Now you don’t need to be a dog trainer like myself to appreciate the problems of owners not cleaning up after their dogs. Apart from the fact it’s unsightly, stepping in it is pretty disgusting, and it’s a potential health hazard too. It’s also fodder for the anti-dog lobbyists, who would have dog owners restricted to walking their dogs on leads everywhere and in far fewer public places. As someone who loves to explore the countryside with her dogs, this is one of the most worrying concerns for me.
I’ve heard all the reasons why people don’t pick up after their dogs, but none of them cut much ice with me I’m afraid. When I’m pushing my boys around in their buggy, I’d rather not have to stop to pick up someone else’s dog poo rather than run over it! So dog owners, here’s my advice – put at least a couple of bags in all your coat pockets, tie a few to your dog’s lead, and perhaps even buy your dog a bag they can wear so they can carry some themselves! Not getting ‘caught short’ is the first thing. Then when you’ve done your duty and bagged it, don’t be self-conscious about carrying it along until you find a bin – be proud that you’re responsible!
Also be prepared to bring it to another owners attention if their dog has toileted and they haven’t done anything about it – chances are they’ll be grateful you pointed it out, and if not then it’s worth reporting them to our local dog warden on 01275 884 882. Let’s not have a few people spoil the enjoyment and pleasure owning a dog brings. The key with any community problem is people being prepared to speak up; the cleanliness of our streets is in our hands!