How to get neighbors to pick up their dog’s poop

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How to get neighbors to pick up their dog’s poop

Updated May 9, 2022

Dear Cathy,

At our condo complex, we have a problem with dog owners who violate the rules relative to walking their pets. Some, very few, allow their pets to defecate or urinate on lawns without picking it up. While our condo is pet-friendly, there are rules about dog walking. Is there an effective and humane deterrent that will prevent a dog from this offensive action? Someone suggested that the grass areas be “sprinkled” with red pepper.

– Mike, Amityville, New York

Dear Mike,

I have never heard of red pepper thwarting dogs from peeing outside, but why would you want to do that? The problem is not dogs peeing and pooping outside, which is a perfectly natural thing for animals to do. The problem is, their owners not picking up after them when they do.

It’s sad people need to be reminded about this, but they do. It’s not a trivial issue either since neighbors can get very confrontational with each other over this matter.

Ideas for getting Dog Owners to pick up their dog’s poop

  1. Talk to your Home Owners Association (HOA) about posting information in your community newsletter or email.
  2. Maybe get a group of people to pick up poop one day, tally it, and offer it as “news” in the next newsletter.
  3. In our neighborhood, our HOA set poop bag waste stations every ½ mile. It serves as both a reminder and resource for dog owners.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to cathy@petpundit.com. Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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