Having the right dog clean-up supplies and tools is one of the most essential things you can do as a responsible pet parent. While we understand that picking up your dog’s poop isn’t the most glamorous duty, it is for the benefit of the entire neighbourhood – and that includes you and your furry companion. After all, life is much easier and less stressful if there’s no dropping in the streets, parks, beaches, and public areas.
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What happens if you don't clean up dog poop?
Dog cleaning is for the benefit of everyone. Imagine, if all pet parents don’t have dog clean-up supplies and ignore their responsibility, the entire neighbourhood (or even city) would be literally in deep trouble. Our parks, sidewalks, and public areas would be filled with smelly ‘landmines’, which you could step on and bring into your home. Sounds icky, right?
One of the misconceptions about dog waste is that it can also serve as fertilisers, which is far from the truth. Unlike cows that only eat grass and grains, dogs eat meat or protein, making their waste highly acidic. Plus, the excess nutrients in their excrement can pollute our lakes and rivers.
The high nitrogen content in dog waste also explains why it’s a terrible idea to use it as a fertiliser because this chemical element can ‘kill’ grass and plants, causing them to turn brown or yellow. That being said, you need to clean up after your animal as promptly as possible if you don’t want your yard to have dead spots.
If you don’t clean up after your pets, remember that it has detrimental effects on our water. Imagine this scenario: A poop that’s left on the sidewalk is eventually washed away by rain and into the storm drains, contaminating our lakes, ponds, streams, and other water sources. Dog waste contains high levels of nutrients that cause excessive growth of weeds and algae, turning the water smelly, murky, and unsuitable for our favourite water activities like boating, fishing, and swimming.
Additionally, the pathogens found in dog waste may cause salmonella and E. coli, which we can ingest while swimming and doing other water activities.
Because of the serious environmental impact of not picking up dog poop, many cities in Australia have enacted laws that fine dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets in a public place. For this reason, always bring your dog clean-up supplies when you bring your furry companions outside if you don’t want to be slapped with hefty fines.
How to choose the right clean-up products?
To make it easy to clean up dog poop in public places, make sure that you always bring with you waste bag refills and dispensers. Choose brands that are made from 100% biodegradable materials to reduce your environmental impact. Fortunately, you can buy these products at eDog, which sells fully biodegradable poop bags.
Of course, the right dog clean-up bags should be durable enough to prevent accidental leaks. Your best bet is to look for products that say ‘leak-proof’ and durable, which you can also find at eDog.
If you’re toilet training your puppies or they don’t have access to the outdoors all the time, having a dog trainer toilet kit is a perfect solution. This product often comes with a soft synthetic grass that allows urine to pass through quickly in the tray below. When choosing this product, make sure the artificial grass contains antimicrobial properties for odour control and to prevent bacteria buildup. Using a dog odour remover or dog odour spray is also helpful.
Another option if you’re toilet training your puppies is to use dog clean-up pads, which should contain ultra-absorbent materials and quilted design to soak up all the urine and odour. While these pads are commonly used in house toilet training, they also come in handy every time you travel with your pooch.
How to clean up dog poop?
If your dog poops outside, pick it up using a leak-proof dog clean-up bag then turn it inside out immediately. In case your pups relieve themselves on gravel or asphalt that’s frequented by people, remove the feces in the same manner as above and consider sterilising the surface with water and bleach solution.
If your dog poops indoors, the cleaning method depends on the surface. For instance, if the ‘accident’ happens on your carpet, scrape as much feces as you can, then allow it to dry overnight. The next day, repeat the process, and pour a solution made of dish soap, white vinegar, and water directly onto the stains. Let the solution sit for around three minutes before blotting the area with a folded towel. Once the area has dried, vacuum it to remove any residue.
If the ‘accident’ happens on hard surfaces like tiles, the dog clean-up process is much easier. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water to sterilise the spot.
You may not be a professional or expert in dog clean-up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t handle the messes your pup makes.
Now that you know the basic dog clean-up supplies you should invest in, why it’s important to clean up after your pets, and how to remove excrement, visit eDog and choose from our pet-friendly products designed to make your furry companions happy, healthy, and obedient. Order online now!