The Scoop: Do’s and Don’ts for Taking Care of Dog Poop

“What do I do with my dog’s poop?” That’s a question most dog parents ask themselves at one time or another.

Here are a few tips to help you decide what to do–and not to do–with your dog’s waste:

DON’T leave your dog’s poop on your lawn. It doesn’t make good fertilizer. The poop can burn–not help–your lawn. Also, it can get flushed into a storm drain during rainstorms and contaminate waterways.


DO use waste pick-up bags made specifically for dog poop because they’re extra strong and sized right to pick up and contain pet waste. There are even extra-thick pet waste bags for anyone who hates the “yuck” factor of picking up poop.

DON’T flush dog waste down your toilet! At least not until you’ve checked with your local authorities to make sure it’s okay. Or if you have a dog that actually uses a toilet. In that case, you’re an impressive pet parent! And be sure to use a waste pick-up bag or pooper scooper to avoid direct contact with pet waste if you do transfer it to the toilet.


DO help the environment by picking up dog waste. Poop that is not cleaned up goes into the water supply together with all the contaminants that dog waste contains. Look for products that use natural ingredients to make the bags–this reduces the amount of plastic and often helps the bags break down faster. For example, these pet waste pick-up bags are made using natural lignin–a leftover byproduct of paper-making–which gives them an additional environmental advantage over other eco-friendly bags.


DON’T think of pet waste pick-up as a chore! If you express your style by using colorful bag dispenser cases–they attach easily to leashes and harnesses–filled with waste pick-up bags in either vibrant colors or trendy designs, you’ll feel quite cheerful when it’s time to scoop the poop!

Do you have any more dos and don’ts to add? Let us know in the comments section below!


LTPL Editing Staff


  • Logan Murphy
    October 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    We just bought a family dog and love to take him out for walks in the park. Luckily our favorite park provides some of those waste pick-up bags to use in case our dog needs to go. My wife does not like the pooper scooper duty, so i’m usually the one to do it. I’m very appreciative of the thickness of the bag. It makes a big difference! Thanks for your do’s and dont’s, they are helpful!

    • blogeditor
      LTPL Editing Staff
      October 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      So glad to hear Logan! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deedee Lewis
    December 20, 2016 at 1:10 am

    My husband and I are considering adopting a dog and have no idea how to clean up after one. I’ve noticed that there are more dog waste in the grass in our neighborhood park than I would like to admit, so we don’t want to add to that issue. It’s good to know that dog waste that doesn’t get picked up goes into our water supply because now I’m determined to pick up our dog waste.Thanks for this article, I will be sharing some of the information with my husband and neighborhood friends.

    • blogeditor
      LTPL Editing Staff
      December 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      We appreciate the feedback Deedee!

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