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How does a blind person pick up after a dog’s poop?
Who picks up guide dog poop?
I’ve seen this question many, many times on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and in comment threads.
QUICK TIP: Always have poop bags on hand when out and about with your puppy. You never know when your puppy will have to poop. We like these Earth Rated Poop bags which are made from recycled materials.
Who Picks Up Guide Dog Poop?
I asked this question a while back.
Stetson was the first puppy I raised for Guide Dogs of America.
While teaching Stetson potty training basics (Guide Dogs need to learn to potty on command) I remember Ramona, our instructor, reminding us to pet our dogs while they were “getting busy” – “Get Busy” is the command we give to let our dog know it’s time for them to go pee or poop.
I always thought this was a strange thing (petting the dogs while they do their business) to do, but figured that it was another way for a blind handler to know exactly where their dog was squatting.
This is a totally legitimate question: How does a blind person pick up guide dog poop?
Finally one day I asked, “Why do we pet our dogs while they’re getting busy?” As usual, there was a very logical response:
As a guide dog puppy raiser, we tell our dogs to “get busy” letting them know it’s time to eliminate.
At this time we get the dogs used to having their back rubbed by petting as they pee or poop.
When the dog is older and working as a guide dog, the dog’s blind handler can say “Get busy” and rub the dog’s back (the back arches differently whether the dog pees or poops) and then within an inch, there’s the dog poop.
I actually learned two things that day:
The first is “Why do we (guide dog puppy raisers) pet our dogs while they pee or poo?” and “Who picks up guide dog poo?“
Now that you know how a guide dog handler picks up poop the real mystery is how do I pick up my dog’s poop?
Boring really, when I walk my dogs I use the aforementioned Mighty Paw poop bags
attached to my dog leash with this little poop bag holder.
UPDATE: The Mighty Paw Treat Pouch has a handy place to carry your poop bags. So now, no more attaching the bags to the leash. They can be conveniently located on your hip!
At home, I have a standard pooper scooper.
How about you guys?
Are you pooper scooper type or do you have a more intricate plan for picking up poop?
Tell us your answers in the comment section below.
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