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Many new dog owners quickly realize that the cuddly ball of fur they brought home is actually a pooping and peeing machine in disguise! This new dog poop and pee machine produces many loads per day, it doesn't necessarily care where it goes, and the owner has to clean-up after all of that! AND, the cuddly ball of fur will continue to do its business for the next 10-20 years!!
This article is intended to help you deal with the practical challenges of cleaning up after dog poop and pee. Hopefully we will make your life easier as you pick up after the dog poop each and every day over the next 10-20 years.
First and foremost, if you feed your dog high quality, nutritionally dense food you will get less coming out at the other end. This will also make for a much healthier dog and just like people, dogs are what they eat. The feeding instructions on a bag of high quality dog food, for example, will typically be 3-4 cups per day for a 100 lb dog. The feeding instructions on a low quality dog food, by comparison, will typically be 10-14 cups per day. Granted, the lower quality dog food will be cheaper but, given the amount of fillers that your dog can't utilize in the 14 cup per day food, do you really want to pick that up in your back yard every day!?
Every dog owner should pick up its dogs poop every single time!!! WITH EMPHASIS! Unfortunately, some don't and it is you and I that end up stepping in it! Here are some simple tricks or products that will help with the dog poop pick-up:
1) The Newspaper Trick - bring a newspaper with you on your next walk. When your dog has squatted and is now fully committed to having his/her poop, slide the newspaper underneath and let your dog go on it. When done, simply fold the newspaper up with the poop inside and continue your walk to the nearest garbage can. Yes, your dog will look back at you for the first couple of times wondering what the heck you are doing with that paper, but remember, the dog is already committed to pooping and they aren't going anywhere!! Many people ask we've trained our dogs to poop on the paper, but really, there is no training at all!
2) Doggy Bags - most owners prefer using doggy bags. In this case, try to use bio-degradable pick-up bags as there will be a lot of them over the years and it adds up to quite a bit of plastic going into the landfill. Earth Rated offers a full line of modestly priced bio-degradable pick up bags, from bags with handles to those on a roll with a handy dispenser. They are available in a Lavender scent or unscented.
3) Poop Scoop - is used mainly around your backyard as they are too cumbersome to be bringing with you on walks. Many different garden tools or shovels will work and cheap pooper scoopers can be found in many pet, hardware or big box stores.
What do you do with all of that dog poop you've been scooping up around your yard? Well, most of the time it goes out with the garbage but some municipalities are now banning the practice or are encouraging dog owners to compost the waste. This isn't a bad idea as you can imagine how much space dog poop takes up in our limited landfill areas, or what a mess it makes when a full bag of poop breaks as the garbage-man is throwing it into the truck!
The Waste Manager Dog Waste Disposal System is a small septic tank that is installed into your backyard to hold and break down the dog waste that you pick up each day. It uses digestive enzymes to naturally break down the dog poop so that you don't have to throw it in the garbage. Refill digestive enzymes are also available at Petacular at Waste Manager Natural Clean Up Tablets.
Rolling in the Poop
Believe it or not, many dogs will roll in dog poop given the chance, or in the smelliest pile of fish entrails or similar garbage that they can find. We're not exactly sure why they do so or enjoy it so much, but assume that it is related to their basic hunting instincts and how they smell downwind to potential prey (i.e. a dog hunting for lunch is better off not smelling like a dog). Often dog owners are caught completely by surprise, or don't immediately realize what their dog is actually rolling in until too late! If it happens to you, and it probably will, we recommend Earthbath Pet Shampoo, the highest quality line of all-natural, bio-degradable pet shampoo. Each formula cleans safely and gently while leaving your pet's coat bright, shiny and smelling better than ever before.
or “Hey Mom. Why is the Bathroom Flooded?”
You have decided the time has come. You may do this only once-in-a-while, but it is that time of year again. It is the month, day or week, to give your dog a bath. You know how to do it. You have entered into this battle before. You have the scars to show for it. They fade with age, and you are now better at tackling the momentous task of washing the dog than you have been in the past. Some things really do get easier. It does not mean, however, you have to like doing them.
No matter how you look at, you should give your dog a regular bath. How often you do so will depend upon the dog’s temperament, the dog’s coat, your tolerance and your ability to undertake the task. While some dogs do love the experience, many do not. Some dog grooming needs to be left to the experts. Alternatively, you can take your pooch to a dog grooming salon like Petacular. It then becomes their problem.
Generally, you can handle the basic bath on your own. It does require you heed some rules and follow certain guidelines. This will ensure your dog suffers no harm. It will also help you keep your dog’s coat clean, shiny and flowing along the grain.
• Rule 1 is simple. Only use shampoo and conditioner created for dogs. Human hair products are not suitable for your dog. They may cause skin irritation and rashes on sensitive dogs.
Also consider using an environmentally friendly pet shampoo that naturally bio-degrades in the environment. The Petacular pet grooming salon uses Earthbath biodegradable pet shampoo and is it also available in the store.In addition to being environmentally friendly, it is an excellent shampoo in a variety of great smelling formulas.
• Make sure you have everything within easy reach. This is particularly important if you have an antsy dog.
• Always test the water before you use it on your dog. Check the temperature on the inside of your arm.
• Soak your animal thoroughly. Do it bit by bit. Start at the legs and underbelly before you move to the sides, front, behind and tail. When you do the head, avoid the eyes and ears. Use a wet face cloth being careful not to get any water into either the eyes or ears. Cover them with your hands.
• Ready the pet shampoo. Be sure you understand and follow the directions. Once the dog is wet, apply the right amount of shampoo evenly over the body. Avoid the eyes, ears, mouth and any sensitive areas. If you have a pop-eyed or bug-eyed dog e.g. a pug, be extremely careful.
• Rinse your animal thoroughly. Be sure you remove all the pet shampoo This will help prevent instances of skin irritation. Rinse twice if possible.
• Some shampoos require a repeat. Some companies suggest you use a conditioner. There are also rinses for shine, highlights and other dog products. Whether you decide to do so is up to you and your animal. While it is common for many show dogs to be shampooed conditioned and rinsed this may not sit well with some pets.
Let’s face it. Many dogs and people are content with a simple bath. Some dogs hate the entire process. Some humans have enough trouble summoning up the tough love, stamina and cunning they may need for a single shampoo. For them, dog and human, a bath is a torture comparable to the exquisite pain of the Spanish Inquisition.• You can dry your dog’s coat in a number of ways. Towel drying is common. Squeeze out the excess water and be sure to rub the towel in the direction of the lie of the coat. Make it a vigorous rub if your dog has a short-to-medium coat. Be less brisk if the coat is long. You need to be careful to avoid tangles and split ends.
• Air-drying is another possibility. Let the dog go and hope for the best.
• If your dog likes the attention and you know how to work to maintain a pleasant temperature, use a blow dryer. Do not try if your dog loves to attack forms of machinery. Some dogs who hate vacuum cleaners have no problem in going for a hand-held hair dryer.
Bathing your adorable dog can be trouble. It can also be fun. It is also a necessity. No matter how much you hate it, sooner-or-later, you are going to have to give him, or her, a bath. If it is a problem at home, try a doggy wash, or can also pass the problem on to an innocent, but experienced dog salon like Petacular.