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Crack technology: The strap-on poop catcher

It pains me to report that the PooTrap, a strap-on device that catches your dog’s poop before it hits the ground, is not a comedy bit, but a real product.

Its website, pootrapusa.com doesn’t seem to be working right now, which I hope isn’t a result of high demand for the device, because it’s downright silly. I’m not certain dogs can feel embarassment, but if they can’t, a few hours in one of these get ups should do the trick.

Other than its possible use on an ill dog, ala diapers, the PooTrap, gets our nomination, sight unseen (other than in the video)  for the dump.

A look at the website’s FAQs, as reported by Crunchgear.com, indicates the makers of PooTrap aren’t real knowledgeable about dogs, or the English language:

“My dog will not like it for sure?

“Actually, dogs don’t like many things such as ‘they don’t like shower’, ‘they don’t like to stay home alone’, ‘they don’t like to eat dog cookies’, however, when they are used to all these things, they will be excited about it.

“Why my dog seem not able to get used to ‘PooTrap’?

“In many ways dog is like human being! It’s like when first time people use camera to take photos, for sure it seems weird but nowadays many people around the world are using cameras for taking photos.

“Dog feel not respected when wearing ‘PooTrap’?

“Babies wear diapers and they are truly loved by their parents, hence same applied to the dogs owners who use our ‘PooTrap’ actually truly love their dogs.

“I would rather like to pick up poop by myself?

“People invented many useful technologies to make people’s life easier. All these inventions (car is among one of them) are to make people’s life more convenient. With our ‘PooTrap,’ no need to worry that dogs will cause environment pollution, and as dogs owners may know, actually it’s difficult to pick up poop.”

Comments

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time August 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

These people can’t seriously think this will work. If you have a dog that has urinary incontinence issues (elderly, ill, etc.) you can indeed get doggie diapers. They look like cummerbunds for the fellows, panties for the gals–with an accommodation for the tail. These don’t take the place of housebreaking. The pads have to be changed frequently and regularly–as with human babies. It seems to me that if a dog is having some kind of bowel issue, then we owe it to him as a friend to help him keep clean. That could mean extra trips outside or a few hours confined to a bathroom or corner of the kitchen that’s easily scrubbed down and disinfected. It’s really not all that bad.

Comment from Annabelle
Time August 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This seems like a “shitty” idea.

Comment from cory
Time December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

i wouldnt put this on a regular dog. but i have a speacial needs puppy. he is blind along with other issues. he will walk in circles for hours. and if he poops he will walk in it over and over. we cant give him 24hour care. in a few hours that can be a big mess. this i think will work great. you guys should try and see how it could help.as for my other bulldogs. picking up after your dog is part of having dogs.

Comment from ServiceDogMom
Time December 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Many guide and service dog handlers use these types of devices, because they can’t find or reach to pick up the waste their dogs leave while working. Of course, guide and service dogs are trained to urinate and defecate on command, which is why the system works for them.

If you DON’T fall into either category above, save your money, pick up your poop the old fashion way and every time you easily locate, bend, and pick up your dog’s poop, say a prayer of thanks that you actually have the ability to do so.

Comment from glyn
Time February 13, 2013 at 12:18 am

thats a great idea

Comment from Mildred
Time August 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I think the writer of this article is too quick to dismiss the usefulness for such a device. It is true that regular dog with regular owner should pick up the poo in the old fashion way and I do that for my healthy dogs. However, there will always be situation where people and their dogs are not so “regular”. In my case, i have a rescuse inbreeding puppy with neuro problem (unstable shaking) who find it hard to defacate without stepping on the poo. This device is extremely helpful for me to duck down to the shops and run quick errands without coming home to a house full of brown paw prints. Maybe I should have put this puppy to sleep but he has such a happy disposition that is hard to resist.

My blind friend also find this device extremely useful. Before she had it, she did accidentally step on her guide dog’s poo while feeling for poo by touch on the grass. She was even banned at a surburb mall for tracking poo into the shops. Now that she found this, she introduced it to her mates with guide dogs and they love it that they can be responsible dog owners who picks up after their dogs even though the dog scoop law doesn’t apply to them.

Comment from Nicole
Time May 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I know quite a few people that use these, mostly Service Dog handlers as it means that they don’t have to ‘feel’ for the poop on the ground and is especially good for those with limited mobility.

It IS a useful product.

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