We all need to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint to lessen our impact on the environment. Pets also have an environmental impact, but we can take steps to reduce the carbon footprint of our animals. The following tips will assist you to raise a green dog, and thus reduce the carbon footprint of your pooch.


  1. Adopt a dog from an animal shelter. You will be providing a homeless dog with a loving home, and by not buying a dog from a breeder you are helping to reduce the demand for puppies to be bred. There are already far more dogs available than homes, and as a result thousands of unwanted dogs are euthanized every year, or remain crammed in animal shelters across the country.


  1. Following on from this, ensure that your dogs (and cats) are sterilized to prevent unwanted pregnancies, or from bringing more litters of puppies into an already overcrowded doggie world.


  1. Your first priority as a dog owner is to ensure that your dog is safely contained in your yard, and cannot wander the neighborhood and get up to mischief. Dogs are natural predators and will readily chase birds and other wildlife, which they can easily maim or kill. To prevent your green dog from harming wildlife it is essential that he is fenced in your yard. If you do not wish to install an unsightly fence around your yard, an underground dog fence offers a quick, visually appealing, and effective solution for dog containment.


  1. Ensure that your dog has identification should he get out of your yard and go walkies without you. Get a microchip fitted, or make sure that your dog has a collar with an identification tag on at all times. Choose a durable, yet comfortable dog collar, preferably made from natural materials, such as hemp, cotton, or bamboo.


  1. Purchase eco-friendly toys made from recycled materials, or make your own from old bits of rope, tennis balls, or anything else that is strong, durable, and safe – be creative.


  1. Purchase recycled products to serve and store food, such as recycled plastic food bowls, water dishes, and food storage containers.


  1. Purchase up cycled dog beds (for example beds made from car tires), or make you own doggie mattress or duvet from an old blanket, sleeping bag, or bath towel.


  1. Feed your dog a natural, organic dog food that is free from additives. Feed raw food a couple of times a week, but check that any meat you feed is organic, and is free from hormones and antibiotics.


  1. When you take your dog out for walks, always pick up any mess that he may leave on the trail. Use biodegradable doggie waste bags, which can be hygienically disposed of, but which will quickly decompose when deposited on a landfill. Biodegradable doggie waste bags offer a green solution for dealing with doggie waste that you pick up in the yard too.


  1. Use natural tick and flea repellents rather than harsh toxic chemicals that can harm the environment and your pet.

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