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5 Reasons Dog Owners Don’t Pick Up Their Dog’s Poop #PoopBuddy

5 Reasons People Don't Pick Up Their Dog's Poop

I clean up our dogs’ yard twice a week.  It’s a lot of work now that we have four dogs.  My boyfriend hates picking up dog poop so this is now my chore.  When I walked the dogs, I didn’t really think the fact that I didn’t pick up the poop was a big deal, because it was off in the woods or in the tall grass.

As long as no one stepped in it, what’s the big deal?

The big deal is that people were stepping in it.  Myself included.

When just one person doesn’t pick up after their dog, it’s inconsiderate or an oversight.  When only a handful of people are picking up after their dog, then it’s a nuisance and an environmental hazard.

So why don’t people pick up after their dogs?

It’s Gross – our dogs eat raw dog food and one of the benefits is smaller, less smell poop – that doesn’t mean that their poop doesn’t smell and scooping up warm, sometimes soft (sometimes liquid) dog poop is just gross.

It Sucks to Carry the Poop Bag – speaking of the gross factor and smell, on our walks, I get to carry multiple bags of dog poop bags, because sometimes our dogs poop twice on a walk.  The swinging bags are awkward, they get heavy, and they smell.

Isn’t it Fertilizer – yep, I thought this too, but dog poop isn’t like cow poop.  While we can fertilize our property with cow manure (and yes, folks in our town do, it’s amazing), dog poop is just an environmental hazard.  Sucks, right?

“Forgot” or Ran Out of Dog Poop Bags – I carry rolls in my purse and in my car, because I have come to the park and found that poop bag dispensers empty and had to walk our dogs in shame, because I didn’t have any dog poop bags.  Now I have enough for our dogs, their multiple poops, and to share with other dog owners too.

No One Will Notice – Everyone notices, but they’re probably feeling justified in their failure to scoop their dog’s poop.  If she isn’t doing it, then I don’t have to.  But this attitude is what has ruined one of our favorite walking trails that’s covered in dog poop.  It’ll clear up (visually) during  few days of rain, but the fact that it’s broken down and no longer visually to my eye, doesn’t mean that we’re not all tracking it back to my car and home.

Poop Buddy Poop Bags, Subscription Service

Poop Buddy makes the chore of picking up our dogs’ poop a little more fun.

This month, we received the Poop Buddy February mailing and I love it.  This sounds dumb, but ever since my first Poop Buddy review, I’ve been in love with pretty dog poop bags.  I figure that if I’m going to carry around 4 or more warm, smelly bags of dog poop, they may as well be pretty.

For $10 a month (less if we order a 3 or 6 months subscription) Poop Buddy subscription, I get up to 80 dog poop bags in cool designs, a surprise, and no shipping costs.  This is a lot cheaper than at our local pet store so I decided that having four dogs makes this a smart choice.  So I signed up on February 1.

And the facts about what dog poop does to our environment has inspired me to stock up on my favorite designs…


It’s winter, poop is frozen, making it easier to clean up (in our yards) and easy to find (look for the steam) on our walks.  Spring is coming, inspiring me to pick it up faster so that we can get home and out of the rain.  Whens summer arrives, I’ll be honored to clear the trails of our dogs poop so that walkers and runners don’t track it back home.  And then the fall brings back the rain and our more efficient walks.

See, no more excuses for me.

So can you add to my list of why people don’t pick up their dog’s poop?


  1. No additional ideas. I honestly didn’t know many of the facts about dog poop. Thank you for writing this!

    • My pleasure. A year ago, I didn’t know either.

  2. You would be shocked to learn how many dog show people do not pick up after their dogs…at dog shows! They KNOW the club members hosting the show will have to pick up the grounds after the show. And they also KNOW that many dog clubs have lost their show sites, because of exhibitors failing to pick up after their dogs. (What hotel wants to deal with the poop from hundreds of dogs, all over their grounds?)

    People can be so inconsiderate at times!

    I will admit, I have been guilty of not picking up after my dogs on the occassional walk. But this usually happens when I have picked up after them, disposed of the full poop bags, and then one of them surprizes us when we are out of bags. I try to now make sure I have extra bags before we leave the house.

    • I am so stunned. Wow! Really. That’s awful! I would be mortified if someone called me on it. And I’m with you; I’ve failed to pick up, because I just didn’t have enough bags. Rodrigo poops at least 2x and I’m ready. Sydney will give me a surprise.

  3. Hi Kimberly,

    Amazing post! Thanks for all the ruv.

