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Find the Poop, Earn the Points! International Pooper Scooper Week

NEWS RELEASE
CONTACT: Rick Ingram
DogSmith Franchise Services
RickIngram@DogSmith.com
1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)
Find the Poop, Earn the Points!

To highlight the importance of cleaning up after your pet and help protect the environment, aPaws has established the first week of April as International Pooper Scooper week.

Oxford MS, April 1, 2011 – In recognition of International Pooper Scooper Week, The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise encourages all animal lovers to support The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) by cleaning up after your pets. aPaws was founded in 2002 by a group of professional pooper scoopers who want to make everyone aware of the importance of picking up and properly disposing of pet waste. With the growing number of dogs and other pets in the US, pet waste can pose a health hazard and it is disgusting in our yards, parks and public areas.

One artist is applying a clever solution to the problem of pet waste by combining services and gaming to help solve urban problems. Aram Saroyan Armstrong, a student at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Milan Italy, has developed Pooptopia LBS: Mobile Poop Awareness & Avoidance System, an urban game of pet waste removal.

The goal of the game is for teams to discover dog waste, photograph and email it, including the location of the disgusting ‘find’ with the name of your team. You earn points by finding the waste and you can double your points by marking the exact location of the waste on Pooptopia’s online ‘Dark Treasure’ map. Contract pet waste removal teams use the treasure map to optimize routes to clean up the offending waste. With enough data ‘Pooptopias’ and ‘Puptopias,’ zones are then established which are the basis for the fees the contract pet waste removal contractors charge. Higher rated communites enjoy reduced pet waste removal fees.

According to Saroyan, “Pooptopia LBS is much more than a super smart, fun and high-tech poop scooping service. It’s a lifestyle. We serve the people, not just wealthy dog owners. We encourage good citizenship and are helping people to reclaim their streets in a playful and positive way.” In addition, to make pet waste cleanup easier for dog owners of Milan, the city has installed pet waste stations on the streets. Pet waste stations provide waste cleanup bags and a convenient trash receptacle for the waste.

To learn more about Pooptopia visit http://aram.posterous.com/13368482. If you can’t pick up the pet waste yourself then you can always hire a professional pooper scooper to do it for you. There are hundreds of pooper scooper companies around the U.S. committed to making your yard or neighborhood poop-free. For more information on the hazards of dog waste or to locate an aPaws professional pooper-scooper, visit http://www.apaws.org and use their convenient Find-A-Scooper Directory to find a scooper near you. You can also contact your local DogSmith® at www.DogSmith.com

About The DogSmith – The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith, or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648.


Why Should You Pick Up After Your Dog?

Why Should I Pick Up After My Pet?
March 10th, 2011

It’s a question that lots of pet owners ask. Why should I pick up after my pet when I take him/her for a walk? Well, besides the fact that no one likes to step in your pet’s “accident” while enjoying their morning run or afternoon walk, there are some very good reasons to pick up after your pet. Did you know that:

* Every time it rains pet waste washes down storm drains and into rivers, lakes and streams.
* Pet waste may contain bacteria and viruses that transmit easily to humans who handle contaminated soils or infected waters
* Many cites and towns now have ordinances with fines starting at $200 for not picking up after your pet
* Flies and other “pest” insects can also increase in the area when you and others don’t pick up after your pets

So the next time you’re out at the park or enjoying the great outdoors with your pet, be sure to take a minute, pick up after him/her and then dispose of the outdoor waste properly.

For a few of our handy dispensers and pick-up bags check out the Products section of our site.

The DogSmith Says
Now if the reasons for picking up after your pets outside your home environment are valid, which i believe they are, then why would you not pick up after your pet in your yard. Well our DogSmith clients tell us there are lots of reasons why they do not pick up after their pets.
1. Its dirty work
2. Too busy
3. There Husband said he would do it
4. The wife said she would do it
5. Both parents say their kids will do it
6. We schedule for the DogSmith to do it as nobody else is doing it.
Yes The DogSmith can do it.

