THU, 24 MAR 2016 BY LINDA ROSADO
As a community manager, you know the importance of keeping the properties you oversee safe, clean and looking great for your current and potential residents. When it comes to managing pet-friendly communities, a big part of this duty is ensuring the efficient and prompt pickup of dog waste left behind by your residents’ pups. Luckily, implementing a working strategy for keeping your grounds pet waste-free is simple, and we have the answers you’ve been looking for.
Here are a few of the questions we receive most often regarding effective pet waste removal in apartment, condo and other residential communities.
HOW CAN DOG WASTE AFFECT MY COMMUNITY?
Failing to address pet waste pickup can lead to countless issues within your community. Besides the obvious hassles left-behind dog waste poses for those walking along the community grounds, pet waste can also have a tangible financial cost as well as a long-term impact on the environment.
Unsightly dog waste can turn away potential new residents or make current residents consider moving away from a community with a dog waste problem. This can make it hard to market your community as a great place to live and raise a family, which would undoubtedly have a negative effect on your revenue stream. Further, dog waste is known to attract rodents and other pests, which can not only spread disease but also be extremely difficult to get rid of once they have burrowed their way into your community.
Finally, dog waste that is not promptly picked up has a detrimental effect on our environment and is a human health hazard. Because pet droppings often contain bacteria, worms or parasites, these can spread to other animals in the community, as well as their owners. Its impact on waterways is also notable, with dog poop accounting for a lot of the pollutants found in storm water runoff in areas with large dog populations.
WHY DON’T PEOPLE PICK UP AFTER THEIR PETS AND HOW CAN I CHANGE THAT IN MY COMMUNITY?
For most pet parents, not picking up after their dogs is not an act of bad intentions. Many times, pet waste is left behind when it is very inconvenient to dispose of the droppings in the immediate surroundings. Whether they have forgotten to bring a pet waste pickup bag with them or they cannot see a pet station around their location, dog owners are likely to put time and convenience ahead of looking for an alternative to clean up after their pooch.
Fortunately, changing this behavior is just a matter of making a few simple tweaks within your pet-friendly apartment complex or condo community. Waste bag dispensers, receptacles and all-in-one dog waste stations are all highly efficient ways of ensuring your community’s residents always pick up after Fido on their daily walks.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP MY COMMUNITY DOG WASTE-FREE?
Simply said, the best way to keep your community clean and safe for all is to make pet pickup as easy as possible. Make sure your residents have easy and convenient access to pet pickup tools and trash receptacles, and that you’re always fully stocked on strong, durable dog waste bags. Depending on the size of your community, the amount of dogs in residence and the structure of pet-friendly areas on the property, the products best fit for your needs may vary from all-in-one DOGIPOT® Pet Stations to strategically placed poop bag dispensers. Customizing your solutions is simple and will help you manage a community that looks beautiful and keeps all its residents (including the four-legged ones) happy and healthy.