Picking up after your dog
We all love to exercise our dogs. There is nothing better than letting them off their leads and watching them leap into the air to catch that ball you just threw or run around the park after their tails. Then comes the time of day where your pet needs to relieve itself, and it involves more than just lifting its hind leg … doggie poo bags at the ready!
Etiquette for exercising your dog
As a responsible dog owner you should always pick up after your pet in the park to help keep dog walking areas clean and free of waste – and parasites.
Not only is dog poo unsightly and unpleasant, it has other negative impacts on our community and environment. On a more serious note, it is a legal requirement in most regions and states in New Zealand and Australia to remove the offending poo and you could end up incurring a hefty fine if you don't dispose of it properly!
Health implications of failing to clean up after your dog
To other dogs:
• canine hepatitis
- Zoonoses from hookworm, tapeworm, roundworm and whipworm.
- Eye infections, throat infections and gastroenteritis from swimming in polluted waterways.
To the environment
- Dog poo is washed into stormwater drains and results in pollution of fresh waterways and ultimately beaches and oceans.
- This pollution can result in closure of beaches due to the water being unsafe for swimming.
- This pollution also affects marine life.
So, remember always to clean up after your dog in public. Bad dog owners give all dog owners a bad name and mean that more of our dog-owning privileges are at risk – so don’t leave home without doggie clean-up bags!
Luckily we can help you with our Bags on Board® Dispensers, which makes picking up after your pets a walk in the park. The sturdy design makes for a dependable yet environmentally friendly tool for the most undesirable of tasks.
Check out the product page for a range of dispensers and refills or click on the map below to find a specialty pet store in your area.