Here’s The Solution To Your Dog Waste Pollution!
It is undeniable. The family dog brings loads of joy and pleasure to your life. But they also leave a lot of mess in your yard. Your time is too valuable to spend with the nasty hassle of cleaning up after your family’s best friend. But your family needs and deserves the cleanest environment possible. We have the solution to your dog waste pollution! If you have small children, entertain in your garden or just insist on a dog play area free of dog waste then “Get Clean, Go Green.”

Call The DogSmith today! 1-888-364-7648

We give you more time in your day to enjoy a cleaner, healthier yard. Spend that extra time enjoying your family. We help American families Go Green by cleaning up after their pooch. We recognize the high level of trust you place in your Home Service Providers. So that you may never worry or have a concern about our technicians who clean your yard, every one of our employees is insured, bonded and goes through an extensive pre-employment background check. They also receive training in dog behavior so they will know when Fido doesn’t want her yard cleaned. We provide the highest level of customer service. We know you are inviting us onto your property and that is a trust that we value and will always respect.
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Call The DogSmith “Your neighborhood Pet Waste Specialist” Now.
We give you more time in your day to enjoy a cleaner, healthier yard. Spend that extra time relaxing with your family.

Pet Waste is disgusting
It can transmit disease, attracts flies and kills your grass. You love your dog, you hate the waste. You keep the love, we take the ‘yuck’ away leaving your yard clean, sanitized and deodorized.

What We Do
At whatever frequency you desire The DogSmith will come to your home and make your yard pet waste free. Whether you need us biweekly, weekly, bimonthly or monthly we have a plan to fit your budget. Family reunion coming up? We do special cleanups for special events. Did your Houseguests bring their dogs leaving you with too much yuck to handle? We can handle seasonal or short term assignments. No contracts, ever. Sign-up anytime, cancel when you don’t need us. For more specific information about how The DogSmith services your yard go to our service detail page.

Our Code of Conduct
The DogSmith recognizes the high level of trust you place in your Home Service Providers. So that you may never worry or have a concern about our technicians who clean your yard every one of our employees is insured, bonded and goes through an extensive pre-employment background check. They also receive training in dog behavior so they will know when Fido doesn’t want her yard cleaned. The DogSmith provides the highest level of customer service. We know you are inviting us onto your property and that is a trust that we value and will always honor. Learn more about our services

Satisfaction Guaranteed – 100%
If you are dissatisfied with our service we will reimburse you for the visit. We will also come back to your yard within 24 hours to ensure you are satisfied with the quality of the cleaning. You will NOT be charged for either of the visits.

Services & Products
We service both residential and commercial accounts. We sell Install and service Pet Waste Stations. We are a supplier of Poop Tools, Poop Bags and all Pooper Scooper operational equipment at wholesale pricing. We are a locally owned and operated business. We offer accurate and consistent billing. We are a call away from service requests and we guarantee all our services or you do not pay. No contracts start and stop service whenever You please.

Call your local DogSmith today to get a FREE quotation. No service contracts, Reliable Service, Dog Friendly
1-888-364-7648

Read What Our Clients Say

It’s the Bomb I love it I don’t know how we made it this long. Thanks DogSmiths, you saved the family yard!”
Leisa M. – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

“Thank you for your onsite visit of our resort. We love your recommendations for the location and number of Pet Waste Stations. Please go ahead and order them. I was very hesitant about pushing this Pet Waste Program with our Home Owner Association, thought I was going to land up with dog poop responsibilities on my desk. It’s great to know The DogSmith is there to service them; your prices are also great for the poop-bags. “
Richard – Panama City Beach, Florida

“We can actually smell the beach and water again!”
Heather R. – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

“We’re very busy, we work a lot. The DogSmith is very, very convenient. They keep the yard nice. I don’t have to worry about stepping in things you shouldn’t be stepping in.”
Kevin H. – Niceville, Florida

“Thank you DogSmith for donating your time at the Humane Society to keep it clean. The Pet Waste Stations are great for the dog walkers. “
Mary S. – Panama City, Florida

The DogSmith, “I would highly recommend them – I can’t say enough. I’ve been around too many people who don’t scoop their yards. It’s a nuisance. It smells bad and it looks bad.”
Katharine H. – Niceville, Florida

“It is so easy now to have a pet friendly rental cottage on 30A. We just call you guys the day before the dog departs and you plan to be here on departure day to clean up the poop. No more complaints from incoming residents. “
Deborah – Seagrove Beach, Florida

