Cleaning Up After Your Dog

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Every dog owner has to regularly pick up after their dog when going on walks or in the yard. Find ways to make this unpleasant task a little more bearable. This is a page about cleaning up after your dog.


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May 31, 2011

After using sandwich or freezer bags, I like to turn them inside out, give them a general wipe down and store them. When taking the family dog for a walk, I'll grab one of them and use it as a glove to pick up any doggy messes (poop). Leaving the bag inside out, I pick the "mess" up. I fold the bag back over as I pull my hand out, and them I'm able to seal it. I toss it in the outdoor garbage when I get home.

By Frankie Dines from Chittenango, NY

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At the Dollar Tree store I buy the diaper disposal bags. They are $1.00 for 75 pink bags in the infant section. Their pet dept. has the same bags in gray at $1.00 for 50 bags. Insert your hand into the bag, scoop up the mess, turn the bag inside out, tie a knot in top of bag, and you are all done! These bags function for 70 pound and 15 pound dogs. What a deal!


By Holly from Dallas, TX

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September 25, 2006

As pooper-scoopers are quite expensive, I found using a dust pan with a handle and a child's leaf rake (both items found in dollar stores) works really well. I now keep these by the front and back doors as well as the camper; and all for only $6 total.

By Betty from Slate Hill, NY

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May 28, 2005

If you have a dog and need somewhere to store all the empty plastic bags for walks etc., put them in an empty Kleenex box by the door. They don't get in the way, and they don't look bad either.

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I save the plastic bags that you put your fruits and vegetables into, at the grocery store veggie department, and just any small plastic bags that I can in contact with to use as poop scooper bags when I am out walking my dogs.

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I call this "Lawn Patrol" with my German Shepherds in our back yard. They think this is part of their exercise. They go with me carrying one large and one small plastic bag.

Lounging German Sheppard

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Our daily newspapers and pennysavers are delivered in long, narrow plastic bags. I tie a couple of these to my dog's leash handle, so I always have one when needed.

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We use a retractable leash for our dog Belle. We always keep 3-4 plastic bags tied to the handle, that way we never (well almost never) get caught without a potty bag.

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If you need bags for doggie clean-ups, save "bubble bags", a packing material that is using for shipping packages.

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January 28, 2013

Can someone take their dog on the grass and then clean up after her? I live in an apt, and I have lived here for 5 years and now they are telling me I have to bring my dog to the doggie park. They know I can't walk more than 100 feet. I have something from my doctor and they I have it. Is there a law saying anything about whether I can let my dog go on the grass?


By Aggie


January 30, 20130 found this helpful

The right answer depends on so many things-do you live in the US and are you in a multi-unit residential area (apartment complex, mobile home park, HOA run neighbourhood)?

If you are in the US and living in a multi-unit residential area, the only way you could fight an order to take your dog to a 'dog' area is if you are in social housing-they have to take the doctor's note as 'final' and permit you to clean-up after your dog closer to your house.

If you are in the US but aren't in social housing, the complex/park/HOA can legally force you to use the dog area. They will say that since you are disabled to the point of not being able to take your dog to the designated area, you should hire someone to take the dog out for you.


Is there a neighbour who might help you, or a relative willing to come to take the dog out? Maybe you could put up a notice on a community message board (on and offline) offering a small stipend to someone willing to take on the responsibility?

If you are on a tight budget, maybe you could find a volunteer through a notice on a message board at your vet office.

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