Dogs Poop In The Cold Weather Too

If you have dogs and don’t have a huge back yard you have to have a dog waste system in place for how to handle your Dogs Poop.

If you live in a climate that has a cold winter season there are also many additional challenges related to dog poop pick up.

  • When you get home from work and let the dog outside, it’s too dark to see the poop to pick it up.
  • Since you can’t pick it up right away, it can freeze, then it’s hard to pick up the dog poop because it’s frozen to the grass.  I’ve seen the boss kick under it (when it’s frozen) with a boot and that seemed to free it up but she certainly wasn’t happy to find out once that it wasn’t as frozen as she thought.
  • If you try to handle your dog poop pick up duties when it’s frozen, it sometimes breaks apart and scatters about the whole area.  You end up with a very unattractive dusting of “brown stuff”.
  • If you try to pick your dog’s poop up when the temperatures rise, it’s squishy and gross and hard to pick up.
  • If you leave it outside for a while, it’s also likely that I’ll step on poop when it starts to melt and then track it inside.  Then I’ll get in trouble even though it’s really not my fault.
  • If it snows, the dog poop gets buried in the snow.  Then you can’t find it when you want to pick it up.
  • And… it’s cold outside. It doesn’t bother me much, but the people don’t seem to like it.

A Bucket… With Holes

Dog poop pick up is different in the winter than in the other months.  We just reviewed many of he problems related to dog poop pick up problems that you see in the winter.  However, there is a huge plus… it’s cold.  If you live where you really have to deal with crappy weather, it means it’s cold enough so that the dog’s poop will freeze.   That means there is no smell to deal with or worry about covering up.

If your dog waste system includes putting the dog’s poop in the trash, you will still need a container to store it in and you will still need to line it with trash bags so you can put it in the weekly trash.  However, you won’t need individual bags because you don’t need to contain the smell.

One problem you have to deal with is the snow.  No matter how careful you are on your dog poop pick up duties, you will get some snow mixed in with the poop when you pick it up.  You can use an old bucket (with holes), wire basket, old fashioned plastic milk crates, etc or anything else that can stay outside, contain the poop but allow some of the liquid to run off as the snow melts.

Then once a week or so you can dump the poop into the weekly trash bag and toss it.

Poop Scooper

If you have to handle the dog poop pick up in the snow, this tool works great.  It’s got relatively sharp edges and the two sides act like shovels. You can stand over it and dig it out.

We don’t use this when there isn’t snow because it only picks up one piece at a time, but it works great in the snow.

Snow Blower/Shovel

This is our best find of the most recent winter – a power snow shovel.  It’s basically a light weight snow blower.  You don’t need to clear a big area, just the area around the chain the dogs are on.   You obviously don’t want to spend money on a full-blown serious snow blower just for dog poop pick up, however these light weight models are less than $100 and they are awesome for keeping a 10 foot radius in your back yard free of snow.


If you keep the snow off the ground then the dogs poop can’t get buried in the snow.  Using this makes the dog poop pick up chore much easier to handle in the middle of winter.

Other Things You Need To Know

Handling dog poop pick up is a humongous pain.  It’s icky and smelly and unpleasant and a complete pain.  But it is also inevitable that you have to deal with it.   You really need to figure out a plan for your dog waste system to deal with this if you have a dog in an apartment, townhouse or small yard.  It can be done, but it can take some time to figure out what works best for you.

Get more information on how to handle your dogs poop here.

14 thoughts on “Dogs Poop In The Cold Weather Too”

  1. This makes a lot of sense and I haven’t seen this type of info anywhere else. Sometimes I can’t get my dog to go outside at all when the weather is really bad though. Is there anything you can do for a dog that would allow him to go indoors instead? I know they have training pads but what if they walk in it then and track through the house. He is blind so this could be a problem.

  2. This is a most interesting topic to write about. I can not imagine what it must be like to live in a community like this. Fortunately I live in a house with our own yard so I can leave the frozen poop until it thaws.

  3. You have some very good techniques for handling the problem and I am sure there are a lot of people out there that have benefitted from your post.

  4. I would see this as the number one reason to not live in the city I live where I have my own yard so I don’t have to take care of it this way. I feel sorry for those people that do have to do this though it sounds like a pain in the butt. I am afraid I would have to seriously consider whether I wanted to have a dog in these conditions.

  5. Hmmm… having a dog that can’t see definitely makes this a little harder. That isn’t something we’ve had to deal with. One thing that comes to mind are the indoor grass options that are raised. This would allow you to train the dog to recognize when they were on the grass. Although… then you have to train the dog to only walk on the grass when they have to potty.

    Another thing about the training pads is that they work a little like diapers in that they soak up the urine, so I don’t think there would be much left if the dog walked on it later.

  6. That’s definitely easier than dealing with the cold weather. But you still have to spend a sunny spring day scooping up all the poop from the wintertime 🙂

  7. You’re absolutely right, there is work involved in having a dog and if it sounds like too much work, you should definitely think twice. It’s definitely a little work and takes planning, but those of us who love dogs think it’s worth it.

  8. The deicer makes a lot of sense actually, as I sit here and look out the window at the ice that Is accumulating on my deck. What happened to spring time?

  9. Thank you for posting this I am a dog lover and I think that the work you are doing here is well worth it. I have a dog and I live in an apartment so I have to deal with this stuff myself. The deicer is a great idea but I was wondering why it has to be pet friendly or whatever you called it? I will be trying it this next year though.

  10. This may sound like I am joking, but I would think that those dog owners who live in frigid climates have an easier time scooping the dog poop after their pet finally does decide to go. If the poop is frozen, I imagine it is a lot less messy than if it is a hot mess that would smear as you try to pick it off the grass.

  11. If you are a dog lover you will do anything that you need to, to take care of the dog and make your neighbors happy at the same time. Thank you for doing this post I am going to print it an post it around the apartment complex so that people will get the hint that they need to pick up after their dogs. Being a landlord can be hard sometimes.

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