    We completely agree that poop can quickly get out of hand. Some pups poop up to 2-3 times a day. If even a few owners choose not to pick it up – the poo problem in a neighborhood can escalate quickly!

    Thanks for picking up, and we’re happy to have you as a member of the pack 😀


    The PoopBuddies

    • I’m super excited to have one thing off my shopping list :)

  4. I love the pretty bags! Okay – funny thing. I work in a school nursery on Tuesdays, so I change diapers. Have I told you this story? One of the moms has a roll of poop bags in the diaper bag! Stupid me asked what they’re for and OF COURSE they’re for putting stinky diapers in! (I’d only seen them for dogs) So, if you should ever run out of doggy poop bags and your local store doesn’t carry them, head to the diaper section of your local super store and look for them.

    • Good to know. I have never heard of that. Ha ha.

    • Too funny. I actually didn’t realize until one of our mommy customers told me she uses her poop bags for both! :)


      Carina and The PoopBuddies

  5. You know we have this problem in our neighbourhood. I am always finding dog poop in my front yard from other peoples dogs. I only have to clean dog poop once a week because I only have 1 small dog so I luck out in that department.

    • The only other poop on our property bis from deer, coyotes and rabbits. I ignore it. But at our old house I would get so annoyed when people would encourage their dog to poop in our yard.

  6. Reason #6 People are lazy! Not being facetious, but after 25 years in the pet waste removal industry, I discovered that 10% of my customers were admittedly lazy.

  7. Because I live on a lake, I’m always thinking about the effect of pollution washing into our watershed. And dog poop is probably the grossest pollution I can think of.

    Our local dog park has a commercial composter pick up the waste to turn it into fertilizer. But I use flushable dog bags that make it easy to put dog poo right into the sewer system where it’s treated.

  8. What drives me nuts the most is finding poop bags along the way. Doesn’t make any sense to me to pick it up, tie it in a bag and then leave it.

    • I know! And I bet they’re saying they’ll grab it on the way back – they never will.

  9. I always thought people didn’t pick up poop because they are lazy…LOL!

    I pick up poop in my backyard about 3 times a week, simply because it bothers me to have it laying there. I only have Wynston and his droppings are SO tiny, but I spend a lot of time outside and don’t like to look at it.

    I always pick up after Wynston when we are on walks, but for those that don’t, there is actually a mobile service that scours the neighborhood, and they pick up poop they see. It’s great, but it’s still no excuse to not pick up after your dog. Maybe that’s where all of my HOA money is going…hahaha!

  10. I think it’s lazy, inconsiderate, especially when you “let” them go in someones yard. We have 5 dogs from 3lbs to 95lbs, that’s a lot of poop. I pretty much watch them and pick up right when they are done (unless it’s raining really hard) because if I don’t I will absolutely step in some when I go to do it. I have once or twice run out of bags an not picked up when in the woods but I will try to find something or borrow one if I can. I really hate that people do that and hopefully with more posts like this one it will help. But I guess there will always be some, just like those people who think they can drive normally in ice and snow and talk and text while driving.

    • Seeing our favorite trail ruined still ticks me off. I wish someone was there just to hand out tickets.

  11. If I find myself on a walk without a bag, I’ve been known to note the spot, go home, get in the car, drive back to the place with a pooper scooper, and pick it up!! I have also used two sticks or other creative ideas from nature (and then throw it in the woods). Not easy when you have two dogs on leash, but it can be done! I do live in a rural area so it’s a little easier because we can toss it into the woods. I still would never leave it behind! That’s just wrong.

    • Awesome that you return. I’ve done this on the trail by our home but only once. I was a bad offender in the past.

  12. Where I live, it’s sort of culturally acceptable to not pick up the poop although that is slowly changing. You get fined in Paris if you leave the poop in some places (although I’ve never seen this enforced) and pet stores are slowly starting to stock waste bags. Back home, if someone in the US didn’t pick up their dog’s poop and you saw, they’d offer an excuse and feel ashamed saying “ah I forgot a bag today. I’ll come back” or something like that. Here in France, if someone sees you watching their dog poop, they don’t even think twice about leaving the poop and walking away like it’s normal. Now I just offer a bag with a simple, “You must have forgotten yours today.” Changing the world one dog owner at a time!

    • Bravo! And that is so strange about Paris. The Paris I know is from the movies so it’s always interesting to know more. It’s the same with New York for me. I think Sex in the City.

  13. Hey Kimberly, Would you mind if I re-use your info graphic on my site next month? We have a horrible problem with people not picking up after their dogs at my apartments. The dog park has a water drain which links to the bay across the street. So gross! Please let me know. Thanks!


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