So much about dog care is fun–from dog walking to grooming to training your dog–but scooping poop is not one of those fun chores. Whether you just don’t have the time or just don’t want to mess with, well, the mess, you might consider hiring a pooper scooper service to clean your yard.
Consider asking these questions to the pet waste removal company you’re considering:
Do I have to sign a long-term contract?
Many poop scooper companies will not make you sign a contract. They will start service and end service whenever you request. These are companies that rely on a good reputation to build their customer loyalty.
How much do you charge?
Check around, costs are different depending on where you live, how many times a week the waste company visits, how big your yard is, and how many dogs you have.
As a rough estimate, expect to pay about $50 per month for a once-weekly visit in a yard with one dog and about $55 a month for two dogs; bump it up to twice-weekly service and expect to pay about $90 a month for one dog or $95 for two dogs.
Do I have to pay in advance or will you bill after the job is completed each month?
You would probably prefer to billed after the work is completed, unless they’ve come highly recommended and you trust the company.
How do you clean the scooping equipment?
A reputable waste company will clean their equipment with anti-microbials after each use to prevent any possible cross-contamination. You don’t want uncleaned equipment used for someone else’s dog also used on your grass where your kids play.
How do you dispose of the waste?
Do they simply toss it, unbagged, into your garbage can, or do they bag it up and take it with them to dispose?
What communication can customers expect?
The pooper scooper service you choose should contact you if they find something is wrong.
They should let you know if they find a foreign object in your dog’s poo so that you know your dog is chewing on something they shouldn’t. The company should also notify you if your dog isn’t looking well or seems unusually lethargic.
Using a pooper scooper service can be money well spent, especially if you have several big dogs. By asking these questions, you can find a good business that will take care of your dog’s business.