Dog poop(82 Posts)
After another local Facebook thread about piles of dog poo in our area it got me thinking about why dog owners won't pick up?
Aibu to ask exactly why people don't pick up after their dogs? Is it laziness? Forgotten dog poo bags? Lack of bins? Or just don't you agree with it? Do you view it the same as cat or fox poo for example.
Is anyone brave enough to admit on here that they don't always pick up and explain why?
Can't help you I'm afraid. I always pick up - would be mortified to inadvertently miss one and have someone tell me/see me.
Ugh I cannot stand dog owners who don't pick up their dog's poo. Vile creatures, and I always hope they step in it the next day when it's still lying there.
The piles of dog poo that have angered people this week are right outside a primary school, so every kid has been stepping in it and prams being pushed through it. Disgusting!
What goes through the owners head... their dog does a giant poo in the middle of pavement. I just don't get why you wouldn't pick it up!
Because some owners are selfish idiots.
Others will pick up on paths but not if it's in a field or away from the path, which may stop humans stepping in it but I've seen my dog run through more than one pile of shit accidentally so it's still not great < not envy.
I caught someone who was about to leave some on the edge of my elderly neighbour^'^s front garden last year. They were yanking their dog away (obviously mortified but no excuse) until I shouted 'do you need a bag' before they had the chance to vanish. Vile behaviour.
I am a dog owner. I always pick up.
There is no excuse not too.
People who don’t are just lazy, selfish feckers.
End of story.
Most dog owners do pick up, it will only take one or two to leave it every time in the same area for it to get bad.
It is disgusting though, where I live it's the same people that spit everywhere who leave it, filthy bastards.
Today, I was on a walk and I realised I had run out of poo bags. I looked around and found a littered biscuit wrapper that I used to try and pick up as much as I could (getting more on my hands then I cared for ). There was some left but I honestly couldn't do any more.
If I can be bothered to do that, then people have no excuse.
Honestly I think it’s just laziness and not giving a shit (pun intended). They’re happy to have a cute pet and all the fun bits of having a dog, but don’t want to do the grubby bits, and don’t care about that poo once they leave. They’ve gone, so it has no impact on them – they don’t care if anyone steps in it, or the mess it causes – it’s no longer in their sphere of caring.
I live in Central London. There are a fair number of dog owners in the area. I haven't seen any dog poo on pavements around here in a long, long time. The great majority of dog owners or walkers are very diligent and these kinds of threads seem more anecdotal then reflect a lot of UK streets. Ironically, more people casually litter although that seems to have gotten better too. It’s the kind of subject matter people love to moan about despite in reality it being far less of an issue.
I always do- I did go out once without bags though in a rush but thankfully it was a wooded path and blended in
I live in the countryside and dog owners seem to think it's ok just to leave piles of poo in the grass as it's not on a pavement.
I absolutely hate it. My kids are constantly getting it on the shoes and up they're trousers. It makes me mad. PICK IT UP wherever the dog poos, countryside or not people still walk along footpaths or verges.
It would also seem that because it's the countryside people think it's ok to not have their dogs on leads and let them come running up barking and jumping at me and my kids. My kids are terrified of dogs due to bad experiences like this. I hate hue they jump up and scratch me and put their muddy paws on my clean trousers and their disgusting dog drool on my clothes. Grrrr!
Dog owners clear up your dogs poo and control your dogs behaviour. Even in the countryside.
I live in Central London. There are a fair number of dog owners in the area. I haven't seen any dog poo on pavements around here in a long, long time
Could that be because boroughs such as Westminster have a penalty fine of £500 if you leave dog poo on the pavement (and lots of cctv)?
I work in Central London but live in an outer suburb. We definitely have plenty of poo on the pavements, parks in our suburb though lots of us are responsible dog owners and pick up our dog's poo (and sometimes that of others too).
Always pick up. I've even sacrificed a sock the one time I forgot bags. It was so sad, it was a beautiful sock
I am a country living dog owner. Yes, if I am walking down a lane and I have run out / forgotten / given way my last bag and the hound decides to do an extra poo I will Stick and Flick in to the base of a hedge (road side not through to the other side)..
