit around because there aren't enough bins (provided at tax-payer expense) for your liking, maybe you shouldn't have a dog.

ouryve Fri 24-Jan-14 09:46:10

Thumbcat - someone did that with their German Shepherd, right in view of our lollipop lady, a few years ago. LL confronted her, but she didn't give a hoot (was going to say didn't give a shit, but it seeemd wrong, in this case)

In the recent winters when we've had snow on the ground for a month solid, I can't tell you how rvolting the pavements are when it all melts. Eurgh.

Did I at any point say I didn't carry my poo bags around in a public park? I do, actually, whatever the distance. I was making a general observation, read the post...

Ref the guidelines being wrong, perhaps you should write to the forestry commission and national trust respectively.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 09:50:06

I was also making a general observation ('you' used in the general sense). But thanks for telling me what I should do about you being manky enough to leave shit all over the fucking place.

BettyMacdonald Fri 24-Jan-14 09:51:38

Polly my 7&4 year old have asked me the same question. I tell them it's because some people are lazy, dirty bad selfish. I tell them the same about people who litter <yes, teenagers next door, I am looking at you, thank you so much for chucking your takeaway chicken box in my front garden. Again>.

I have a 4 minute walk to school with my 3 children, one of which is still in a buggy. Yesterday I counted 8 lots of dog poo. Fuckers. They should be made to clean it with their toothbrush. <and breathe>

BettyMacdonald Fri 24-Jan-14 09:52:04

* and, not bad. Although they are bad!

MrsBennetsEldest Fri 24-Jan-14 09:59:41

£75 fine here, and Dog Wardens will find you.

I have 4 dogs and pick up every time regardless of where we are. My DSs pick up too, every coat/car we have has poo bags in.

I have offered bags to people who I have seen walk away. It's disgusting.

ghostofawasp Fri 24-Jan-14 10:01:19

Part of the reason I wanted to get a dog was because after moving to a market town that is paved with shit I started to despise all dogs, which I realised wasn't fair and if I had one I might stop being so annoyed at the whole species. I'm aware that sounds totally insane and it wasn't the only reason of course but it has helped! I always pick up because you can't rant about dog crap like I have always done and then start adding to the problem. I'm even debating taking out a fairy liquid bottle filled with soapy water to clear up after the less tidy ones he does...

moocowmrs Fri 24-Jan-14 10:08:30

Please always pick up when in grazed fields farmed land etc, disease is passed to cattle causing major problems for farmers.

Aked Fri 24-Jan-14 10:20:54

I pick up, because I also have two small children, and a pushchair and therefore have been on the receiving end of people NOT picking up. We live on National Trust land, and unless the dog is right under a bush doing her business, I pick it up every time, even off the path, because the kids run right through the trees, not just on the path.

I don't think anyone will come on and admit to not.

ShadowOfTheDay Fri 24-Jan-14 10:21:53

We all pick up the poop wherever..... I have 2 girls - 11 and 13 and they are indignant that anyone could believe that they wouldn't scoop the poop....

it also gets to me that people will scoop next to another pile of poop - but leave the one that someone else has left behind.. how hard is it to pick up the other bit too!

if out walking <saint halo being polished here> I often end up scooping OTHER DOGS' POOP that has been left in a bloomin awful place - on pavement usually... because I wouldn't want to walk in it... and hate the fact that some dog owners are so irresponsible and give us a bad name....

Our neighbourhood is gradually getting the message, I haven't had to scoop others round here for a couple of months now.... I think if the pavements are clean, people are less likely to leave it.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 10:33:48

I guess of you give folk the means to bin it, they are more likely to


2 things wrong with that. Firstly - personal responsibility. It's not up to the Council to provide the bins, it's up to dog owners to take responsibility for their mutt's shit, scoop it and bin it. Secondly - responsible dog owners will not leave dog shit even if it means carrying the bag for a few miles. Irresponsible selfish fuckers dog owners don't care two hoots if there are 20 bins in the vicinity.

Mumto3dc Fri 24-Jan-14 10:36:50

I have a theory that at least some dog poo on pavements is left by old people who either can't see well enough or can't bend down properly to pick it up.

Sorry if someone already said this, I haven't read the whole thread.

ghostofawasp Fri 24-Jan-14 10:39:12

What happens with guide dogs? I assume that their poo must get left?

