Why dog poo is a slippery issue

It has happened to us all. You’re innocently walking along when you feel that awful squelchy feeling. Maybe a nasty smell hits you at the same time. That’s right. You’ve stepped in dog poo!

Unfortunately dog fouling is an issue in lots of towns and cities. Dog poo is a particular problem on beaches as it can be hard to spot when covered in sand. It’s a smelly substance so lots of dog owners chose not to clean up after their dogs. This leaves other people at risk of more than just getting it on their shoe. Read on to find out more about how it can affect people and feel free to share if you know a dog owner who needs to read this!

Wheelchairs and buggies

If you’ve ever cleaned dog mess off your shoe, you’ll know how unpleasant and time-consuming it can be. It’s usually not recommended to put shoes in the washing machine but sometimes it’s the only way to clean your shoe properly after an encounter with this stinky canine goo. Now can you imagine what a wheelchair user would have to do to clean dog poo off their wheelchair? Sometimes the chair will need to be taken apart to be cleaned properly. Cane users can unknowingly get dog poo on their cane which they then need to fold up and bring with them. Parents with children in buggies will no doubt shudder at the thought of having to fold up a buggy that has run through a pile of poo.

Spreading Disease

Dog poo can be a carrier for a whole host of diseases, including Toxocariasis which can cause partial blindness.  You can read more here [archived post]: http://www.doodycalls.com/resources-toxic-dog-waste/

Children love picking things up when they’re outside – the last thing any parent wants is for their child to pick up smelly dog poo or something that’s covered in it. It’s gross and it’s dangerous.

In our concern about the danger to humans, we often forget that dog poo can also pose a risk to other dogs.

Grass hates dog poo too!

Not only is it bad for humans, dog poo is also bad for grass! Unlike some animal faeces, dog poo is toxic to grass and can lead to burns and stains. This is because dogs eat a lot of protein so unlike our grass-munching cow friends, their excrement does not make good fertiliser. It’s acidic and will make your lawn or the park look bad in no time. If you hear someone say that it’s good for the grass, let them know the truth!

But I hate picking up dog poo…

Let’s face it, getting up close and personal with your pet’s faeces isn’t the most appealing of prospects. However, that’s no excuse for not binning it. We hope we’ve given you plenty of reasons why in this post. Jenn over at Your Dog Advisor has put together a blog post all about the best pooper scoopers she’s tried.  Her goal? To help you find a pooper scooper you’ll actually want to use. Intrigued? Have a read here!

Dog Pooh!

Most people are bothered by irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. Some people are so bothered by dog poo, they are moved to write a song about it! If you happen to know someone who might need to be reminded why it’s so important to pick up the poop, why not share this video with them? Their dog might even like it too!



  1. Nicholas Crossan on July 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Annette couldn’t agree more with you as you know I own 2 dogs and also a dog lover but can’t understand why owners won’t clean up after their dog. The dog warden hands out poo bags as an initiative from Donegal coco from time to time and it helps but as usual some people just don’t want to know, I give out bags to some… oh did you forget here’s a few of mine… our wee town is looking so well pity it can be ruined by a few who don’t clean up poo… keep up the good work

    • Annette on July 18, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Nicholas. I believe the only way forward is to remain positive and lead by example. Keep up the good work yourself and fingers crossed Buncrana will retain it’s Tidy Towns gold medal again this year.

  2. Dean on July 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    We’re using your video and audio in a campaign in cinema’s and on multiple radio stations that will be heard throughout the Eastern and Midland regions and possibly further afield. Hopefully your excellent material will help people to be a little more considerate. At the very least we’ll have the children singing the song and annoying their parents 🙂

    • Annette on July 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Thanks Dean and very welcome news this is. There are many people who honestly think dog fouling is not a big deal and wonder what all the fuss is about. I am pleased that the messages conveyed through the song and video clearly highlight how dog poo can be a real problem for many people. Children love the song and it is very catchy so you might have to go into hiding this Summer Dean, from all these angry parents!

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