Sample Pet Waste Messages

To keep neighborhoods clean and hygienic, people need access to pet relief areas, waste bags and trash receptacles. These amenities also offer a great opportunity for signage that reminds people about responsible pet ownership and cleaning up pet waste.

Here are sample messages that can be incorporated into pet relief areas.


  • Thanks for keeping our community clean.
    If your dog did their duty, please do yours. Seal and dispose of bags properly.
  • Take a bag. Clean it up.
    That way we’ll all love your pup.
  • We’re dogs. We can’t do it ourselves.
    Thanks for keeping our community clean.


These are in the voice of a pet to help make them memorable.

  • DUTY CALLS: If I did my duty, please do yours. Clean up pet waste and dispose of it properly.
  • RESPECT THE PATH: Pick up after me for those who will follow in our footsteps.
  • CLEAN UP: We’re dogs. We can’t do it ourselves. Please clean up when needed.
  • PLAN AHEAD. You remembered a waste bag, right? When I gotta go, I gotta go.
  • OH BOY: Could you please pick that up? Let’s keep it clean for the next dog who comes along.
  • LEND A HAND: Carry extra dog waste bags and share with others who need them.

Want more tips? Check out the rest of our Signage for Pet-Friendly Places Toolkit for more messages that support pet-friendly spaces and responsible pet ownership.

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