Whatever size your dog, you will have to deal with the daily gifts they leave in your yard. In order to help you do that, we've put together a list of our top 5 picks for the best pooper scoopers available for large dogs.
Dealing with recycled dog food for hundreds of dogs over 30+ years, I feel like I’ve learned a thing or two about scooping dog doo and the best tools for the job so I hope this resource is valuable to you in choosing your next scooper!
Quick Comparison: Best Large Breed Dog Pooper Scooper
#1 - PetMate Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake
#2 - Nature's Miracle Advanced Jaw Scoop
#3 - Dogit Jawz Waste Scoop
#4 - PetMate Clean Response Swivel Bin & Rake
#5 -GoGo Stik Totally Clean Scooper
Below you'll find more detailed reviews on each of the products we looked at and more insight into why we chose the pooper scoopers we did in this article.
If you believe we missed one, please let us know in the comment section below this post.
Why Clean Up Your Dog's Poop?
Regularly cleaning up after your pet encourages better elimination habits for your dog. It can also prevent a biohazard issue in your backyard. Dog waste can absorb into your soil over time creating burn spots in your lawn. Eventually, dog waste can filter into the groundwater supply.
Another reason for picking up dog poo on a regular basis is to prevent the spread of parasites and other creepy crawlies that can thrive in your pup’s elimination. If you have large breeds this can become a problem quickly.
Between parasites, destroying your lawn and contamination, accumulated dog waste starts to smell and create a fly problem. In some places, not cleaning your yard of pet waste on a regular basis can lead to fines. At a minimum, a yard full of dog poo will probably not make you a popular neighbor.
Owning a well-made scooper, used several times a week, could help prevent fines. At the very least, it will probably create a cleaner environment less prone to odors, insects and bad lawn spots. Your neighbors would probably be very appreciative.
Choosing a Poop Scooper
There were several determining factors for this best-of pooper scooper list.
- Ergonomic design
- Sanitary disposal
- Ease of use
The above were the top reasons for our choices here. With a large dog in mind, all these concerns were important to consider because, well, big dogs usually equal big poo.
Large, medium or small, cleaning up after your precious pooch is a necessary part of being a responsible caregiver to those who give us so much. That does not mean we should have to use poorly-made or ill-conceived tools. Like all other cleaning products, dog-doo scoopers come in various levels of quality.
Gone can be the days when we have to handle dog nuggets with a bag wrapped around our hands. More up-to-date scooping methods are available at all price points.
As with any product, we are looking for useful longevity. The question here is will the scooper endure daily use and, in some cases, multiple times a day?
We didn’t look for weren't looking for waste management products that would last 20 years, but we did look for a product that would withstand at least a few years of heavy use.
In the end, I've always been a fan of a well made product and who wants to buy a new pooper scooper every time they turn around.
I have large dogs and I need a scoop that can handle large size droppings. While I clean up regularly, smaller scooping tools are not effective when handling large breed waste. It's important to have the right tool for the job.
Again, I want to have a clean yard and I want my large dogs, so the trade-off is regular cleaning. However, that doesn’t mean I want to spend unnecessary time on an unpleasant chore. Part of the hunt here included looking for a tool that could handle a large amount of waste in one scoop.
Size does matter, especially when it comes to doggy waste management. This list will focus on larger capacity tools. The good news for mixed-size dog parents like myself, the scoops on this list can handle all sizes of elimination.
A well-designed tool that is easy to handle without danger of tweaking a back muscle or wrenching a nerve in your neck or wrist can be a thing of beauty. Whenever you are doing repetitive chores, the less bending, lifting, and twisting you must do the more your back and shoulders appreciate it.
Chores are a necessity to help us maintain a clean home and yard. That does not require, however, that the tools we use for those chores have to create unneeded strain as we work.
Also, I find that an ergonomic design increases my stamina, so I am able to finish more quickly. This allows more playtime with my big pup-sters and that pleases everyone. Everyone probably enjoys more leisure time and well-made tools can help us have even more.
Another aspect of dog poo patrol we want to consider is the sanitary issue. We should probably not be handling dog poo with just a plastic bag in our hands for large jobs like yard cleanup. Quick recovery on walks is one thing, an entire backyard cleanup is quite another.
I know I want as much distance as possible between me and the stool. A vital piece to reviewing the best pooper scooper was how easy it was to transfer the waste after retrieving it.
One method many scoopers employ is to use a claw mechanism to pick up large amounts of doo and then transfer them to a plastic bag. You then just need to pick up the bag by the top and put it all in the trash. Easy enough and a fairly standard method.
The newer development in poop management appears to be scooping directly into the bag. The idea here is to eliminate over-handling the waste and getting it into the bag as quickly and cleanly as possible. Win-win!
