One community in New York now imposes fines of up to $1,000 for pet owners who don't clean up after their dogs.
The bottom line is, if you own or care for a dog, you have to embrace poop handling. To help you towards your goal, I have compiled the following list of tips for aspiring poop handlers.
Bring bags on walks
One thing I love considerably less than picking up dog poop with a plastic bag is picking up and carrying around poop in my bare hands, so I always take a roll of plastic bags with me on dog walks. I never take just one. One of my dogs always poops at least twice on walks, and the other leaves a trail of poop that can require multiple bags. Some people double bag to help insulate their hands, so they avoid getting weirded out by fresh poop's straight-out-of-the-dog warmth.
It's happened to me. Ten minutes into a walk, my dog drops a deuce on a neighbor's lawn, I reach into my hip bag for my roll of poop bags and pull out an empty spool.
People, this is a test of creativity. A scavenger hunt! If someone offered to pay you a million dollars to pick up that poop, you would get creative. Pull a plastic bag off of someone's newspaper or scoop it up in a disposable cup lying in the curb (sadly, they are everywhere). If you can't find anything to pick it up, at least come back after the walk and pick it up.