Do NOT Pick Up Dog Dirt!


I saw it this morning: a woman watched her dog do it’s business. She then reached into her anorak pocket and produced a scrunched-up Morrison’s Supermarket carrier bag.  She pulled it over her hand, picked up the dog shit, and pulled the bag back over so that the shite was contained within the bag.

[Picture of hot dog crap in hand]Now, this is wrong and disgusting on many levels in my opinion.  Let’s begin with the supermarket carrier bag — we’re supposed to be getting away from using these plastic bags as they last for millions of years on landfills and kill wild life. On top of this, Morrison’s carriers are largely clear and see-through — hardly appropriate for this purpose.

The next thing that gets me annoyed is that the dog is allowed to poop anywhere it likes, and the owner will pick it up.  This is not right; humans picking up after dogs is wrong — we’re acting like they are superior and we are the servants.

Think about it, a dog crap on the pavement is something to be avoided — and it can be avoided most of the time because is obviously present.  On the other hand, a dog poo that was lifted will leave residue and germs behind that are far less evident.  People do not see the danger and walk on the fouled region to then spread the germs on floors and carpets at home and in cars.  Kids drops things, bounce balls, and ride over such places to spread germs and infection far and wide.

[Picture about hand washing in toilet]

The next issue I have with the pick-up scenario is the act of picking up the faeces — plastic bag or not. The way I see it, if you went to the toilet and did a poo, you would be just as separated from your own faecal matter — in your personal case, it’s toilet paper, in the dog fouling scenario, it is a plastic shopping bag.

The thing is you know that wiping your bum means you have germs and that you need to wash your hands — but people who pick up warm, freshly produced dog turds are in the street or in parks, and have no access to wash hand basins.  They are walking about with germs — and it is exactly as bad as not washing your hands after defecating in a WC.

How would you feel if someone walked their dog and then made you a sandwich?  I personally would feel that this is the same as someone making a sandwich after going for a dump and not washing their hands, or a mother changing a nappy and not washing her hands.

[Picture of toothbrush next to wc]I saw Kim and Aggie’s TV show,”How Clean is Your House” a while back.  It was explained that germs from the toilet can spread upto eight feet away from the WC bowl.  They swabbed surfaces and items for laboratory testing, and faecal matter was discovered on toothbrushes and face flannels. Toothbrushes should be stored as far away as possible from toilet bowls — always inside  bathroom cabinets and with a case too if possible.

[Picture of diagram abou tways to wipe your arse]That is why toilets cannot be accessed from public rooms — especially kitchens,  but instead they have to be from hallways and corridors or, for example, in pubs and clubs, accessed via IVS spaces.  Toilets without windows have to by law have an extraction fan wired up to the lightswitch with an over run fo 20 minutes after you leave and switch off the light — yes, it is that serious.

People can be paranoid about sitting on toilet seats or touching toilet door handles or flush handles – yet, while germs are definitely passed via contact, there is a significant airborne spread. If you wipe your bottom — you are not coming into direct contact with faeces by virtue of the toilet paper.  Germs are in the toilet bowl, on the seat and on your wiping hand.  You will touch surfaces and spread the germs that jumped onto your hand.  Flushing creates the sneezing effect — a fine germ-filled mist or aerosol that spreads germs high and low, far and wide.  May people consider hand air driers to spread germs too — particularly when people wet their hands rather than washing them with soap and warm water.

The point I am labouring here is that germs are invisible and that they spread fast and far. Despite toilet paper and plastic bags.

  • I therefore think there should be a ban on people picking up after their pooches.
  • I do not think dogs should be allowed to poop anywhere: dogs should be made by their owners to poop in designated areas — perhaps in gutters at the roadside of the kerb (not on the pavement), where rain water will wash them down the drain.

We live in a world filled with MRSA, superbugs, allergies, and all sorts of illnesses that could be eradicated by better hygiene. The “Bag it and Bin It” campaign — I have argued here — is unhealthy for us all and something should be done.


14 Responses to “Do NOT Pick Up Dog Dirt!”

  1. Keith Says:

    Your life has no meaning

  2. Chrsity Cabardo Says:

    Dears, If you don’t stoop and scoop the fine is $90.
    BTW! Wonderful snapshot on top of this page.
    I borrowed it for INQ.

  3. Bob Says:

    Actually, that’s a fair point. Forget the fine, make the dog -no, train the dog to poop in a special area, like a drain.