Overall Ease of Use
The last concern we reviewed for the list was how easy was the scooper to use overall. If the bags attached, then were they easy to remove? If the scoop was a claw-type, was the spring mechanism easy to operate for someone without a lot of arm strength?
Going back to the ergonomic issue, a question we kept in mind was did the capacity of the scooper eliminate the need for emptying too many times during pick up? Also, did the scoop require unwanted bending or turning to accomplish the task at hand?
While looking at the many variations of poop scoops, I kept in mind my ongoing experiences with dog cleaning chores and I’m always looking for a better way. Now that we have our criteria in place, let’s look at the pooper scoopers that made our best list. Hopefully, you will find the scooper that will make poop patrol, if not enjoyable, at least a bit more tolerable.
Pooper Scoopers-Best Of List
And now... Our top five picks for the best poo picker-upers!
The biggest advantage of this scooper set is the rotating bin. When you scoop waste into the bin and move on to another “drop site” the bin spins from horizontal to vertical trapping the waste into any bag you attach. I use this system for my dogs, and it is easy to use. I can use grocery bags, so I am also, in a sense, recycling at the same time.
Another appreciated feature of the Petmate is the extendable handle on the bin. Adjustable up to 32 in., this helps me save my back during poop patrol. I no longer have to bend or kneel to pick up the waste.
With attachment handles for any bags, the bin stays relatively sanitary between pickups. Also, I don’t come into contact with any dog doo when I’m ready to dispose of the bag. This is my favorite feature. My previous system had an open, stationery bin with which I used disposable gloves. I found I was always having to pick up errant droppings because the open bin did not hold the waste.
What We Like
- Superior to old-style hand pick up or spade and shovel combinations
- Odor and sanitary issues are minimized while scooping
- Handles a large amount of waste in one session
- Can utilize plastic grocery bags, no need for specialty bags
- Extended handle (up to 32 in.) reducing possible strain on back and legs
- Sturdy design
- Rotating bin for easy transport to trash container
- Handles attached to the bin for securing bags
- For use on soft and hard surfaces, from grass to cement
- Rake and bin attach together for easy storage
What We Don't Like
- Thickness of the bin plastic can make scooping smaller droppings a challenge
- The rake is difficult to lean while scooping because of the rounded design
- Not all grocery bags fit correctly, requires standard size or larger
Overall, I find the Petmate to be a wonderful upgrade to my old poo chore system which I now realize was highly inefficient. If I have a concern at all about this system, it is the plastic rake. However, I’ve been using the Petmate for a while now and the rake is holding up. I leave it outside between clean-ups and the rake still seems sturdy. The plastic appears to be a good quality.
A recent design change for the pet poop tool is the spring-operated jaw-type scooper. Think claw game at the arcade only your prize is dog poop and you win every time? Anyway, this style of poop scoop has become very popular among pet owners and lawn maintenance workers.
One of the biggest selling points for Nature’s Miracle is that it is available in two sizes, medium and jumbo. I would purchase in the jumbo to address my large dog needs, yet I’m sure it could handle my little dog’s “presents”, as well.
While you still will have to transport the waste to another trash receptacle while cleaning, there is an advantage to a one-motion device such as this. You would no longer need two hands for the scoop and bin system. You will, however, need to have a bag handy because you will need to dispose of each pick-up.
What We Like
- Available in medium and jumbo sizes
- Easy to use jaw-type tool
- Picks up well from all surfaces, including gravel and concrete
- Antimicrobial non-stick plastic surfaces
- Can survive continuous outside storage
- The teeth help with pick up of loose piles on all surfaces, especially grass
- Sturdy design
- Tension on spring-mechanism is appropriate for all strength levels
What We Don't Like
- Must have a bag to drop waste after picking up
- Does not hold a bag of any kind
- Teeth can become dirty and require regular cleaning
- The strength required for operation maybe above average
- Can require special maneuvering to pick up less than perfect stools
- Mechanisms can become stuck over time creating improper closing of jaws
- Possibly more suited for small to medium dog waste management
Another advantage of the jaw tools is that they are quite effective on multiple surfaces, especially gravel landscaping. With the bin and rake method, you often pick up gravel along with the droppings, whereas the jaw method can act as sort of a sieve.
The Dogit is a grabbing, one-handed type of scooper. This version features serrated teeth on the pick-up jaws which help make it effective for cleaning in grass and gravel as well as other hard surfaces. Made of durable plastic, this scoop is easy to handle and lightweight to enable a quick job when on poo patrol.
With calibrated springs, Dogit Jawz can provide reliable use over time. The handle has an ergonomic design making the scooping job an easier, one-handed operation. The handle also has a good length to prevent the need for bending and kneeling. The rake part of the jaws allows easy access under any dog pile while not damaging grass and landscape.
The offset nature of the serrated jaws allows the tool to hold on to what it has scooped. As scooping takes place, the Dogit can handle more than one pick-up allowing a tedious chore to be more efficient.
