Comparing Chicago pooper scoopers
Who we talked to
Andi Schmidt, president
Poop B' Gone Inc.
P.O. Box 9101
Mt. Prospect, Ill.
What services do you offer?
Andi Schmidt: "We offer a pooper scooper service and can disinfect dog runs."
Annette Brumby: "We clean up the yard and dispose of the waste. If it's gravel or cement, we can use a dog run disinfectant."
Marco Aguilera: "We offer weekly pet waste removal, dog run disinfecting, dog walking, pet sitting and house sitting."
Why should people hire you?
Schmidt: "You need to keep your yard clean of waste and some people just don't have the time to do it themselves."
Brumby: "The neighbors appreciate it - many people just don't have time, physically can't do it or just don't want to."
Aguilera: "To simplify their busy lives. The number one reason people call us is because they just don't have time to do it themselves."
What factors determine cost?
Schmidt: "The number of dogs and the size of the yard."
Brumby: "The number of dogs, frequency of cleanup and the size of the yard."
Aguilera: "The number of dogs and the frequency of cleanup."
How much do you charge?
Schmidt: "$39 to $65 a month depending on how many dogs you have and how often we come out."
Brumby: "For one to two dogs, twice a week is $8 per visit, once a week is $10.50, and every other week $16. It's $1 more for each additional dog."
Aguilera: "Once a week is $10, twice a week is $7 or once every two weeks is $17.50. Price is per visit and each additional dog is $2."
How do you ensure a poop-free yard?
Schmidt: "We walk north to south and then east to west. We have a pattern we follow to make sure we check everything."
Brumby: "I check over it a couple times, go in a grid pattern to make sure I cover it well, then do a grid pattern in the other direction."
Aguilera: "We do a diagonal pattern, check the whole yard and then do the reverse diagonal pattern to make sure we've covered everything."
How do you keep from spreading diseases between yards?
Schmidt: "We disinfect our shoes and utensils when we leave a yard and before we enter a yard."
Brumby: "We have a kennel disinfectant spray that we use on tools and boots when leaving a yard and when entering a new yard."
Aguilera: "After every cleanup, we sanitize tools, gloves and boots with a chemical spray that kills any viruses."
What factors make scooping more difficult?
Schmidt: "The elements make it more challenging, especially when it's really cold or really hot."
Brumby: "You would think the smaller dogs would be easier, but they're harder to find."
Aguilera: "The dog's diet - we can tell if the dog has been fed table scraps or if they're sick."
What is an essential quality someone must have to do your job?
Schmidt: "You have to be extremely dog friendly."
Brumby: "Attention to detail is really important."
Aguilera: "You have to have a sense of humor and love dogs."
Does your company have a motto?
Schmidt: "Your dog's business is our business."
Brumby: "Doggie doodie is our duty."
Aguilera: "They poop it, we scoop it!"