  4. Dog Defender Says:

    I know that this post ia a little ancient but I have a couple of things to say… In many european countries paper bags are found in little dispensers on the street for the purpose of bagging & binning. Unfortunately in England these are not openly available because such dispensers would be vandalised, set on fire, stolen for scrap etc which is more of a social problem than people actually picking up the fecal matter of their hounds. You can get special bio-degradable bags from your local authority & there are usually dog poo bins in parks etc especially for this kind of hazardous waste. Most plastic carriers these days are of the bio-degrade material anyway & the fact that Morrisons bags are clear & unsuitable is ridiculous. The sight of dog mess in a bag is disturbing or offensive? It would be more so if the streets were littered with it. As for wandering about with germs on your hands – surely the faeces doesn’t absorb through plastic? Or is it more hygenic to don a dog walking poop-suit to take the pooch for walkies? Ridiculous… At the end of your article you claim that ‘something sound be done’ but offer no alternative suggestion as to what that might be. Typical “I wish someone would do something” mentality not realising that you are someone albeit a rather opinionated one. It’s easy to have all these ‘opinions’ but harder to come up with solutions. Get down off your rickety soap box before you fall.

    • Pet Lover Says:

      Did you read this post? At the end of your comment you put: “you claim that ‘something sound be done’ but offer no alternative suggestion as to what that might be. Typical” This post ends with two proposed ways forward (1) ban people from picking up and (2) having designated areas for dogs to do the toilet.

      I must say that I began reading this post with the mindset that dog-owners ought to pickup or be fined. But this has changed my mind; I had not really thought it through. The only real solution to all the points raised, from plastic bags and landfill to germs left on pavements and hands, is to do the two proposals she has put. Dogs are extremely trainable aren’t they?

  5. Dog Defender Says:

    Oh & one other thing… We are not the servants of our dogs, we are their responsible guardians. If your child took a dump on the floor would you not clear it up as long as it was over eight feet from your toothbrush? Of course you would because you want to keep your environment clean & safe for yourself & others. Apply that same logic to dog dirt & try to control your squeemish tendencies. I wonder if you have ever picked up after a dog? We live in world that is obsessed by cleanliness & hygene. A little of what is bad does you good & you have to eat two buckets of dirt before you die. Not literally two buckets but over the course of our lives!! Living in a sterile environment is not healthy as is living in a world strewn with dog or people mess. Get it in perspective…

    • Pet Lover Says:

      I am not sure I follow your argument. I do know that if child or pet messed the floor inside the house, it would be cleaned away, and the area wiped with disinfectant, and hands would be washed. I wonder what a mother would do if a child did the toilet on the pavement.

      You are confused about cleanliness I think. People buy good bacteria in specially prepared yoghurts. This is not the same thing as germs in defecation. Everyone knows the importance of hand-washing to prevent hepatitus, influenza and worse.

    • Lassie Says:

      You say “We are not the servants of our dogs” but

  6. Dog Defender 2 Says:

    Sorry but I almost forgot… “I do not think dogs should be allowed to poop anywhere: dogs should be made by their owners to poop in designated areas — perhaps in gutters at the roadside of the kerb (not on the pavement), where rain water will wash them down the drain.” Please publish your address so we can all bring our dogs to poop in the gutter outside your house so yo can watch the rain water wash the them down the drain if you could see through the flies that would eventually land on your food & do its own business giving you more to think about than people picking up poo. None of this is thought through very well is it? It’s really funny though!!

  7. Dog Defender 2 Says:

    …I apologise for my poor spelling & word confusion in that last comment. I was laughing so much I wasn’t paying attention & didn’t proof check it.

  8. doody Says:

    its not the best plan to let a dog shit down a drain or in the gutter, the water from some drains gets recycled back into the system, dont think i want to be drinking dogshit with me tea/coffee etc

    • Andy C Says:

      This is wrong. NO drain water is specifically recycled.for drinking. Potable water is quite separate by law.

  9. lou Says:

    wouldn’t be electing you as mayor thats for sure! place would be covered in shite!

    • Louise Wilson Says:

      How so? Council designated areas with drains seems a sensible idea to me, it’s not as if dogs would be able to poo anywhere and everywhere like they are at the moment. Some dog owners (but not all) pick up the poo, so I think this idea has a real chance of being a success, and a better solution than what we have at the moment, with germs, and poeple tying plastic carrier bags of poo to school railings because the bins been vandalised etc etc etc.

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