“The service is great and I appreciate how well the yard was cleaned, especially the first time.”
Skip J. – Panama City Beach, Florida

“My dog continually had problems with worms; I called my local DogSmith to get a quote for their disinfectant spray. Niki told me that the most important thing was to keep the dog’s environment free of old poop. I don’t have time to pick up regularly so we had The DogSmith come out and do it. With the wormer the vet gave us and our clean yard our dog is now free of round worms. Thanks DogSmith for your advice and your great service.”
Alice E. – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida


DogSmith Pet Waste Cleanup Services

Service Scope and How We Clean –
Because your dog can be clever about where he “goes” and scooping poop is not an exact science we use a strict “search and scoop” grid pattern. This method ensures that the Pet Waste Specialist Technician will pass over every part of your yard at least twice to make sure nothing is missed. We will also apply a deodorizing spray that minimizes the pet waste damage to your lawn. Our pooper scoopers will always leave a card informing you that we have serviced your yard and if there is anything to report (broken gate, dog worms, digging under the fence etc.). When leaving a yard we always check and double check your gate to make sure it is securely fastened and Fido is safely contained.

Fetch Your Local DogSmith!

We conform to the highest industry standards.

  • We scoop up and remove all waste from your yard at each service visit.
  • We disinfect our tools and shoes before entering your yard.
  • We observe your pet’s demeanor and health.
  • We ensure all gates are locked as we come and go from your yard.
  • We confirm our service delivery by leaving you a “we were here” card.
  • We notify you of any concerning observations we make about your pet’s waste.
  • We remove all small trash, defined as smaller than a soda can.
  • We are bonded and insured.

Additional Yard Services that may be offered by your local DogSmith

  • Scoop Front Yard
    If you require your front yard cleaned as an addition to your back yard there is a small per visit fee.
  • Odor Mute
    This all-natural product covers up to 500 square feet per application (one gallon) and should ideally be done at least once per week to eliminate the smell of dog urine from your yard
  • All-Natural Flea, Tick, & Mosquito Barrier Spray
    The price is for a one gallon application that covers up to 5,000 sq. ft.
  • Trifectant Disinfectant Spray
    Broad Spectrum disinfectant. The Price is per gallon. One gallon thoroughly disinfects 300 sq. ft. Recommended for homes that have experienced Parvo, Distemper or other contagious canine diseases.

Annual International Pooper Scooper Week – April 1-7, 2010

News Release

Contact:             Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services

RickIngram@DogSmith.com

1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

To highlight the importance of cleaning up after your pets to help protect our drinking water, aPaws has established the first week of April as International Pooper Scooper week.

Washington County, FL, April 1, 2010 – In recognition of International Pooper Scooper Week, The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise encourages all animal lovers to support The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) by cleaning up after your pets.  aPaws was founded in 2002 by a group of professional pooper scoopers who want to make everyone aware of the importance of  picking up and properly disposing of pet waste.  With the growing number of dogs and other pets in the US, pet waste can pose a health hazard and it is disgusting in our yards, parks and public areas.  Most cities have recognized the growing problem of pet waste and have adopted pooper-scooper laws requiring owners clean up after their pet or risk hefty fines.   In addition to the risk of fines and the unpleasant odor and unsightly mess which can keep pet owners from using their yards and enjoying public areas, uncollected pet waste attracts disease-carrying insects and can breed harmful bacteria.  A number of common parasites, including roundworm, are transmitted through dog feces and when infected dog waste is left on the ground, the eggs of parasites can linger in the soil for years.  Pet waste is a problem all animal lovers face but it is one of the easiest of all pollutants to control if everyone does their part by picking up after their pet’s waste at home and while out and about.

If you can’t pick up the pet waste yourself then you can always hire a professional pooper scooper to do it for you. There are hundreds of pooper scooper companies around the U.S. committed to making your yard or neighborhood poop-free. For more information on the hazards of dog waste or to locate an aPaws member professional pooper scooper, visit http://www.apaws.org and use their convenient Find-A-Scooper Directory to find a scooper near you. Or visit www.DogSmith.com to locate your local DogSmith who also offers DogSmith Yard Services.
About The DogSmith – The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith, or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648.


