Dear Snarky – Poop Problems

Dear Snarky,

 What should I do? My neighbor has not one but THREE dogs. I know what you are thinking, “Oh, they probably bark a lot!” No, they POOP a lot and in my backyard too! The neighbor just lets them run free, do their business and come back inside.

 Nope, she is not out there watching if they go number 2 or not. Now, my backyard is a minefield of doggy doo. It seems like collecting the piles and leaving them on her doorstep would not be neighborly. What would you do?

 Sincerely, Steaming Mad

 PS- I don’t hate dogs, I have two of them myself. I just hate the inconsiderate humans that manage them.

Dear Steaming,

 Ugh, it’s a tale as old as time – people not policing their dog’s poop. And this is even worse because you know it’s a neighbor who is so flagrantly flaunting, in your very face, her “I don’t care attitude” in regards to decent behavior.

 This is why I feel you have to deploy the nuclear option – public shaming. Yep, you need to create a sign and put it up in your backyard for several days so your neighbor can’t help but see it. The sign should say:  “I know whose 3 dogs are using my yard as their bathroom and as a neighborhood courtesy you need to pick up after your dogs.”

 This will do three things – all positive.

 1) Start a neighborhood conversation about dog poop picking up.

2) Put any non dog poop picker upper on high alert 

3) Let your neighbor know that you’re on to her and it needs to stop.

 Now, you might be saying – “Yikes, this seems harsh.” But if your neighbor wanted to be your friend, or had even the slightest good manners, she wouldn’t have let her dogs daily abuse use your yard by making it a public toilet. It’s time, in this situation, for you to poop or get off the pot.    

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7 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – Poop Problems

  1. Maddie Conners says:

    Good advice. Some people go all covert and try to do dog DNA and other B.S. The best and really only course of action is to be direct and a sign left up for a couple of days addresses the issue and gives the neighbor a heads up that your yard is finished being her dog’s bathroom.

  2. Wisegal says:

    I have this same problem. I doing the poop back in her yard. (Wearing gloves of course). It’s not like she can argue about it not being hers.

  3. Jane says:

    Take photos of the crimes in action and post them. There shouldn’t be any privacy issues if names aren’t named and the dogs are on your property. And I do like the put the poop back on her doorstep option. All wrapped up in nice doggy poop bags.

  4. Jeremiah Mosley says:

    1) Dogs can be rather intelligent (sometime not so much), but if they do their business while you observe them–it may be helpful to basically tell the animal “no” and to loudly shoo them off your property and thereby help “train” them to avoid your yard. 2) If the neighbor seems unreasonable, there may be a small claims and/or animal trespass option if this violates city code for example. 3) You could write a note and deliver a gift for the dog to the owner and indicate that while the dog is delightful, the mess in your your is not and if the owner could please train the animal to potty elsewhere–that would be wonderful! 4) See above: fence.

  5. Jeanne says:

    I had the same problem with some bad neighbors. At first they would come over and pick up but the day I saw the wife stand there and watch the dog and then go back into the house was the end. I copied the city ordinances and highlighted the ones regarding a dog being off-leash and the scooping your own poop and took them next door. The grandma happened to be there and I asked her to speak to her son. We didn’t have that problem anymore.

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