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Picking up dog poo - is this ok?

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HoggleIsMyFriend Wed 18-Sep-13 19:28:52

I'm pretty fierce about picking up dog poo. There is never any lying around in my garden. Out on a walk it had barely touched the ground and it's in a bag. I also pick up poo that is lying around if it's on the street or somewhere kids play. It's rank picking it up though.

Anyway fast forward to today when out on a stomp overt the moors and ddog disappeared off the path into very long thick grass to do a poo. I didn't pick it up. I don't think I could have found it. Is this dreadful? Did I commit a doggy sin?

Also I'm taking ddog hillwalkingin a couple of weeks. It'll be a 5ish hour walk. I'd very much like to not have to carry poo in a bag for hours. Could I take a little trowel and bury it instead?

HoggleIsMyFriend Wed 18-Sep-13 19:30:36

Hmm not sure that's clear. I pick up other dogs' poo too if it's somewhere unacceptable.

pimmsgalore Wed 18-Sep-13 20:08:37

If its in long grass, where children won't be playing, then it's fine. You could bury if you feel the need but most forestry commission, national trust (off main area) places prefer you to stick and flick as it helps the local wildlife. If you don't want to carry your poo bags why not get a clip lock lunch box you can put in your backpack. You pick poo up in a poo bag then shut the poo bag in the lunch box which contains the smell and protects from accidents

HoggleIsMyFriend Wed 18-Sep-13 20:12:58

Thanks Pimms. What's stick and flick?

Clip lock box is quite frankly genius!!

MajorMassSpecsMistriss Wed 18-Sep-13 20:16:18

Stick and flick = pick up a stick and flick it off the path and into the undergrowth.

MajorMassSpecsMistriss Wed 18-Sep-13 20:17:19

*flick the poo, not just the stick grin

HoggleIsMyFriend Wed 18-Sep-13 20:33:19

Ah so undergrowth is ok to leave poo? Oh good it seems my judgement want to bad. I'll take bags and a box as a back up.

pimmsgalore Wed 18-Sep-13 22:06:49

Can't take credit for the clip lock box a friend told my DH about it but yes it is genius grin
Stick and flick (flicking the poo, not the stick, gravel or anything else in the area) is as described above and an excellent choice for when your puppy does 6 poo's on a walk and you only have 5 bags with you wink

ihatethecold Thu 19-Sep-13 10:25:23

Sounds fine to me.
We do the same with a stick if we are in fields.

Also bag it if on a path or park or public area etc.

nicename Thu 19-Sep-13 10:27:08

I am sniggering a bit about the lunchbox (great idea though). Don't get your lunchboxed mixed up...

HormonalHousewife Thu 19-Sep-13 10:29:18

Oh god can you imagine getting the boxes mixed up


nicename Thu 19-Sep-13 10:44:53

Mmmmmmmm. Nutella.

HoggleIsMyFriend Thu 19-Sep-13 12:17:51

<boak> Thanks guys what a lovely image in my head. I think I'll buy a coloured one only for poo.

nicename Thu 19-Sep-13 12:28:31

Will you put it in the dishwasher (just taking notes in case you invite me over for tea)?

sleeton Thu 19-Sep-13 13:30:22

Like the 'lunchbox' idea. Good for longer walks ... I always end up walking along with several poo bags dangling from my fingers, as I don't want to put them in my backpack.

The only thing I would add to what has been already been said, is that I do pick up when walking in fields, even if it's rough grass. In the past we have had our own grazing land littered with dog poo, not very healthy for the animals grazing.

I think a good guide is if off the beaten track and on rough land that is in the public domain (forestry, mountains etc) it should be okay to leave it (or 'stick & flick' smile ), but if on land that belongs to someone (farmland, for example) or is anywhere near human habitation, then should poo-pick.

pimmsgalore Thu 19-Sep-13 15:07:01

Sleeton I totally agree but would also add in grazing land, as my 2 don't have 110% recall away from animals, I would need to pick up as it would be on the path as they wouldn't be off lead even if I thought the field was empty.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 15:14:16

The NT guidelines are :
Never leave poo where people walk, play or picnic. We ask that if your dog fouls, particularly in car parks and on paths, you pick up and remove the mess. Flick it into rough grass or woodland, or take it away with you and dispose of it at home. There may be dedicated bins to put it in at heavily used sites.

but IIRC a notice on a walk near us had similar but also said to pick up on grazing land.

nicename Thu 19-Sep-13 17:37:55

And please don't decorate trees and bushes with the little bags!

YoureBeingADick Thu 19-Sep-13 17:44:02

"And please don't decorate trees and bushes with the little bags!"

aww- not even for Christmas? would be lovely if everyone used different coloured bags wink

nicename Thu 19-Sep-13 17:47:08

Although I do enjoy watching the faces of tourists in the park when they go in for a close look at the odd things that the Brits decorate their park trees with. Religious significance, cultural... No it's poo!

YoureBeingADick Thu 19-Sep-13 17:54:53


I would love to be there to see the realisation dawn on the tourists' faces.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 19-Sep-13 18:00:44

heck yes. People often do it in places where there's no bin but where it'd be perfectly reasonable to 'flick'.

Its mostly common sense. e.g. f your dog decides to go in among the bluebells, much better leave it than trample them - kids shouldn't be playing there.

VBisme Thu 19-Sep-13 18:03:43

I had a specific rucksac that I used, the procedure was:

Nappy bag to pick up poo, all poo bags into a plastic carrier, plastic carrier into rucksac.

Rucksac was referred to as the "sack of cack"

VivaLeThrustBadger Thu 19-Sep-13 18:03:51

I've never flicked in my life, didnt realise it was ok to.

I've been on long walks in the wilds of the Peak District, etc and have bagged it and then tied the bag to the outside of my rucksack so its swinging off that till I find a bin!

TheCunnyFunt Thu 19-Sep-13 19:38:26

My friend picks up and if it's still at the beginning of the walk she'll pick it up and put it in her coat pocket. One morning she stuck her hand in her pocket to discover the previous days bag of poo grin

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