Otherwise I bag it and bin it, there are always specific poo bins and brightly coloured posters, apparently designed by local school kids, telling me I must do so
But I do wonder how they dispose of poo and plastic bags, so I had a quick look, it is quite contradictory!
Flamingdinosaur Fuck sake, a sock! That would have been so much better than a discarded biscuit wrapper and getting it all over my hands! Why did I not think of that
The sock is amazing! I would never have thought of that! Clever, very clever
Also, in answer to your original question, I can't honestly say I've picked up every single poo. There have been times hes run off and I've seen him squat but by the time I've get there, I couldn't find it. I've done the stick and flick a few times.
But I never leave it on a path, garden, park etc.
Its disgusting,we get a fair bit where we live too.If I see a dog pooing I always watch the owners,if they didn't pick it up I would definitely say something its gross
On my first visit to Battersea Park (with dd’s dogs) I was really surprised to find out doggy bags were NOT provided. I did what I could using leaves.
Where I’m from bags are available everywhere, not the UK.
It's the same mentality of people who fly tip. "Once I have left the scene and can't see it any more it's not my problem and I don't care"
I always pick up my dogs poo. I once forgot bags and went straight home then back in the car to pick up. It was right in the middle of the pavement! I think people who don't pick up their dogs poo are serial offenders. There's a whole load on our route to school over various and it all looks the same weird orangey colour yuk
The one time I didn't pick up, I corgot the bags, went straight back home, got bags, returned and picked it up.
Some arse has let their dog leave a multi-log dog poop right where my dog goes (opposite our flat) and haven't picked up. I'm pissed AF because anyone could walk in that, it's on a bit of grass which I think will become a pavement when they finish the housing estate so it's used a lot. And, people are us take the dog there several times a day and I don't want to be pinned with the blame because we take a stack of bags out each time because dog sometimes goes twice. You know, the inconvenient ive-just-tied-the-bag second poop.
OH is older than me and when he grew up you didn't have to pick up poops by law. He didn't. I've stressed to him that under no circumstances is he to leave poop. He has a poop phobia type issue and I'm proud of him for managing to pick up.
If poop-phobic people, people with just socks or people with just a stick or biscuit wrapper can do it then anyone can.
Anyone who’s getting on a little will remember a time when there was a great deal more dogshit everywhere - the idea of picking up your dog’s crap would have seemed ridiculous. If you were a really conscientious owner you dragged Rover into the gutter for him to do his business. In the same way that people don’t think it’s Ok to drive half cut anymore, I think most people do pick up after their dogs now - attitudes have definitely changed. However, that’s not much comfort if you’ve just now stepped in shit. I’m afraid there will always be a hardcore of selfish, antisocial, irresponsible people.
Yes! The days of white dog poo being absolutely everywhere are long gone - other colours available, obviously.
We just need people my age to fuck off and die, then there won't be anyone left alive from the pre-poo-bag era
My ex bil used to let their little dog out of their flat totally unsupervised - he used to just wander freely around the grassy area in front of the flats, pavement and parking areas merrily shitting allover the shop. Lazy twat couldn't be arsed to walk him.
I did point out that kids could be blinded by it, he really didn't care. I think that's all it is - people don't give a fuck.
I think people who don't pick up dog poo are sad, embittered and disaffected. Its their way of protesting against the fucked up world and their fucked up place in it......or they're just selfish feckers.
Never pick up dog poo (apart from the garden) - I live in the back of beyond and the only people I see are driving tractors.
On the other hand I collect 7 wheelbarrows of horse shit every day!
I live in a rural village, no pavements, very agricultural. Have no problem picking up pop and always do so. What I object to is having to carry it for miles. Just one pop bin in the village.
I don't think anyone is going to confess on a thread like this that they don't pick up their dog's shit. I know that the majority of dog owners are responsible and wouldn't dream of leaving dog shit on the ground. But quite obviously there are a lot that don't.
