Comparing Atlanta pooper scoopers

What services do you offer?

Rick Roberts: In addition to yard poop cleanup, I offer dog walking, overnight care, playdates and day care for dogs.

Cara Brown: We're strictly a pooper scooper service. We travel to their location, find, scoop and take away all the waste.

Rebecca Stewart: Our main service is pet waste cleanup and yard disinfection. We install and clean doggie-pot stations.

Why should people hire you?

Roberts: I'm conscientious. I could be doing any number of things, and I decided to take this route.

Brown: We're very reliable. We keep employees for years, so the same people are servicing houses week after week.

Stewart: We're a national brand. Our roots go back to 1988.

How much do you charge?

Roberts: Usually $12 for weekly service. It's $20 for twice-weekly and $30 for daily.

Brown: We quote everyone on a case-by-case basis. But the average price is $12 per visit for weekly service.

Stewart: It varies. If you have one dog and one visit per week, it's $12 per visit. The rate goes down if you have more dogs or do it more often.

What kind of guarantee do you offer?

Roberts: If they're not 100 percent satisfied with any service I provide, they don't pay.

Brown: If they're not 100 percent satisfied, we'll come back out and re-clean it or give them their money back.

Stewart: If they're not pleased, we'll come back out and gladly clean their yard to their satisfaction within 24 hours.

How do you ensure a poop-free yard?

Roberts: To scoop it up on a regular basis. Don't let it accumulate.

Brown: It's simply a matter of walking the yard consistently and being very attentive, watching what we're doing.

Stewart: We use a spade or rake and a lobby dustpan to remove the waste from the yard.

How do you keep from spreading diseases between yards?

Roberts: I purchase a shovel set for each client and I leave it at their premises, so I'm not taking the same equipment from house to house.

Brown: Anything that comes in contact with the yard, we clean with an EPA-approved parvovirus disinfectant.

Stewart: Between yards, we spray parvovirus disinfectant on our shoes and all our tools.

What is an essential quality someone must have to do your job?

Roberts: You have to love animals and understand the importance of cleanliness, even the less-than-pleasant tasks.

Brown: You really have to be an animal lover, and you have to love the outdoors.

Stewart: You have to have a sense of humility about yourself. You can't be someone who's afraid to get your hands dirty.

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