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The dog poop issue was always there between the dog owners and people who do not have dogs.

I believe, everybody has experienced that annoying moment when you are in a rush, just out of your door and then there is "one" of those things on the pavement waiting for you and of course you step right in the middle of it. I took a small walk with some of my friends in the inner part of Copenhagen to check on this issue, and I must say we didn't have to go so far to find the first piece of "dirt" on the ground. 

We met some dog owners during their walks at one of the biggest parks in the city, and they had their opinions about the topic... they believe it is really not fair of those dog owners to not pick up their doggie's waste because 

they get some negative comments about their own dogs, even if they do pick it up. They said that it would be so nice to have a lot more of those bins on the streets where everyone could take a plastic bag from and clean up the leftovers from their dogs. We have found 2 of those special bins, one of them was at the this special playground for dogs. 

The "forgotten" dog waste actually can be dangerous and harmful according to the The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They say a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.

What do you think? - Should there be more enforcement of dog owners to pick up their dog's waste? - Should they get a ticket if caught? - What about your neighborhood? Does it stink of doggie leftovers? - Should we take a picture from our mobile phones and be allow to send it to some kommune office to report this mess? Why do you think people don't pick up after their dog's?

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Comment by Daniel Engi on February 21, 2012 at 16:19
Comment by foxylens on February 21, 2012 at 16:28

Here is an interesting link to find out just how toxic your dog waste is:

Not to mention that dog waste left on the streets and sidewalk can get carried into our water systems from heavy rains. Now that is truly nasty - and seems totally unhealthy and with just a little effort from dog owners others would not have to be subjected to such a mess of toxins.

Comment by foxylens on February 21, 2012 at 16:53

And apparently I just asked a Dane here and there is no law - a dear friend of mine walked her son from Vesterbro to Norrebro along the lakes - her son decided to count the amount of dog waste along this walk. He stopped after 100. What does this say about Danes - why should it be left up to some social responsibility of the dog owner to decide yes or no to pick this toxic dog waste up? Obviously it's not working - why should their irresponsibility become a hazardous potential annoyance and health risk to the other cohabitants of Copenhagen? -  - My friend, whose son spotted 100+ dog waste along the lakes is from Iceland and she said that Iceland has has a law that dog owners need to pick this crap up - if they don't they can be subjected to heavy fines and even risk having their dogs taken away. Guess what, no one steps in dog waste anymore and the streets and sidewalks are clean. Why do Danes want to live among dog waste in their neighborhoods? - 

What can we do about this? It's disgusting.

Comment by Davidaron on February 21, 2012 at 20:04

I'll have to admit this is a problem in any big city. I mean there are even "dog urine indexes" for any given day in the city I live in.  Most are considerate in cleaning up after their dogs, however, you are always left to dodging their stains anyway, especially near the parks.

Comment by María Righi on February 21, 2012 at 23:35
Nice someone took the time to write about this problem. Today I decided to walk from the Nordhavn St. to my apartment and the amount of dogs waste was unbelievable. I was just thinking about how ugly looks Beautiful Copenhagen with all this dog waste everywhere and what are my parents gonna think when they come from Italy to visit me in April? It's embarrassing! But after reading the comments I realize that this problem is not only about the beauty of the city but also unhealthy and toxic. I live right next to a school in Østerbro and that made think about the health of all those kids, since our sidewalk seems to be the perfect place for the dogs to poop.
Dog owners should pick their dogs waste, collective conscious. Another way to stop it's giving them a ticket when cought but I don't think that will be necessary. I believe making this article more public will help a lot.
Comment by Drake Vargas on February 22, 2012 at 7:57


Thanks Daniel -- dog waste stinks!  I strongly believe that dog owners should step up to the plate - or the poop -- regarding this issue.  Good point about the fact that doggy pooh is dangerous.  In England, there have been several cases of kids, who had fallen in dog mess, going blind from the bacteria.  It really is something that should be addressed -- I think that Spot (Rex or Rover) fines should be introduced.   

Comment by Daniel Engi on February 22, 2012 at 8:41

Thank you for all the comments. I think the way to fix this issue, is to put out more of those dog poop bins and and somehow make it clear for all the god owners how dangerous is what they are doing or not. Maybe some "nice" fines from the police could help a bit too....

Comment by Davidaron on February 22, 2012 at 21:29

Yes, Daniel, Post more pictures of the mess in a flickr stream, please. Title it "Doggy Mess in xxxxxxx" Where xxxxxx is the location and then maybe people will react to seeing it published and be embarrassed about it.

You can also import Flickr streams to here via the photo section.

Comment by Rose Bringus on February 23, 2012 at 6:42

In my neighborhood here in the U.S. we have the dog poop bins but people still let their dogs poop right next to the bins and then don't pick it up!  So incredibly lazy!  I always try to carry bags but as the owner of a large german shepherd there have been times that I am left without one because I didn't bring multiple.  As a dog owner I would have no problem facing a fine for not picking up after my dog.  There are lots of socially responsible things that people just don't do because there are no consequences for doing otherwise.  Even though I would be annoyed if I got a fine for one of those fluke days I didn't have enough bags, I think it would be about the only way that I would never do it again.  The bins are great but obviously as I mentioned previously, it is not enough to make people pick up after their dogs consistently. 

Comment by Elena Pecci on March 3, 2012 at 15:13

Is stepping in dog poop good luck?

I would say no… After I approached the problem wile cycling in the city, I started to notice  dog owners who do their civic duty already equipped with bags and cleaning out the gift of their dogs. But just a while ago I came home and found on the stairs of the entrance of my building this message: ” I am the result of a careless owner of a big sweet dog, good luck to you dear friend when you will step on me". After a  week the poop is still there. 

Maybe they did not have the bag handy... or maybe the owner is waiting for that gift is dried to remove it with more ease, but no one does, because is disgusting and only brought contempt and no luck in my day. I guess the only lucky one in this short story was the sweet doggy dog.

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