Dog owners in Kraków are becoming better trained – with statistics showing that 30 per cent more are cleaning up after their pets.
The City Guard are receiving fewer complaints about this particularly odorous brand of anti-social behaviour. And, while it’s difficult to establish exactly why, the main theory is that dog owners feel more ashamed these days if they fail to clean up when their pets empty their bowels in a public place.
But the city of Kraków certainly deserves some of the credit, for a ‘hearts and minds’ (and bottoms) initiative launched in 2009, to educate dog owners about their responsibilities. At the time, city mayor Jacek Majchrowski said action was needed in the face of ‘a shame and an abomination’. A task force was established, and cleaning kits were made available to dog owners.