Canidae Fri 24-Jan-14 10:43:04

I can't pick up other dog poo, makes me urge and feel sick for ages. I can carry around my own dog's poop for hours but can't touch it from another dog.

Last week I had two bags of poop on my walk and merrily started walking home only to realise I had lost one bag. I spent 20 mins retracing my steps, in the dark, with a torch trying to find the stupid bag of poo! Almost did a happy dance when I found it and could go home.

Floralnomad Fri 24-Jan-14 10:49:55

I think I read somewhere that guide dogs are trained to go on command so that it does get picked up . Also being old is no excuse ,if you're too old to pick up after your dog you shouldn't have one . We have a bin shortage where I live so you take your bag home and bin it or vary your way home to take in a bin .

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 10:51:10

There are long handled poop scoopers for people who either can't bend down or who prefer to scoop at arms length.

pollyputthekettleonagain Fri 24-Jan-14 11:32:45

i see that people are brazen enough to allow thier dogs to do it but not bold enough to admit it.

I think that says a lot too.

Floralnomad Fri 24-Jan-14 11:36:21

You can make two assumptions from this thread
1. The people who post in doghouse are on the whole responsible owners
2. Most people on this thread are women so it's probably men who don't pick up after their dogs , which is what I think anyway .

pollyputthekettleonagain Fri 24-Jan-14 11:58:51

i think that there are men on here too!

i think its outrageous to blame dog poo on MEN!

the conclusion i have drawn is that if the dog owner cant see anyone around they will leave the mess behind.

we have a nt property with lots of trees etc. we always stray off the path becuase all you can smell close to the path is dog shit. Unfortunatley some dogs dont stay on the path....YUK.

they say kids dont play in the woods often enough. Proably cos they get loads of hassle when they come home covered in dog shit

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 12:09:45

How can you get that conclusion from all the posts that say that they do pick up dog poo.

You didn't want anyone to admit, you just want to be right. You have your own issues against dogs/dog owners and it doesn't matter what people say, you wont listen.

What was the point of making the thread in that case?

mousmous Fri 24-Jan-14 12:38:07

non-dogowner here.
may I ask a question?
in the us dogs often are trained to shit into the gutter. would that be ok in uk? or even possible, as the gutters here tend to have a grid above?

hmc Fri 24-Jan-14 12:50:24

I pick up off the pavement ALWAYS, as per others on this thread when in the woods if in the undergrowth I flick with a stick or bury it - but i pick up if on a woodland path or near to it. To get over the eww factor I use disposable latex gloves as well as poo bags - then I don't have to worry about accidental poo / skin contact!

I do have a problem with one of my dogs though - if we are walking alongside each other (lead walking on pavement) she will poo as we are walking without even breaking her stride. Unless I keep turning around every few metres I am completely unaware that she has done it! I do keep checking though and i sincerely hope that I've never missed it!

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 13:10:09

the conclusion i have drawn is that if the dog owner cant see anyone around they will leave the mess behind

I don't think that's fair. There are plenty of dog owners who pick up, regardless of whether or not they can be seen, and there are plenty who don't care if anyone sees them - they just won't scoop. There are a third group of chancers who won't scoop if no-one can see them, but I don't think you can lump all the non-scoopers together.

Floralnomad Fri 24-Jan-14 13:32:20

The OP obviously has an agenda so this is a pointless thread . I suggest she just tell her daughter that all dog owners are liars as that's basically what she has called us . Thanks .

curiousgeorgie Fri 24-Jan-14 13:33:20

I've had a couple of occasions where I haven picked it up but all total accidents... One was walking from the car to the dog groomer and didn't have my little clip of bags... Literally didn't know what to do but told the groomer who said she'd deal with it..

And another time in the park when my DD fell over quite badly and I was juggling carrying her, holding the lead and my bag and trying to get her to the car and my dog went twice as he was being pulled along.

I don't think people actively leave it on purpose.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 13:33:37

Actually, there are people on here who have said that they don't pick up if the shit isn't on a path; and that's from people who would presumably call themselves 'responsible owners'.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 13:34:44

I don't think people actively leave it on purpose

I disagree. There are plenty who definitely leave it on purpose.

Always pick up in the street, fields, paths etc. We live in a very rural area, so if the dog goes in long grass, undergrowth or in the woods I don't bother.

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 13:49:33

Actually, there are people on here who have said that they don't pick up if the shit isn't on a path; and that's from people who would presumably call themselves 'responsible owners'

Wallison, do you mean the people that are following the instructions set out by the forestry commission and NT? Because that's the only ones I can see otherwise.

I'm lucky in that I walk the mutts over land that is own and maintained by the MOD. The public aren't allowed on it. We pick up, or we 'stick and flick' into the brambles if we are following the woods route. When the woods started being used for training again we picked up, otherwise we don't need to. I've got a rucksack that has a special 'poo pocket' for times when I am nowhere near a bin and MuttDog cannot wait. They are becoming very popular.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 14:02:46

Whatever instructions they are following, they are leaving their dogs' shit for other people to tread on. I don't much care who has said that is ok; it clearly isn't, and it's scummy behaviour.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 14:08:27

Those aren't 'instructions' LtEve - those are an alternative option to leaving your mutt's bagged shit lying about the place. The preferred option, of course, would be to pick it up - given that you can see it to flick it, then you can see it to pick it - and take it home or put it in the nearest dog bin. Sticking and flicking isn't an option up here in Scotland I am delighted to say.

pollyputthekettleonagain Fri 24-Jan-14 14:20:16

i do not have an agenda at all. and im open to suggestions thats why i didnt state my opionion at the start.

I still havent head anyone admit to it or come up with a good reason for leaving it behind!

Polly, why do you want to have someone admit it? What would be your retort?

I understand that there's a conflict of opinion re the flick a stick thing, but you are talking about those folk who leave the poo on the street, which everyone on the thread, dog owner or not, wouldn't seem to a agree with. smile

hmc Fri 24-Jan-14 14:48:40

Do you live in the countryside or the town Wallison? ...Because it you lived in the New Forest (where New Forest ponies, pigs and cows all graze and shit plenty on the common land, not to mention the fox poo) you would understand the futility of picking up when your dog goes in the undergrowth - obviously on a path you pick up.

These aren't beautifully manicured lawns where children frolic; people wear wellies or walking boots pretty much year round, because even when it's been sunny there are still muddy bits. Around 90% of the people you see are also dog walkers. In a heatwave we get the odd day tripper - who generally sits about 6 feet away from their vehicle in a deckchair.

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 15:20:01

The dog walks we do, including the ones on MOD land, have a variety of animals. Today, on our lunchtime walk of only 45 mins we saw three Munt Jack, shed loads of rabbits and pheasant, some cows, squirrels, and the remains of one deer and a couple of birds - which point to foxes. BrownThing decided to roll in some particularly stinky fox shite as well.

None of those animals bag their own shite. All our dogs 'business' is in the undergrowth, where no human will go, whereas the wild animal shite is all over.

None of my 'dog friends' would leave dog shite in the open. I don't know a single person that does. The streets where I live are full of dogs (11 houses in my street alone, one empty, 7 dogs) but aren't full of shit. I feel sorry for anyone who lives somewhere where this is a problem.

pollyputthekettleonagain Fri 24-Jan-14 15:28:54

well, id like to hear someone admit it.

I just wondered that whoever is allowing this to happen....well they know it is wrong dont they?

ghostofawasp Fri 24-Jan-14 15:30:40

I don't know that they do, I think it's a nigh on psychopathic disregard for others.

Wallison Fri 24-Jan-14 16:05:01

I live in a city, hmc, where what precious wild common land we have which should be open to all to be enjoyed is instead covered in dog shit both on the path and also in fields/woods. It mars people's enjoyment of the area and I know plenty of people who just don't let their kids run around in the woods because of it. This makes me cross because people should take precedence over shitting dogs.

frogwatcher42 Fri 24-Jan-14 16:14:32

I would hope that people pick it up regardless of where the dog poos but they don't. Even if its in the undergrowth, kids go off track and can stand in it.

The worst I think is on agri land. I know a farmer who laughs about the householders around his onion field throwing their dog poos over the fences onto the field. Not sure if its true or just a dinner party story but he reckons the same onions will go to supermarket or market with no washing and be covered in dog crap that goes into the machines and gets smeared around as it goes over the piles of poo from the gardens during harvest. Same with the other crops although presumably they are rinsed.

I have lost count of the number of times I have gone to pick out horse hooves after a ride and having gone across the public area of rough ground just before the field, the horse has stood in dog poo. Then I have to handle it to pick the hooves. Bleugh.

