Picture the scene: it is a lovely day. Flowers are blooming. Bees are buzzing. The sun is shining. While out looking at apartments to rent, you see one that is simply beautiful. The grounds are lovely and exterior design appeals instantly. Details on the real estate sign indicate the size of each apartment for rent is what you need so you step onto the walkway towards the manager’s door only to step in a pile of dog mess. Imagine what an impact this would have on potential renters or their visitors. Dog poop is not just unsightly. It sticks to shoes and clothing and the smell is hard to get off of these items even when cleaned thoroughly. That odor clings, and so does the memory. There goes a potential renter.
Safety and Satisfaction
Appealing to potential residents is only one reason to ensure dog waste isn’t lying around a property. What about existing residents and the people who visit them? They want to feel they are cared for, and if there is a “dogs allowed” policy but dog waste scattered around, residents could kick up their own stink about pets on the premises. Letters of complaint are sure to start filling up that email in-box or even the post box. Children living in these places are at risk as they tend to touch anything and everything, gross or not. Bacteria in feces can make children very sick.
Besides, image is important. Those living in a building with its manicured lawns and clean windows take pride in the surroundings, but not if brown mess is smeared on paths and grass. One might come to feel as though his urban utopia is on the wrong side of the tracks.
What to Do
A property manager can’t stop dogs from pooping when they go for a walk. It is natural for a canine to feel his bowels wanting to move when he exercises and only a cruel owner would prevent him from doing so. What’s the answer? Owners have to pick up the poop.
One of the many reasons people don’t pick up after their dogs is that they don’t have dog waste bags handy. They forget to bring one with them or they bring one and the dog poops twice so he needs two bags. The easiest way to solve this problem is to make dog waste bags available on the property near a garbage can designated for disposal of full bags.
Dogs become accustomed to following a routine, so if owners encourage canines to poop near the dog waste center, they don’t even have to carry the bag around. This could be where dogs get used to relieving themselves all the time.
Who Will Benefit
As a property manager, you and your residents all benefit. Firstly, your reputation is enhanced by taking this small step towards helping keep a property clean whether passers-by or residents are allowing Fido to defecate onsite and do not clean it up. Secondly, residents are not going to step in as much of the stuff as before which makes everyone happy even if that doesn’t stop ignorant people from ignoring their responsibilities. Thirdly, the environment is better off since dog poop is not a natural fertilizer of any good to the grass or flowers nearby. Finally, the property owner is more likely to attract new residents to this cleaner, better-smelling site.
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