How to Pick Up After Your Dog

If you're going to walk your dog, you're going to have to pick up after him!

Yuck! Well, it's not something that's on the top of everyone's list of favorite things to do, but if you don't have your dog do his business in his own yard, you're going to have to deal with this.

It's not that hard or even onerous.

Buy some sandwich bags. The kind with the "fold over" closure. The zipper type bags aren't at all necessary. Get the cheapest ones you can find. I can get a box of 300 for less than $3. Tuck three or four bags in your pocket.

When it's time to do the deed, turn a bag inside out. Put the "long flap" toward your palm. The bag is now a rubber glove.

Pick up the contribution. Then pull your hand back inside, thus turning the bag rightside out. Fold the bag flap back over.

Hold the bag by the upper corners and tie them together. I give the bag a couple of "flips" so the upper corners twist into little "ears," which are easier to tie together.

Cheap, effective.

I carry another little bag and drop the full bags into it, as sometimes my dog is inspired to make several pit stops.

Be a good neighbor!

Wash your hands when you get home - - not that you'll have touched anything - - but it's just a good habit to get into whenever you're outside your home and coming back in.

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Last updated May 16, 2003.