Post # 1
DH and I recently bought a starter home, a condo, that allows dogs. We have a courtyard/grassy park that is shared by everyone in the 36 units. I’d like to believe that I’m a responsible dog owner. My dog is 99% leashed and curb all the time. (The 1% is when the bugger runs away from me or I missed something.) But apparently, no one else in this complex does this. The yard is litter with dog poo. Is there something we can do? Other than complain and bring it up to the boards. I hate to be extreme and ask for DNA tagging of dogs but c’mon, we PAY for the maintenance for the common area and we want to be able to use the area in the spring/summer. Thoughts? Thank you!
Post # 3
@mnp: We’re in a similar situation. When we moved to our townhouse, they specifically mentioned that not cleaning up after your dog WILL result in fines. We clean up after our puppy immediately and always, but our neighbors apparently never do. We got a thing in the mail from the community reminding everyone to clean up, but it hasn’t worked. One lady who lives in front of a dog waste receptacle that clearly says “DOG WASTE HERE” doesn’t even clean up! It’s frustrating!
Post # 4
The board is going to have to start fining people. That’s the only thing that will help.
Post # 5
@mnp: The problem is, who is going to sit at their window or out in the yard and monitor who is not cleaning up after their dog.
Our Board mounted fake security cameras in the back yard. No one knows they aren’t real and aren’t recording, but it worked!
Post # 6
@mnp: Honestly, I would report them to the board, homeowner’s association, or who ever you’re supposed to report this to. I don’t think that it is overreacting.
Post # 7
it’s gross and a health concern at that… I would report it to the association who manages the condos. I know their are bylaws and rules in our condo association, and each unit owner should be abiding by these.
Post # 8
@julies1949: Ahahaha! That’s awesome! I wonder if our board will do that, too. Yeah, with no one around, it’s hard to enforce.
@lauraashley09: Ugh. I know how disgusting dog poo can be so I take the time to curb my dog. It isn’t fair for anyone else to have to put up with it.
Post # 9
@mnp: I live in an HOA community and this is always at the top of our newsletter. I remember at one point they started blaming everyone, including us, just to satisfy some people. Our dogs use our yard which I explained to them. What is the point of having a yard if you just let your dogs poop outside of it?
Other than threaten some type of monitoring surveillance there isn’t much else you can do. People are obnoxious! I will say that a lot of the poop found througout our areas is from cats, not dogs. I actually caught several cats in the act of pooping around our yard. I hate when owners “have” cats and allow them to be my problem. Imagine if I tried to pull that with my dog!
Post # 10
@mnp: I just wanted to drop in and say THANK YOU for being a responsible dog owner. I also live in a condo complex and one of my neighbors has been taking his dog behind our building and not cleaning up after it. It’s been pissing me off because I cut through the back of our building when walking to work and I hate trying to avoid piles of poo semi buried in the snow!
The other day, we overheard that douche neighbor telling another dog owning resident in the complex that he could go behind our building because there’s a bunch of space. DH and I shut that shit down REAL quick. It’s bad enough that this dude is letting his dog shit all over the place but now he’s trying to get other people to let their dogs shit behind our building too? No way! I’m actually thinking about talking to our on site managers about him soon.
Post # 11
Yeah I would definitely bring it up – and I would also call out those people if you see them not cleaning it up. I would do it, because it pisses me off to no end that people don’t bother. It’s rude, man! I don’t want to step in your dog shit. (Or mine, for that matter! ;))
Post # 12
Oh man I just sold a condo in a 12-unit building where this was a serious issue as well… one irresponsible owner’s dog was pooping up all over our backyard and courtyard. At first we tried to address it nicely via emails “just a reminder to all the dog owners: take care of your pup’s poo!”….then it became a heated agenda item at our condo board meetings (owner in question was usually a no-show)…and then after a particularly egregious event, it devolved into unabashed dog shaming. Like…sending instagram collages of the dog poo around the owners/tenants email list. It was bad! But, I have to say it worked. Kind of crazy that it took that level of shenanigans to call it to the owner’s attention.
It’s tough though, there isn’t really anything you CAN do – even if your condo board threatens to instill fines, you can’t technically prove it without camera surveillance.
Post # 13
I would bring it up with the board or HOA. They could put up a sign, reminder in the newsletter, or threaten to fine if it comes to it. Sometimes just a little reminded like a sign will be enough to get people to clean up.
Personally I don’t get why people don’t clean up after their dogs. I have two dogs, life long dog owner, and it’s really not that hard. I hate having to watch where you’re walking in the yard in fear that you’ll step in something. If you’ve got a private fenced in yard then go for it, but in a shared space it’s just common sense to clean up.
Post # 14
@k8: ……did you live in my complex? We have a dude who extorted everyone’s email addresses from the association somehow and sends pictures of dog shit to everyone (24 units). Uh, we know what dog poop looks like, thanks.
Post # 15
@cmbr: Oh man in our building it went to levels of insanity/hilarity….luckily most of the owners/tenants were friendly so at the height of the instagrams, I had a 3lb Yorkie (RIP) so I was making jokes about how “good lord, that poop is as big as my dog!”
In hindsight, kind of funny but at the time it was really annoying!
Post # 16
Not much help but venting here…I don’t live in a condo but my neighbors dogs come over and poop in my front yard. This is a real problem and there is nothing I can do about it. Sometimes I fantasize about letting my dog go over and poop at their house.