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01-14-2014 01:17 PM
wolfy dog I would fence it off, tilt it in the spring and re-seed or put sods on it. I guess you learned a good lesson
01-14-2014 01:14 PM
Lefty A stall/manure fork would work perfectly, thank you for the suggestion! I had originally gone the shovel route, but with that I ended up with a bag of water and poo. We don't have trash pickup, so that bag has to go into the car for dump transport and I'm naturally fearful of a bag failing. Anything I can do to pick up less snow and yet still get up all the poop would be ideal. We really just didn't have the right tools set up outside for the bad weather. I'll try the fork and a smaller shovel. We managed to recover most of the area from the poo mud debacle, so we just have to have a better system going forward.

Thanks again for the responses!
01-12-2014 02:32 PM
middleofnowhere Or manure fork.

Right now in my climate it freezes overnight & is easy to pick up with a standard dog poop fork. I wonder if the OP would have any luck with the spray liquid nitrogen freezing the desposit for pick up?

I haven't tried that but it might work. It was used to pick up body fluids at a public facility I worked at - freeze the stuff, put on gloves, clean up...

I have horrid images of something like the astro turf covered with urine and feces or even just the residue. How would you ever dispose of the well used astro turf? Eeeee!
01-12-2014 01:50 PM
BMWHillbilly
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My breeders use a (bear with my terminology, I'm a city girl) pitchfork, what you use for cleaning horse stalls, to clean up the dog yard.....
Stall fork. That is what i use too. Makes it tons easier to do poop patrol than using a shovel, etc.
01-12-2014 10:22 AM
Mikelia I go out with my dogs every time and if the weather is nasty and I don't want to pick it up I try to remember where it was and get it the next time I am out. Or if it is runny, I will let it freeze before picking it up. Then I can kick it (in my dog poo kicking boots of course, not normal work shoes) out of the snow and it is easy to pick up.
My yard is in good shape. We are having a ton of rain now and I am going around picking up the little pieces that were left behind in the snow from poop walkers. I always use bags to clean it with.
My breeders use a (bear with my terminology, I'm a city girl) pitchfork, what you use for cleaning horse stalls, to clean up the dog yard. It works great and will get under the poop and leave the snow behind. Would not work for picking up poop on ice though, and you'd still need your poop kicking boots to dislodge it if it has frozen.
Oh, the joys of having dogs
01-12-2014 12:57 AM
3dognite After years of nagging the husband & kids to help poo-police our acre and a half, I gave up. Now I try to get out every day or so to clean it up myself. Our weather has been wild this year from 20 below to 50 above (today was warm) and I can say I'd rather pick it up at 20 below since it is frozen so quick!

I have the rake/bin combo and it is so much handier than a shovel!


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01-12-2014 12:27 AM
huntergreen op, you are using the wrong tools. a good shovel, right after the dog goes will keep your yard and house clean.
01-11-2014 10:35 PM
selzer The hose doesn't work here in the winter.
01-11-2014 10:33 PM
SummerGSDLover We pick it up with a shovel. If there's still some on the grass we hose it down - yes, even in winter.

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01-11-2014 09:39 PM
selzer Definitely pick it up as soon as it comes, but sometimes it just isn't practical. Sometimes it is loose. Then you kind of have to mix it with dirt or snow to get the pooper scooper to pick it all up.

It is best to have a designated poop area. Keep a small garbage can with a plastic bag in it, and a pooper scooper next to it. Maybe keep some wood chips, sand, or kitty litter to help clump the liquid nast. Use a pooper scooper designed for the purpose -- make it easy on yourself.

Of course if it is like NE Ohio, then poop will freeze fast and of course it comes out of the canine body at 100 degrees +. So it will melt the snow a little and not sit on top of it. If it freezes, your typical PetsMart Poop Scooper spade that was designed by some yayhoo in Florida, will fail. It does not have the gumption to break the poop from the ice. So you need to go to TSC, and buy a farm tool that is light enough to manoever with and heavy enough to handle the ice and snow. These are not in the dog department. I had my dad bed then end to give it a bit of an angle. They are my winter pooper spades.

If you make it easy to pick up and take care of, you are less likely to let this one go because it is raining, snowing, -11 degrees F without the wind chill, or because you are in your pjs.

Hope that helped.
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