Cowaramup school children have joined rangers in asking dog owners to do the right thing with their doggy doo-doos. Earlier this year, the Shire of Augusta rangers warned dog owners they could lose exercise areas such as Cowaramup Oval if they didn’t rein in their pets’ waste. Rangers this week took to social media to reiterate the plea. “Kids from Cowaramup Primary School are pleading with local dog owners to pick up their pooches’ poo from the oval,” the post said. “Before their sports lessons, students scour the oval and bag up dog poo so they can play safely. “We all love our furry friends and taking them out for walks is a great way to enjoy our glorious open spaces, but please be responsible and remember that there’s no such thing as the dog poo fairy.” Acting ranger services co-ordinator Garth Baxter did not bite on whether the oval was in line for closure as per previous warnings, which also took aim at Nippers Oval in Margaret River. While rangers reported the behaviour of dog owners had improved earlier this year, more was still needed. “Our team of rangers monitor all dog exercise areas within the shire and investigate any complaints,” Mr Baxter said. “We also review the DEAs on a regular basis, which are always subject to our public consultation process to provide an opportunity for the community to have their say.” The Shire was running a social media competition for the smartest and cutest dogs until the end of October, with prizes up for grabs as well as free registration for all previously unregistered dogs. However, some pundits demanded more action on catering to dog owners already doing the right thing. Mr Baxter said plans for an agreed enclosed dog area in Brookfield were “progressing”. “We are currently reviewing quotes from suppliers and hope to have it ready for use in the first quarter of 2024,” he said. To check out the Shire competition or for details of the Dogs’ Breakfast event on October 29, visit the local government’s Facebook page and website.