August 19, 2009

Waging a War on Dog Poop

Pet dogs have one major issue when it is time to take them out of their house and garden... and let's face it, we all carry, or should, our little poo bags. You haven't lived until you have experienced the warmth of a fresh dog poo through thin plastic... and the desperate look around for the nearest bin. We make our own dogs carry the clean bags in the little dispenser on the lead, but they often finish their walks with the full bag tied to their collars.

We do need to pick it all up... mainly because it is a public health hazard, particularly for Toxocara roundworms and bacteria... I was talking about it recently with a meeting of vets and vet nurses, and we were concerned how much plastic is being used to remove the droppings! We all felt that there are times where making sure it is removed from the public walking area into a grassy bank might be better for the environment!

Anyway - now you have some choices. Introducing Poo Trap

 Yes - the ultimate fashion accessory for dogs out walking. I can quite see my Goldie, Saffy, adorned in one of these as this is a pose we are very familiar with. .it has a harness ( in many sizes)  and a u shaped, fit all dogs ( despite varying tail lengths etc), magnetic bag holding attachment:

Apparently, the magnetic part of the harness lets you hang it on your door when you have finished... I saw it on one of the overseas youtube videos... The only magnetic door in my house is the fridge, and to quote the famous Tui Beer ad - Yeah Right!!!

To be fair, New Zealand tries hard.
I helped to endorse this I love my Dog poop scoop product some years ago because it was environmentally friendly and the local council was making them available  to people on our local beach areas! 

and recently, (the reason why the vets and vet nurses were talking about this delicate subject):

$300 fines for dirty dog owners
Owners caught walking their pooch in Wellington without a way to dispose of doggy poo will face a $300 fine.

The recommendations will be considered by the council's strategy and policy committee today.
The council's associate social portfolio leader, Iona Pannett, said Porirua and Manukau had passed bylaws to make owners carry poo receptacles which had successfully cut the amount of muck left behind.
"We are putting the onus on to owners to clean up after their dogs."

 Policing this is of course an interesting problem. So, overseas, they are getting even more serious.

City uses DNA to fight dog poop 

 An Israeli city is using DNA analysis of dog droppings to reward and punish pet owners.

Under a six-month trial programme launched this week, the city of Petah Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, is asking dog owners to take their animal to a municipal veterinarian, who then swabs its mouth and collects DNA.
The city will use the DNA database it is building to match faeces to a registered dog and identify its owner.
Owners who scoop up their dogs' droppings and place them in specially marked bins on Petah Tikva's streets will be eligible for rewards of pet food coupons and dog toys.
But droppings found underfoot in the street and matched through the DNA database to a registered pet could earn its owner a municipal fine.

I do like this one that has been developed by a vet:.Sanitation Safety Stick.

a poop scoop that serves as a walking stick and a flashlight for night walks. It can be used for dog walking, camping or cleaning up the yard. It measures 24” by 4”, weighs less that two pounds and he says it is easy to clean (good to know).


You can also see it on youtube

Whatever you use - JUST DO IT
Happy poop scooping everyone :)


  1. I dont think I will ever be able to have a dog. I'd love one but I dont think my weak tum could pick up do-do first thing in the morning. I like the idea of your dogs carrying it but can you teach them to pick it up, Lol.

  2. Has anyone ever invented a poop vacuum? If not, let's do it and make millions!

  3. It's interesting to compare the two previous comments. On one hand you have someone who says that picking up dog poop is enough to make them never consider owning a dog. On the other hand, and maybe rightfully so, that its just a matter of finding the perfect tool.

    I think it's a matter of perception. As a society, we view picking up dog poop as a disgusting and somewhat unspeakable task. Personally it boggles my mind as I think there are far sicker things out there in the world.

    I think what really needs to change is public perception. Educating people on the health and environmental impacts it the real key to solving this problem. (see:

    Great post!

  4. Thanks Nina

    That is a good article - have added it to my facebook discussion too!

    Poop vacuum straight into a bag - just needs to be light and battery powered... perhaps they can add it into the one with the torch?

  5. Hi Fi, give Kirst my love & thanks for updating me.XXX

  6. I don't have a dog now, so I'm free from scooping poop, yay!
    thanks for the update on Kirst.

  7. Hahahaha!!! I can just see anyone trying to get one of those Poo Trap things on a greyhound! ROFL!! Many of them won't even poop on a leash, let alone with a plastic bag hanging under their tails - in fact, I'm willing to bet 90% of them would either refuse to walk at all, or buck like broncos and spin in insane circles trying to get it off. While screaming the Greyhound Scream Of Death.

    The other one .. .nah. I wouldn't be able to hold a leash and use that thing and it's huge. I'm happy with my hand inside a biodegradable bag, which then goes into the nearest bin. Job done. ;)

    But it is a serious problem. There are still people here who won't pick up and you still have to pick your way through the mess at times. Maybe some of the more finicky would use one of those things and then it would be justified.

  8. The local council was making them available to people on our local beach areas!dog harness


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