Just pick it up where-ever dog does it and there is no problem.!!!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 24-Jan-14 16:20:31

Apart from foxes (who's poo is generally much firmer and smallerbthan dogs') most poo you find in the countryside is from vegetarians which is far less unpleasant than meat-eaters' poo.

I pretty sure if you did a common British wildlife and dog poo line up the dog poo would be the most easily smelt and the most unpleasant to handle, by far.

Saying that other animals shit in the wild is a pretty poor argument really.

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 16:21:55

I would hope that people pick it up regardless of where the dog poos but they don't. Even if its in the undergrowth, kids go off track and can stand in it

If the kids went into the undergrowth where I walk, dog poo would be the least of their troubles.

frogwatcher42 Fri 24-Jan-14 16:27:09

What sort of undergrowth is there round you then Dallas. I am intrigued.

Floralnomad Fri 24-Jan-14 16:29:07

lteve , precisely, the only places I wouldn't pick up are where nobody would be going ie thick brambles ,nettles etc, dog poo would be the least of your concerns . I also agree with the person up thread who said if you can get at the poo to flick it with a stick you are close enough to pick it up .

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 24-Jan-14 16:29:51

Me too smile What's so bad that a dog can happily squat there, but that a child can't go there?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 24-Jan-14 16:32:48

Are you sure no-one us going to be there. As a conservation volunteer our tasks often involve things like hacking back brambles/nettles/thick rhododendron etc. And no it is not pleasant to have to hose the dog shit off everyone's feet after. And what about people blackberrying etc.

Just bevause you/your offspring wouldn't choose to walk there doesn't mean that otherels won't. And if your dog can squat happily there it can't be that bad

NCISaddict Fri 24-Jan-14 16:34:05

I think Dallas is talking about private MOD land, all sorts of things might be in the undergrowth there.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 24-Jan-14 16:35:41

I think Dallas is talking about private MOD land, all sorts of things might be in the undergrowth there

Can't be that bad if she let's her dog run free

frogwatcher42 Fri 24-Jan-14 16:36:42

But would Dallas let her dog run around on MOD land if there are dangers - or is it a trained MOD dog?

hmc Fri 24-Jan-14 16:36:52

"If the kids went into the undergrowth where I walk, dog poo would be the least of their troubles." - Exactly, they would be ripped to shreds by thorns.

It's all about context; bit of managed woodland in an urban environment - I would pick up, but utterly pointless where I walk

frogwatcher42 Fri 24-Jan-14 16:37:58

And my horse happily plods through most types of undergrowth including nettles and brambles. We often have to get off the path to avoid walkers. Dog poo in his hooves is vile as it gets smeared in the shoes.

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 17:12:35

Sorry had a homework meltdown grin.

The MOD land that we walk our dogs in is surrounded by thick bastard brambles as an extra trespass deterrent. We have had to cut some of the dogs free before now, and by that I mean cutting both the brambles and the dogs fur. We've had split ears and tongues sad. Most of the dogs are working Springers used to flushing Pheasant so they charge in heedlessly. We hate the bastard brambles. The dogs don't poo in there, well except from the Zoid, that's where we flick it.

There are walking paths alongside the brambles for the security patrols. If the dogs go on the grass there we pick it up.

There are also hidden ditches and fox holes/badger setts. You wouldn't know they were there until the dog suddenly disappears underground. If a child actually got through the brambles without losing an eye they'd probably break a leg.

The more open wooded areas are used for Search training, so lots of 'bombs' (not live). The instructors ask us not to pick up if the dogs to there because 1) we might walk into a boobytrapped area and 2) apparently dog shite makes it more 'real'

The public are not allowed to walk there (except during a hunt/cull) and no riders would want to.

NCISaddict Fri 24-Jan-14 17:21:54

Totally derailing thread blush I love walking on our local MOD land, it is open to the public(when the red flag is down) and is fenced so good for my puppy, most of the dogs walked there are well trained and I feel really safe. Miles of countryside and woods to walk in. I think most of the forces people I come into contact with are very 'doggy' people.

Good training opportunities when the really baby cadets are training as I'm teaching mine to leave anyone running and it provides loads of practice.

Owllady Fri 24-Jan-14 17:22:50

The fields I walk on are full of all sorts of poo, even human most probably. It's poo central

But there is no excuse for not picking up on pathways, even public rural ones.

