What are some effective tools to pick up my dog’s poop?
There are a few different ways to pick up after your dog, but the most important thing is to determine what works best for you. For instance, if you have a small dog, you might want something more compact; if you always carry a lot of things, plastic bags may work best for you.
Everyone, however, MUST pick up after their dog. Dog waste is disgusting and is a health issue and adds to water pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although there are no federal laws on the books, many states and local officials have created their own statutes. Remember to always pick up after your dog, and to research your particular state or city for local laws.
• Shovels: Then you can either bury it in the yard or use the septic or sewage disposal system, since it may do a better job of handling potentially infectious material. Place the dog poop into the bucket and pick the bucket up. Dispose of the dog pop in a large garbage bin or compost pile.
• Scooper tools. Usually lighter in weight than a shovel and more customized for the pickup task, they can also include a bucket or bag. Some pooper scoopers have two handles while others have one handle and a rake or small shovel to use. Place the dog poop into a bucket or other container and pick the bucket up—then dispose of the dog poop in a large garbage bin or compost pile. Clean the pooper scooper with water from the garden hose or by using sanitary wipes on it. Clean the bucket with the same method. This will prevent the pooper scooper and the bucket from smelling.
• Plastic bag: Just slip it over your hand like a glove. It makes an efficient and completely clean pickup tool. This is actually the fastest and most efficient way and saves you having to carry a dirty shovel around with you. Any bag is suitable, as long as it’s “hole-free.”