Is Dog Poo a Problem?
The quick answer is yes! Not all animal poo is equal, and it usually comes down to what they eat, and where the poo ultimately ends up. This post is not for the fainthearted… Leaving dog poo either in a bag on the floor (even a compostable one) or kicking it off a main path is a REAL problem. As dog ownership increases so does the dog poo problem.
Isn’t Poo Natural?
It turns out it can be far more than your day ruined by lazy dog owners.
A more serious issue caused by the people not cleaning up after their dog is bacteria. Coliform bacteria, whip worms, tape worms, round worms, hook worms, parvo, corona, giardiasis, salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis and campylobacteria are just a few of the nasties that can be spread. Far from being a fertiliser, dog waste is classed as toxic and causes the deaths of many livestock every year.
We’ve found that the offenders of this most avoidable crime don’t sit in any particular social group or stereotype, and the reasons for it varies. The most common response when challenging those responsible is that it is “natural” and they see no problem with it.
However, there is nothing natural about the number of dogs in our lives. It’s a very unnatural problem and one solely created by us, which means we are responsible for fixing it. Part of responsible dog ownership includes managing their excrement, even though it’s not the most pleasant task.
The most important message is to take your dog poo home with you, or use a specialist bin provided if possible. To avoid plastic use, you can purchase biodegradable poo bags or paper versions, but these still need to be dealt with properly. To keep our wildlife and soil safe – you can’t just throw them into the woods or a field.
Definitely don’t hang your poo bags from branches – why do people do that?
We are big fans of Brian Harper, who has invented a street lamp, powered by a dog poo digester! Here is a great article about the longer term options we should be working towards. Perhaps you have the space for a composter?