In 2024, we’re all about healthy habits – so why not pick up a new one? It’s so easy to do.
Whether walking a little bit further on your dog walks or even going for a bike ride or run with your pup, our Miles & Meals initiative donates meals to pets in need for every mile tracked through the Strava group.
Now, we’re offering one lucky dog owner the chance to get PAID to pick up your dog’s poo as part of our #ScoopThePoop campaign.
Why not try out a new resolution this year? The campaign is a really simple ask – that all pet parents pick up their pup’s poo in 2024.
We’re on a mission to encourage responsible dog ownership when out and about on dog walks this year – particularly as pet parents can be fined up to £100 on the spot for not picking up poo.
The successful applicant to this ‘dream job’ will FRONT our #ScoopThePoop campaign, communicating the message of the importance of picking up after your pet through social media. The winner will receive a YEAR’s supply of delicious Harringtons dog food.
All prospective candidates’ owners need to do is fill in this form letting us know which park they most regularly enjoy walks with their furry friend – and therefore where you #ScoopThePoop (and bin it afterwards!). The successful applicant then needs to spread the word of the #ScoopThePoop on their Instagram, Facebook or TikTok channels just twice in 2024 to receive a YEAR’s supply of dog food.
The #ScoopThePoop campaign also aims to encourage owners to monitor their dog's health through its poo before it is picked up and binned, as it can often contain visual indicators of a pooch’s health and/or the dietary changes needed to show a vet.
Our resident vet and star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet, Peter Wright, explains why it’s so important to check your pup’s poo before binning it:
“Observant owners will be quick to notice changes in their dog’s stool, be it a change in colour, consistency or noticing foreign bodies within the stool. These may be indicators that all is not right in their dogs.
“The ideal deposit of dog poo is an easy-to-pass, chocolate brown stool. So, if you notice your dog straining, or the consistency being harder or wetter than normal, you may want to consult your veterinarian to find the cause of the issue.
“Sometimes, it may be the food your dog is eating. Food intolerances can affect your dog’s gut, and that issue will be presented in the way they poo or how the stool looks when it is passed, making it important to monitor alongside their diet, as the two go hand-in-hand. Feeding your dog a wholesome, nutritious (or superfood filled if they have a sensitive stomach) diet will help to contribute to regular, healthy stools”
A 2022 study found that excess dog poop and urine can over-fertilise the ground with nitrogen and phosphorous, causing an imbalance in the ecosystem and leading nutrient-dependant plants to outgrow the other species around them. Picking up in compostable bags and properly disposing of your dog’s poo has more than just an aesthetic benefit; it also helps your local environment thrive.
We’ve previously launched the Miles & Meals initiative, which will donate meals to pets in need for every mile walked, cycled or run by those in the Miles & Meals Strava group. Becoming the first major pet food manufacturers to become carbon negative in 2020, the campaign also encourages owners to pick up their dog’s mess for the benefit of the planet.
If you’re an owner seeking inspiration for places to walk your four-legged friend, Harringtons has a handy dog walking guide featuring some of the UK’s largest parks, with guidance on walk lengths by dog breed, age and size.
How to apply
If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the below, you and your dog could be chosen for this once in a lifetime role.
- Are you over 18?
- Do you live in the UK?
- Do you walk your dog?
- Do you pick up your dog’s poo, and are you passionate about spreading the good word for the benefit of the planet?
This role is open to everyone and anyone with a dog. Whether your walk is short or long, your dog is a small breed or large breed, anyone that’s passionate about dog walking and responsible ownership has the chance to become our #ScoopThePoop ambassador.
Applications will close on 29th of February 2024 at 23:59pm. The successful candidate will be notified via email by the 15th of March 2024.
Candidates can apply for the role here: Application Form
Terms & conditions
- The competition closes on 29 February 2024 at 23:59
- Entrants must be aged 18+ to apply
- Entrants must be based in the UK
- All personal information submitted will remain confidential
- The successful entrants will be notified on the 15 March 2024
- The winning dog and owner will receive a year’s supply of dog food worth over £700
- The prize has no cash equivalent value
- The successful winner is required to post twice on either TikTok, Instagram or Facebook in 2024, tagging @harringtonspetfood
- If you are unable to meet the requirements, the role will be offered to another entrant and their dog
- By tagging @harringtonspetfood on Facebook, TikTok or Instagram, you agree to your content being reused on Harringtons’ own social media profiles and website
- Any sharing of images of our products must adhere to social media guidelines
- Entry to this competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions