Easier Yard Cleanup Before Bad Weather Hits

by Barb S. on September 19, 2011

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Clean Response Pooper Scooper

Clean Response Pooper Scooper

The weather is starting to turn cooler here in Northern Wisconsin, which means I have to be extra diligent about yard cleanup so springtime doesn’t end up being a yard nightmare. I keep the yard as clean as possible to help prevent spread of disease, help curb coprophagia (feces eating) and to keep my companions happy. Dogs are much happier in a clean environment.

As the “pick up servant “of a giant breed, I always have a lot to clean up. Having had three Newfoundlands at one time, plus multiple Newf visitors, I know how easy it is to let the backyard poop patrol get out of hand. That’s why I found the Clean Response Swivel Bin & Rake such a convenience.

While I do have a Doggie Dooley Digester, which helps break down waste, I still was having a problem bending and “catching” the piles to carry them over to the Digester. All that bending and stretching is definitely not as easy as it used to be!

The Swivel Bind & Rake System makes the job so much easier. The rake is extra sturdy for any sized pile, it can hold a lot, and the bin swivels shuts as soon as I lift it off the ground, so I can safely carry it away to my digester or whatever waste container I’m using – without dropping anything. I have even tried it on in the driveway with a regular plastic grocery bag and it’s amazing how easy it is to place the bag, then remove it to throw in the garbage!

I won’t say that cleanup is a joy or anything, but it is our lot, as caretakers of these wonderful creatures (of any size)!

[CLOSED:] Enter our Fancy Pooper Scooper Giveaway *:

For a chance to win a Clean Response Swivel Bin & Rake, leave a comment on this post telling us who has doggie cleanup duty in your house!

We’ll pick THREE LUCKY WINNERS on September 21, 2011 at Noon CST.

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About the author: Barb is a Certified Veterinary Technician with degrees in Journalism and German Studies from the University of Minnesota. She lives happily in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her Newfoundland, Rudder, and her tuxedo cat, Max. Barb is Senior Copywriter for Drs. Foster and Smith dog and cat catalogs and has been with the company since 1999. See more articles by Barb S.

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Ryan Hall September 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Well, of course, I do! even with all the “we’ll be responsible” i still clean it up outside, but was using just a baggie and my hand, then a claw type grabber, that was just so hard to do after a day of work.. gave it to a great aunt and went back to the baggie and hand. This would be awesome! thanks.

Susan Posemato September 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Who ever walks our dog has to clean up behind her right then and there.

Mike Dubin September 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Well, I don’t do poopy-patrol in my house, but if I had this tool… It makes it look a lot easier than using a rake to pick it up, so I suppose I could revisit helping with that doody!

Debbie September 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

This would be great to have. My old one is starting to wear out. With a Lab on a high fiber diet, there’s a lot of poop

Brandy September 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

In my house I’m responsible for doggie cleanup duty. With 7 dogs you have to stay on top of keeping the yard clean cause it can get away from you quick. I currently use something similar to this, it’s like a dust pan with a long handle and a flimsy plastic rake, but it does on swivel when picked up and therefore has resulted in dropping poop more times then I’d like to count. I know I could put the Clean Response Pooper Scooper to wonderful use and make “cleanup” a lot less of a hassle.

Heather September 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I clean up after the dog, or I pay the handyman to do it for me when I am out of town without the dog.

Patty September 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Both my husband and I are on patrol, and whichever one of us takes her on her multiple walks every day.

Devri Owens September 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Doggie doo clean up is a job we both share. We have two little dogs and let me tell you, little dogs make just as much doodie as big dogs do! It would be nice to have something other than a Walmart bag to pick up doodie with!

Roxie September 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

My partner does because I have an immune deficiency disorder, but I would like to do it because he works very hard and deserves a break from all of life’s doodies. (Hehe!)

Jonalee September 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

We have several large dogs, and I have tried several different methods of poop control, and will agree with Barb that the bending and stooping isn’t as easy as it once was. Sounds like the Clean Response Pooper Scooper would be just the ticket for keeping up with our dog family! Winter only makes it harder to maintain the yard.

Debbie Elias September 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

My husband picks up the doggy doo. He used to complain. Now he is trained just like the dogs. LOL He tells me I don’t know how to pick it ip right. I didn’t know there was an art form to it. So it’s officially become his job, every day, even in the cold of winter. That my dear is how you train a monkey!!!!!

Cori September 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I have 100% of the doggie doo doo responsibilities….. I have 3 boston terriers and a large fenced in yard.. I am ADAMANT about NO poo in the yard, so several times I week I do the cleanup….

Megann September 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

My husband and I both take care of it, but since I am with our dog more, I do it more often.

Lynne Gauthier September 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I am the only one that ever has doggy doo doo duty. I love my little girl (jack russell terrier) so it is worth it.

Jonalee September 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Having several dogs in our family, keeping the yard picked up is a major chore which is mainly done by me. I certainly agree with Barb that the bending and stooping gets harder every year, so the long handle of Clean Response Scooper would sure make it much easier. The job just gets harder to do in winter weather.

Linda September 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Since I’m the “mama” of two Golden Retrievers, I have the sole responsibility (or is it privilege?) of cleaning up the backyard. Your new pooper scooper looks like a great alternative to newspaper sleeves or grocery bags. I love your stuff and just might have to have one of these!!

Rhonda Kuecker September 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I have the wonderful task of ‘poop patrol’. I have a doggy dooley, but haven’t gotten it completely installed as I ran into a tree root that I will have to reach down and try to saw off. And of course, sucker that I am, I adopted a third dog……after I bought a size appropriate dooley for my other 2 dogs. Therefore, I am now using a cat litter bucket for a poo bucket. I don’t have this poo-picker-upper, but own a cheaper version that usually has springs that break after one year. A new picker upper would be awesome!

Karen Phelps September 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have doggie doodie detail at our house. We use a doggie doolie in the summer but that doesn’t work in the winter, so I have to suffer in the winter cleaning up every day or so with a bag. UGH.

Pjt September 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I am do

Barb September 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

Wow- so many ideas – thanks for your comments!

Cindy L. September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

For the first few years, I was in charge of cleaning up after the dogs. It was a big job because at the time we had three large dogs. When I grew tired of it and wanted to hire a pooper scooper service, my husband then volunteered to take over. He’ll do anything to save money!!! So I would love to win the Clean Response Swivel Bin and Rake for my husband. It would make his job of cleaning up after our (currently) two dogs a lot easier. Thanks!!

Paul September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I clean our backyard every other Sunday. I currently have a very basic pooper scooper. This would be a big help.

Paul September 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I clean our backyard every other Sunday. I use a very basic pooper scooper. This new one would be a big help.

Barbie Hall September 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

I clean up our yard! My current scooper is a garden hand shovel. Not really the best item for picking up poop but it works for now.

Stefany September 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

Doggy clean up duty is left for whoever finds the mess first when it is inside. At this point, I am pregnant and can’t get outside so I pay someone to clean up out there.

sharon newcom September 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

We take turns.. as we live very rural we do this ‘doody’ every other day but have to carry a bucket and small shovel but it’s hard for my 6’3″ hubby BUT he Has to take his turn (lol) this would really help.. Thanks for the offer tho’…

Pat September 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

doodie duty is split between my wife and I, although with the recent birth of our daughter it has fallen mainly to me now.

Tricia September 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

My husband does, with a small rake & scoop. This would be a great gift to my husband as this would be a great asset for picking up after our 2 Dobermans. Thanks :)

Nicole Pedrick September 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

If I don’t clean up after the dogs & cats, it wouldn’t get done!! My husband says all the animals are my animals, so I gotta do it all. Even in the Minneapolis Winter months. The puppy pads do get expensive, but when its negative 40 degrees outside, it is nice just to pick up a puppy pad in the kitchen, rather than picking up poop outside. For the backyard, I just use some cheap tool is bought at one of the discount stores. You get what you pay for!!

Cathy Johnson September 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Though I most often claim that we share the “doody” of the poop scootin’ boogie… the truth is my partner does it much more often that I doo!

ANDREA ALLEN September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

My husband handles wants to handle everything outside then he gets to clean up the poop as well. He leaves the litter box to me. Not sure which one is worse.

Monica September 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

My partner and I share the duty for our 2 Goldens. Must pick up every day since our new rescue likes to eat her brothers poo if left out.

Alison A September 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

With Three large dogs, we (the people) all share in the clean up. I have to say that the demands of clean up with a 100+ lb dog are very different than with the smaller dogs – we need a scoop with some serious stamina! This one looks like it would be up to the challenge :) .

Lori September 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I use the basic pooper scooper to pick-up after my 2 fur kids after each trip outside, which can be several times a day. My scooper is in need of replacement and the new swivel bin and rake sounds like a great replacement.

Ellen B. September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Lots of “cleaner uppers” out there! Thanks for all your comments – you made this not-so-fun topic quite entertaining! Congrats to the three winners: Susan Posemoto, Jonalee and Tricia. I will contact the 3 winners by email to get shipping information..

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