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I have always wanted a dog. I love them, I feel they're so much better than human. I mean what's not to love? They're these sweet souls, and I always always thought I would make a good pet parent.

I recently adopted a german shepherd (2 years old, so adorable, such a good boy, loves the family). Well, I researched all I could, I invested so much money in buying all his things, not to mention his $400 adoption fee, and today when I was walking him, he pooped (yes, I know dogs poop! please reserve the obvious observations. I need help!) and when I tried to pick it up, I physically got ill. I began sweating, I even started crying involuntarily, and then....I threw up. Even thought I bought the best pooper scooper, I was so revolted I could barely stand.

When I got home, my husband (who's been walking him since we adopted him a week ago) said to me "Well, YOU wanted a dog! And you better get used to it". I responded with "Well, I tried but I can't. I guess he's going to have to go back". I really don't want him to go back, but how do I do this?

I would even consider giving up my gym membership so that I could use that money to pay someone to walk him, but that's only $50.00 a month. I don't think that's enough to pay someone to do such a revolting task.

I have been crying non stop for hours over the agonizing decision of having to get him readopted. Not to mention dealing with the laughs and ridicule from my own family when it came to my unexpected reaction to this. Yes, I know they poop, but I've never had a dog before so how was I to know that picking up dog poop would be the most revolting thing I've ever done? Even just thinking about it now as I type this I feel the vomit rising up my esophagus.

What do I do? I feel like the WORST adopter, not to mention human being in the whole world.
 

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If you can afford to pay someone to walk your dog, that might be a good option for right now. However, dogs sometimes get sick, or have issues where you might be required to take care of poop (or vomit). I agree with Lucillle in that you should talk to someone about this, because that violent of a response is a bit beyond a normal reaction.

That said, you might also just need a bit more time to get used to it. It's not fun, but give it some time.
 
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Like Shaw said unfortunetly its something your going to have to get used to, or at least tolerate. Its not very pleasant but it is part of owning a dog, and as Shaw said dogs also get sick which in my opinion is even less appealing for cleanup then poop.
As someone who has a pretty good gag reflex (and I'm not a particulary sqeimish person) when it comes to cleaning up for a lack of better words and to put it nicely doggy accidents I get were your coming from. For awhile when one of my dogs would throwup I would gag (badly enough were it was painfull). But when you have a dog your bound to end up cleaning up after them in some form relatively frequently during their lives. So after doing it enough I got used to it. I still don't enjoy it at all, and in some cases I still end up gaging but it did get "better". At least in the house I find a copious amount of paper towels help lol. If you have to pick up poop during a walk try bring some paper towels or look for thick bags. Try to get him to poop before the walk since using a pooper scooper is a lot easier then picking it up your self. Maybe you can ask your husband to walk him for awhile and use the pooper scooper at home to start getting used to. I would say give it a month and see how you are then. If it still bothers you your going to have to really think about weather its something worth bringing him back or something your willing to try to work on so you can keep him. Good luck :).
 
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I think you are jumping the gun deciding to rehome him after having to clean up after him one time. Yes, dog poop is gross but you do get use to it. One thing to think about is what you feed your dog. I find kibble fed dogs to have much larger, mushy smelly poop. While raw fed dogs tend to have much smaller and harder feces. The higher quality the food the less that will come out the back end.
 

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Interesting. Picking up Finn's poop doesn't phase me in the slightest. I mean, it's not *pleasant* but...it's just poop! Everybody poops! In all seriousness, though, I'm sorry you experienced such a truly horrible physical reaction. I know if you could turn it off, you would. I don't think you should jump right to rehoming your dog, though. Exhaust all other options first. Would a mask help?
 

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A couple of suggestions: first get a mask that you can wear when you need to pick up the poop. Second, your dog's diet is going to make a difference. When my dog is on his regular food, his stools are firm and odorless. However, when he has a lot of treats, he'll have looser and smellier stools. What kind of food are giving your dog?
 

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I would also echo that I think you should talk to someone. Picking up dog poop is a very regular occurance if you have a dog.
Aside from the regular poop, dogs also will get pretty nasty diarrhea. My Aussie, due to his pants, gets poop ALL OVER the hair back there if his poops are soft. If they vomit, it is often times worse than poop. I would recommend holding your breath, turning away and picking it up. Over time you'll get used to it.
 