The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise Adds Pet Waste Cleanup to Services

The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise Adds Pet Waste Cleanup to Services

The DogSmith, a national Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Pet Nutrition Franchise now offers Pet Waste Cleanup as a new service.

Washington County, Florida, February 10th, 2010 – The DogSmith Franchise Services, the nation’s only full service pet care franchise has now added Pet Waste Cleanup  to its service offerings.   “Our mission is taking care of the entire pet, from training, walking, and sitting to behavior and nutrition and now we will even pickup the messes they leave behind.  We take care of both ends of the leash,” says DogSmith founder Niki Tudge.

Tudge points out that The DogSmith services set a new standard for in-home pet care and dog walking. “As a dog trainer and pet care professional responsible for looking after a client’s family pet, being an animal lover is not enough.  You also need the training, skills and experience that qualify you as a DogSmith Pet Care Technician.  And who better to take care of your pet’s every need than a certified DogSmith Dog Trainer & Pet Care Technician?” says Tudge.

The pet waste cleanup service offered by locally owned and operated DogSmith Franchises adds to a wide array of DogSmith pet care programs such as canine slumber parties, dog romps, and daily dog walks as well as private and group dog training programs including “latch-key,” and “board and train” programs.  All DogSmith technicians are fully insured, bonded and certified in Canine/Feline first aid.

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become, a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648


DogSmith Yard Services, Pet Waste Cleanup. Get Clean, Go Green!

Get Clean, Go Green!

1-888-Dog-Smith (364- 7648)

Here’s The Solution To Your Dog Waste Pollution!
It is undeniable. The family dog brings loads of joy and pleasure to your life. But they also leave a lot of mess in your yard. Your time is too valuable to spend with the nasty hassle of cleaning up after your family’s best friend. But your family needs and deserves the cleanest environment possible. We have the solution to your dog waste pollution! If you have small children, entertain in your garden or just insist on a dog play area free of dog waste then “Get Clean, Go Green.”

Call The DogSmith today! 1-888-364-7648

We give you more time in your day to enjoy a cleaner, healthier yard. Spend that extra time enjoying your family. We help American families Go Green by cleaning up after their pooch. We recognize the high level of trust you place in your Home Service Providers. So that you may never worry or have a concern about our technicians who clean your yard, every one of our employees is insured, bonded and goes through an extensive pre-employment background check. They also receive training in dog behavior so they will know when Fido doesn’t want her yard cleaned. We provide the highest level of customer service. We know you are inviting us onto your property and that is a trust that we value and will always respect.

Call The DogSmith “Your neighborhood Pet Waste Specialist” Now.

We give you more time in your day to enjoy a cleaner, healthier yard. Spend that extra time relaxing with your family.

Pet Waste is disgusting
It can transmit disease, attracts flies and kills your grass. You love your dog, you hate the waste. You keep the love, we take the ‘yuck’ away leaving your yard clean, sanitized and deodorized.

What We Do
At whatever frequency you desire The DogSmith will come to your home and make your yard pet waste free. Whether you need us biweekly, weekly, bimonthly or monthly we have a plan to fit your budget. Family reunion coming up? We do special cleanups for special events. Did your Houseguests bring their dogs leaving you with too much yuck to handle? We can handle seasonal or short term assignments. No contracts, ever. Sign-up anytime, cancel when you don’t need us. For more specific information about how The DogSmith services your yard go to our service detail page.

Enjoy a clean yard

Our Code of Conduct
The DogSmith recognizes the high level of trust you place in your Home Service Providers. So that you may never worry or have a concern about our technicians who clean your yard every one of our employees is insured, bonded and goes through an extensive pre-employment background check. They also receive training in dog behavior so they will know when Fido doesn’t want her yard cleaned. The DogSmith provides the highest level of customer service. We know you are inviting us onto your property and that is a trust that we value and will always honor. Learn more about our services

Satisfaction Guaranteed – 100%

If you are dissatisfied with our service we will reimburse you for the visit. We will also come back to your yard within 24 hours to ensure you are satisfied with the quality of the cleaning. You will NOT be charged for either of the visits.

