It's important to clean up after your dog no matter where you are. Whether you're in your own yard, traveling or strolling down a hiking trail, you need to clean up your pet's waste for many reasons. No one wants to clean up dog poop with their hands, which is why devices like the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper have become so popular with pet owners.
First of all, picking up your dog's poop is the respectful and responsible thing to do. Have you ever been walking down a trail or playing with your pooch at the dog park and stepped in another dog's feces? It's disgusting and extremely irritating! You don't want to be the dog owner responsible for causing this issue for someone else.
Did you know that picking up after your pup is also good for the environment? In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (PDF):
When pet waste is disposed of improperly, not only water quality suffers – your health may be at risk, too. Pets, children who play outside, and adults who garden are most at risk for infection from some of the bacteria and parasites found in pet waste. Flies may also spread diseases from animal waste.
So, if you don't want to use your hands to pick up dog food, you'll need to invest in a dog pooper scooper. Does the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper offer features that other products do not? Is it a good value for the money? I'm going to share all of the details of this product with you, so you'll be able to decide if it's the right pooper scooper for you.
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Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper Review
This pooper scooper is compact and portable. It's made for pet owners who want to be able to take a pooper scooper along with them while traveling or visiting a public area. Many similar products have long handles and bulky scoops. This one is quite the opposite.
While the smaller size is great for easier transport, it also means a smaller handle and scoop. The Blue Paw Pooper Scooper is only 12.5″ long, which means you will have to bend over to clean up your dog's waist.
It may be worth it to you to have a scoop that you can easily carry with you. However, for dog owners with limited mobility or back problems this could be a huge drawback. As you'll see in my video review, I'm only 5'1″ and I have to bend over quite far to reach the ground with this pooper scooper.
The handle isn't the only thing that is smaller on this product. The scoop only opens to 3.25″ wide, so it won't pick up large dog waste piles. In my video you will see that the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper is too small to pick up after our Labrador completely.
If I really press the scoop down and squash the poop into it I can clean up her entire mess, but I prefer a scoop that is large enough to pick it all up easily.
I do like that this pooper scooper works with any plastic bags. Some similar products require you to purchase bags from the company that are made specifically for their scoopers. Whether you choose to recycle plastic grocery bags or buy dog poop bags at the pet store, any plastic bag will work with the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper.
I was also really pleased with the design of this product, because neither your hands nor the scoop itself have to touch the feces. I demonstrate how easy it is to use this scooper in my video review above. There is a sticky strip above the scoop that holds the poop bag in place, and when you've cleaned the mess you simply pull the bag off and never have to worry about touching the mess.
Another unique feature is the light attached to the handle of this pooper scooper. It's really handy when you're trying to clean up after Fido in the dark. The Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper also comes with a carabiner clip, so you can easily attach it to a hiking pack or leash.
I keep the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper in my car to use while traveling. It's great for this, because it doesn't take up very much space, and it's really lightweight. However, I prefer a tool with a longer handle and larger scoop for picking up after my girls on a daily basis. I would recommend this pooper scooper for anyone with a small or medium breed that doesn't have mobility issues or trouble bending down.
You can't the Bleu Paw Pooper Scooper on Amazon yet, but it sells for $16.95 on the company's website. This is a very reasonable price and is certainly affordable for dog owners on any budget.