I'll admit, one of my least favorite things about living in a dog friendly apartment complex (or between three, actually), is the amount of dog waste left EVERYWHERE where there is grass. Because it's no one's property specifically, too many tenants are careless and don't pick up after their dogs. Obviously, this is infuriating to those of us who DO pick up after our dogs and really puts a bad name in for allowing dogs at apartment complexes in the first place.
I also worry extensively about parasites, especially considering the number of times both Ferg and Win got sick in 2014 from parasite related issues. As result, even after multiple carpet shampoos, I'm quite sure that the complex will need to have our carpet completely replaced after we move out in the fall.
Obviously winter has been better, as the cold weather likely kills off any residual parasites, and the dogs have been consistently well. But judging from our apartment complex's new policy, I'm thinking we weren't the only ones having parasite troubles.
As of this month, our complex has began working with Poo Prints. This is a DNA identifying service that can trace any waste back to an identified dog, and as of yesterday, all dogs living in the apartment complex have been required to submit to DNA extraction via their saliva (Ferg and Win especially enjoyed this, as milkbones were involved). While I realize this will only help somewhat (unless all three apartment complexes are contributing), I am optimistic that it may help cut down on transferable parasites, even just a little bit, at least where the dogs are most often walked for bathroom breaks. I've heard they implemented a similar program in England, and as result, dog waste is nearly a non-issue over there, at least in London!
Here's hoping they convince the other complexes to contribute as well, and our walks can be poo free for a change!