Becoming the dog poop detective for your home lawn
Whether it's with malice or ignorance, dog owners shouldn't leave poop on your property
I admit it. I was one of those dog owners who left dog poop behind in public parks and people’s lawns. I don’t know who told me that it was “good for the grass” and a “natural fertilizer,” but my 30-something brain was thoroughly convinced I was doing the environment a favor. This is one of the reasons I don’t often get mad when I see dog feces left behind in someone’s lawn. That is, until it affected me getting a dog of my own and my condo board blocking my request.
Although I was able to navigate that obstacle by reading through 103 pages worth of bylaws and Rules and Regulations, and being annoying to our then-condo board before I accepted the role as the condo board president, I can’t help but admit that the condo board had a point. I didn’t notice it much as a dog walker. For the two years I took on this job, most of the dogs I walked were adult dogs and trained. It wasn’t until I adopted a dog of my own that I realized just how much puppies really like to eat things they have no business eating—and my Hound mix was gunning for dog feces left behind.
Although I took these dog training steps to finally get her to stop eating other dog’s poop, that still left me with a new problem: How would I get other dog owners to stop letting their own dogs poop on our lawn? One answer proved supreme: Surveillance cameras.