We’ve all observed someone who hasn’t noticed their dog pooping. Most times it’s unintentional but the fact is, there’s a missed opportunity to keep the park clean.
Many people struggle with this situation. What to do?
- Do you ignore it and walk on by?
- Do you grumble and pick it up?
- Do you call the person, point it out and hope they pick it up?
If you choose to approach the person, what are some polite, non-confrontational things to say? How about the following:
- “Pardon me. Is that your dog having a poop?”
- “Oh my, I believe your dog is leaving a mess behind.”
- “Looks like your dog is depositing a load over there.”
- “May I bring to your attention… your dog is pooping.”
- “Oh look… I think that’s your dog having a dump.”
- “Hi there. Looks like you’re on clean-up doo-ty.”
- “I believe it’s your turn to pick up.”
Depending on the situation, you could follow up with one of these comments:
- “May I offer you a bag?”
- “Thanks for helping us keep the park clean.”
There are so many ways to approach the subject but we feel these are a few gentle and effective ways to gain compliance. Best wishes with your approach and thanks for your help!