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Poo Puck cleans up dog waste with ease

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September 2, 2014

The Poo Puck and Poo Bin are designed to help clean up doggy do dos

The Poo Puck and Poo Bin are designed to help clean up doggy do dos

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You know that adorable Labrador Retriever puppy you picked up from the local shelter? Turns out, he poops. A lot. Like every day, multiple times a day, sometimes at the worst possible times. That's the bad news. The good news is responsible dog owners have a new option for cleaning all that poop up. The Poo Puck aims to make waste clean-up and disposal a quick, pain-free affair.

Any dog owner that's ever watched the 2004 Jack Black/Ben Stiller flick Envy (not one you need to rush out to watch if you haven't already seen it) has been crossing fingers for the arrival of a real-life version of "Vapoorizer" spray to come along. And we really don't care where the poo goes, so long as it goes.

In the meantime, manufacturers and inventors are forced to devise other solutions. Dog poo may not be a topic we go out of our way to zero in on, but we have still managed to see plenty of innovative solutions here at Gizmag. Over the years, designers of products like the Pet Pooch vacuum and AshPoopie have worked to make strides over the run-of-the-mill pooper scooper and basic plastic bag. During that same stretch, public works projects have repurposed poo into usable energy and even public Wi-Fi.

Man's eternal mission to create the perfect dog dirt clean-up system continues. The Poo Puck is a simple alternative to the plastic bag-mitt grab. It consists of a permanent base and disposable honeycomb cartridges. After your dog does its business, you simply put the cartridge-filled puck on top of the poop, step down and the poop mushes up into the cartridge. If you're at home, you can just dispose of the cartridge directly in the garbage by pushing it out through the holes in the base. If you're out walking the dog, you can use the included cardboard lid to package it up for later disposal.

No more grabbing, pooper scoopers or plastic bags

The advantages of the Poo Puck over traditional disposal methods is twofold. You don't have to handle the poop with your hands, as you would when doing the plastic bag grab, or carry around a big scooper that's covered in poop residue. The system also eliminates the reliance on slow-to-decompose plastic bags, purportedly biodegrading in about two months.

On the other hand, the system isn't without its pitfalls. What happens if you're out on a walk and you misalign the puck or that poop is larger than you thought? Suddenly you're stuck figuring out how to carry a poop-smeared puck home and maybe dragging your foot along the sidewalk the whole way. And what if your dog's stools are looser than usual and don't properly stick inside the cartridge?

An even bigger issue is cost. Like we said, dogs poop a lot. That's why using the plastic bags that you get for free or a few cents at practically every retailer you ever shop at is a cost-effective solution. Having to buy a cartridge, and possibly lid, for every poop could get expensive quickly.

Cartridges are listed at US$12.80 for 56, which sounds affordable enough. However, if you want to add lids, and you probably do since cleaning up dog waste on a walk is more of an issue than cleaning it up around the house, that price doubles to $25.80. Poo Puck reckons that 56 is an eight-week supply, but the dogs I've had often poop more than once a day – sometimes even multiple times on the same walk. And what if you have more than one dog? Suddenly you're spending tens or hundreds of dollars a month on something that could be close to free.

We appreciate innovation being directed into eliminating the need to grab warm, fresh poop with an ultra-thin layer of cheap plastic, but we're not sure the Poo Puck is a great solution for all dog owners. The slow start it's off to on Kickstarter suggests our hunch might be correct.

Place the Poo Bin near your compost heap and let the pucks dry and deodorize

If you decide it's right for you, you can get the puck and a few cartridges for pledge levels of $15 and more. Pledges of $40 and up secure a "Poo Bin," which works to separate the cartridges from your other garbage, dry them out and deodorize them, preventing the smell from taking over your garbage can.

The Poo Puck video pitch can be viewed below.

Source: Poo Puck

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13 Comments

Dumbest idea I've ever seen on gizmag. Truly. There are so many problems with this design compared to plain plastic bags, I don't even know where to start.

