How to Clean up After a Dog in Winter. Cleaning up dog poop is a chore in itself. Cleaning up in the winter can be more challenging. If you procrastinate and don't clean up in the winter, you will put the health of yourself, your dog and other neighborhood animals at risk. Poop that sits out draws maggots and parasites which can quickly spread. Not to mention, it gives off a horrible odor. Follow these steps to clean up after your dog in the winter.
Pick up the feces immediately after the dog poops so that it does not become buried under the snow. Just grab a grocery bag, put it over your hand and then run outside and the grab the poop. Turn the bag inside out, tie it up and toss in the trash can.
Designate one area of the yard for the dog to defecate. This will make it much easier to exit the house and clean up in a timely manner to prevent winter build up.
Install a septic system for dogs. With a septic system all you do is drop the dog poop in a hole in the ground immediately after clean up. Enzymes and chemicals break down the feces into the dirt.
Have your dog defecate under a covered patio. Lay down paper or doggy duty pads. When your dog is done, clean up easily by balling up the paper and sealing it in a trash bag.
Hire a dog feces clean up service. This will save time and spare you from the winter cold. Look in the phone book or search the Internet to find a company in your area. The service may even dispose of the waste if your local government has a policy that prohibits throwing it in the regular city trash.