How much does my dog poop?
From dachshunds to great danes, dogs vary greatly in size and diet, so it’s hard to say exactly. That said, however, it’s estimated that average dog poops 1-2 times and discards a total of ¾ lbs of waste every day.
Over time this adds up to approximately 5.25 lbs per week; 22.5 lbs per month; and 274 lbs per year.
What is the best way to dispose of dog poop?
Pet waste pickup is an important tenet of responsible dog ownership. The first step is picking up what your pet leaves behind. The second is making sure it is disposed of properly.
DoodyCalls recommends scooping waste into a trash bag, then double-wrapping it with another bag and placing in the garbage to be collected and taken to the landfill. However, you should check to make sure this method of disposal is in accordance with local laws and regulations.
If you do follow the bag and garbage method, be sure to double bag the waste and tie knots at the top of both bags to ensure the waste is properly sealed. This is to protect garbage collectors from coming into contact with the waste upon pickup.
Is dog waste a good fertilizer?
No – quite the opposite, in fact. Leaving dog waste on the ground or concentrating it in one specific area of the yard can seriously harm soil quality and also presents a number of potential human health hazards to families and their pets.
The idea that Fido or Fluffy’s waste is a natural fertilizer is a commonly held misconception stemming from the use of cow or horse manure as a soil enhancer. But not all waste is made equal and whether a specific animal’s waste is beneficial to the ground it lays on depends primarily upon the animal’s diet. As a rule of thumb, in order for waste to be used as an effective fertilizer it must consist mainly of digested plant matter.
Cows and horses are herbivores, which makes their waste ideal for use as fertilizer. In contrast, a dog’s diet is made up of mostly animal products, making their waste unsuitable for soil enrichment.
Can dog poop be composted?
Composting is an alternative and fairly uncommon method for dog waste disposal where pet owners collect discarded dog waste into one large compost heap with the hope that the waste will decompose over time.
While it is possible to compost dog waste, the heap must exceed 165 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately five days to safely sterilize the manure. Unfortunately, most backyard compost systems rarely reach this temperature, and even if they did, it would still be inadvisable to use the waste as fertilizer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dog waste – composted or otherwise – should never be used on crops grown for human consumption.
In addition, before pursuing such a system, it is important to understand that dog waste typically piles up much faster than it decomposes and concentrating this waste into a specific area can seriously damage nearby soil and water quality. Similarly, this practice also presents a number of potential health hazards to families and their pets.
Allowing weeks, months, or even years worth of waste to accumulate in your yard creates a ripe breeding ground for disease and infection. Needless to say, this should be avoided, especially if young children have access to the designated compost area and could potentially come into contact with the waste.
The best action pet owners and communities can take for waste disposal is to make sure dog poop is always picked up off the ground and properly disposed of in accordance with local laws and regulations.
What are in-ground waste digesters?
Some homeowners and communities choose to use in-ground waste digesters to dispose of dog waste. Waste digesters generally consist of a hole in the ground with a lid on top. Waste is put into the hole along with special enzymes and water, and over time the waste is supposed to break down and drain into the ground. Provided below are some things to consider before using a pet waste digester:
- Non-biodegradable material will not break down in the digester. You will need to remove trash or any non-biodegradable material found in the waste from the digester.
- If you have a large volume of waste, your digester will require a very deep hole and you may need to dig new holes each year.
- Waste will not digest when the temperature falls below 40°F.
- Heavy clay soils often prevent digesters from draining properly.