List of 10 Best Ways To Pick Up Dog Poop In The Yard, House & When Out Walking

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The best way to pick up dog poop will vary depending on how you want to pick it up, and whether you’re around the house or yard, or out walking.

Light, portable and disposable bags are the best option when out walking, whilst you might want something more cost effective and sturdy around the house.

Below is a list of the 10 most effective and commonly used pick up methods. Hopefully you find one or several that suits your needs and preference.

Let’s jump into it!!

 

List of 10 Best Ways To Pick Up Dog Poop In The Yard, House & When Out Walking

 

1. Standard Dog Poop Bag 

Most people know this one – use standard dog poop bags.

Plastic dog poop bags are not only bad for the environment because of how long they take to break down, but when plastic gets into the sea, it can cause huge problems for ocean animals.

Biodegradable and compostable bags can be better if they have access to aeration to break down properly, but this rarely happens in most landfill sites.

How Do You Use Them? Put your hand inside the bag like a glove, pick up the dog poop, turn the bag inside out so the poop is now on the inside of the bag, and tie it up.

With cheaper bags, the poop has been known to sometimes slip through a hole or split in the bag seams onto the fingers, so be gentle and only use bags that haven’t split. Bags with 2 ply material and side seams as opposed to bottom seams can also be good.

Poop bags are great for walks – they are light and can be carried in your pocket or tied to your leash.

One of the more popular dog poop and waste bags on the market at the moment is:

You can read more about each here in this guide about how to pick up dog poop without touching it.

NOTE: if you want a biodegradable option, you might like to check the My Alpha Pet Dog Poop Bags (on Amazon) that are ASTM D6400 Certified (USA) and EN13432 Certified (EU), and break down and decompose in just 90 days.

 

Two other options are:

Bio Bag Premium Pet Waste Bags (on Amazon), which is made with resins derived from plants and vegetable among other things. In 2017, they are BPI certified to meet the ASTM D6400 specification.

Flush Puppies Doodie Bags (on Amazon) which meet the ASTM d6400 standard and California law for “composability” claims, and are certified compostable by the biodegradable products institute (BPI).

 

2. Mutt Mitt Dog Waste Pick Up Bag

A mutt mitt is designed specifically for picking up dog poop. They are designed to be strong, thick, have plenty of room, easy to turn out and tie out, and easy to dispose.

How Do You Use Them? Same as a regular poop bag, except Mutt Mitts will probably feel bigger in terms of capacity, and slightly thicker.

They are good for dog walks.

You can check out the Mutt Mitt Dog Waste Pick Up Bag on Amazon.

 

3. Pooper Scooper

I’ve always thought the name Pooper Scooper sounds funny, don’t you?

How Do You Use Them? Pooper scoopers remind me of those extendable plastic claw toys I used to play with as a kid with the squeeze handles.

To use them simply squeeze the handle which opens up the scoop, scoop up the poop, the scoop will shut, and deposit it in an area of the yard where it can decompose, or put it in the bin.

You can then put it in your main trash bin, or get a little pet waste bin like the Behrens Locking Lid Pet Waste Can (on Amazon) if you want to keep all the pet waste by itself and away from the main trash

Pooper scoopers are really only for the home and yard though because they can’t be carried on walks.

Pooper scoopers are better for dry dog poop as cleaning wet dog poop that has dried to the scoop is not fun.

A cheap and affordable 32 inch arm pooper scooper is the Arm and Hammer 71034 Swivel Bin and Rake (on Amazon).

 

4. Short Handle Dust Pan with Rake

When I lived with my parents they used to have a short handle dust pan for picking up the dog poop from the front and back yards (pans are obviously very cheap and easily available).

There was also a rake to rake it into the pan.

How Do You Use Them? Simply scoop the poop up manually with the pan and rake, with the pan and dispose of it in a compost area or in the bin.

You get more control with a short handle dust pan than a pooper scooper, but you also get closer to the poop.

Pooper scoopers are better for dry dog poop as cleaning wet dog poop that has dried to the scoop is not fun.

More for dry dog poop.

 

5. Flushable Dog Poop Bag

Another type of dog poop bag, but these ones you can flush in your toilet.

Two important things to note with flushing dog poop – 1. Make sure its legal in your area, and 2. Make sure the dog poop bag meets the laws in your area in terms of being suitable for flushing.

The last thing you want is to create a safety issue by bringing dog poop into a human area, to break the law or to clog your toilet.

How Do You Use Them? They are a poop bag, that you pick up the poop with by hand, and turn inside out and tie up, and either flush or throw away like a regular poop bag.

The Flush Puppies Doodie Bags (on Amazon) we mentioned above are also supposed to be flushable.

 

6. Dog Poop Shovel

You can buy dog poop shovels from pet stores or a regular small plastic or metal shovel from a hardware store.

Shovels are essentially the same as a pooper scooper except they have a flat shovel end instead of a scoop.

How Do You Use Them? Exactly how you would use regular shovel except you pick up the poop instead of digging into the dirt.

 

7. Litter Tray

More so for cats, but some people, like people living in apartments for example with smaller dogs might train their dog to use a litter tray.

How Do You Use Them? Your dog poops in the litter tray and you empty it into a bin or disposal area as required.

Something like the Puppy Go Here Indoor Litter Tray (on Amazon) might be a good option

 

8. Re-Used or Re-Purposed Paper and Material

Do you always seem to have newspaper or those annoying flyers, shopping brochures, and general marketing/sales mail laying around the house?

It’s not really ideal compared to a poop bag, but in an emergency or if you have nothing else, it will work.

You could also use vegetable, fruit and other bags you’ve picked up from your shopping and were planning to throw out.

How Do You Use Them? Wrap/cover/pick up the poop with the paper or material and dispose of it.

This is probably only good for yard and house pick ups because you obviously can’t seal the poop, so it’s not good for walks.

 

9. Dog Poop Auger

There is a company out there that made a dog poop auger power tool.

How Do You Use Them? It is designed to automatically suck up the poop with no mess and without the need for plastic bags.

In reality though, it doesn’t seem to really work. Probably pass on this one.

Plus, you can’t carry them on walks with you.

 

10. Call a Home Cleaning Person

Don’t want to pick the poop up or clean it up yourself? Call a home cleaning services person.

How Do You Use Them? Call them once a week to pick up the dog poop from your front and back yard.

 

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