Carbon Paw Print

We are getting much better at recycling, travelling in our cars less and thinking more about how we can be green but a new consideration is reducing our dogs carbon paw print.

You might not think that your dog has a carbon paw print but they actually do and here are some steps to help reduce it.

As with humans, overpopulation of dogs is an environmental concern. The best way to help lower the dog population and to stop unwanted excessive breeding is by getting a rescue dog. By doing this you are not creating the demand for a new puppy. Also ensure you get your dog neutered so you are not bringing more unneeded puppies into the world.

Some breeds of dogs are natural hunters but where possible stop them killing local wildlife as rhis has effects on the wildlife cycle. When you are out on walks make sure you pick up their waste and you can get biodegradable poo bags which you can then recycle using a special animal waste bin.

You can look to buy products for your dog that are made out of organic or recycled material and if you are good at crafts you can fashion your own toy out of old items of clothing, a knotted tug toy made out of an old top would work well. You can also look for collars made out of hemp and if your dog needs warm dog jackets you can either make them from your old clothes or look for recycled cotton.

Another way to reduce yours and your dogs carbon prints is to use environmentally friendly cleaners and bleach products in the house. Dogs do need a fair amount of cleaning up after so look for a product that helps the environment and remember to recycle the plastic afterwards!

Another great way to help your dog decrease their carbon paw print is to use dog foods that have natural ingredients in and are not full of additives and chemicals. Foods that fit this bill include James Wellbeloved, Eukanuba and Royal Canin. Also, where possible, recycle the packaging the food comes in.