Top 10 Personal Reasons to Scoop Your Dog’s Poop

According to the American Pet Products Association 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, there are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the United Sates. Let’s say that each of those pups produces an average of 1/2 lb of poop a day. This would mean that owned dogs in the US produce approximately 39.1 million pounds of waste every day-- about 14 billion pounds of dog poop every year!  No matter how you spin it, one thing is for sure: that is a lot of poop.


Did you know that more than half of US dog owners do not clean the waste left behind after their dogs have relieved themselves? The excuses vary widely, but can include general squeamishness, apathy or laziness, or more legitimately issues with back pain or disabilities.


  So why is un-scooped dog poop a problem? It’s been shown that dog excrement can cause underground water contamination, infects our streams and lakes and cause beach closure after a rainy day due to raised bacteria levels!


The government and local municipalities have been trying to address these problems by providing education, encouragement, issuing citations or even starting a lottery scheme . This hasn’t been enough to drastically improve the likelihood that owners would pick up after their pets… so here are the Top 10 Personal Reasons why you should scoop your doggy’s poop:

  1. Reduce the likelihood of stepping on dog poop, which could result in slipping, falling and injury for you and your family members (not to mention the embarrassment!)
  2. Related to point number 1—no more ruined shoes!
  3. Provides for a clean environment free of foul smells.
  4. Keeps underground water supply free of bacteria, which is especially important if you are dependent on well water.
  5. Picking up after your pet helps keep flies at bay, reducing the likelihood of insect-borne diseases such as dysentery, cholera, or typhoid fever (
  6. Flies can also be the reason you or a family member could contract:

a)   Roundworms

b)   Tapeworms

c)   Heartwarms

d)   Hookworms

e)   Cryptosporidium

f)    Salmonellosis

g)   Giardiasis

h)   Escherichia coli

i)     Corona

j)    Parvo

k)   Campylobacteriosis

A recent CDC study found 14 percent of Americans tested positive for roundworms.

  1. Your neighbors will like you much better if you pick up after your pet who just decided that the Jones’ yard would make an excellent toilet.
  2. Keep the rivers and streams clean so fish and other aquatic species can thrive, reducing the cost of food for all of us.
  3. If the bacteria levels stay low, the next time you take your family to your favorite beach; it won’t be closed due to high levels of contaminants.
  4. Lastly, picking up after your dog can be easy, and consciously rewarding.