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Dog waste- what is the best way to get rid of it?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have always wondered about this. We have always just put it in a plastic bag and thrown it in the garbage. But is this really the most ecological way? I know that you need to pick it up, although I have many a neighbor that think that when the rain washes it into the neighboring stream, that is just fine. It has gotten to the point for us that the only reason I get plastic bags from the grocery store is for dog waste.

There are the bio-degradible (did I even come close to spelling that correctly??) bags for dog waste, but what is the use for that if you are just throwing it in the garbage-- plastic bag anyway?

Stacey
post #2 of 11
Good question!
I know they have some sort of thing you can put in the ground, and put the waste in that will disolve the waste. But I've never used it. Maybe someone with more experience or knowledge about it will explain it more.
post #3 of 11
feed raw and it just disintegrates, no need to even pick it up.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
I am new to all of this- what is considered "raw" food for dogs?

Interesting!

Stacey
post #5 of 11
Hmm... my dog is on a raw diet and I can't say that his poop disintegrates... maybe in a different climate? There is a lot less of it than when he was eating kibble, though.

I have heard of making a dog poop composter - basically it's a garbage can with holes drilled in it that you bury in the ground.

http://www.cityfarmer.org/petwaste.html
post #6 of 11
When we fed the Danes raw, the poop turned white and dissolved over the next few days. Zero picking required. The corgis must have some different system, because theirs is dry and hard and doesn't smell, but it takes a little longer to disappear. Still no yard picking, but not as distinctively white/powdery.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Laggie View Post
I have heard of making a dog poop composter - basically it's a garbage can with holes drilled in it that you bury in the ground.

http://www.cityfarmer.org/petwaste.html
Looks like a great idea. Has anyone tried this? Would it smell? Our backyard is very small and backs up to our neighbors front porch - I don't think they would appreciate the odor.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
feed raw and it just disintegrates, no need to even pick it up.

yah, right... try telling that to the dog-hating community!
post #9 of 11
Well, good heavens, you ALWAYS pick up waste if the dog is not on your property--raw fed or no. I think we were both talking about yard picking.

The little digesters work fine, I think, though you MUST add the enzyme stuff. Just dumping poop in a can will contaminate your lawn and smell hideous.
post #10 of 11
Exactly, we always pick up if our dogs goes anywhere off property, in our yard though it is powder pretty quickly. And let me tell ya dh is thrilled!
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
So is it raw food the way to go? From the few posts I have read it is chicken with rice and vegies. Organs too? Is that right?

I remember when I was a kid out playing in someones yard, sometimes I would come across some dog waste and it was white and dried. I don't think I have ever seen ours get that way. We feed him Eagle brand dry with some wet food mixed in. It is the only way he will eat it.

Now while the composter looks interesting, it isn't something I am willing to try since we are renting. Maybe once we move, but not right yet.

Stacey
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