Dog poop and shopping carts – how could they be related? I know it sure sounds off the wall, but I bet you will see it if you read through this post. It all popped into our minds the other day when we read an article about a study regarding shopping carts, and were frustrated when people don’t pick up after their dogs. All the brown on the white snow is disgusting!
The Scientific American published a study on why people do or don’t return their shopping carts to the proper place when they are finished with them. It is a very interesting read actually. It talks about how this simple behavior spills over into other parts of life. This is what got us thinking about people picking up or not picking up after their dogs.
Shopping Carts And Dog Poop – The Relationship
We started by changing their categories of shopping cart users to poop scoopers, and I think you will recognize these dog people too.
These people are rule followers. They want to always do the right thing, so they will scoop poop, and even carry it for long distances if necessary to find a trash can.
2. Never Scoopers
These people don’t give a hoot about rules or what others think. They are above picking up after their dog, and figure if someone doesn’t like it, they can pick it up themselves.
3. Convenience Scoopers
Convenience lovers are happy to scoop if there is a garbage can right there. They don’t mind doing the right thing, but they won’t go out of their way to do it.
4. Pressure Scoopers
If these scoopers feel like they are being watched, they will grudgingly pick up after their pup because of the peer pressure. No pressure, no pick up.
5. Good Example Scoopers
We think these people are the worst as they don’t care about picking up after their dog, but if they can look good doing it to set an example in front of others, they will do it. The minute no one is around to see them setting an example, they won’t pick up any more poop.
The Conclusion In A Nutshell
The study concluded that people who fall into numbers one to four tend to be lacking in other places in their lives when it comes to rules as well. Those who don’t scoop may also have lawns that are not mowed, dirty homes, who knows what! Thankfully, our Mom is orderly!
We Are A Scooper Family
Thankfully, Mom is a rule follower, and our poo gets picked up on our walks right away, as well as if someone has an accident in the yard.
It’s not sanitary leaving poop lying around as it is full of germs and bacteria. No one wants to step in it either. If you leave it in the snow, it might also get buried, and then you will step in it in the spring. Yuck!
Some dogs are poop eaters, thankfully none of are. Even dogs who are not might be tempted if there is enough lying around. This is very unhealthy and dangerous for dogs. If you keep it picked up, they don’t even have a chance to start that bad habit. It’s also important for humans to see what is coming out the back end as it may show signs health issues if it is not “normal”.
Be a responsible pet owner and pick up that poop. We use Earthrated bags because we find them to be the most durable, even with our super cold winter weather. You may use any bag you like, but just pick up after your pup!
Just think, if no one picked up after their pup, the world would be buried in dog poo, something like a pasture with cows and all the cow pies. Do the right thing and scoop up that poop!
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