HI..now with two dogs..our backyard is starting to smell like a sesspool..we have woods past our fence so we usually dispose of the poop back there but the odor remains..what does everyone do to keep their yard smelling clean
We have 11 puppies here.... :wink: 4 mom-dogs and a teeny yard so we scoop every day! And we put it in bags, and they go in the weekly trash pickup. The bags stay outside on the side of the yard, not ripening in our garage in summer weeks
Hope that helps!
If you wanted to keep track of your turds in the woods I might suggest sprinkling Diatomaceaous Earth on them to minimize the fly population too. But getting it out of your vicinity would be the best plan for a host of reasons, I think.
Todd, it's THOSE kinds of reports that almost tip me over to raw food! It's not my time yet, with all I have on my plate but I sure do respect those who do it, and would LOVE those kinds of poop reports!
It does take a little planning and i was so hesitant to start. We spend an hour or so on a weekend and buy 2 weeks worth of food and divide it up into meals in tupperware. Then freeze the lot of it. We then just take out what we want for the next day and thw it in the fridge. The hardest parts are watching where she eats her chicken wings so I can clean to floor (usually "near" her bowl) right after, and of course finding good deals on meat. we always keep some canned tuna nd eggs on hand for the days when we forget to thaw it in time.
I am really interested in this too! How do you know the amount to feed? Did you switch from kibble or has your doodle always eaten raw? What would an average amount of meat that you buy for 2 weeks be?
And what are the portions per meal??? Do you include veges of any kind?
My breeder is big on raw meat and I bought some organic beef for Coco when she was really little and would add a big tablespoon to her kibble I was using....but then I quit that. no reason, really....just the time and remembering to do it.
I would do the portions and freeze each one in a baggie....thawing it overnight for the morning. Maybe I should go back to that. My vet was against it of course....but she wants me to feed Purina, soooooooo. :roll:
We switched over 2 weeks or so, mixing kibble and regular ground beef, about the same volume as just kibble, and added warm water to make a thick stew. I have heard of people doing it cold turkey (lol) and we would have if we could do it over again, but we had an almost new bag of food and didnt want to waste it.
Disclaimer: I am not a vet or a raw expert, but i have done a lot of research and have a happy healthy dog.
Typical meals for Hershey (approx 65 lbs) would be like:
1. 1/2 to 2/3 of a pound of regular ground meat (usually beef, but it depends what is on sale) with some shredded carots and the broken up eggs shells from 1 or 2 eggs (we rinse and save them) for calcuim. We add warm water to make a thick stew. Some times i try to mix in diced up organ meat but she picks it out if the pieces are big enough (i read organ met should be 10% of the diet, so i give it in a meal once and a week). This is our standard breakfast.
2. 3 or 4 chicken wings. Super easy meal. She cruches the bones and it makes for great clean teeth. I never give bigger bones like legs, i hear they are harded because they are weight bearing and can splinter.
3. cheap raw meaty bones, like lamb shoulder. One about the size of my hand laid flat with my fingers curled in is a good meal (i am a big guy, if that helps to picture the size). I choose lamb shoulder because we can get 2 pieces for under 2$ at the local grocery store, but whatever is on sale is good.
4. 4 soft boiled eggs. I rinse and save the shells for the ground beef meals.
I never feed raw pig. Many reasons. We give meal 1 everyday for breakfast and rotate the other 3 for supper. If we ever forget to thaw something, 2 cans of tuna/salmon with warm water is good. We also use that one when visiting friends, so we dont have to freak them out about raw meat on their floor :shock: . We have tried to get Hershey to eat raw fish, but she ignores it, even if we sprinkle some cheese on it to make it tastey. She just licks the cheese off and leves it. She prefers the dead and decaying fish carcasses she picks up by the river :twisted: .
I used to own a Lab and a St Bernard, and they would produce lots o' poop! In my experience, different foods will make a difference, but if you chuck lots poop into that wooded area it will eventually stink over there. Where there is poop there is stink. If your saying that your yard is clean but you still smell it, it could be coming from there. Good luck!
I dug a big hole in the back corner of my yard and bury it - every time I toss some in I throw dirt on top. I never have a smell problem, and on any given day I can have anywhere from 1-4 dogs at my house!
When we were looking at houses to buy, one of them had a big long freezer in the back yard. The owner would pick up the poop with a shovel and throw it in there. No smell problem, but could you imagine cleaning it once it got full :shock: