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Product Review: Flush Doggy Poop Bags

I have been trying to figure out what to do about the stinky trash can that results from disposing of dog poop. If I put the poop pickup bags in a trash can in the yard, I can barely stand to go out there, and I keep thinking my neighbors – who don’t own dogs – can smell it. Plus, it attracts flies and other bugs. If I keep the poop in a trash can in the garage … well, let’s just say that I live in Texas, and the temperatures are warm for nine months out of the year, with summertime temps reaching well above 100 degrees. By the time our once-a-week trash pickup comes, the garage reeks so bad that the smell has begun to spread to the house and the neighborhood.

I didn’t used to worry about it so much. I hate to admit this, but since we adults did not use the back yard, we would just pick it up before the mowers came every week. But then we added three small children and a puppy who finds these piles to be irresistible (if you catch my drift), so now we have to clean up as we go. I love having a clean yard all the time, but what to do with the poop?

It seems to me that there are three options for disposing of dog waste that you pick up on walks or in your yard.

  1. A composter like the Doggy Dooley. Cons are that you have to dig a huge hole to put it in and our ground is very hard; you have to add water every day, you have to buy and add enzymes periodically, some customers still complain of strong odor, and some say that the plastic does not withstand extreme heat and sun.
  2. Collect the waste in pickup bags and dispose of them. Cons are a strong, unpleasant odor, flies, and a not-so-earth-friendly substance that accumulates in landfills.
  3. Flush the dog waste with biodegradable bags.

I can’ t believe I had never thought of flushing my dog’s waste down the toilet. But then I found Flush Doggy, the eco-friendly, flushable dog poop bags. These white bags are the same size as other poop bags I have tried (10.75″ x 8.5″), so they can handle anything my big dogs put out. They’re water soluble, so they won’t clog toilets or pipes. Yet they don’t fall apart if you use them on walks. They’ll stay intact for about an hour, so you have plenty of time to get your little package home before the bag dissolves.

There is an art to flushing the bag once you’ve picked up the poop, however. The first time I tried, I backed up my toilet. The reason? Air got trapped inside the bag, creating a large object that wouldn’t go down. The packaging does come with instructions for avoiding this:

  • Do not tie the bag; just leave the top open
  • Flush one poop at a time (it helps to dump the poop out into the water, then drop the bag in after it)
  • Avoid flushing dry or hard feces

I have discovered my own method for flushing. I flush the toilet and the bowl begins to fill with water. I hold the bag over the water. When the water begins to go down, I drop the bag right over the hole and down it goes. I have not had another problem since I started doing this. The suction takes the bag down, ridding it of any air that’s inside. Perfect!

Flush Doggy bags are not recommended for septic systems. The company, http://www.flushdoggy.com, sells them for $19.99 for 100 bags. I have also found them on Amazon. There are other manufacturers of flushable waste bags, so you can find one that you like. Here are the ones I have been able to find:

UPDATE: Eight months later, I’m still using the bags. My yard is always clean for my mowers, my children, and my bare feet. So grateful for these. I haven’t been without a yucky back yard since I’ve had dogs. I will never be without these bags. – LW

 
 

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Doggie Did Product Review

Doggie Did is the latest entry into the market to manage dog poop for the dog owner. The idea is that as a dog owner, you’re always having to bring bags – either full or empty – on your daily walks with your dog. Doggie Did holds the bag, so you don’t have to. The small attachment goes on your leash, whether you’re using a retractable leash or a flat nylon leash. It holds your doggie doo bags, freeing up a hand for keys, phone, administering training cues/treats, or just a neighborly wave.

It’s a cool idea, and I especially like the fact that it can go on any leash. It’s made of a rubbery plasticy material that’s a bit pliable, but very rigid. I did not get the Doggie Did onto my leash with as much ease as the gal in the video. But you don’t have to take it off and put it on repeatedly, so once I got it on, it was a non-issue. And I knew it would stay on. For those with a web or nylon leash, you just slide the leash through the top part and attach the clip to keep it tight. This is a nice feature; you can position the Doggie Did at any point on the leash that’s most convenient for you. My neighbor who uses a coupler with two dogs might place it at a different point than I would, for example.

Doggie Did does indeed hold securely a pickup bag that’s full. In fact, it holds several, even those used to clean up after big dogs. It holds securely, yet does not rip the pickup bags once you’re home and ready to discard them. It’s weather-proof and lightweight. I’ve begun to carry a stash of empty pickup bags in it, too. My dog uses a yard, so walks for him are mostly for mental and physical exercise, and he doesn’t always conduct his business on his walks. Because of that, I don’t always have a bag with me. And when he DOES drop a bomb, I’m sometimes stuck without a bag, which means retracing my steps after I get home so I can go back and clean up after him. Now, I always have bags at the ready.

Doggie Did should be a welcome aid to those whose dogs pull, those who are training their dogs, apartment dwellers who have to walk (and pick up after) their dogs multiple times a day, and anyone who could use an extra hand.

At $5.99, the Doggie Did is an excellent value. It is well-designed, well-made and seems like it will last forever. In six fashion colors. To learn more, visit http://www.doggiedid.com.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Dog Product Reviews

 

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