<![CDATA[Blog - Post Feed]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog.html Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:11:07 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[​We are passionate about POOP!]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/we-are-passionate-about-poop.html We know that sounds funny, but sometime the truth is funny. If you want to be the authority when it comes to dog poop, you better be passionate about it.

PET WASTE STATIONS: In May of last year, we set out to design a line of pet waste stations that were superior to every other station on the market. The goal was simple: to make the BEST PET WASTE STATION.

Our customers and technicians helped us to understand the many issues that plagued the durability and usability of pet waste stations on the market. We took this information and set out to design the most user friendly and durable pet waste station!

From this hard work emerged the DoodyCalls line of pet waste stations.

Our stations are DIFFERENT!

The aluminum we use for our dispensers is extra STRONG and we manufacture the pet waste stations in the U.S.A. We also use carriage bolts to secure the pet waste station can to the post. Carriage bolts are smooth and less likely to tear the bag when emptying a full pet waste station (that's really gross!) than the hex bolts that other companies use. Next, we sloped the roof of the dispenser to prevent water from ponding on top of it. After that, we turned our attention to the most common thing to break on a pet waste station, the hinge for the waste receptacle lid, and made it 50% larger. We can keep listing changes (the list is long), but the result was simply the best pet waste station on the market.

PET WASTE BAGS: We didn’t stop with the stations though, we also sought to create the best pet waste bag on the market. It is easy to market a cheap pet waste bag. The feedback we received from many property managers is that the real cost of cheap bags is the time it takes to appease upset end users when the bag tears. You are probably asking yourself how can you make a plastic pet waste bag better? The answer is complicated, but we refused to stop working until we could say we had made the best pet waste bag.

We started by engaging a plastics engineer to help us identify the sweet spot for the thickness and elasticity of our bags to prevent tears for the end user. We tried many different combinations of high-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene until it passed our puncture tests. We think it is better for us to deal with the consequences of a failed pet waste bag than you.

So how much does the best pet waste bag on the market cost? It costs the same or less than many bags on the market. Please take a minute to check out the new and improved DoodyCalls pet waste bags.

Rest assured that every day we work hard to make sure that you have the best pet waste products available to you at the best prices. Together we can make the world a happier and healthier place for people and pets.

Feel free to call us at (800) 366-3922 with any questions.

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:04:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Roll Bags or Header Bags? That is the question.]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/roll-bags-or-header-bags-that-is-the-question.html Just imagine how cool you’ll look as you walk your dog carrying one of our dog waste bag. This isn’t your grandma’s grocery bag! This is a sleek little black opaque bag that goes well with everything and is specifically made to pick up after your dog. Grocery bags are cumbersome and frequently have holes making them unsanitary to pick up pet waste. They are also hard to tie once you do manage to pick up the waste. Our pet waste bags are specifically designed to make cleaning up after your dog a breeze and come in header style or roll style. So recycle those unsanitary, outdated Granny grocery bags and give our pet waste bags a try!

Roll Bags or Header Bags? That is the question.

DoodyCalls is concerned about keeping our environment clean by keeping pet waste off the ground and providing communities and pet owners with an easy way to pick up after their dogs.

We offer affordable pet waste bags to clean up after your pet.

We offer two different types of pet waste bags for your pet waste stations. The first is a header bag style. Header bags have a strap attached to make it very easy to take only one bag at a time. This eliminates waste and over usage by residents who may accidentally pull off too many bags at once. The second option we offer is a roll bag style. These bags have tear off perforations between each bag.

Don’t forget about our durable and affordable pet waste station can liner.

*We do not make any claims regarding our bags in terms of "biodegradable" or "degradable" or "compostable" or in any way imply that the bags will break down in a landfill to any customer.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:08:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Flushable Pet Waste Bags]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/flushable-pet-waste-bags.html Did you know you can buy pet waste bags meant to flush down the toilet?

Flush Puppies claims their pet waste bags can safely be flushed down the toilet!

To learn more about the exactly how Flush Puppies work and read commonly asked questions visit their FAQ.

It's difficult and problematic to flush pet waste bags down the toilet for stations in public parks, however, it's an interesting solution if you are taking a walk near your home and bringing your own bags with you.

Flush Puppies does not have an online store but you can buy them online at Chewy.com.

While not designed to be flushed down the toilet, DoodyCalls pet waste station bags provide an extremely cost effective solution for communities that want to provide their residents with a convenient way to pick up after their pets.

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:05:06 +0000
<![CDATA[How to choose the right Pet Waste Stations and Bags for your community]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-pet-waste-stations-and-bags-for-your-community.html Having trouble choosing the pet waste station that's right for you? We're here to help! We wrote our comprehensive pet waste management product guides to help you make educated decisions about which pet waste stations and bags are right for you.

Aluminum, steel, powder coating, paint, square post or U-Channel...?

Learn about how the various components of a pet waste station, construction, and materials all work together to impact the durability and usability of your pet waste station.

