Why picking up #2 is important…

Dog poop is gross topic but every pet parent that lives in an apartment complex or urban area knows that doggie bags are a must. There are always excuses “I forgot a bag” or “no one will care this time.” I have done it a one point and surely everyone has done it. The habit of carrying a doggie bag is a hard one to form but will be environmentally and community friendly later on.

Reasons why to scoop up the poop:

  1. Environmental and Health: Poop has bacteria and can contain viruses that get into the water supply or tracked in to your home.
  2. Keeps away flies: Don’t you hate flies? Well you can keep them away by keeping a clean yard area.
  3. Take back your yard: Have a reason to hang out in the backyard and play catch or have a bar-b-que with not worrying about your dog’s business.
Dog picking up dog poop.

Dog picking up dog poop.

Solutions: Where to find cheap bags:

  • Grocery/plastic shopping bags: They might not be biodegradable but these bags are free when picking up milk and eggs and do the dirty poop picking job.
  • Dollar store: Usually comes in a pack of six and reasonable for a $1.00.
  • Apartment Complex: Sometimes when apartment complexes want their residents to pick up their pets’ poop or have seen a lack in cooperation with pet owning residents; They will give away free doggie bags and dispensers.
  • Dog Parks: Most urban areas will have trash cans with plastic bags just for this reason and its free. So take advantage.
  • Flush it: Might sound gross but flushing the dog poop after picking it up in the bag is more friendly to the landfills.

Dealing your furry pal’s chewing issues

My dog, Melanie, had issues chewing and I made a list of my personal tips on how to deal with it and ways to transition your dog to stop chewing.

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  1. Put everything you don’t want in your dog’s mouth up: Easiest thing to do and it holds accountability on your part.
  2. Put the tv or radio on: Sounds weird but if you are away from home, some background noise will comfort your dog.
  3. Buy treats and bones: Raw Hides help and strength teeth. It keeps dog’s occupied on their treat then on your stuff. I always have bags of hard bones and raw hides to give her before I leave the house.
  4. Let them know they did wrong: Try to do this asap when you seen them chew on something. Talk in a stern voice and say its bad and showed them what they chewed on. If you do this hours after, your dog will become confused and it not take effect.

The Humane Society of the U.S.: Has a great article about chewing, the reasons for chewing and ways to help your pet.