Dogs come in all shapes and sizes but they all have one thing in common, poo. Judging what is socially and environmentally acceptable to do with your dogs faeces can be a bit of minefield so we have debunked some of the myths and simplified everything…no matter the size, no matter the place…

Bag it and Bin it!

The ‘Don’t Poop and Run’ campaign has been designed in collaboration with Litter Free Coast and Sea and Dorset Dogs. Take a look at Litter Free Coast and Sea’s website below for information on how we can keep our beaches litter free. Dorset dogs promote responsible dog ownership, check out their ‘doggy do code’! You can also report repeated dog fouling to Dorset Council, please see the link below.

Word on the street this winter…

Myth busters! Is it cool to stick and flick?

“As long as its not on the path its ok. I just stick and flick if it’s not.”

Small children do not stick to paths! Dog poo on pram wheels and in shoes is not fun. Plus Dog faeces can seriously impact on local farm animals. Bacteria contained in faeces can cause cattle to abort. Importantly neospora oocysts can last on the ground for long periods of time so if there isn’t cattle in the field until later in the year, the neopora could still affect them.  Once a cow has been infected they remain infected for life so all future calves they have are likely to abort.

“It’s fine to leave it because it will just wash away when it next rains”

“Away” actually means that it is likely to reach our local rivers and seas in this case. Dog faeces is very high in bacteria and local sea swimmers, paddleboarders and paddlers will not want to splash around with floaters that could make them sick.

“There is cow and sheep poo all over the countryside, what is the big deal about dog poo?”

Cows and sheep are herbivores so their poo is broken-down plant matter, a bit like compost whereas dogs’ diets contain processed meats and fish products. You wouldn’t want to spread dog poo on your allotment! Dog poo can contain: Neospora, Giardia, Salmonella, Leptospira and E. coli.

“Dog poo can only go in dog poo bins”

You can put them in any bin! Any bin will do!

“It is better to leave the poo on the ground rather then wrap it up in a plastic bag – plastic is more terrible for the environment than dog poo”

Plastic bags are only a problem when they aren’t put in the bin as we know that plastic never breaks down and just becomes micro plastic. However, dog poo that goes in the bin could be burnt for energy from waste if in a council bin – so your dog poo can help heat a home or charge someone’s phone! Always a silver lining…

Issue near you? We can help! Get in touch.

Do you have an issue with dog fouling near to you? We have created some free to use resources to help you tackle the issue and we would love to work with you to roll out this campaign in your area. How to roll out the campaign:

– Contact the landowner to get permission to roll out this campaign and put up any signs.

 

– Get others on board with you to help – Speak to local dog owners, vets, pet shops, groomers and dog walking services to support your campaign to ensure your local campaign is a success!

 

– Assess the situation – We recommend that you take a couple of weeks to record incognito how many poos are left and where they are. This will help you judge the best place to put up your signs and/or stencils

 

– Social media – Use the social media gifs and images on community Facebook pages and get your local vets etc. to share them too. Keep the text you use in your social media positive!

 

– Monitor its impact – this is hugely helpful to the landowner to show that what you have done has been successful and also to us. Your feedback on what did and didn’t work with the campaign can really help others who want to run the campaign in the future.

GET IN TOUCH today to talk to us about running the campaign in your area.

How about trying a ‘Dicky bag’?