Dogs are awesome, and there’s no better way to get unconditional love and cuddles on the couch. But there’s no way around it: They also poop. Cleaning up dog poop isn’t fun, but having the right tool can make it easier. It’s key to choose a product that’s portable (if you’re taking it on walks) and that’s the right size for you. If it’s too short and you’re tall, you’ll be stooping as you pick up piles all over the yard.
Here are some of the best pooper scoopers we’ve found to make the job quick and clean so you can spend more time with your BFF.
Best Overall: Nature’s Miracle Advanced Pet Waste Scoop
This sturdy scoop lets you pick up waste from any type of surface and then deposit it into another container. Just squeeze the grip and pick up the deposits with the jaw-like bucket, and close. Ease of use makes it our top pick.
Some dog owners keep a special trash can just for dog waste and then toss it once a week. Others use this to gather waste into a doggy septic tank system. It comes in two sizes (medium and jumbo). The medium is best for small and medium sized dogs, while the large is best for larger breeds and deposits. The larger size can be unwieldy for smaller people and harder to use.
Made of hard plastic, it has a non-stick surface that is easy to hose off. The scoop has an antimicrobial treatment to help with germs and smells.
Best with Bag: Petmate Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Pooper Scooper
You don’t need a separate bag when you go to clean the yard with this pooper scooper. It includes a rake and a swivel bin that snap together for easy storage. The rake works on all sorts of surfaces including grass, pavement, and dirt. Just line up the bin like you would a dustpan and rake in the deposits.
The bin has hooks on both sides so you can securely attach bags. You can buy special ones sized to fit or use the disposable plastic bags that come from grocery stores. Once you’ve filled it up, just tie it off and toss it away. The handle extends as long as 32 inches, so there’s less stooping for taller pet owners.
Best Portable: DogBuddy Portable Pooper Scooper
If you’re kind of icked out by the idea of using a poop bag and want an added layer of separation, this portable scooper works kind of like your hand. Wrap a poop bag around the plastid mitt, scoop the poop, and then pull the bag out and knot it. The DogBuddy hooks on a leash so it’s easy to take along on walks. You still have to bend over but you don’t have to get so close to the pile or feel it.
There are two sizes and both are very lightweight. Medium is for small and medium breeds and uses standard-size poop bags, while large is for larger breeds and requires larger bags. It comes in light gray or neon green. Regular plastic grocery bags also work for both scoopers. However, because it has no teeth, it can be harder to use in grass.