The Wastes Dogs Leave Behind

English Spaniel Behind
Picking up what your dog leaves behind is simply the act of a responsible dog owner. Bailey, an English Springer Spaniel (pictured with Cayla Horn), owned by Kelly Rodrigues.

Dog urine and feces can be unsightly, cause odor problems, and, in some cases, even be a part of disease transmission. Feces not picked up can attract disease-carrying pests (primarily flies) and can seep into groundwater as they dissolve. When many dogs live in a small area, as in a large city, the amount of feces produced can be mind-boggling. Most cities and counties, plus many states, now have laws stating that the owner of a dog, or the person who has control of the dog (such as a dog walker), must pick up any feces produced by that dog. Fines for not doing so can range from $25 to even $500, depending on the city.

Dog urine is also a problem. A lamppost or fire hydrant that has become a neighborhood marking post will quickly become unbearable to people walking by. In addition, the urine is corrosive, causing problems with the lamppost and the fire hydrant. Male dogs should not be allowed to lift their legs and urinate on every vertical surface; it's not necessary, and it's rude. See chapter 7 for training tips.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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