Hello Folks,
I'm a design student doing some research for a school project. I'm in a class called "Design for An aging Population"
we have been looking at products which could be redesigned to better suit the traits of elderly people. You can read a little more about the class here: http://web.mac.com/ghougan/iWeb/Design%20Projects%203500/Welcome.html , if you like.
Our final project is to redesign a pet product for elderly people. As I'm sure many of you pet lovers know pets have been proven to greatly improve the quality of life of
elderly people. As a result of this more and more elderly people are getting pets.
The product that I have chosen to attempt to redesign is the pooper scooper.
And I have a couple of questions for you folks.
What kind of pooper scooper/ poop scooping method do you find works the best?
Is there a brand name for this product?
What are the biggest problems that you have with the product/method you use?
Thats pretty much it.
Thanks a lot.
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Hello Folks, I'm a design student doing some research for a school project. I'm in a class called "Design for ... couple of questions for you folks. What kind of pooper scooper/ poop scooping method do you find works the best?

12 year old boy wearing latex gloves and carrying a plastic grocery bag.
Is there a brand name for this product?

Julian.
What are the biggest problems that you have with the product/method you use?

Needs reminding.
My biggest gripe is none of them on the market have a handle long enough for me to use without having to stoop over. I have a bad back and bending over even leaning over puts me in pain.
Celeste
Hello Folks, I'm a design student doing some research for a school project. I'm in a class called "Design for ... What are the biggest problems that you have with the product/method you use? Thats pretty much it. Thanks a lot.

We have multiple dogs.
We use a plastic manure shovel and a straight-edged hoe.

Kind of heavy.
Would be nice if the shovel had a longer and bent handle, more ergonomic, and if it also had a "rest" so that I didn't always have to hold it up. I'll bend over a bit and rest the handle against my left leg, and use the hoe to pull the waste onto the shovel. If I could rest the shovel (on a tripod?) that would be convenient.
What I like about the method, though, is it holds a lot of poop before I have to dump it.
flick 100785
The product that I have chosen to attempt to redesign is the pooper scooper.

That should be fun!
And I have a couple of questions for you folks. What kind of pooper scooper/ poop scooping method do you find works the best?

I use a plastic dustpan (I think it may be also called a "lobby pan") that's hinged to a 3' handle, closed on all but one side. It lies flat on the ground while I swipe in the poop with a small rake with closely-spaced teeth, and then swings down when I lift the handle so that the poop is contained in the bottom. The pan measures about 1' x 1' x 3". I periodically dump it in a bucket.
Is there a brand name for this product?

Probably, but I don't recall it. It resembles the waste pans that I've seen janitors use to sweep up bits of stray dirt.
What are the biggest problems that you have with the product/method you use?

The handle on the dustpan is too short. And I'm only 5'5". And if the capacity of the dustpan were greater, I wouldn't need the bucket.
Writing this made me wonder if using the rake to pull the poop into a back-saver snow shovel (with a bent handle) would work just as well - or would there be a problem with picking it up and dumping it into a bucket? Maybe I'll try this tomorrow...

FurPaw

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Hello Folks, I'm a design student doing some research for a school project. I'm in a class called "Design for ... couple of questions for you folks. What kind of pooper scooper/ poop scooping method do you find works the best?

I use one of these from PetEdge:
X-Large Poop Scoop with Aluminum Handle :
Is there a brand name for this product?

none that I know of
What are the biggest problems that you have with the product/method you use?[/nq]We have two collies, our tenants (two vet students) have two large dogs and we often have visiting dogs. I'm the one who does the poop patrol. I've tried making do with other things (using a regular hoe & dustbin/shovel to hold the poop) but a real poop scooper works the best for me. I'm short (5'1") and the handles are just long enough. I like the angle and size of the "hoe" part. I've used this thing for about 8 years and I've developed some finesse with it and can pick up even little poops (from Smudgie the Lhasa) with little difficulty.

The only problem I had was from me using the "hoe" edge to chip frozen poop from ice and the edge was bent badly. My DH, Dave, used pliers and straightened it out again. I tried to be more careful this winter and it's still ok. On one hand, I wish the bin part could hold more so I didn't have to take so many trips to clean up the back yard (especially now that the snow has melted) but OTOH I also realize that if it was bigger, it would be more difficult to haul around.

I wish it had a poop detector on the end - for the times when I KNOW a dog has pooped in an area and I can't find it. Or I wish there was a true harmless additive that we could give to the dogs that made their poop brightly colored so it would easy to find. Even better if the additives would be different colors so each dog would be "assigned" a certain color and then it would be easy to know which dog did what (had diarrhea or such). Besides think of how festive the backyard could look when the snow melts!
Thats pretty much it. Thanks a lot.

You're welcome,
Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo, Lucy and Bree (visiting 1 year old smooth collie)
Hey, thanks everybody for your responses. These are terrific answers. And please keep it up. I will try and post some of my working drawings and maybe get some thoughts on that as well.
Thanks again.
I use one of these from PetEdge: X-Large Poop Scoop with Aluminum Handle :

I use one of those, too, with a rake rather than a metal scraper. I'm not sure I like the rake, but I'm not sure I don't, either. I use it to fill a bucket and I take the bucket to the compost bin.
The only problem I had was from me using the "hoe" edge to chip frozen poop from ice and the edge was bent badly.

This may be a little gross, but since the poop is frozen anyway I kick it out. (Yes, I wash my boots afterward).
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I use one of these from PetEdge: X-Large Poop Scoop with Aluminum Handle :

That's what I use as well. 3 large breed dogs.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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