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The three most unsustainable things about owning a dog and how to avoid them

Posted on February 24 2020

You know it, we know it; dogs are wonderful! Their unconditional love has the power to light up any bad day, and even their naughty moments often give us something to laugh about. They’re our biggest fans, our shadows, our BFFs. There seems to be nothing bad about having a dog, right?

Well, unfortunately there is one thing. We’re sorry we had to be the ones to break it to you, but It turns out owning a dog isn’t actually very sustainable. 

But don’t worry, this blog post isn’t here to shame you. Instead, it’s here to inspire and empower you! We’ve listed three of the most unsustainable things about owning a dog and have given you clever solutions so you can help make this planet a little happier for you and your pup. After all, P.E.P. is all about loving your pet, place and your planet. 

And a quick disclaimer: we aren't experts, we’re learning and improving all the time with an aim to reduce our puppers’ paw prints on the planet, and give them a happy place to play for countless years to come. So let’s learn a few new things together, shall we?

Number Twos:

Let’s face it, poop is waste. But that’s not necessarily the unsustainable part of owning a dog – it's disposal of the poop that’s causing all the issues. 

If you’re environmentally conscious, you’ve probably taken your dog for a walk, watched as he or she did his or her ‘business’, then contemplated whether it’s better to pick up the poop in your doggy bag (to benefit your fellow walkers), or to let the poop disintegrate on the grass (to benefit the planet). 

Here’s our rule: If they poop in a place that’s off the beaten path and the poop will biodegrade into the grass, leave it. If it’s in the middle of a busy footpath, dog park or common area, it’s best to pick it up to 1.) avoid a fine 2.) avoid annoying your fellow humans.

But what do we pick the poop up with? If you’re going to get disposable doggy bags, be sure to grab the ones that biodegrade over time. Another option is to bring your own reusable bag that you intend on cleaning after use, or use a bit of newspaper to pick up the mess. 

Our last tip for number twos: grab yourself a dog poop compost bin, take the poop home and let it go through the process here. Be warned though, these are not for the faint of heart and we recommend carefully reading the instructions to avoid any unwanted germs.

Cuddly companions:

No matter the age of your favourite companion, it’s always nice to give them a comfy companion in the form of a dog bed, for the moments you can't be there. Unfortunately, most dog bedding is made from cheap and nasty products like polyester and synthetics. And while it might be tempting to buy a mass produced bed, you have to ask yourself: who made it, what is it made out of, and how long is it going to last in my home? If you take the time to think about these three things, you’ll quickly realise a high-quality eco-conscious bed is your best option. For your pupper and the environment. 

P.E.P. dog beds, play mats and snuggle throws offer just that while providing your pup with a little luxury to call their own. They can zen out, while you take comfort in the fact that your pupper is resting on an eco-conscious product. 

Mind the wildlife:

In Australia, we’re fortunate to have so many gorgeous native animals. But a lot of them aren’t very good at defending themselves, and even if our pups are being curious, their playtime can be fatal to a small marsupial or reptile trying to mind its own business. It’s crucial to keep a good eye on your fur babe when you’re outdoors to avoid any mishaps with the native wildlife - either here in Australia or internationally for our global fur-parent community. Never allow your dog to wander off in the bush, especially in a national park or hiking spot, and always monitor their behaviour – if they’ve caught a scent or come across an animal that looks like a toy, you’ll definitely notice it in their body language.

We hope you’ve found these three tips helpful to support you on your journey to living a more eco-friendly life at home with your dogs. 

Jacinta xx