Pooper Scooper Services You’ll Dig (& How To Start Your Own)

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Pooper Scooper Service in yardMy dog has stepped in her poop that I forgot to pick up more times than I care to share. She’s running around in the yard and the next thing you know, I’m giving her an unscheduled bath. It’d be convenient to have a dog poop service clean up my yard for me. It’s a stinky job, but someone’s got to do it!

What Is A Pooper Scooper Service?

A pooper scooper service is a pet waste management service. Professionals will come to your business or residence and pick up after your dog(s) to keep your lawn fresh and tidy.

How Often Do You Get Service?

You can decide how often you want service when you sign up. Most companies offer weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or one-time service.

You’ll want to consider how many dogs you have and how big of a mess they leave. If there are kids around or high foot traffic, you may want more frequent service to prevent any poop covered shoes.

Benefits Of A Pooper Scooper Service

Below are some pros to having someone else scoop up your dog’s poop.

  • You don’t have to pick up poop yourself, which can be messy and smelly.
  • If you have a physical limitation, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after your dog and potentially hurting yourself.
  • Minimizes the poop your dog eats since it’s getting picked up regularly
  • Reduces dog waste pollution in our waterways. By having it picked up, you’re helping the environment.
  • It stops the spread of diseases passed through dog feces.

National Companies To Choose From & Their Cost

Below are some dog poop removal companies that are available nationwide. You can also check for local companies in your area to consider for service.

You’ll need to visit each company’s website to get a quote for your address.

Dog Poop DNA Testing

PooPrints is a dog poop DNA testing service. It is for landlords to use to identify which pet owners aren’t picking up after their dogs.

Landlords have each dog living on the property complete a cheek swab test to determine its DNA profile. When the landlord finds a pile of dog poop on the property, they send a sample to the lab for analysis. PooPrints tests the sample, compares it to their database, and emails the landlord with the identity of the offending dog and owner.

Dog Poop Stats

Choosing not to pick up your dog’s poop can be dangerous to everyone.

  • 41% of dog owners don’t pick up their dog’s poop in public places1
  • On average, dogs defecate about 0.32 pounds per day1 (varies by breed, size, diet, etc.)
  • Dog poop has 23,000,000 fecal coliform bacteria per gram1
  • Poop from pets can contribute to an excess of nutrients and closure of shellfish beds1
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) classified dog poop as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals2
  • Dog poop spreads parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, salmonella and roundworm2
  • Roundworm eggs can linger even after dog feces has weathered away2
  • Roundworm causes upset stomach, sore throat, asthma and blindness2
  • Dog feces is a leading cause of E. Coli contamination2
  • 1 gram of dog feces contains more than 20 million E. Coli bacteria2
  • The average dog defecates 152 pounds of waste per year2
  • Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills2
  • It is estimated that 12,000 dogs leave more than 5,000 pounds of poop per day in Washington D.C.2

How To Start Your Own Pooper Scooper Service

Fortunately, dog poop cleanup services have relatively low overhead costs to get started, so starting one is less intensive than many other types of businesses.

First, you’ll want to check with your local government to see if there’s any insurance, licenses, permits or other paperwork you need to complete to begin your business.

You may choose to form your dog poop pick up service as a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company. You should speak with a tax accountant about any potential tax advantages for choosing one over the other.

Purchase any necessary clean-up equipment such as pooper scoopers, rakes, shovels, trash bags, etc. You’ll also need a form of transportation to get to your customers’ locations.

After you have all of this, you’re ready to start scooping. Word of mouth is a great way to obtain more customers. You may also want to consider advertising at veterinarian offices, pet stores, dog parks, boarding locations and other dog-related places around town.

How much are you willing to pay for a pet waste removal service?

Sources: [1] FiveThirtyEight, [2] The Dog Dunit

Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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