It's National Walk Your Dog Week in the United States, and according to www.walkyourdogweek.com, "National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Rescuer Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America." Raising awareness is what we're all about here at Pictures of Dog Doo-Doo, so we're happy to join the discussion! Canine obesity? Not my problem. Canine behavior issues? Also, not as much my problem. Owner behavior issues? That's my speciality.
So naturally, our focus is on cleaning up after your dog when on a walk. To that end I've boiled down all the tips and advice into these three simple points:
|A German Hundetoilette|
Most responsible dog owners use some kind of bag to pick up after their dog. The jury is still out as to what type of bag has the least environmental impact, but the bag needs to be sturdy enough to prevent any accidents.
This German dog-toilet has a diagram of the proper method for cleaning up after your dog with a plastic bag. Some communities have these installed in parks and dog walk areas for your convenience. This one even supplies bags for you!
2. Bring extra bags
Maybe your dog goes once on your walk. Maybe your dog goes twice. Maybe you pick up someone else's turd you find along your walk. Maybe you find a winning lottery ticket on the ground right next to that poop. It never hurts to be prepared!
3. Dispose of the poop properly
I see so many pictures of bagged turds hanging from fences, trees, or otherwise tossed aside, when the last step is the easiest one! Throw that poop in the trash! Some communities have special receptacles just for dog poop, and some even harvest methane and fertilizer from the decomposing material. There are numerous campaigns that try to reinforce the idea of putting the bag in a bin or trash can, even if you have to transport it some distance. Check out these vehicles doing just that, just hope they don't accidentally turn on that back wiper:
|Even police dogs have to go sometimes|
|They must have a few dogs|
Take a look at some of these other pet blogs participating in the Walk Your Dog Week Blog Hop to hear some different perspectives on taking your dog for a walk (and to see some very cute dogs).