Dax Wagner
2nd September, 2014 @ 11:11 pm PDT

Going nowhere. Dog owners have more smarts than wasting time on something like this overall!

Max Kennedy
3rd September, 2014 @ 09:25 am PDT

What absolute junk, expensive rubbish!

Terry Pardy
3rd September, 2014 @ 10:06 am PDT

As the innovator of the Poo Puck, I'd like to respond to comments. If you grew up on a farm as I did, cradling a warm mass of poo in your hand may be second nature to you. In my experience, however, most people hate it and would be willing to spend more to avoid the task.

All new products are more expensive when they first hit store shelves as the initial production quantities are low. To discuss initial product pricing is a moot point and only hinders all innovations. Thankfully, believers in innovation are always willing to spend a bit more initially to support the cause.

I have a 100 lb Golden Retriever and cleanly hitting the target has never been a problem. We will offer the Poo Puck in several sizes to help avoid this potential issue. As a new user, you may be most comfortable with also carrying a back-up bag in your pocket until you've established confidence with the Poo Puck. Yes, new things can be a bit scary, especially when poo is involved.

The 6 inch by 1 inch thick Puck (27 cubic inches) can be used multiple times if walking a small dog. If your large dog goes multiple times in one walk, or if you are walking several dogs, the Puck has clearly not been designed for this application. We might recommend a little red wagon and shovel. :)

Blane Krause
3rd September, 2014 @ 11:32 am PDT

Or you could just get a pair of thick gloves (if you are squeamish) and some biodegradable plastic bags. Or get a can of that poop freezing spray on Amazon.

Michaelc
3rd September, 2014 @ 01:22 pm PDT

Just paper train the dog.

Slowburn
3rd September, 2014 @ 03:06 pm PDT

Man, that kid is so not gonna have a very happy childhood... I think I know what his school nickname is gonna be. I can only hope his dad is gonna make a looot of money with that thing, or else he's in for a lot of wedgies and swirlies. :))))

Lucia Sorrente
3rd September, 2014 @ 03:10 pm PDT

Definitely an OMG moment. People are way too lazy to go through all that.

Timothy Stone
3rd September, 2014 @ 03:22 pm PDT

I use dogipot bags, they are free in the park where I walk the dawg.

Bill Bennett
3rd September, 2014 @ 05:21 pm PDT

Actually, a good product. I like it. OK, price may be a problem. BTW, how much do we spend on toilet paper for our (human) poo?

And as you said, new things can be intimidating. :-)

Aloysius
3rd September, 2014 @ 07:05 pm PDT

It will never work. If you can't get people to use bags, they won't use this.

Ken Dawson
4th September, 2014 @ 12:00 am PDT

As a dog owner, I think this idea has some merit. I do however feel that the size of the device might be an issue. I personally find it very convenient to just slip a few sandwich bags in my back pocket when taking my dog for a walk. @Blane, if you can find a way to reduce costs and make this device easy to carry around (ie: adding a shoulder strap) that might help your cause. Innovation should not be more of a discomfort than exiting solutions, and although your device reduce the discomfort of collecting poo, it adds to the discomfort of having to carry the device around.

That being said, a more professional approach to your promotional video might have seen your innovation receive more traction and less criticism.

Good luck!

B Griffiths
8th September, 2014 @ 06:13 am PDT

Thank you B Griffiths for your constructive feedback on the Poo Puck. I agree that slipping a few bags into your pocket when leaving home is convenient; however, bags are very inconvenient to slip into your pocket once filled with dog poo. Our innovation eliminates the discomfort with carrying a bag full of dog poo which outweighs any "discomfort" with carrying a small plastic puck. With that said, we are also developing a means of snapping the plastic puck to a carrying harness so I do appreciate the comment.

The promotional video will improve with time; however, you are the first to comment on its non-professional nature. I am very pleased with the number of views and shares thus far.

Blane Krause
9th September, 2014 @ 10:08 am PDT
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