There’s a blog out of Canada that came to our attention when its author commented here (when we first started). She had clearly thought a lot about dog poo, dog parks and dogs in society. It’s worth checking out: the DogKisser Blog.
Here are her posts about poop. This author has a ton of observations that are relevant and useful to us.
Example: the need for trash pickup and bag supply to raise compliance. Otherwise, any policy is neglectful and disingenuous:
What do I think would raise compliance and make people start picking up their dogs’ poop?
- Poop bags at all entrances to Point Pleasant Park.
- GARBAGE CANS to put the poop bags in – and people to EMPTY THE GARBAGE CANS.
- City staff in the parks to FINE PEOPLE who DON’T pick up their dogs poop.
Those 3 things would raise compliance by about 1000%. Right now people know that they can get away with not picking up their dogs poop. So why should they? If there’s no consequences – there’s going to be NO COMPLIANCE. It’s pretty simple.
You can put all the flags in poop that you want. But if you don’t give dog owners some tools to deal with the poop – you’re being VERY disingenous. And unfair.
Example: poo should be considered best as litter; but dog owners are judged as a class:
I liken dog shit to Tim Horton’s cups – people throw them away everywhere – and you see them everywhere, but you’d never consider shutting down any Tim Horton’s coffee shops because of people throwing away their cups irresponsibly instead of putting them into garbage receptacles. Simply because you can assign a niche demographic to place blame on – does not mean that you can shut down access to public space to the whole of that demographic for the irresponsibility of a small minority.
That is completely wrong – and non-sensical as shutting down every Tim Hortons because of their cups being thrown away on street corners. It’s exactly the same thing.
p.s. What’s a Tim Horton’s, eh?