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HandiScoop

A nasty job made easier...

Description: Designed to clean up any dog litter, the HandiScoop can be used any place or on any surface. It is lightweight to carry while dog walking and is long enough so you don't have to bend down to pick up poo. The scoop can be pre-loaded up to three with bio-degradable bags, ensuring that you stay on the right side of the law and avoid the costly fines for dog fouling.

Specifications:-

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight - 220g (approx 8 ounces)
  • Portable - take anywhere
  • Clean and hygienic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Saves time and effort
  • Picks up small or large amounts of waste, leaving grass, sand or gravel behind
  • Works on any surface including beach, park, hard tarmac or even kitchen floors
  • Can be used with or without bags. Biodegradable bags recommended
  • Choice of short handle (40cm) or long handle (80cm) arms
  • No cleaning required
  • Veterinary approved

What was your experience with this product?
I'd never heard of the HandiScoop but was very interested in reviewing one as I've had three operations on my hip in the last ten years and very soon will need to go into hospital yet again for another one. The one thing I know is that post-op it will be impossible for me to bend down to pick up dog poo. With five dogs in my life, that is something that is quite an important consideration and not something which I can ask other people to do for me.

What did you like about this product?
I was absolutely delighted with the HandiScoop and found the Handi-Scoop extremely useful. I think it would be fantastic for elderly people who have difficulty bending as well as those of any age who don't like picking up poo - and who does! With the HandiScoop your hands don't really come into contact with it.

Although I am able bodied at the moment and able to pick up poos, after I have the operation I know I won't be able to. When using the HandiScoop, I don’t have to bend at all. It can be used with or without a bag. When using a bag, I can pick up several poos without them falling out of the bag when the next one is picked up.

Had I had this long handled HandiScoop after my previous operations, life would have been much easier as it was extremely painful and virtually impossible to pick up poo for quite a while. At the time, I ran the risk of dislocation by stooping too soon after such an operation.

What could be improved?
It would be useful for a small holder of poobags to be attached to the top of the handle, something like the bone-shaped plastic holder that can be bought. Then everything is to hand. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pick up runny poos, but I don’t think there is anyway in which it could be modified for this – perhaps change the dog’s diet!

Please comment on any instructions that come with this product.
I had no instructions but, to be honest, they aren't really necessary – just a bit of common sense needed.

What did you think of the design and quality of production?
The design is good and simple to use. The HandiScoop is light to carry and the quality excellent. It should last for years, barring accident. It seems a little bulky to start but I soon got used to it and it isn't heavy so there isn't really a problem.

Price: £15.99 - short handled and £19.99 long handled.  Well worth the price for not having to bend over.  Available from Agility Warehouse

Rating: 10/10 – It does the job perfectly and I could use it without having to stoop at all.

Value for Money: Yes, it is good at its job and very versatile. In addition to dog poo, I can use it to pick up the dog's ball and lots of other things such garden rubbish etc. including weeds which can then be deposited in the garden waste bin. It was much better than the usual 'grabber' issued by social services to help pick up things.

Would you recommend this product to your friends and family?
Definitely. Most people don't like picking up dog poo - who does - so this is a really good tool. It is good for people of any age. Even the dog walkers in the park thought it was really great and wanted to know where I had got it from as they could see what a great tool it is.


Available from Agility Warehouse


About the Reviewer...
Sue Love
has been involved in agility for nearly 30 years as a member of Packington Agility Dog Society. She has been on the Committee nearly all that time. She has recently had to take a back seat on this as, unfortunately, she is her husband’s chief carer so she is unable to take such an active part in agility life.

During the last few years she has had both hips resurfaced and one partially replaced and she is due to have another replacement in the new year.

At the moment Sue has five dogs although only one is competing at the moment . Her special dog (Lucy) has just torn her cruciate and will be off work for a long time – maybe she won’t be able to come back at all. She also has two old ladies (Molly and Rosie) who are now retired and a puppy who is only five months old whom I hope to compete with in 2014 at Medium Grade. Her sole competition dog, at the moment, is a blue merle Working Sheepdog named Skye.


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First publisher 22 September 2012