Services & Products
We service both residential and commercial accounts. We sell Install and service Pet Waste Stations. We are a supplier of Poop Tools, Poop Bags and all Pooper Scooper operational equipment at wholesale pricing. We are a locally owned and operated business. We offer accurate and consistent billing. We are a call away from service requests and we guarantee all our services or you do not pay. No contracts start and stop service whenever You please.


Keep your Community Free of Pet Waste

There are over 71 million dogs in the US with 63% of American households owning at least one.  Half of these households have more than one dog and 45% of these dogs are 40 lbs or larger.  By every indication, the trend in increased pet ownership will continue and by offering a pet friendly community to potential residents you appeal to a broader demographic thereby increasing your competitiveness in the housing market.  However, all of these dogs can add up to a lot of disgusting waste, detracting from the beauty of your community, increasing resident complaints and causing a headache for landscapers, building maintenance and community management.  In addition to being disgusting, if pet waste is not cleaned up on a regular basis, it can breed flies, kill grass and transmit disease. 

 In an effort to minimize the issue of pet waste, many communities implement breed restrictions, weight limits or both.  Some communities simply prohibit pets. Those communities that allow dogs usually have rules requiring owners to pick up after their pets but while most dog owners are conscientious it only takes an irresponsible few to “soil” the reputation of all dogs and their owners.  The reality that many community managers soon face is that enforcement of pet policies is difficult at best, ineffective at worst, always expensive, and usually strains relationships within the community. 

 Many community management professionals find that the most effective approach to the pet waste problem is implementation of a 3 part program.  This program consists of; 1) policy enforcement and education, 2) pet waste station installation and 3) regular cleaning of high use and neglected areas. 

This comprehensive approach encourages residents by providing them with the tools they need to conveniently clean up after their pets and discourages “re-soiling” by regularly cleaning high use and neglected areas (those favorite spots where owners either fail to clean up after their pet, won’t clean up after their pet or are frequented by stray and unleashed dogs).  As a last resort, the program provides Management with the means to enforce community regulations. 

The cornerstone of any comprehensive pet waste program is the implementation, education and enforcement of a reasonable pet policy.  But since studies show that a significant number of pet owners (over 40%) will not pick up after their dogs, even with the threat of fine or complaints by neighbors, a second and third layer of effort are required to help control pet waste. 

The second part of a comprehensive community pet waste program is the Pet Waste Station.  Pet Waste Stations are a convenient and attractive way to provide your residents with the tools they need to hygienically pickup after their pet and dispose of the waste.  Pet Waste Stations are available in a wide variety of models and price ranges but normally consist of a waste bag dispenser, stocked with biodegradable bags, mounted with a disposal bin. 

A pet waste cleanup professional can assist you in determining what type of station would be most appropriate for your facility and can advise you on placement and complete the installation.  More importantly, a pet waste cleanup professional can regularly service your pet waste stations, on a schedule customized to suit your particular needs, replenishing bags and cleaning the bin, to ensure your pet waste station remains an effective and attractive tool in your community maintenance program.  The cost of installing and servicing pet waste stations, as well as your entire pet waste control program, can easily be recovered from pet deposits and fees.

 Finally, the third part of a comprehensive pet waste management program is ensuring that high use and neglected areas are regularly and thoroughly cleaned.  Heavily soiled areas of any community will repeatedly attract stray and loose dogs.  These areas should be routinely cleaned of all pet waste, disinfected if needed and have an organic odor eliminator applied to reduce the attraction to dogs.  Here again, a pet waste cleanup professional can assist you by providing regularly scheduled cleaning, disinfecting and odor elimination. 

So to attract the most desirable residents to your community by maintaining a healthy, attractive facility free of pet waste, without the headaches, complaints and strained relations that are usually associated with the “enforcement only” approach to dogs and their owners, consider implementing a comprehensive pet waste cleanup program consisting of Pet Waste Stations, routine cleanup and if absolutely necessary, enforcement of regulations.  A Pet Waste Cleanup professional can assist you in solving your dog waste problems for far less than you may think.

 If you do choose to hire a professional pet waste cleanup service as part of your comprehensive program ensure they use all natural products that are safe around children and animals, that the waste bags used are biodegradable, that they disinfect their tools and shoes prior to servicing your facility, and that they are fully bonded and insured.