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Old 04-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Dog poop, not sure if it's public or private property crazy lady what do I do?

Hi.

Sorry in advance that this is a bit lengthy, I'll add a tl;dr at the bottom.

I live in Broward Florida, and I exercise my mom I's two dogs by taking them on long 40 minute walks on a public street. There is a neighborhood to the side of the street I take them in. I have tried to pick up their poop before but find it physically difficult because of how they like to tug on the leash when I bend over to try to pick it up (I'm 17 years old and I'm a bit on the weak side..). I have given up on that and just moved to the public street. I sorta mapped out what the street looks like below...

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GRASS
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NEIGHBORHOOD

I allow my dogs to poop on the grass in between the neighborhood and the side walk, I figured since a lot of people do it and there's a lot of litter on this street it wouldn't be much of a problem. Of course even though most of the people in that neighborhood and I have friendly conversations with one another there is this one rather crazy old lady.

I just had my 2nd encounter with her today, and it began with her shouting at me to pick up my dogs poop. I'll write out the conversation in script format.

Her: Pick up your dogs poop!

Me: I physically can't handle their tugging on the leash when I do, I don't want to accidentally let them go and have them run into the street! Plus I only have 2 hands, and I got 2 dogs.

Her: Take them one at a time!

Me: I take them on 40 minute walks, multiplying that by two simply doesn't fit my schedule!

Her: Well WE don't want this on our property!

Me: Pretty sure this is public property! I never go to your side of the bushes! Also, don't say "We" YOU have a problem with it. No one else complained to me about it. Also there's tons of bones, cupcake remains and other litter on this street. I think that's a bigger problem then this.

Her: I'm the only one who sees it!

Me: Liar, I talk to your neighbors a lot, they never mention it.

Her: I'm going to report you!

Me: Okay have fun!

I then proceeded to walk away. I guess what I'm trying to ask, should I be worried? I would go the other way down the street, but I honestly don't think it's safe down there. The neighborhood there gets a lot of police reports.

tl;dr:
Crazy old lady complains to me that I let my dogs poop in between the side walk and a neighborhood. Threatened to report me, should I be worried?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I don't usually use forums, but internet searches leave me with nothing :/

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:45 PM   #2
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If you can teach both dogs to sit and stay while you pick up the poop that would appease the neighbors. In my community leaving poop is a misdemeanor, but my community is especially harsh. Sometimes what I have done, is if I'm going on an out and back the same way walk, I will bag up the poop and leave it to get on my way back. I live rural and sometimes I won't bag it up if there's absolutely no possibility of someone stepping in it.
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Hi Tootie and aboard to Df Where do I start? What breed of dogs are they? I can imagine how difficult it must be for you! But in reality you need to train a solid sit and stay while you pick the poops up. It's disgusting stuff and can make a child blind and spread all sorts of illness In the UK you can be fined quite a bit if some one is caught not picking up after thier dog! Not sure what the laws are in your country, but the crazy lady would have every right to report you.
I believe you can buy poop scoops with a long handle on it so you don't have to bend down to pick it up. But pick it up you must
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They're not neighbors. I don't live in this neighborhood, it just happens to be on the path I walk. Uhm, I think we managed to teach one of them to sit, but he doesn't do it for long and the other one flat out refuses. While this area isn't rural, I never seen anyone other then myself walk on this single strip of grass which is another reason I assumed no one would care. Thankyou for the suggestion though uvu

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Hi Tootie and aboard to Df Where do I start? What breed of dogs are they? I can imagine how difficult it must be for you! But in reality you need to train a solid sit and stay while you pick the poops up. It's disgusting stuff and can make a child blind and spread all sorts of illness In the UK you can be fined quite a bit if some one is caught not picking up after thier dog! Not sure what the laws are in your country, but the crazy lady would have every right to report you.
I believe you can buy poop scoops with a long handle on it so you don't have to bend down to pick it up. But pick it up you must

Thankyou!

We have a french pit bull and a chihuahua! So their poop is rather small,

Oh gosh could it really cause that much damage?

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No offense, but honestly, it's annoying when dogs poop and people don't pick it up. Especially, in a place you live. It may not be her property but she still LIVES there so it's not exactly fair. I realize it may be difficult to control them as you are picking up the poop but that is a weak excuse. I have an extremely strong Beagle mix who is a pain with pulling sometimes, especially when there's a lot going on and I still pick up his poop no matter what. I realize you have 2 but you need to be able to control them and keep the area you walk your dogs clean. It really really bugs me when people don't pick up their dogs poop, especially ON my property but it bugs me when I am at the park and I see it to. There's no reason to leave it, IMO. Especially if you do not live in that neighborhood. It's rude to leave someone else's neighborhood dirty.

I would suggest training the dogs to sit when you are picking it up. My dog has learned that when we stop he is to stop and stand still. He is a bit quirky around cars but other than that this makes picking it up a whole lot easier. Here you can get a hefty fine for leaving dog poop.
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They're not neighbors. I don't live in this neighborhood, it just happens to be on the path I walk. Uhm, I think we managed to teach one of them to sit, but he doesn't do it for long and the other one flat out refuses. While this area isn't rural, I never seen anyone other then myself walk on this single strip of grass which is another reason I assumed no one would care. Thankyou for the suggestion though uvu
While you might have stubborn dog and the other one that will sit but niot for long you now need to keep practicing the 'sit' command it's one of the most easiest and basic commands to teach I should know I own a stubborn/headstrong. but beautiful staffy So it is achievable Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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Thankyou!

We have a french pit bull and a chihuahua! So their poop is rather small,

Oh gosh could it really cause that much damage?
So I take it it's the french pit bull that won't sit? As a chi hardly has the strength to pull IMO And yes sadly dog poops can cause a lot of health problems including blindness it's that bad plus it's doesn't look nice lying in grass or any where else for that matter! BTW we love pics too and we are a really friendly bunch and just want to help
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So I take it it's the french pit bull that won't sit? As a chi hardly has the strength to pull IMO And yes sadly dog poops can cause a lot of health problems including blindness it's that bad plus it's doesn't look nice lying in grass or any where else for that matter! BTW we love pics too and we are a really friendly bunch and just want to help

Actually, it's the chi that doesn't sit, I can handle them both when I have one hand per leash, (At least when I'm expecting them to tug...) But when I have both leashes in one hand to pick up the poop that's when the problem begins especially they both tug in the same direction.

I was expecting to get a lot of "I hate people like you who do this!" From other forums/threads that I read on this topic, but it's really nice to see some wonderful suggestions! Thankyou!

Oh you want pictures? Okay. owo

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How do you like it when other people's dogs poop on your property or close by? How do you like it when you step in it?
If you have or are responsible for dogs, you are responsible for picking up their poop.
I only have one dog but she has to wait for me to pick hers up. If you have problems physically get one of those dog pooper scoopers.
Sorry, but on this subject, I am not one of the friendly ones in the community.
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