- There are many workable solutions to keeping your backyard, park or property clean such as hiring a pet waste removal service.
- Dirty Work Pet Waste Removal has been metro-Atlanta’s professional pooper scooper service since 1998. Contact us today for your free quote: 404-876-9333
Likewise, dog feces is full of bacteria and pathogens; using it as fertilizer or compost, especially on edible gardens, poses serious potential health risks and is discouraged by the CDC:
- “Composting and burial do not kill hazardous pathogens that may be in the pet waste and can pollute water. Landfills are designed to safely handle substances such as dog waste, cat litter and dirty diapers. Yards are not. Most home compost piles don’t reach temperatures sufficient to kill many hazardous pathogens.
- Extended exposure at 140-degree temperatures is required to kill E. coli and salmonella.
- Giardia can survive temperature extremes, chlorination and drying. Cryptosporidium, Leptospira, Salmonella and E. coli can survive for months in feces or soil. Roundworms can survive four years in soil.
- Even commercial yard waste processors do not currently compost waste at temperatures sufficient to kill many pathogens in pet waste, so don’t put dog waste in the yard waste bins for curbside pickup.”
WHY IS PUTTING DOG POOP IN A LANDFILL ANY BETTER?
Landfills have liners and treatment systems, so pollutants won’t leach into the environment. We certainly want to reduce our waste stream to landfills wherever possible. When it comes to pet waste, however, there is currently no better alternative.
If you buried pet waste in your own yard you may cause health problems, especially if it is close to a garden or play area. In many places the groundwater is close to the surface or only protected by sandy soils that allow pollutants to quickly travel to our drinking water, so burying it on your own isn’t the best solution.
At some point in the future, commercial composting technology may be sufficient to treat pet waste, enabling curbside pickup along with yard waste. Until then, landfilling is the best alternative for pet waste.
How to catch a loose dog (don’t chase it!)
If you chase your dog, its instinct is to run. If you lie down on the ground and act hurt (yelping, etc.), its instinct is to come check on you and make sure you’re alright. Feels like a dirty trick at the time, but it’s worth saving your dog from getting loose or hurt.
What to do if a dog gets loose:
- Stop, drop and lie down – It might sound silly, but dogs find the behavior odd. When you don’t give chase and instead lie down and lie still, a dog will get curious and will often come back to see if you are okay or to see what you are doing.
- Stop, drop, and curl into a ball – This is also a curious behavior for a dog. Because you are not moving and your hands are closely wrapped around your head, they see you as less of a threat and will come to check you out. This gives them a chance to sniff you and realize it’s you, their owner, or to allow you to pet them and grab their collar.
- Run in the opposite direction – What? Run away from the dog? That’s right. Some dogs love a good chase. Instead of you chasing them, let them chase you. Even if the dog is not up for a good chase, he may be curious about your odd behavior and follow along until you can get him into a building or car or someplace where it is easier to corral him.
- Sit down with your back or side to the dog and wait – Again, dogs are thrown off by this odd behavior and will become curious and approach. The other advantage is that by sitting down with your side or back to them, you appear less threatening and they are more likely to approach. If you have good treats, place a few around you to draw them near.
- Open a car door and ask the dog if she wants to go for a ride – It almost seems too simplistic and silly to be true, but many a dog has been fooled into hopping into a car because they were invited to go for a ride. It makes sense, especially if the dog has learned to associate the car with good things (e.g., the dog park).
Why you should make sure your dog waste is picked up (infographic)
EVER LEAVE POOP BEHIND?
IN YOUR YARD, ON THE TRAIL, OUT OF SIGHT?
Here’s what happens NOT PICKED UP from DOG PARK, YOUR LAWN
72.8 million dogs currently live in the United States
40% of Americans don’t pick up after their dogs
44% wouldn’t pick up if asked are lying
Beware! 1 gram of dog 23 million feces contains fecal bacteria
Decompostion Begins Toxic bacteria seeps into the soil
Poop carries dangerous pathogens and pollutes our freshwater supply
Wastewater treatment IS NOT designed to filter dog waste!
Diseases & Viruses
Symptoms: fever, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes
Symptoms: fever, shock, lethargy, dehydration, more
E.coli, Giardia, Parvo
Symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting
Symptoms: bloody diarrhea, vomiting, dehyrdation, more
FACT: Our natural ecostystem can handle 2 dogs per square mile. In urban areas, there are 125 dogs per square mile.
Always bag it & trash it! Even when no one is watching!
According to the EPA, dog poop is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills.
PoopBuddy aims to inspire responsibility among dog owners by introducing fun to an otherwise stinky task. Learn more at poopbuddy.com.
SOURCES: GreenvilleCounty.org, National Resources Defense Council, Alamo Area, Partners for Animal Welfare, Keep It Clean Partnership, Environmental Protection Agency, Cable News Network
DIRTY WORK, ATLANTA’s PET WASTE REMOVAL PROFESSIONALS ARE HERE TO HELP. For a free quote or information, please give us a woof below!
While the dog has always been man’s best friend, dog waste has posed a threat to man’s foot and nose. And now research has proven a more unsettling fact: dog waste is also a significant environmental pollutant.
Studies have found that roughly 40 percent of Americans don’t pick up after their dogs’ waste. Dog feces accounts for 24 percent of the bacteria that pollutes our urban and suburban waterways. You can help by making sure your dog’s waste is picked up 100 percent of the time.
In 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized pet waste as a major contributor of Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) and as such, the runoff from pet waste will continue to produce harmful effects on our drinking water supply, recreation, fisheries and wildlife unless we all work together in our communities to reduce and prevent this pollution from occurring.
DIRTY WORK Pet Waste Removal Service has been there since 1998 to help any Atlanta area dog owner, park, apartment or multi-family community that may be looking for an affordable solution to keeping their yards or property cleared of dog poop.
To help raise awareness of the hazards of uncleaned pet waste and International Pooper Scooper Week, DIRTY WORK is providing a 10% April discount to new metro-Atlanta residents that sign up for dog waste pickup April 1-7th, 2015.
To learn more about DIRTY WORK’s Metro-Atlanta dog waste removal service, Scoop the Poop Campaign and environmental and health risks related to dog feces please visit our website:http://www.CallDirtyWork.com
About DIRTY WORK
DIRTY WORK, Atlanta area ‘entre-manures’ since 1998 charges a small per-cleaning fee for its professional pooper scooper to find, collect dog waste, haul away, and then properly dispose of the pet waste. DIRTY WORK provides its professional pet waste clean-up and removal services, pet station maintenance and supplies for individual yards, parks, and multi-family communities. It’s purpose is to take over a dog owner’s worst chore, keep properties clean & healthy and to give pet owners more quality time with their pets and families.
To learn more call 404-876-9333 or visit http://www.CallDirtyWork.com