The Scoop: Do’s and Don’ts for Taking Care of Dog Poop
“What do I do with my dog’s poop?” That’s a question most dog parents ask themselves at one time or another.
Here are a few tips to help you decide what to do–and not to do–with your dog’s waste:
DON’T leave your dog’s poop on your lawn. It doesn’t make good fertilizer. The poop can burn–not help–your lawn. Also, it can get flushed into a storm drain during rainstorms and contaminate waterways.
DO use waste pick-up bags made specifically for dog poop because they’re extra strong and sized right to pick up and contain pet waste. There are even extra-thick pet waste bags for anyone who hates the “yuck” factor of picking up poop.
DON’T flush dog waste down your toilet! At least not until you’ve checked with your local authorities to make sure it’s okay. Or if you have a dog that actually uses a toilet. In that case, you’re an impressive pet parent! And be sure to use a waste pick-up bag or pooper scooper to avoid direct contact with pet waste if you do transfer it to the toilet.
DO help the environment by picking up dog waste. Poop that is not cleaned up goes into the water supply together with all the contaminants that dog waste contains. Look for products that use natural ingredients to make the bags–this reduces the amount of plastic and often helps the bags break down faster. For example, these pet waste pick-up bags are made using natural lignin–a leftover byproduct of paper-making–which gives them an additional environmental advantage over other eco-friendly bags.
DON’T think of pet waste pick-up as a chore! If you express your style by using colorful bag dispenser cases–they attach easily to leashes and harnesses–filled with waste pick-up bags in either vibrant colors or trendy designs, you’ll feel quite cheerful when it’s time to scoop the poop!
Do you have any more dos and don’ts to add? Let us know in the comments section below!