Working With Dogs
We used to giggle when we heard the word “poop” – and then we started working at Camp. Now we’re completely desensitized to the word! You may think our jobs are easy and fun and have visions of us frolicking through the play yards with happy dogs all day as we sing, scratch butts, and rub bellies… and you’d be right! But you’re missing what’s happening underfoot as we frolic… poop, lots and lots of poop.
We’re constantly on poop patrol, not just because we don’t want it on our shoes but because it’s dangerous – to dogs and humans.
- One gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria.
- According to the EPA, dog poop is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills.
- Our natural ecosystem can handle two dogs per square mile. In urban areas, there are 125 dogs per square mile.
- Dog poop is the #3 cause of water pollution.
- 40% of Americans don’t pick up after their dogs.
- 44% of Americans wouldn’t pick up their dog’s poop if asked.
Being a dog owner or caretaker isn’t always glamorous. Feces is a contributor to many parasites and viruses in canines including roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, E.coli, Giardia, Parvo, Coccidia and more. The symptoms of these illnesses are even worse than the regular poop you didn’t want to pick up. Leave that one pile behind and you could be risking vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, worms and more!
Poop can also be a very high value “treat” for dogs. The smell is very enticing to them so don’t be surprised if your dog tries to eat their own or another dog’s (or cat’s) feces. The “leave it” command can help with feces if you practice and reward with a high-value treat – which is way yummier than poop!