Yuck! I stepped in it again.
It is only natural that you would want to take your dog for a walk now that the weather has started to warm up for spring and the leaves have begun to change to beautiful shades of green. The fragrances of spring are something that our dogs look forward to, just as much as we do the colors. We can take this time to enjoy each other’s company as well as everything that the natural world has to offer.
One of the drawbacks of going on pleasant strolls for extended periods of time is the requirement to eradicate them. This is a normal process, but if we leave the duty where it dropped, it may be irritating to the people who are responsible for carrying it out. So the question is, what should one do? The dog needs to go outside.
When we choose to love and care for animals, we take on certain responsibilities, both to the animals and to ourselves. Being responsible for our own actions as well as those of our pets is one of the things that we need to do. We are very protective of our dogs and take pleasure in spending time with them. However, we are obligated to ensure that the rights of others are not violated in any way by our dealings with them. This is the point at which we need to remind ourselves to clean up, pick it up, and toss it away in the appropriate manner.
When you go for a stroll with your dog, make sure to bring along the supplies you’ll need to clean up after him. This is of utmost significance in urban and other densely inhabited places. It is against the law in several jurisdictions to fail to clean up after one’s animal companions. Personally, it bothers me when other people let their dogs defecate on my yard and then leave the mess there. Do you?
It is possible that all you need to bring for cleanup is a couple of small sandwich bags in your pocket, but it is also possible that you may need to carry a scoop and rake. It’s hard for me to picture myself carrying the latter for any significant amount of time. In my opinion, the scoop and rake are more suitable for routinely cleaning your yard as opposed to being brought along for a stroll because of their size and weight.
Have you given any attention to the possibility of using other items in those times when you do not have a bag in your pocket? One of my favorites is a throwaway cup from a soft drink that I buy at fast food restaurants. These cups are often made of plastic. Keep the lid; not only can it serve as a useful pusher in an emergency, but it can also be utilized to hermetically seal the cup until you can get it and its contents disposed of in an appropriate manner in a trash can.
My very first greyhound had a habit of “thinking” about how to position himself just right so that I could slide the cup (which was not a super gulper) under him. In most cases, this prevented a mess by catching the stool. As soon as he moved out of the way, I twisted the cap back on and grabbed it. No mess and no trouble. Although I am aware that this strategy will not be successful with the majority of dogs, it does present additional opportunities that should be taken into consideration.
The cardboard container that your hamburger was delivered in will do the job admirably as well. Consider this a new approach to the recycling process. Scoop it up and throw it away in the appropriate manner. Easy.
After you have finished eating the loaf of bread, what do you do with the bread sacks? These are effective ice cream scoops. Just pull it over your hand like a glove. Take hold of the heap, and without releasing your grip, draw the top of the pile down over your hand so that it is completely encircled. You just need to tie a knot in the top, and you’re good to go.
A little different issue is when they urinate or mark their territory. In light of this, kindly restrain your dog. This implies that you should direct the dog to defecate in the portion of the road adjacent to the curb rather than on the aesthetically pleasing bushes or flowers that belong to another person.
Dogs will only behave in the most natural way possible. As the property owners, it is our duty to exercise responsibility and ensure that things are kept clean. Because people did not do the responsible thing and clean up after their animals, a significant number of parks and trails are no longer accessible to dogs. We ask that the person who picks up be the responsible one.
Many of the parks in our neighborhood do not allow pet dogs. Once, we were allowed to hold a training session in a park, and during the final few minutes of that session, we “cleaned” the park. Everyone picked up after their own dogs, but in order to utilize the park again, we had to ensure that there were no piles of waste left behind that could be attributed to the class as a whole.
The difficulty that we ran into was that some of the park’s neighbors let their dogs run uncontrolled in the park so that they could urinate themselves there. We cleaned up a lot more than just the excrement left by our own pets. On the bright side, we were able to make advantage of the park. A regrettable afterthought is the fact that subsequently, the park was included on the list of locations where dogs were not permitted.
Please pick up, because…
The majority of organisms are not drawn to the smell of dog feces. In most cases, people dislike it because it stinks, it makes a mess, and it is in the area where they are strolling, sitting, or having other activities like picnics. Dogs that are not given the proper care are more likely to leave worms and diseases in their feces, which can then be passed on to other dogs and humans. Therefore, if you are picking up after your own dog and notice a pile that has been carelessly left by another person, please pick up that pile as well. Although it is offensive, doing so could be necessary in order to ensure that a space will continue to be accessible to dog owners and their canine companions.
Read more of my pet blogs here.