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Peanut1983 Fri 22-Mar-19 14:21:25

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?

recrudescence Fri 22-Mar-19 16:46:27

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.

CuriousaboutSamphire Fri 22-Mar-19 16:48:15

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 smile

Pootles34 Fri 22-Mar-19 16:50:33

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.

Vulpine Fri 22-Mar-19 16:57:20

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.

Sarahlou63 Fri 22-Mar-19 17:02:05

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.

Sarahlou63 Fri 22-Mar-19 17:02:55

On the other hand I collect 7 wheelbarrows of horse shit every day!

user1497787065 Fri 22-Mar-19 17:12:58

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.

Lizzie48 Fri 22-Mar-19 17:47:26

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.

Sparklingbrook Fri 22-Mar-19 17:56:04

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. grin

Somebody on another thread mentioned 'stick and flick' but I am not sure what that is.

Wynturphelle Fri 22-Mar-19 18:03:25

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!

Vulpine Fri 22-Mar-19 18:07:31

Where I live dog poo is worse than ever. Definitely worse than I remember as a kid

burritofan Fri 22-Mar-19 18:09:21

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.

spaniorita Fri 22-Mar-19 18:10:35

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.

FineFanks Fri 22-Mar-19 18:11:17

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.

radishingravish Fri 22-Mar-19 18:14:25

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...

NooNooHead1981 Fri 22-Mar-19 18:14:26

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...

pianodragon Fri 22-Mar-19 18:16:23

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... hmm

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 22-Mar-19 18:24:21

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.

Furrydogmum Fri 22-Mar-19 18:28:27

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.

burritofan Fri 22-Mar-19 18:29:12

* seems acceptable to leave it.*

DontCallMeShitley Fri 22-Mar-19 18:30:34

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.

MsPeachh Fri 22-Mar-19 18:32:02

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!

mydogisthebest Fri 22-Mar-19 18:50:12

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.

scarfattack Fri 22-Mar-19 18:53:45

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.

snoogans Fri 22-Mar-19 18:54:44

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 envy)

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.

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