What We Like
- Serrated jaws that allow for more waste pick-up per scoop
- The jaw teeth are sharp and sturdy
- Efficient pick-up on all surfaces
- Good capacity for owners of large dogs
- Ergonomic handle and good length to reduce bending and kneeling
- Good to take along on dog walks or to the dog park
- Spring-loaded construction for easy use
- Durable and easy to clean
- Made of sturdy, lightweight plastic
What We Don't Like
- Sharp jaw teeth can sometimes cut the dog poo in half
- Better suited for those who clean up dog waste daily
- May work better on dirt or gravel yards
- Springs may not hold their tension and function after repeated use
Easily rinsed clean, the plastic construction dries quickly keeping the poo tool sanitary between uses. Overall, this is a practical waste scooper option that can even travel with you on daily walks or visits to the dog park.
Recommended for scooping all size dog poo, the Petmate Clean Response is easy to clean making it a sanitary option for your regular poop duty. In business for over 50-years, Petmate caters specifically to the pet market. The bin’s swivel action makes efficient work of picking up multiple piles as you move around the yard.
The action of the rake prevents over flipping of poo so that you are not then having to pick up the errant waste. The bin has attachment handles that can accommodate many types of bags. Because you can attach even grocery bags to the bin, this tool is an eco-friendly option for scooping. With the waste going directly into a bag, there is less need for clean-up afterward.
What We Like
- Large capacity bin
- Easily attach a variety of bags
- Ergonomic soft-touch handles
- Rake and bin have over a 3-foot reach
- Requires less cleaning because of bag attachment ability
- Bin swivel action allows for more pick-up
- Bin and rake attach together for convenient storage
What We Don't Like
- Handles must be assembled to the desired length
- Assembled handles require frequent tightening
- The rake and bin frequently fall apart due to weak construction
- Plastic construction not as durable as metal
- Not recommended for marathon-length poop scooping patrols
- Use of standard or large bags recommended due to bin attachment points
- A learning curve associated with bag attachment
The rake and bin can extend over 36 in. making for a more ergonomic cleaning chore. Soft handle grips make holding the rake and bin more comfortable while you work. The large capacity bin means fewer trips to the garbage can for disposal. This lightweight but durable tool is also easy to take along on walks or dog park dates so that you can be a responsible neighbor.
A slightly newer concept in the world of dog poop remover, the GoGo Stic is designed to eliminate the need for a rake while scooping into a bag. It resembles an old-school butterfly catcher. The Stic is actually an open-ended bin in which a bag is attached.
The thin-lipped front edge of the bin allows for a scooping action without the need for a rake. You can purchase the Stik with a rake, as a set. The company calls it’s rake tool a wedge. The idea is to be able to scoop without any bending, touching of poo and no scooper cleanup.
The Stic and Wedge also have aluminum telescoping handles that adjust from 25 in. up to 36 in., preventing unnecessary bending and twisting. I have added this to my doggie wish list as this sounds like a great concept.
What We Like
- Scoop and bin in one tool
- The bag is a bin, making for sanitary cleanup
- Cleanup capacity only limited by bag size
- Telescoping aluminum handle for durability
- The handle is adjustable from 25 in. to 36 in.
- Easy portability for daily dog walks
- One-piece tool for convenient storage
- Rubber and metal construction for durability
- Separate rake (wedge) available
- No springs or moving parts to damage or break, 3-year warranty
What We Don't Like
- The telescoping handle has intermittent problems staying adjusted
- Scooping action can easily wear out the plastic bag
- Does not easily accommodate bags without handles
- Rake must be bought separately from the Stick (scoop)
- Bag position is not stable and can be problematic on windy days
- Removing the bag is not always easy
Accommodating any grocery bag, the capacity is limited only to the size of the bag. Even with big dog doo, I think this would handle an average cleanup rather efficiently. An added bonus seems to be the ability for the scoop to deal with goose poop alongside dog doo. For those of you in geese country, this may be worth noting. Goose poop is huge, and they do not discriminate about where they deposit.
And the Best Pooper Scooper Is...
While I am interested in trying out the GoGo Stik, I am going to award Best Pooper Scooper to the Petmate 71034 Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin & Rake Pooper Scooper. The ease of use, durability and capacity of this workhorse scooper makes it my go-to.
The ergonomic advantage of not having to stoop and bend more than necessary is also a plus for me. Poo patrol is not my favorite activity, so if I can accomplish the task without straining my back then I am a happy camper.
Lastly, I make an effort to be as eco-friendly as possible, so being able to attach an ordinary grocery bag helps me recycle while maintaining a sanitary distance from my dogs’ deposits.
The good news for all of us pet moms and dads is that we no longer have to stoop over with a bag on our hands to cleanup you-know-what. Happy patrolling, everyone!