Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Is Poop Getting In The Way Of Picking Up?
When you’re walking your dog, the only thing you usually pick up is the dog’s poop. But what happens when your Wing Man’s smelly mess keeps you in the friend zone? Here’s what the Hairy Dogfathers have to say.
Dear Hairy Dogfathers,
Spring is here and the neighborhood is bustling again! This past winter I adopted a dog, and I couldn’t be happier. He’s a great companion, and also a total guy-magnet! I am happily single, but wouldn’t mind meeting Mr. Right. I am wondering if my new best friend is going to help reel one in. My dog sure knows how to charm the guys, but when they stop to pet my pup, conversation seems to grind to a halt as soon as they see the poop bag dangling from my hand. So, what’s a single girl to do?
Smelly Single Lady
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Dear Smelly Single Lady,
From experience I can tell you that dogs are total guy magnets, and I know that everyone wants to look and smell their best when meeting a prospective mate. Unfortunately, doggy doo is not a fancy-schmancy type of eau de toilette. Fortunately, there are some easy solutions. First of all, always carry a purse – personally, I never walk my dogs without my “murse” because it’s a great place to keep treats, toys, and bags. When my dog does his business, I pick it up and slip it in the bag until I come across a garbage. If you want to go one step further, there are scented poo bags available, although I prefer the simpler solution of throwing in a dryer sheet into my murse – it works like a charm.
Best of luck Single Lady, I hope your furry friend can fetch you a Mr. Right!
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Be proud of your poop! You care about your community, and you care about your dog. Picking up the poop shows you care about others. So when you stoop to scoop, hold your head up high – in my books, you’re a model citizen!
Having said that, your poopy prize might be best dealt with by routine. By feeding and walking your dog at the same time every day, you’ll be ensuring that your dog eliminates at the same time and place. Add a command and a treat to encourage your dog, and soon you will have a dog who poops on command! Perhaps you can time this with easy access to a garbage can so you can toss the poop, ensuring the only thing to catch the eye of that hot guy is your smile!
Kevin Roberts and André Lavergne are the Hairy Dogfathers. The dog-crazy couple resides in Winnipeg, where they train, teach and offer support to pet parents. If you have a pressing pooch problem and are in need of some advice, the Hairy Dogfathers want to help. Drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.