LtEveDallas Fri 24-Jan-14 17:29:27

<<generalising wildly>>. I think most military people are very dog friendly NCISAddict. We can have dogs in work in most places, and that includes the civilian staff. Today in my office alone we had 2 Labs, 2 Lurchers, 1 Rottie and 1 mutt (mine!). Down the corridor there were 2 JRTs and a Springer.

Furthermore they have to be well trained, good recall etc or they wouldn't be allowed to stay. I'm dreading a 'normal' job where I can't take the Mutt sad

Owllady Fri 24-Jan-14 17:49:14

I met someone on the isle of Wight ferry who had a dog, as did I, who lived on the air base down the road from me smile
He was well behaved too

bellasuewow Sat 25-Jan-14 19:12:42

I always pick up after mine because not to is gross and their poos are tiny. However there is a lot of dog pooh around and I think some of it is there because owners do not always see their little darling do it if off lead so some of the pooh I do give benefit of the doubt to however if on the street all the dogs are on leads so that is really reprehensible. If you don't have a bag someone else will.

TheArticFunky Sat 25-Jan-14 23:52:32

My childhood dog was trained to poo on command. If she went on a short walk she wouldn't poo until she got home, on a long walk she was only allowed to do it on grass and wouldn't do it until she was given permission to do so.

I remember once when we were out she had an upset tummy and when we came home she had done a poo by the back door. She was crying with her paws over her ears, it was an accident so she wasn't reprimanded but she was so mortified she kept her paws over her face all evening and wouldn't look at anyone. Poor thing.

mrslaughan Sun 26-Jan-14 00:31:34

I walk most of the time on national trust land, where they ask you it "stick, and flick" which I do
What does my head in is seeing a full poo bag carefully hung on a tree, or hedge.....it would be better flicked into long grass, or carried to the nearest bin.
Footpaths , paths where you are supposed to pick up, I pick up.....

But OP obviously wanted to catch us all out....

Mrsantithetic Sun 26-Jan-14 01:10:46

The only time I have left dog poo is when my dog shit on the front path of the house opposite.

He had let his dog shit outside my house for two years and once threw a beer bottle at my dog ehen he was drunk.

It was 1am. We were returning from a lovely walk, clear night, dog off lead. He spotted the gate open and bold as brass walked in the mans garden took a huge shit on his path and walked back out.

I figured that was dogs way of saying Fk you and left it.

He's dead now (dog not man ) but I'll never forget the glee on that old dogs face when he spotted his chance to get even wink

But usually no. I don't condone it

hairypaws Sat 08-Feb-14 11:55:31

One of my dog walking friends forgot poo bags and had to pick it up with a tissue and carry that to a bin.

SirChenjin Sat 08-Feb-14 13:33:02

Stick and flick is not compulsory - it's an option preferable to leaving it lying about or in a bag that you can't be arsed to put in a bin. The NT in Scotland doesn't give you the option at all, thankfully.

The preferred option, of course, is that instead of bending down to flick it into areas where kids might roam you bend down, put it in a bag and either bin it or take it home.

sweetkitty Sat 08-Feb-14 16:19:55

One of my pet hates too, at the bottom of our road is a park and a primary school all pavements are covered in dog poo even outside the school, there's bins with huge piles of poo outside them.

My dog does huge poos there's no way I would leave one, I picked up another one this morning as well but the playing fiends are covered as is every grass verge.

I've seen people drive to start of the playing fields let their dog out the car, they sit whilst dog shits then call dog back in the car and drive off hmm

SecretSix Tue 11-Feb-14 17:59:26

I am obsessive about picking up, don't even leave it in woodland. Our park is vile at the moment and the odd thing is I never see anyone leaving it. Do they sneak out in the dark? Drives me nuts.

Would do the "I've got spare bags if you've forgotten yours" if I saw them.

Cakeismymaster Tue 11-Feb-14 18:51:17

I've had 2 dog poo confrontations. First, on grass area by the local primary school. Me - excuse me your dog just did a poo there, please can you pick it up? Him- where? No he didn't. Cue me showing him the offending poo - owner studies it then goes 'that's not from my dog' and walks off.... I picked it up myself. And whenever I see that guy now I very loudly go 'LOOK, it's the man who doesn't pick up his dogs poo'
Second one, in local park. Woman sat on park bench, dog roaming around and does a poo on grass by the bench. I go over and point this out, woman gets up, walks off and shouts 'I will pick it up on the way back, I've got no bags'. I say I've got bags! But she walks off swearing..

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