I have noticed a recent surge in the marketplace in products and services attending to dog poop. Some are pretty funny, some really work and others are mind boggling in their stupidity.
Let’s check some out and as more and more comes to our attention, The Canine Bark promises that The Poop Chronicles will continue to keep you informed in the latest and greatest in poop technology.
Leading off in the poopy product range are the indoor/outdoor bathroom devices designed for the small to extra large dog who just needs a place to go - anytime. These products are great for working fur kid parents, apartment dwelling pups, older dogs who need a bathroom close-by at all times and a hundred other reasons that these are at the top of the poop management product list.
For the dog who is too ritzy for old fashioned, disposable piddle pads, there is a new place for dogs to get down and dirty, while staying nice and clean. The Original Pet-A-Potty, pictured here, was created with the idea that there could be a sanitary place for dogs of all sizes to relieve themselves indoors or on balconies, allowing for owner’s long work days and clean floors. The wooden boxes contain either synthetic grass or sod through which the urine drains into a collection pan that needs to be cleaned regularly. They range in size from 26 x 34 inches to 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 feet. The grass, real or synthetic does need to be replaced from time to time to keep the system odor free. Poop needs to be collected and disposed of. Visit www.petapotty.com for more info.
If the Pet-A-Potty is a little to generic looking for Fluffy’s taste, check out the Penthouse Dog Potty. Same concept as the Pet-A-Potty, but very different, style wise. This Bentley of dog toilets is 42 x 42 inches and will hold dogs up to 100 pounds. It is specifically marketed towards pups who live in apartments in urban communities lacking in grassy areas to take care of business. Visit www.cosmopolitancanine.com for more info, or to purchase.
For picking up the poop, which is not only necessary for keeping rats away and sidewalks pleasant, but law in most places, Bon Ton makes cute bone shaped baggie holders, with biodegradeable poop bags, both available in a variety of cute prints.
The holders attach easily to any leash or key chain, allowing for easy access and seasonally, new colors and patterns are added to the collection. For more information or to buy, go to www.petego.com.
For the more eco-conscious pet owner, Scoopies, the hand shaped poop-picker-upper is completely biodegradable and dispense individually, making awkward fumbling with perforated baggies a thing of the past. Pick up your own Scoopies at www.dogbar.com.
If you or your community can not pick up the poop for one reason or another, not to worry! You can hire a service like Doody Calls. This ingenius company will not only come and remove crap from your own yard, you and your neighbors can get together and hire them to clean common areas as well! In addition to poop scooping, Doody Calls also has services for deodorizing outdoor areas that have attained that certain doggie aroma, kitty litter service, and brown spot treatment to help save your lawn from the destruction that dog urine can cause. It would be super awesome if they added a service to clean up carpets that have been mutilated by a puppy’s training accident…hint, hint. Truly, why pick up dog poop when you can pay someone to do it for you??? To locate your local Doody Calls franchise, click here.
So your dog has one of the grossest poop habits ever. Your beloved Fifi has a tendency to eat her poop after relieving herself, or worse, indulge in excrement left by other four legged friends. This habit, known as coprophagia, happens for a variety of reasons. While the only way to end the behavior for good is through extensive training, I recommend the addition of a supplement to his diet that should make his poop taste awful and assist you in that process. There are a lot of generic products available said to do this, but I recommend Solid Gold’s product SEP (Stop Eating Poop). Solid Gold is a reputable brand, whose products do not contain any harmful additives. None of their products were involved in the recalls and I am a proponent of natural, healthy solutions to canine issues, rather the veterinary intervention and medication. Visit www.solidgoldhealth.com for more info or to purchase. Truthfully, training to stop this behavior really is your best bet, and SEP is a good aid, but in the long term she could get used to the taste of the supplement and keep at it. Its a good idea to rule out any medical problems that may be causing her desire for stinky snacks and then praise her with a lot of treats whenever she ignores her poop. Make sure she doesn’t see you cleaning up after her, as that may be a cause of this behavior. You clean it up with a baggie, she cleans it in the only way she can. Sick.
Finally, in honor of the dog poop, the crappiest toy ever, introducing Mr. Poops and his sibling, Mini Poo. This squeaky toy is pretty gross, however, in honor of the nature of this post, I thought it necessary to be included. I guess this is one way of having fun with the whole poop thing…Regardless, if you and your dog cannot live without this novelty squeaker toy, visit www.dogbar.com and order yours today.
Thanks for checking out these products, there are plenty more where these came from. The Poop Chronicles is dedicated to the fact that every doggie poops and when dogs do it, its up to us to make sure that their digestive system is working properly and to share the best and newest products and resources out there. Finding stylish and silly solutions to make the chore of poo disposal a little more fun is just another benefit of four legged family members!
Wishing everyone happy digestion!