This is one of the many reasons why I don't have a dog. I don't want to pick warm poo up with just a bag between me and it. Then carry a poo handbag along til I find a bin.
I do own a cat who uses a litter tray but she buries poo in the litter and I can use the scoop.
Somebody on another thread mentioned 'stick and flick' but I am not sure what that is.
Always pick up our dog's poo and occasionally the poo from other dogs too.
I have seen dogs on leads being dragged along behind their owners. The poor dog has been squatting and pooping and then being throttled as it is dragged along further while the owner seems oblivious. I think this must be one of the reasons for the poos that spread out for yards along the path. Don't have a dog if you can't pick up the poop!
Where I live dog poo is worse than ever. Definitely worse than I remember as a kid
What I don't understand is the ones who bag the poo but then leave the bag in the middle of the pavement. Standing on squishy dog poo is bad enough; standing in it in a plastic bag so you slip and nearly go flying is worse, even if your shoes stay clean.
I saw a man walking along yesterday and he blew his nose directly on to the pavement outside of a children's play area. I'm guessing that's the same sort of person who leaves dog shit behind. Some people just don't give a teeny tiny fuck about anything other than themselves and their convenience.
There are instances where I don't pick up my dog's mess, let me share:
- If we are walking and its not on the path (ie if we're in the woods and it's deep into the woodland)
- If there are a lack of poo bins around, forcing me to carry a stinking bag of poo for the remainder of the walk
- If its a tiny poo, its not worth the plastic in picking it up.
Usually I will leave it if it meets 2 or more of these criteria, (ie not on pathway and no bins around), seems acceptable to leave it.
I'd never leave dog poo on the pavement or somewhere it's likely to be trodden in.
When I was a teenager I used to not always pick up because I didn't want anyone from school to see me carrying a bag of dog poo as I would have found it really embarrassing. Now I feel embarrassed and stupid that I didn't pick up...
Oh yuck... I had a bloody crap (excuse the pun) time recently cleaning all the dog crap off my pushchair wheels of my Urbo after some
arsehole person couldn’t be bothered to pick up their pet’s poo on our estate.
It was the only time I had been pleased I didn’t have a pushchair with proper tyres and lots of small grooves on the wheels...
MIL doesn't (no longer a dog owner, but does look after family's) she is so disgusted by the idea of picking it up, she wouldn't allow us to put our bagged dogs poo in their outside bin when we stayed there. Still not sure if she wanted me to just leave it in the garden...
I use biodegrable bags do not 'wasting plastic' to pick up a small poo.
I pick up everywhere as pick up poo is not about keeping the environment clean it is actually about human health. The original campaign in the 1980s was to prevent toxocara and Echinococcus infection in humans. As a result of the campaign human infection fell by 75% it is now on the rise again due the misconception that 'stick and flick' is okay or people no longer picking up.
Stick and flick in the countryside has lead to a 1000% increase in sheep carcass condemnation at the slaughter houses due to Echinococcus infection. This is cost the UK sheep farmers 1000s in lost income.
All dog poo should be picked up no matter where you are to protect human health.
U.K. law states that you should always have a poo bag with you when out with your dog so if your dog occasionally does two poos you need to leave the house with at least three bags.
Look up Hydatid cyst and you will discover how important to human health this is.
Someone left a massive dog poo outside our primary school - a while ago now, when at least one of my dc was still there..- I mentioned it at the office because to me the easiest solution was caretaker blasting it into gutter.. To be told "it's not his job" by school administrator!! I replied no it isn't whilst its there outside his house, but when every child and parent have traipsed it onto playground and into changing rooms I assume then it will be his MUCH bigger job? Idiots! He was hosing it as I left the playground but plenty had trodden it by then! I have dogs and I clean up religiously, I loathe people who leave it for others to contend with.
I spray turds with bright coloured chalk paint to stop people walking through them (hopefully). I don't have a dog but look longingly at them as they pass.
There is one lazy bastard that leaves them here, it is round a corner, not directly outside a house so not easy to spot who it is.
My DP has confronted people in the street several times for leaving dog poo. They always clam up and don’t know what to say! Its brilliant to watch, although I would never do it myself as we live in a rough area and I am tiny and much less scary looking than DP. It’s a disgrace and it totally drags the whole area down, which leads to even more people not picking it up!
I used to live somewhere where there were hardly any dog poo bins or bins of any description and hated carrying around a bag(s) (my dog likes to poo quite soon after leaving the house and then go about another 4 times!) but I did every time.
I now live somewhere where there are loads of dog poo bins but I still see quite a bit of dog poo on the pavements. One considerate owner let their dog do a massive poo right outside my front gate and a delivery driver walked in it.
Once my dog did more poos than I had bags for and I actually knocked at someone's door and asked if they had a carrier bag I could have.
I usually have a bottle of water with me too for my dog to have a drink and on the rare occasion that the poo is a bit runny I can wash it away.
I've thought about this and think it's down to pride in where you live and where you walk your dog. If you loved it and had attachment to it and felt it had worth and value you wouldn't leave shit on it. You have to care about your streets. I think that a lot of people don't feel part of their communities for a huge variety of reasons and this makes it easy to not really care what happens to it.
There will also be a few people who literally don't give a shit but I don't think that's the whole reason in a lot of cases.
I always pick up. The only times I haven't are once when my dog had the runs and did a (liquid) poo in the middle of a patch of nettles and knew I'd get stung to hell and not be able to pick much up) and once at night when I searched for ages using my phone torch and couldn't find it - I thought I had and bagged it but it was a cold poo so must have been some other dogs poo )
I used to be a park ranger and mowing parks and alongside footpaths and getting sprayed in poo is not pleasant. It takes 2 seconds to pick up ffs.
I think the majority of mnetters pick up so just don't have this mentality, although some of them will do the flick and stick which as a pp has pointed out has pretty awful environmental consequences but that's more ignorance than anything else. The types who don't pick up at all are probably the arsehole types. We all know the ones I mean. They think that having an aggressive dog is a status symbol, they don't look after their dogs properly in terms of socialising/behaviour management etc, their own gardens are full of shit so they obviously won't care about public places. I should imagine few of them are on mumsnet so we're unlikely to get any insight as to their motivation here.
If you dont like walking around with dog poo bags full of poo I suggest you don't own a dog
We always pick up, we have several dogs. We make sure we carry vast amounts of bags with us when we take them out - and yes, we've been known to carry dog poo bags for miles in the countryside. Even if you're in the middle of nowhere, and you think that it won't be stood in, it can have major effects on livestock - cows, horses, sheep, pigs, etc - can all be affected by it, as well as humans.
We've recently bought a Dicky Bag (like a mini dog poo cool bag) to carry poo in when we can't bin it easily - that contains a freshner thing, and space for quite a few poo bags, and clips onto leads or coats or belts, so will hopefully make it much less vile to carry distances.
I was sat enjoying the weather in the park today. A lady rode by on a mobile scooter with a little pug dog. She was asking passers by if they would pick up the mess her dog made. She had bags and hand sanitizer ready in her basket. One young lad obligingly stopped to help. Never seen that before.
The one and only time I didn't pick up was because I put a different coat on and somehow forgot to grab some poo bags out the cupboard - however I bumped into a fellow dog walker a few minutes later and asked them for a spare bag and went back for it. If I hadnt bumped into someone my plan was to ask for a carrier bag from the corner shop further down, I can't stand other people leaving dog poo so I would have been a hypocrite to leave it myself.
On my mums estate (I'm on their FB page, I like to keep an eye of things around there as we are planning to move there in a few years time), the local school did a competition for kids to make posters to remind/tell people to pick up the dog poo and the winning poster got made up in bulk by a local printing business owned by a family who lived on the estate for free and volunteers put them up all over the estate. By all accounts this has worked well as there's less FB posts complaining about dog poo!
Sweeping statement. All dog owners?
