Hello! Today I want to talk about a not fun topic… the environmental benefits to scooping dogs poop when walking them or taking them outside.
Now scooping poop is not my favorite thing to do when walking my dog, but it is a necessary and integral part of taking walks. Taking walks every day impacts my health and my dogs health in a positive way. It is a step towards healthy living I can make every day that requires little effort. The hardest part, honestly, is always leaving my house. As long as I pick a prime time to walk where its not too hot or too much traffic, I enjoy the walk and forget my angst to not want to walk.
Taking a 10-15 minute walk is what I shoot for at a minimum with my dog, but he is also a big boy… he’s a 92 pound lab/pit bull mix! I actually aim for taking 30-45 minute walks when I manage my time properly. If I go for walks longer than 20 minutes I like to bring a collapsible bowl and a bottle of water for my dog. It keeps him cool and allows him to continue walking, which he loves. I know my dog values our time together in our walks. When I put on my running/dog walking shoes, he starts jumping and making his way to the front door. These walks with him get me outside and get my juices flowing, and added bonus, it’s usually a little of cardio to walk him.
On to the fun stuff! or the juicy stuff… okay I’ll stop using terribly descriptive adjectives for poop scooping. It is very important to scoop dogs poop from the ground because:
- It affects the humans and animals from the water ways! – When rains occurs, the water brings poop and other pollutants into public and natural waterways. Poop adds nitrogen to water which depletes the oxygen necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish. Poop can have parasites such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water.
“Canine fecal waste,” he writes, “may represent one of the largest unregulated sources of aquatic fecal contaminants with zoonotic potential in areas impacted by urban runoff.” – US Environmental Protection Agency researcher Hyatt C. Green
- It affects the grounds integrity! – Dogs can have roundworms and hookworms in their poop. When deposited by infected animals these parasites can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans.
- Stepping on poop sucks! – FACT. Stepping on poop sucks, so pick it up so no one has to scrape your dog poop off their shoe, and remember… Karma exists. When your yard has “doggy land mines,” you are not getting all you can out of it. Pets get less interactive exercise and suffer, along with friends and family refusing to go out back. Take a few minutes 2-3 times a week if you let your dog roam in the yard to scoop the poop.
- It’s easy to carry poop bags! – Many stores, if not all, pet stores carry a product to attach to your leash to hold poop bags. They are small, convenient and some are even fashionable. It’s easy with these products to attach the bags to a leash you always use and just refill as necessary. No excuses for being out of bags!
To summarize, being a poop scooper is a responsible thing to do for the world we live in, your community, family and dog.
Thanks for taking the time to read this today,
Let’s all be good to ourselves and our communities today and
SCOOP THE POOP 🙂
Namaste, from my heart to yours,