'Pooch Power' picks up after dogs so you don't have to - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

'Pooch Power' picks up after dogs so you don't have to

Posted: Updated:

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dog owners may now have a reason not to dread picking up after their pet in their back yard or during walks in the park. A new product called the 'Pooch Power' claims to be the next best thing to 'man's best friend'. It's a vacuum that is used to pick up what your dog leaves behind. This week I'm going to 'Try It Before You Buy It.'

The 'Pooch Power' was invented by a Minnesota man to make it easier for his family to cleanup after their dog in the frigid Minnesota winters when everything is frozen. It's now being sold all over the country. In Louisville the product is carried by the Vacuum Authority in Clarksville.

I took the new age pooper scooper to the dog park at Cherokee Park to test it out. I was surprised to find that the 'Pooch Power' was light and manageable. It weighs only four and a half pounds and runs about a week on a single charge. The one problem I found easily was that there wasn't a lot of test 'piles' to pick up at the dog park, mainly because there most people follow directions and pick up after their dogs! After a lengthy search, we did find where some dogs had sneaked off to far corners to do their business and the owners just missed it. The test was now underway.

The first step in using the 'Pooch Power' is to turn on the vacuum via a small switch underneath the handle. Although it's really a re-designed vacuum, it runs much more quietly than those you use in the home. I found that it does a good job at picking up dog waste when it's easily accessible. If it's in high grass or has already been stepped on, it's a little more difficult to vacuum it up cleanly.

Russell Gay, owner of the Vacuum Authority, brought to my attention that the 'Pooch Power' is also good for golfers wishing to easily pick up their golf balls. The motor provides a decent amount of suction and easily sucks the balls right into the holding chamber.

So what do you do once the 'Pooch Power' is full? Well, you open the main compartment and change bags just as you would with the vacuum cleaner at your home. The specialized collection bags have very small holes in them that allow the suction power of the vacuum to pull through the bag and grab whatever you're trying to vacuum up.

Once all the testing was over I found the 'Pooch Power' to be a tool that works fairly well, that's if you can take the price. It's not cheap. It's retail price is approximately $120, but that very well could be worth it for anyone with back problems who can't bend over to pickup after their dogs, elderly dog owners or for those that just don't like getting hands on with the cleanup.

Copyright 2013 WAVE News. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:05:36 GMT
    Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
    Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
  • Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:39:37 GMT
    Barricades and yellow caution tape remain up throughout Gulfport and Biloxi in preparation for another Spring Break weekend. This weekend is a little different though because no one knows how many springMore >>
    The coast is preparing for another weekend of Spring Break festivities. At this point though no one knows exactly what to expect in terms of crowd size. There are several events listed on a Facebook page promoting spring break for April 18th through the 20th including a performance by rapper Lil Boosie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.