We pick up our dogs mess and other dogs mess that might be round it - for fear of accusations.
Can't stand it and don't understand those that bother bagging then hanging???
no bin is NOT an excuse for not picking up. I have a padded container which has 2 compartments. A big one to put your used bag full of dog poo in and a smaller one for unused poo bags.
If you can’t be bothered to pick up dog poo you shouldn’t own a dog, simples.
Family - thanks, couldn’t recall what it was called.
Literally last week my dog pooped in stinging nettles and I couldn't manage to get all of it because it hurt too bad
But generally dog shit on open grass is a huge issue on my regular walks. It's disgusting and I resent having to clean it off my dog's paws once we get home, if he accidentally steps in it.
Vulpine, I would suggest that no dog owner LIKES walking around with a bag or bags full of poo. It is though part of dog owning that we accept.
As I said before, my dog goes very soon after leaving the house so if somewhere there are no or few bins (such as where I used to live) I have to carry it for around an hour or even longer. He will then go at least another 2 times on the walk.
I always pick up unless I cannot physically get to it - e.g., up a steep bank in a patch of brambles. If I cannot get to it (I am fit and do make an effort to get whatever I possibly can!!) then no one certainly is going to be able to step in it.
It doesn't matter how long your walk is surely. Just take it with
I live in the country. Our driveway is 300m long and is a public footpath, it is not visible from the house.
The amount of dog dirt left on the grass verges is truly disgusting and it is not a particularly busy path.
I don't think people even carry bags in the country because they don't want to have to carry the used ones.
Also, why can't the dog owners guide their dogs where to poop? Dogs can be taught not to poo on the pavement or wherever but wait till a designated area.
As a dog owner we always carry poo bags. But there has been one occasion when we were walking and chatting and our dog who was on the lead did a poo behind us and we only were aware when someone told us. We cleared up with red faces.
We have noticed dogs off lead pooing and their owners doing nothing, this seems to be the common problem. It usually happens with larger dogs.
This is why I don’t have a dog, the thought of picking up after it turns my stomach plus all the other things that come with dog ownership, flaming dog next door barks enough without adding anymore!
Vulpine, I would suggest that no dog owner LIKES walking around with a bag or bags full of poo. It is though part of dog owning that we accept
This. It's one of the reasons why I wouldn't want to own a dog.
I did choose to be a parent, though, and for that reason I accepted that as a consequence I would have to spend the first couple of years changing their nappies and then going through the stage of potty training.
As a dog owner this drives me mad. I always take poo bags out with me (though my dog still insists on pooping in the back yard instead. If I see a fresh looking one while out walking ai always get nervous that someone is going to think it was me/my dog.
If your dog poo is too gross for you to carry in a bag for an hour – and you like your dog! – don't you think it's too gross for passers-by, including non-dog-owners, to step over/around on their walk?
I've got a friend who has 3 DDs and a dog. She regularly has her DDs with her when she takes her dog for a walk and dog shit left on the ground really annoys her, as her DDs then step in it. So she clears up behind the inconsiderate dog owners.
We live rurally, when I walk the dog on the local recreation ground I pick up the shit - had to do it with dock leaves one day because i’d used both the bags I took with me. But when I walk him up the lane or across a field no way am I picking it up. Our local Facebook group was a sea of incredulity when someone who had recently moved here suggested that people should pick up their horse shit.
People not picking it up gives other owners a bad name.
I was once walking my dog in the local park, and there was a grandad and his grandkids playing on the other side of the park in the children's play area.
My dog did a wee, 100% nothing more, I was standing next to her, she was on her lead, and I've got bags in my pocket. We carry on walking.
Grandad comes closer and starts shouting and swearing at me for not picking up after my dog. He was mega aggressive and wouldn't listen to me when I kept trying to explain she hadn't pooped.
I don't want my local park full of dog shit either!
Oh the joys!
I have just come back from our local 'off lead' spot. Beautiful place, well fenced in, kept by local council, advertised as off lead friendly, poo bin every couple of hundred yards, emptied daily.
