CHENNAI: There is this aunty in Kilpauk who always walks her dogs with a sheaf of newspapers in her pocket. Every time one of them poops — she scoops. This rather unglamorous habit is possibly one of the reasons she has earned the use of a private park down her street. The pets frolic in the grass, the kids on jungle-gyms. And security guards don’t have to worry about cleaning up after either.
Before I proceed though, let’s admit it. Kilpauk aunty is inspiring. But i she inspiring enough for you to walk behind your dog, pick up after him/her with people watching? If you outsource the walking of your canine to your maid or resident dog walker, it’s even less likely he/she would clean up after your dog, as it’s considered a rather demeaning task.
So here’s a thought. Consider potty training your pet. Some dogs actually go to the bathroom in the restroom of their owner’s residence. Tiled floors make cleaning easier, especially when there is pee involved.
Funny story, my dog likes to sit perched on a closed commode while having a bath! Apparently, a slippery and wet floor is not as inviting as a warm toilet seat.
Jokes apart, it’s not impossible to take responsibility for your pet’s share of poop pollution. Whether by carrying a newspaper or an actual poop scooper complete with a handle for comfort (pet stores sell them these days) — the options are opening up.
Try steering away from the front porches of houses while on your next walk. No one wants to step out of the door first thing in the morning and have their foot land on doggie dung.
We’ve all been there at least once. And if you haven’t...be completely honest before you disagree. Now would not be a good time to put your foot in your mouth!
Jump on ‘Polite’ Potty Train
Taking your dog outside to do his business at fixed intervals is basic potty training. But keep neighbours and non-pet owners comfortable by going the extra mile Carry a wad of newspaper or a poop scooper with you to pick up after your pet If this sounds unappealing, take the trouble to steer your pet to a street corner rather than smack in the centre of the road or in front of a house You can change your pet’s ‘sweet’ spots to pee and poop if required by changing the walk routine