This is a light hearted blog about the ongoing effort to keeping it interesting while you go through the daily routine of scooping poop for a large kennel. Up until recently we used the multiple compost piles process to deal with the amounts of poo. Last spring we tried seeding the piles with a mixed blend of grass seed. They really did well until we continued to add poo to them, so recently we have been wheelbarreling the poop to a large hole away from the kennel area. I must admit that I miss the good old days of flinging poo into piles. You see after years of practice I believe I had taken my skills of filinging poo to another level. I believe I had turned it into an art form! If someone we to ask me, “What are you really accomplished at?”, I would probably have to hang my head and answer, “Scooping poop!”
It is your lucky day, for right here and now, I am going to share many years of knowledge on hot tips of scooping poop.
- Find the lightest long handled round headed shovel possible. You will find that just a few ounces of weight will make a huge difference on your back.
- Don’t try and scoop with the front tip of the shovel. The tip will often catch on the ground, or rocks and that is very hard on the back muscles when it happens over and over. Plus, with this technic, it takes two motions to fling the poo to the pile. One to scoop and one to wind up and fling it. This takes much to time and effort.
- Instead you would be much better off to use the front side of the shovel in a slidding motion that continues through the scoop directly into the fling to the compost pile. The one smooth motion will be much easier on the body and save you alot of time.
- Now the fun part. I will break down the previous mentioned motion into many useful moves or shots. You see I have found that the action used takes me back to my childhood growing up in Minnesota where I fantisized of being a professional hockey player.
- Of course all these moves can be performed in the forehand or backhand motion, which offer a bit of diversity. If you can only make your shot from one side then you will only be able to work in one direction and will always have to clean the kennel in the same direction. Just kidding!
- The first move, is the simple wrist shot. Best when you have a short distance to fling your s–t. It is a smooth forward scrape continued and finished with the flick of your wrist.
- Next, is the reverse wrist shot when the compost pile is behind you. This can be broken down into three shots. The low to the ground for close shots and the 45 degree shot for longer distances. Then of couse there is the overhead 360 when the pile is directly behind you. This move should only be used be the most experienced poop scooper for obvious reasons. When taking it to this level remember to keep it a continous motion or you may not get the results you may want. A note: make sure of the texture of poo when contemplating this move. Trying this with a loose stool could result in an immediate need for a shower!
- There is also the “Slap Shot”, used when you have a really long distance to the pile. You will start the scoop in a backward motion then step forward with the shovel moving forward in a long sweeping action, followed by lifting the back foot up behind the forward foot, thus allowing a complete follow through for the power needed. It looks just like a hockey player making a slap shot.
- Then there is the most advanced of all shots, the figure eight. When you have an obsticle such as a rock in front of the direction that you need to fling to, this is by far the most effective and difficult move. It starts with the scoop in an upward motion alongside the obsticle, then start a backward sweeping motion while dropping down the shovel head down into the upward loop and then down into the shot, followed by the forward-upward follow through to complete the full figure eight.
- Once you have mastered all these moves, then you can challenge your newfound abilities by improving your accuracy. What fun!
On a more serious note. Maintaining a clean kennel will keep your dogs more healthy, beautiful, and happy. Your kennel should be cleaned daily and if you pick up a virus in a dog, you can sanitize the area by spraying the area with a bleach/water mixure.
Good Luck at keeping it fun and remember to that it is a good time to talk to your dogs to better the bond between you and your canine kids.