My dog was about 20 yeards from me when he squatted. I watched and we walked on. A rugby player sized man (there are lots of those round here, prime rugby country) hurtled down the slope towards me shouting that I hadn't picked up after my dog. I explained he had only weed. He bellowed that a dog squatting was pooing not weeing and asked me if I was "Fucking thick or something" - but with fewer consonants.
I explained my dog was a puppy and hadn't started cocking his leg yet... he had not pood he had weed, I was watching. He bellowed a bit more, waved his arms around and went quite red in the face.
Even more so when his son caught up with us, another rugby sized young man. He said "Hi Curious, hows CuriousPuppy doing?" - an ex student who I regularly see out on walks, our dogs play quite well.
RugbyDad mumbled soemthing and they both wandered off. I do wonder what their conversation was like (I'll be having a meeting with RugbyWife during the week too, wonder if I should mention it?)
Always pick up after my two. Though has been odd occasion in woods where they’ve run a distance off and I’ve seen them crouching but when got up to them couldn’t find a poo.
However have been shouted at in broad daylight by a woman a few streets away for not picking up after my dog when neither dog had even poo’d! One had cocked their leg for a wee (on grass verge next to path). I told her there was no poo but she wouldn’t have it - shouting and watching me till we were out of sight. Not a nice experience
I live next to a bit of extra grass on the block, it is basically a shit park. I did once open my front window and ask a guy (politely) to pick up the poo his dog had just finished on the front patch of grass, guess where he goes now? Round the fucking side! I know where he lives but am not brave enough to leave it on his
car door handles doorstep.
Am a dog owner and always pick up. Someone round here must have a massive dog or small horse and they never ever seem to pick up so I have taken to picking up that as well and if I find out who it is then I shall report them to the Council. I don't want poo on my shoes or my dog's paw and I always pick up including on grass verges, in woodland - everywhere. I even have a small torch on me to locate poo when in the dark! My poo bag is ready primed the minute my dog lowers himself by even a centimetre
But when I walk him up the lane or across a field no way am I picking it up. Our local Facebook group was
Most dog owners pick up around here. Problem is with dog walkers who open their van doors, let the dogs charge out in all directions, pooing everywhere while they just walk on regardless. This is on local footpaths. Met an irate eldely man the other day who told me one girl had 14 dogs in her van. Even if exaggerated certainly far too many for one person to control.
I recently spent ages looking for one in the long grass....it had fallen and was very hard to see!
Mostly he'll poop at home, I have two out there just now...I jimjammed early last night and was not going out in the dark to collect and am malingering about the post breakfast one too!
I once had to run back to the car as I had forgotten to top up the poobag bag ....and I can assure you that a crisp packet is barely adequate for GSDbusies, I had to stash it next to the fence and collected it properly next day.
When we had the two big boys I made them carry their own doings ...spare carabiner on their harness, and put the filled bags into a spare poobag. Otherwise, I double bag and use this pegbag as a dogbag. You can get loads in there, and it clips nicely onto belt loops or pockets.
I have tissues, handsqoosh, poobags, tub of treats, old sunnies and clip the car keys in there too so no danger of losing them either.
I find dog mess on pavements deplorable. However, almost as annoying is the constant posting on our towns "news" Facebook page, which is something like
A - here is a picture of some shit I saw / nearly trod in
B - disgusting
C - yuck
D - there was lots in Smith Avenue too 🤔
E - my daughter trod in some on Jones Road
F - this should be illegal
Etc. Etc. Ad nauseum
It's not news, it's not helping anyone. The sort of person who leaves dog mess won't care if it's shared on Facebook. A waste of time!
Literally every coat, jacket, and bag I own has poo bags stuffed in the pockets. I hate the thought of being out and not being able to pick up after my dogs. There's really no excuse not to leave your house prepared with bags.
Somewhereinbetween1, I have jacket pockets, bags and trouser pockets full of poo bags. They often get washed because I put clothes in the washing machine forgetting they were in the pockets!
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