Picking Up Dog Poop | Our Daily Poop Drama

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Who picks up the dog poop at your house?

I just wanted to write a post about the daily poop drama at our house.  It’s not really drama, it’s just a consistent story that cracks me up.

My Boyfriend and Dog Poop

My boyfriend hates poop and whenever one of our dogs assume the position, he cringes.  It’s like he’s shocked that they’re taking a poop in public.  When we brought our litter mates home, I quickly realized that I would be the one who picked up the poop at our house.  Just this morning, Johan was taking Blue out for a potty break and I reminded him to grab a poo bag (Blue poops every morning like clockwork).   Johan promised to pick it up later – yeah yeah, I heard that before, so I went to pick up the poop.

Our My Poop Cleaning Schedule

So I clean up the dog yard 2-3 times a week.  What I love about their food (Halo Pets) is that they don’t poop a lot so it’s not that big of a deal.  My boyfriend thinks he picks up the yard at least once a month.  He’ll do it every now and then (like 3 times a year) or he’ll help me when we’re short on time (which I appreciate), but I know he would prefer not to have to smell or see dog poop.

We have three dogs.  Good luck with that one.

I remember an episode of It’s Me or the Dog where a family wouldn’t pick up their yard (two dogs, lots of poop) and I was disgusted.  This is why I clean up regularly.  The dogs were tracking poop into the house and the family had two young children.  Yuck yuck yuck.

I cut my boyfriend a break, because I love him and because he takes on the bulk of the yard work in consideration of my hay fever.  If he can manage 5 acres of yard, then I can pick up dog poop a few times a week.

So who picks up the poop at your house?

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  1. Picking up the poop was always my job until I got pregnant and then Mike had to take care of it. Honestly, the smell didn’t bother me (being a dog groomer and dealing with much worse during the day) but we just figured that handling feces while pregnant wasn’t the most healthy thing. I seriously think that in the entire nine months he cleaned the yard twice. Thankfully we only have one dog who’s on high quality food so there isn’t that much. Now that I have the baby I can get back to my regular Doody Duty schedule so we can actually USE the back yard without being grossed out.

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    • I’m with you. I don’t mind it. I put on my iPod, grab a shovel and a bucket and get to work. Best of luck with your yard. Hurry! Summer’s almost over :)

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  2. LOL Reminds me of our daughter when Jasmine was little. She wanted to take her for a walk. I was giving her poo bag. She changed her mind about walking her. (Did I mention she wanted to be a vet? LOL)

    It’s mostly me … with Jasmine’s IBD I got so used to playing with poo it doesn’t even fizzle on me. When I’m not around, though, hubby picks it up no problem.
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  3. We are mean neighbors. Our neighbors dogs poop in our yard all the time and my son picks it up with a shovel and tosses it back into their yard. I don’t have a great fence but have put up some obstacles and they apparently just go over them. How do you stop unwanted dogs from pooping in your yard. Don’t say tell the owners..as they are uncaring drunks.
    I like dogs but dislike this behavior.

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    • That would just drive me nuts.
      I have no suggestions, but I appreciate the idea for an article. I’ll do some research.

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  4. I have a wonderful husband. Whoever takes the dogs out (we have two)cleans up the poop. Nina has IBD, so I’m grateful for good, regular, high-quality poops — the more the better!! Jana, Nina has almost no IBD episodes. We give her a tsp. of Metamusil a day and probiotics. She (and Mattie) do really well the more veggies I give them, especially cooked broccoli.

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    • You do have a wonderful husband. I think it’s funny that I’m so interested in our dogs poop. If they get sick, that’s going to be something the vet will ask about. That’s great about the IBD issues – what food do you feed your dog?

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    • I love your site, Amanda – your dogs are gorgeous. I really want to learn more about the raw food diet. Everyone who is switched over says great things.

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  5. In our house the litter box is no better. My husband avoid it at all cost. You would think it was the end of the world! We have a new puppy living in the barn (not ours but our barn mates across the hall) and he was in shock when the pup had an accident. I guess he will learn with time but I have a feeling I will always be the poop picker upper and mess cleaner here!

    Also finally liked you on Facebook & joined your RSS feed. I’m here enough! Lol! I felt bad I hadn’t checked in about a month or so with this summer being so crazy :)
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    • Welcome back, Susan!
      Yes, the litter box gets lumped in too; it’s not my favorite chore, but I don’t mind :)

      In fact, I need to pick up the yard and change the litter tonight. Fun times!

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  6. Kimberly,
    I feed Nina two foods: Prescription Diet’s ZD Ultra Allogenic (the only food she could tolerate after she was diagnosed with IBD) and Sensei Bites by Regal. Now she eats mostly the Regal with a sprinkling of the ZD Ultra on top. The Regal is made of turkey, rice, and oatmeal with vitamins added. I switched her to this when transferring Mattie to adult dog food. I like the Regal, because it has real food in it (the ZD has lots of vitamins and stuff but little real food), and Nina likes it. Half the time she wouldn’t eat the ZD. Also, the woman at the pet store said her dog had had IBD and ate the Regal her entire life. You have to get the ZD at the vets. If you can’t find the Regal (usually sold at specialty pet stores, you can order it directly from Regal. Since we moved, I get it from Webers warehouse in Chantilly, VA, 703-631-2738. Lynda

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    • Thanks for sharing, Lynda – I love learning about the diets people feed their dogs. You shared such great information!

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  7. I remember that episode of It’s Me or the Dog. So gross! We share backyard duty, but I always do the on-walk pickups. The trade is, I always make Rob carry the big bag from the backyard to the trash can. It’s probably our most equal division of household chores!
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  8. Mom/Dad pick up poop on a daily basis. Yes, quality of food makes a difference on your dog’s poop.
    You can add this post/url on our upcoming ScoopThatPoop Aug 12th blog hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  9. I wouldn’t be surprised if this sort of “arrangement” exists in a lot of households. I have a blog dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of cleaning up after your dog for the sake of my children; because there are so many poops at all the local playgrounds and people don’t seem to think it matters. Thanks for being so diligent and picking up after your dog!
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    • We have a big problem in our area too; I rarely see people picking up after their dog. They don’t think it’s a big deal; but when no one is picking up the poop, it ruins our trails.
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  10. I’m the primary care-giver, walker, poop picker upper, etc. Looking after my pups are therapy for me, cathartic.
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    • That’s how I feel too. When I clean up the yard, I wear my iPod, catch up on a book or podcast, and scoop away. It’s not my favorite chore, but I’m not stressed afterwards. Strange. I never thought of this before reading your comment.
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