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Dog Trainer Installs 'Poop Posts' To Make Japan City Pet-Friendly

A dog trainer in northeastern Japan has taken it upon herself to make her city more pet friendly by installing "poop posts" for owners to dispose of their dogs' waste, Kyodo News reported.


Photo Insert: Dog groomer Akari Tanaka says locals have struggled to "take the initiative to clean up after their dogs" and thus put up the first "poop post" outside her dog-grooming salon in July 2020.



Akari Tanaka, a 37-year-old resident of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, is hoping her project will help create a society where people can live comfortably with their pets as she says locals have struggled to "take the initiative to clean up after their dogs."


Tanaka put up the first "poop post" outside her dog-grooming salon in July 2020. It stands about 90 centimeters tall, is 50 cm wide, and comes with plastic bags that people can use to pick up excrement.



After setting up the post, Tanaka found that people naturally started to use it without being asked, and locals told her that they even gained the courage to pick up waste from other owners' dogs too.


Eventually, the amount of dog waste that was left on the road outside the salon was visibly reduced.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Tanaka says she was shocked when she moved to Hirosaki two years ago from the prefectural capital Aomori to find that many local parks prohibited pets from entering. She learned that it was because many dog owners would not respect the rules and failed to clean up after their pets, and she was determined to do something about it.


It was difficult, however, to reach out to locals who were not accustomed to taking their dog's waste home with them. That is when Tanaka remembered seeing similar posts when she visited the US military base in Misawa in the same prefecture.



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