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DIY Dog Poop Composter

How and Where to Build a Dog Doody Composter

So, the best alternative is a pet poop pit far away from any vegetable gardens or water supplies. All you need to have is a large trash can (2 gallons or more), a bucket of gravel and septic starter.

Ideally, you should repurpose a trash can. You are basically destroying and burying the thing, so just find the cheapest, most damaged can at a thrift store if you don’t have an extra bin at home.

• Drill holes in the sides of the can, then cut off the bottom.

• Dig a hole about two inches wider and 5 inches deeper than the trash can.

• Fill the first five inches of the hole with gravel to facilitate drainage.

• Drop the trash can in the hole.

• Fill around the can with more gravel to facilitate drainage from the sides of the bin.

• Start adding doody, then add septic starter. The best-known brand is Septonic, which is available at many hardware stores.

• Add water, put the lid back on the can and let biology work its magic.

As a newspaper reporter, I am only left with one worry: If you have potty-trained your dog and don’t need to leave newspaper all over the floor, and you have replaced the newspaper sleeve with biodegradable doody bags, are you going to cancel your newspaper subscription?

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9:51PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Unfortunately, I have no yard...

9:17AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Great idea,thank you.

4:45AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

12:05PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Grazie per le informazioni.

12:04PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Grazie per le informazioni.

9:58AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Thanks - interesting solution!

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8:41PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Sadly, I live in an area where most of what most of you call 'soil' is actually volcanic cinder. Being volcanic it does not react like normal dirt. You were doing great until you got to the "dig a hole" part... it cannot be done by a human in volcanic cinder.
Is it possible to make something similar and set it into a small depression, say out near the back edge of our yard, or some other inconspicuous place? I'd go with a Doggie Dooley, except for the cost. We do not have a Petco or similar except for one about 2 hour's drive away.

4:48AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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