Category Archives: Helpful Hints for Dogs

Enviro-Friendly Dog Poop Bags

After writing several blogs about dog poop this summer, I knew I had to “practice what I preach,”—or at least try it. The first article was about the environmental hazards of dog poop. Store display of poop bags

I pick up, so that wasn’t the concern.

My issue involved the use of poop bags. Half the time I use a poop bucket and compost the poop—which is a good thing to do. But when I walk my two cockers without my husband, then I use poop bags. It’s hard to juggle two dogs on retractable leashes plus holding a poop bucket.

So for years, I had used the plastic sleeves from our newspapers as poop bags—so at least I was recycling (but only once). Then the bags went in the trash, and into a landfill. This wasn’t enviro friendly, which I stated in my next post, which encouraged the use of compostable bags.

After writing the post, I decided to buy some compostable poop bags. Since I had a huge amount of newspaper bags this seemed silly. But I felt it was the responsible thing to do. The newspaper bags could get recycled with the plastic bag waste.

Poop bag boxPoop bag

I stopped at my local pet store and stared at the poop bag selection, which was much larger than I expected. It should have been easy. Find the cheapest bags that say compostable, right? Wrong.

The first time I went to the store, only one package said “compostable.” So I bought them. I am not receiving any compensation for this post. I just wanted to try them out. These bags were ultra-thin and I did rip at least two. I picked up the poop and threw them in the compost pile. After a few weeks, the poop bag disappeared. Lavendar scented poop bags

When I went to buy a second batch, the type I had purchased were not available. Instead, the same company had lavender-scented bags—to cover up the poop smell.

But the box did not say “compostable.” I used my phone and googled the brand and checked. It stated that they were compostable—but why don’t they say so on the box? The package is from recycled paper, but what I cared about were the bags.

Well, I bought the lavender bags, which were much thicker. I didn’t know if they would compost, but time has shown that they do. .

So why do manufacturer’s make finding eco-friendly poop bags a challenge?

 

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My Senior Dog has more Energy than Last Year

Buffy & Chipper with Welly Tails Senior Dog Care product

Buffy (left) and Chipper (right) with their Senior Dog Care product.

Chipper, my twelve year-old cocker spaniel, has more energy when we go for walks than he did

this spring. He often leads the way as we walk around our neighborhood (as long as interesting scents don’t distract him), and he now chases squirrels—something he hasn’t done in years. Continue reading

After You Scoop—Where Do You Drop the Poop?

Do you throw your dog’s waste in the nearest trash can? I actually plan my dog walks to go past several garbage cans so that I don’t have to carry the poop bag very far. Do you do this? Dogs going for a walk

Do you take your dog to parks where they provide bags so you don’t have to bring your own? Continue reading

Is Dog Poop Environmentally Friendly?

Do you pick up your dog’s poop using a plastic bag and then throw it in the trash?

Do you even pick up your dog’s poop?

When I was a kid, we didn’t pick up our dog’s poop. I’d take Chipper (the brown cocker I had Dog poopingback then) for a walk and nervously look around to see if anyone was watching while he pooped in someone’s yard. Continue reading

Help Your Puppy Sleep through the Night

When Cassie arrived at our house at just under 8 weeks of age, she woke me up every night, whining and scratching at her cage. I thought she had to pee, so I’d carry her out into the frozen backyard. Cassie refused paper training, having been house broken before I adopted her.

To warm her up, I’d put her under the covers in my bed with me for a few minutes before placing her back in her cage­­—a big mistake I know. But she was a tiny puppy and needed comforting. Every night, like clockwork, she’d wake me up. I expected this for the first week or two, but when it dragged on for a month, I wondered what was going on. Continue reading

Place your arm between your dogs fron limbs for added support.

How to Properly Carry a Dog

Cassie, my Springer Spaniel, never liked my boss ever since he tried to pick her up incorrectly when he first met her.  He placed his hands around her upper back by squeezing her chest under her front legs (the armpit method).  Cassie jumped away from him and never let him even attempt to pick her up again.  Although there may have been other reasons that she disliked him, her first impression stuck after that attempt to pick her up. Continue reading