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Dog Pooper Scooper - How to Select the Best Dog Pooper Scooper

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Dog pooper scoopers. Who would have thought. It is a necessary fact of dog ownership that what goes in must come out. To facilitate keeping the outside clean and “picked up,” it is important to invest in a quality pooper scooper. While a bag dispenser might be great for walks, a quality pooper scooper might serve you better for daily clean up in the yard. With a few shopping tips before you buy, you can find the best pooper scooper for your dog's needs.

Features to Consider in a Pooper Scooper

  • Materials
  • Eco-friendly
  • Size
  • Durability
  • Ability to clean
  • Type (rake & pan, scissor style, grabber)
  • Accessories (bag storage, telescoping handles, carrying strap, flashlights, bagging system, in-ground waste containment, etc.)

    Desirable Features in a Pooper Scooper

  • Ease of use
  • Keeps hands clean
  • Handle length allows for standing operation
  • Design allows for one handed operation
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight yet sturdy
  • Transports waste without spills
  • Biodegradable bags or waste containment accessories

    Features to Avoid in a Pooper Scooper

  • Flimsy materials, i.e. handles that are likely to break.

  • Tooth size that is too large for your dog's waste, causing waste products to slip through.

    Ideal Pooper Scooper Choice

    An ideal choice for a Pooper Scooper is a tool with heavy-duty materials that will consistently pick up messes with single-handed operation. Be sure to choose a scoop that is an appropriate size for your pet's waste products.

    Shopping & Safety Tips for Buying and Using a Pooper Scooper

  • Keep children and young pets away from areas where animals urinate and defecate.

  • Clean up after your dog immediately every time.

  • Utilize clip-on bag dispensers and waterless sanitizers when taking walks or running errands with your dog.

  • Use biodegradable and eco-friendly products whenever possible.

  • Rake and pan sets for pooper scoopers are available in different sizes to accommodate your dog's needs. Straight edge and toothed designs are available. Rakes are designed for short grass to gather waste into the pan. Spades can be used on dirt or gravel surfaces. Flat edge designs are for concrete and other flat surfaces.

  • Rake and pan pooper scoopers designs can be difficult to operate effectively on ice and snow. In addition, waste can roll off pan when transporting to containment device.

  • Grabber type pooper scoopers devices are handy for transporting waste to your containment device without dropping.

  • Be sure to look for pooper scoopers grabbers that close securely with sturdy handles and heavy duty operating mechanisms.

  • Grabbers tend to be easy to operate with one hand.

  • Some scissor-style pooper scooper will incorporate a bagging feature, keeping the scoop clean.

  • Always clean your pooper scooper after using, being careful not to spray fecal material during the cleaning process.

  • Always wash your hands after handling pet waste.

    Users' comments about this Buyer Guide
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    Scooper Type Depends on Surface Being Scooped
    by Toonies, Saturday, September 15, 2007

    Comment: If you are primarily using your scooper on grass, get the one with the rake. If you are using it primarily on a flat surface like macadam or concrete, get the flat pusher ended one. If you will be using it on both, I'd go for the rake because it's easier t...

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    Easy scoop
    by mizzmcd, Saturday, September 15, 2007

    Comment: Great item!! Bending over to pick up mess with those plastic bags can be reeeaaalllyy gross. With this there is no bending, no "personal touch". And my yard seems the better for it. I keep a galvanized trash can with a liner(& lid) for dispos...

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