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Dog Waste Removal Facts and Myths

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet waste can spread from diseased animals to humans, which is called Zoonoses. When dog waste becomes infected and lands on your lawn, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in your soil for years+ Any human, or animal that comes into contact with your infected soil runs the risk of coming into contact with those eggs; especially your dog.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed pet waste a "non-point; source of pollution." This basically means, pet waste is in the same category as oil, and toxic chemicals. Also, the decay of your pet's waste actually creates nutrients for weeds and algae that grow in our waterways. This can results in limiting the amount of light which can penetrate the water's surface. As a result, oxygen levels in the water decrease and fish will die.

Dog Waste Removal is Essential

If you do not remove dog waste from your lawn, you run the risk of carrying the following hazardous bacteria and parasites on your lawn:

  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Salmonella
  • Hookworms
  • Ringworms
  • Tapeworms

If you become infected by one of these, symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Children are definitely more susceptible as they often play in the dirt and put things in their mouths, or eyes.

3 Myths about Dog Waste Removal

  1. Dog Waste is Good Lawn Fertilizer
    No. Contrary to belief, dog waste is NOT a good fertilizer. As a matter of fact dog waste is very high in nitrogen and salts which can burn your lawn. Dog waste also attracts flies, which transmit disease. Dog waste itself can also be a vector for transmitting certain disease, between dogs and people (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Roundworms, and Hookworms.)

  2. My Lawn Mower Will Chop-up the Dog Waste
    Sometimes it can, but not always. More times than not, the dog waste is not high enough for the blades to cut it and you wind up stepping on it, or running it over with the wheels on your lawn mower. This just pushes the waste further in to the ground.

  3. Rain Will Wash the Dog Waste Away
    As long as the dog waste it not solid, than yes. Otherwise, rain will not wash the dog waste away. In solid form, the dog waste can with stand numerous weeks of down pours.

Tired of Seeing Yellow Patches On Your Lawn?

The cause of this could be because of your dog's bathroom habits. Check out these remedies below to help cure it:

  • Train your dog to use a non-grass area in the landscape, such as mulch, or gravel. If you are okay with some spotting on the lawn, than select a specific location and train your dog to go there.

  • Increase water consumption with your dog. It will dilute the urine, reducing the potential for a discolored lawn.

  • Feed your dog with a high-quality diet. This may help since the protein is more digestible and there are fewer waste products.

  • Water your lawn more frequently. This will also help dilute the urine.

Train Your Dog So You Can Have A Good Lawn

  1. Select an area where you want your dog to relieve themselves. Do your best to prevent them from relieving in any other areas for a while.

  2. Keep the same bathroom schedule daily. Take them out on a leash yourself, and walk them to the selected area.

  3. Be patient, and wait until your dog urinates or defecates. If your dog doesn't relieve them self within three to five minutes, take them back inside. Try again in 15 minutes. Continue to process until your dog relives them self in that selected area.

  4. When your dog relieves them self in the place you've chosen, praise them calmly. When they finish, reward them right away with multiple treats.

  5. Timing is very important. So that your dog understands why they are getting rewarded, your dog must receive their treats right after they finish relieving them self.

  6. Be patient as it may take a few days, or even a few weeks, but eventually they will get it right.

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