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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?

mydogisthebest Mon 25-Mar-19 08:15:20

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!

SomewhereInbetween1 Sun 24-Mar-19 09:16:57

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.

BeanBag7 Sun 24-Mar-19 09:07:18

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!

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Sun 24-Mar-19 09:00:14

I recently spent ages looking for one in the long 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 grin...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.

StrongTea Sun 24-Mar-19 08:46:05

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.

DizziLizzy Sun 24-Mar-19 08:40:14

But when I walk him up the lane or across a field no way am I picking it up. Our local Facebook group was

why not? confused

Kirsteninakilt Sat 23-Mar-19 15:16:42

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 smile

Slippershoes Sat 23-Mar-19 15:11:30

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.

Notmybuilderdotcom Sat 23-Mar-19 14:58:04

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

CuriousaboutSamphire Sat 23-Mar-19 14:48:55

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?) grin

MsHopey Sat 23-Mar-19 10:40:27

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!

Alsohuman Sat 23-Mar-19 10:35:30

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.

Lizzie48 Sat 23-Mar-19 10:32:54

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.

burritofan Sat 23-Mar-19 10:24:30

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?

Zippetydoodahzippetyay Sat 23-Mar-19 10:21:40

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.

Lizzie48 Sat 23-Mar-19 10:19:03

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.

Cerseilannisterinthesnow Sat 23-Mar-19 10:18:34

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!

Cryalot2 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:45:07

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.

Itssosunny Sat 23-Mar-19 09:43:36

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.

twoheaped Sat 23-Mar-19 09:38:13

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.

Vulpine Sat 23-Mar-19 09:36:58

It doesn't matter how long your walk is surely. Just take it with

DeadCertain Sat 23-Mar-19 09:32:38

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.

mydogisthebest Sat 23-Mar-19 08:40:16

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.

goodwinter Fri 22-Mar-19 20:16:19

Literally last week my dog pooped in stinging nettles and I couldn't manage to get all of it because it hurt too bad blush

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.

MrsCasares Fri 22-Mar-19 20:04:33

Family - thanks, couldn’t recall what it was called.

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