Poop Happens-Pick It Up!

January 29, 2015 • Author: Ruff Haus

Recently we’ve noticed that there is a lot of dog poop being left around our parking lot. We’re asking for your help to assist in keeping our parking area clean so that everyone has a positive experience during drop off and pick up times for daycare and grooming. We fully understand  your dogs need to “go”, so if you don’t have a clean up bag handy just pop inside and we’d be happy to give you one or two or even three! We’ll even get rid of the garbage for you when you’re done cleaning up! We appreciate your assistance in this matter and know that we can count on all of you to help keep our parking lot a safe, healthy and clean place for our dogs and other neighbourhood dogs.


Here are a few friendly reminders about why its so very important to clean up after our dogs. 

  1. It’s the law. Just like littering, it’s unlawful NOT to pick up after your dog, and your violation is subject to fine.

  2. It’s common courtesy. Cleaning up after your dogs shows respect for our neighbours and our community. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog’s poop for others to look at, step in or clean up.

  3. Dog Poop is unhealthy. Abandoned dog poop can host diseases and/or parasites which can infect other dogs that come into contact with it, or be transmitted to people who accidentally step in it and track it home. Particularly at risk, of course, are children who play on the ground.

  4. Dog Poop bio-degrades slowly. Some people think it’s okay to leave dog poop because it will break down naturally. However, the biodegration process is very slow, and, especially in places where the dog population is high, abandoned dog poop can accumulate faster than it breaks down.

  5. It’s not fertilizer! In fact, poop impedes landscaping efforts. Leaving dog poop encourages other dogs to mark that spot (by urinating over the previous dog’s scent): poop left on the grass contributes to the problem of “nitrogen burn.”

  6. Dog Poop pollutes the water. Dog feces contains high levels of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, which actually pollute the water. These nutrients feed and stimulate the growth of algae in water bodies in much the same way as fertilizers help lawns to grow. This can cause the water body to become depleted in oxygen, making it less healthy for fish and large levels of growth can impede recreational and aesthetic value of water as well. Cleaning up after your dog is environmentally responsible. And please don’t dispose of dog poop in storm drains: storm drains are a direct conduit to our rivers!

  7. Dog Poop is unsightly. Everybody knows that. It’s disgusting. Pick it up.

  8. Dog Poop tops the list of complaints against dogs. More than dog aggression, nuisance barking or unsupervised dogs, most complaints against dogs are about people not cleaning up after their dogs.

  9. Dog Poop makes dog owners look bad. Dog Poop is the number one reason for negative public sentiment against dogs. Every time you don’t pick up after your dog, you are giving one more reason for others to dislike dogs and dog owners.

10.  Your actions set an example for others. When you pick up after your dog, you are part of         the solution! And your actions will help convey the message that it’s the right thing to             do.




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