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You could try training him to go in one spot in your yard. If you can succeed in doing that you can use a shovel or pooper scooper to pick up the poo and put it into a garbage bag lined bucket and then, very nicely, ask your husband to tie the bag up and place it into the garbage can, OR maybe he'd have mercy on you and clean up the poo for you completely. Also try wearing a mask and some heavy cleaning gloves to clean up after him. Maybe having a good barrier between you and the poo will help you overcome the mental aspect of cleaning up after him. Personally I'd rather clean up after my dog then change a poo filled baby diaper. Usually I do not gag from the smell of my dogs poo, I simply hold my breath if it's smelly and quickly pick it up, but normally it doesn't have much odor that I can smell, but I've been known to gag while changing a baby, there's no way to get the baby cleaned up while holding my breath LOL.
 

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Yep, don't panic. If you've never picked up poop, or barf, before, the gag reflex, even a severe reaction is not so abnormal. Find ways (as Susan suggested) of making the process less disgusting for you). Mask, gloves, a poop pick-up tool on a long stick, etc. Would be nice if your husband would help.
I used to get sick about barf, but my husband always cleaned that up, and lo and behold, it now does not bother me and I do my own clean-up.
And I can't believe how cavalier I am about poop nowadays, when I used to handle it like toxic waste...
so it gets better, but it takes time. Holding your breath, making it quick, not looking to closely, double, triple bagging, having a special bag to carry it, etc... may also help.
 

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I feel for you. I also have a pretty horrid gag reflex when it comes to poop and vomit. Sometimes if it's really bad and I'm at home, I have to make a trade with someone else to take care of it for me (i.e: you pick up this vomit, I'll do all of the dishes!).

At home, the dog goes to one specific area and I wait a day for it to harden. This makes it so much more bearable to me.

Unfortunately I don't have many suggestions for walks because that needs to be picked up ASAP. Except, try to get him to poop right before the walk, and double bag the grossness.
 

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@Jenibelle your chores 'trade' suggestion is brilliant.
 

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I think you are totally jumping the gun on this. It's the 1st time as everyone has said. You will get use to it. I hate doing it but it is what it is. have you ever changed a babies diaper? To me that's worse. All mushed in that diaper. Haha. Wet poop is the worst so I would definitely take the advise some gave and feed high quality food.
 

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Part of owning a dog is that necessary cleanup. Somehow cleaning up after our own dog is no big deal, but I would not want to clean up after other dogs.
 

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Problem solved

My husband taught Jake to poop in the same spot in the backyard and ON the mulch, which makes it SO much easier to pick up. So now he poops on the mulch and we use a pooper scooper that you can attach bags to.

He is also on a really good diet. He eats Blue, and never eats human food ---except good quality meat (steak or lean chicken) fully cooked that we give him as a treat if we are BBQing. So his poop is pretty solid.

I for one, cannot wait for winter so that his poop will freeze right away. But for now this is a pretty good alternative.

Thank you all so much for your input! Life with Jake is actually truly happy for all of us, and I think he's enjoying is life here too :)
 

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Am I the only one who immediately thought "Congratulations! You're pregnant!" :)

Seriously though, not only do women become more smell sensitive in their first trimester, but even non pregnant women becomes more sensitive Week 2 of their cycle, as you approach ovulation.

I'm pretty sensitive too. In the beginning I'd take my puppy out in the morning and always retch and often vomit a little when I picked up his poop. I even held my breath so I didn't have to smell it, but even the sight of it and the slight smell afterward was terrible.

How I dealt with it: the second he started squatting I took a breath and held it. Then I picked it up and tied the tightly, and didn't breathe again until it was too tight to smell.

I also switched from the biodegradable bags to the thicker black more secure bags from Amazon Basics. They're worse for the environment, but when I tie them up I can't smeel the poop anymore, so it's worth it to me. Sorry Earth.

Also, maybe you can download an app to track your cycle, and find out what week you're most smell sensitive. Then maybe you can work out an agreement with your husband that you're "off" that week, and you'll do your share the other weeks.

Lastly, higher end dog foods do tend to give way to poop that doesn't smell as bad. I also give my dog about 5-10% by volume vegetables. It doesn't make a huge difference, but there is a difference.

Edit: ah, seems like you've found the solution! nvm.
 

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Realistically thinking you can pay someone to always walk your dog and that you'll never have to pick up poop ever is naive... At some point you're going to have to do it. I know my mom's boyfriend always had a severe aversion to picking up poop.. When my mom was ill last winter and couldn't walk the dog he had to get use to it. I know that he bought something online like a pooper scooper type thing, with the bag inside, and with it he doesn't even have to bend down or get near the poop.. makes the whole process a lot easier. Maybe you could look at something like that?
 
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