If you’re a dog owner, you know that sometimes the only thing worse than your dog’s poop is cleaning up after them. And if you have a small space, the poop piles can get out of hand pretty quickly. Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to dispose of pet waste without leaving your yard looking like a field at an elephant sanctuary.
Keep a Poop Bag Dispenser
Keeping a poop bag dispenser in your car is key. You never know when you’re going to need it, and if you don’t have one handy, you might get into a sticky situation. If you’re going on an excursion with your dog, make sure that there’s some kind of bag dispenser on his leash and collar as well. This way he won’t be tempted to leave a surprise behind during his walk.
Keep a supply of bags in your home and in the crate where your dog sleeps so that there’s always one around when needed (or just in case). They’re cheap enough that buying them in bulk isn’t out of the question either!
Use a Pooper Scooper
Pooper scoopers are exactly what they sound like: tools that help you clean up dog poop. These tools are designed with various features to make the job easier, including scoops that can be extended with a simple push of a button or handles that allow you to reach farther into piles of poop.
Some dogs’ owners may choose this option because it’s convenient and can be used quickly, but others are concerned about the environmental impact of a plastic bag full of dog waste sitting in their trash can for days on end (think: odor). If you fall into the latter camp, there are other ways to dispose of your dog’s waste without using plastic bags.
If possible, consider investing in compostable bags that can break down over time instead of contributing more plastics to landfills. You could also collect biodegradable paper bags full of your dog’s waste during walks or take them home with you when walking Fido through his neighborhood so it doesn’t get left behind!
You can simply flush the poop down your toilet, provided that you have a lid on it. But if you don’t have a lid or if you’re traveling and using public restrooms, this option is not really feasible.
There are other alternatives to consider:
- Put the poop in a plastic bag and throw it into your trashcan. It should be sealed shut, so no one else will get their hands on it (or at least not for long).
- Another option is to put the bag in another plastic bag (this keeps things hygienic), then put that into another plastic bag before tossing it away. This will help prevent any leakage from getting onto other items in your home or office trashcan, which could leave behind an unpleasant odor once they’re opened again later on down the line (the same holds true if using paper towels).
Freezing your dog’s poop makes it easier to pick up. You can either wait until the poop is frozen solid, or you can dump the entire bag into a large plastic bag and use that to scoop out the frozen poops. When you’re ready to dispose of it, just throw away in your regular trashcan! Freezing kills bacteria and prevents odor from escaping through evaporation like it would if left outside in warm weather for days on end.
Burying Dog Poop
Use A Shovel
This is the way I clean up my dogs’ poop. There are a few reasons for this:
- It’s easier to shovel dog poop than pick it up with your hands, which can be gross if there’s a lot of it and you’re outside in the rain or snow—not to mention what it does to your shoes and clothes!
- It’s better for the environment than using plastic bags or garbage cans, since those items often end up in landfills where they can take hundreds of years to decompose (and they don’t biodegrade at all).
- You don’t need any cans, bags or gloves if you use a shovel instead!
Composting Dog Poop
Composting is a great way to dispose of dog poop, and there are many ways you can do it. If you don’t have a backyard or garden, composting may not be for you—but if your yard is big enough and your climate permits, composting dog poop is an excellent way to handle this task.
Here are some options:
- In your backyard or garden: You can set up a pile of dirt where dogs can go to the bathroom when they come outside. Then periodically add kitchen scraps (such as fruit peels) and water until the pile turns into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants.
- On an unused piece of land in your community: Most cities offer free trash pickup through their municipal service providers; however, many cities do not provide animal waste pickup because it’s considered “hazardous waste.” Check with local authorities before setting up any piles in public places so that they don’t start charging you fees later on!
Use Newspaper To Pick up Your Dog Poop
Next time you’re walking your dog and see a pile of poop on the sidewalk, reach for that newspaper. No, not the sports section—the Sunday paper.
Use the pages of that morning’s news to pick up your dog’s poop, then use a plastic bag to bundle them up and dispose of them properly. Keep in mind: newspapers are meant to be used for any other purpose besides picking up after your dogs!
Indoor Bathroom for Your Dog
You and your dog will be happy if you have an indoor bathroom for him or her. If you don’t already have one, now is the time to get started! A safe, comfortable space inside where your dog can go potty will help you keep his house clean and prevent accidents in other areas of the house.
It’s also an important part of keeping your pet healthy—it prevents bacteria from building up due to poopy accident spots around the house.
If having any messes in their own space makes dogs nervous or anxious, they may start exhibiting bad behavior like chewing on furniture or barking at people who come over
Allow to dry.
- Allow it to dry. Although you may be tempted to clean up the poop right away, this can lead to a mess and a stained carpet.
- Use an old towel or a dustpan. If you’re picking up poop with your hands, make sure they are covered in plastic bags or old towels so that you don’t touch anything else on your way out of the house (e.g., your wallet).
Use hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a great way to clean up dog poop, because it’s safe and easy. All you need to do is dilute some hydrogen peroxide with water, spray it on the area where your dog pooped, and then wipe off. You can also use a sponge or cloth instead of paper towels.
When using diluted hydrogen peroxide on grass, leave it for about 15 minutes before rinsing off (you can add baking soda if you want). If you want to avoid getting any of this solution on yourself or your clothes, wear gloves when applying it!
Once you know how to clean up dog waste, it doesn’t have to be a big hassle. You have a lot of options for getting the job done with minimal fuss, too. The key is finding the method that works best for you and your dog. Whether it’s burying their poop in the yard or simply throwing away their waste bag, cleaning up after your dog shouldn’t take much time or effort once you figure out what works best for both of you!