Pick up your pooch’s poop

This is kind of a stinky subject but one that I think needs to be addressed. The vast majority, my opinion, of campers have at least one dog that they travel with. This of course means that in every campground that you go to there will be a lot of poochs (dogs). All of those dogs need to do their biological business at least once a day and probably more than once. It is incumbent on the owners of those dogs to be diligent in picking up after their dogs. The majority of owners do in fact pick up after their dogs but I see people in campgrounds who do not pick up the dog poop. This is a sore spot with me because I always pick up after my dog and expect everyone else to do the same. All campgrounds have rules requiring owners to pick up the poop and therefore should in order to be good neighbors in the campground and more importantly it is a matter of being sanitary. Can you imagine all of the dog manure that would be on the ground if no one picked up in the campground! It would be as bad as walking through a pasture full of bovines (cows).

A lot of campgounds provide poop bags and places to put the poop. Many campgrounds don’t have the bags but still require that you pick up and therefore you should be prepared and have a supply of poop bags. So therefore this
Dog poop
should be put into this.
Here is something to get your mind around. FACT:
4.4 Billion pounds of dog wate is produced every year in the United States alone! This is equal to 900 football fields one foot high. This is a hidden health issue that no one wants to “touch” as approximately 71,543,900 million registered dog’s in the United States produce more than 29 toms of waste daily. There are 48,143,849 dog owners in the United States. Source–American Pet Association

When we checked into the Marino Road Campground in Bryan, Texas we were given a sheet of paper that had those statistics on it as well as information about common parasites found in animal waste. There is also a website, Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialist, where you can find this and more information about animal waste. You can also check our Pet Page on This Old Campsite for information about camping with pets.


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