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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 dogs blind handler can say “get busy” and rub the dogs 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 being “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?
At home I have a standard pooper scooper.
How about you guys? Are you pooper scooper types 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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