Read our guide Choosing The Right Pet Waste Stations to learn more!

Roll, Header, HDPE, LDPE, Perforation or Header...?

Not all pet waste bags are created equal! Learn about the differences between the purpose, construction, and composition of different types of pet waste bags.

Read our guide Choosing The Right Pet Waste Bags to learn more!

Master Chief, Commander, and Admiral...what's the difference...?

We created different pet waste stations to fit different purposes and budgets.

Read our guide DoodyCalls Pet Waste Stations Explained to learn more!

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:39:38 +0000
<![CDATA[For Rats and Rodents, Pet Waste Is The Breakfast of Champions]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/for-rats-and-rodents-pet-waste-is-the-breakfast-of-champions.html Pet waste may be a gross and unsightly mess nobody enjoys picking up, but that’s not all. In developed areas, doggie deposits left on the ground can also serve as a steady, abundant food source for rats and other rodents. That's right, rats eat dog poop!

An unwanted neighbor in any community, the presence of rodents can decrease the property values of all nearby homes and presents a host of additional health concerns to residents and their pets. Rats, for instance, as well as their urine or feces, have been linked to a number of diseases that can easily be passed to humans, including leptospirosis, typhus, rat-bite fever and salmonellosis. To keep disease at bay, encourage your community member to use those pet waste stations you've set up for their convenience to pick up a bag and scoop that poop!

While rats are typically associated with big cities, they can also live prosperous lives in the suburbs as well.

If you're a property manager who has ever had to deal with a rodent infestation, you know it can get ugly. If one neighbor has a mouse problem, it won't be long before everybody has a mouse problem. The whole situation can be a nightmare for you and them.

Once these rodents have taken up residence, they can be remarkably difficult to evict. This is because rats have an uncanny ability to survive (and even thrive) in inhospitable environments. Rats will eat nearly any type of food; they can climb brick or stucco; swim as far as half a mile; gnaw through wood, metal, plastic and cinderblock; and they can squeeze themselves through holes as small as a quarter. Rats are also successful colonists, reproducing four to seven times per year, with the average litter containing eight to twelve offspring that can reach maturity in as little as eight weeks.

In particular, rats only need three things to survive: Food, water and shelter, all of which they are experts at finding. In neighborhoods without restaurants or commercial dumpsters, and where uncovered trash is not a widespread problem, pet waste often becomes a primary food source for rodents.

With this in mind, the best action pet owners can take to prevent rats and other rodents from becoming new residents in their community is to make sure their pets are always picked up after. Pet owners who do not have enough time to deal with the waste – or simply don’t want to – should consider hiring a local pet waste removal service to handle the dirty work. DoodyCalls has been experts in the field since 2000. Ask for a free quote and find out if we provide service in your area.

When it comes to rats, the best defense is a good offense. So grab that bag and pick up the poop!

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:13:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Tired of picking up the poop? We can help!]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/tired-of-picking-up-the-poop-we-can-help.html With nearly 15 years of experience curbing community pet waste, DoodyCalls helps property managers, HOA's and residents to keep common areas clean and safe for residents and their pets to enjoy. DoodyCalls is the nation’s trusted leader in pet waste management for homeowners and their communities. Find out if there's a DoodyCalls service location near you.

Our team specializes in the following services and more!

  • Pet Waste Station Service
  • Common Area Cleaning
  • Pet Waste Stations Maintenance and Repairs
  • Community Pet Waste Education

A partner in pet waste management, we work alongside community managers to develop and implement comprehensive pet waste management plans designed to meet their specific needs (and budget). If your community has a problem with pet waste, we can make it better. Find out today if we provide pet waste station service in your area.

A partner in pet waste management

We work alongside community managers to develop and implement comprehensive pet waste management plans designed to meet their specific needs (and budget). If your community has a problem with pet waste, we can make it better.

Budget friendly solutions for communities of every size

DoodyCalls offers a full range of pet waste management solutions that fit within your budget. We work with all types of communities, including homeowner associations, multifamily communities, neighborhood associations, local governments and municipalities.

Unmatched expertise

DoodyCalls is the definitive subject matter expert on all things related to pet waste. Since 2000, we have helped thousands of communities keep pet waste at bay and our team is here to help you put an end to unscooped dog poop in yours.

Custom pet waste management plans

Eliminating pet waste takes a well-rounded approach. In areas where DoodyCalls provides service, we will happily come out and create a pet waste management proposal for your community or come to a community meeting to make a brief presentation on strategies for keeping communities clean, free of charge.

Bringing communities together

When residents understand the importance of picking up after their pets and see the community supporting pet waste pickup, they rally to participate and support the cause. That’s why make available an extensive library of professionally written newsletter articles designed to educate residents about the importance of keeping pet waste off the ground.

Caring for the community at large

DoodyCalls is dedicated to making the world a better place to live, one scoop at a time. With our environmentally-friendly pet waste management practices, we not only keep your community clean and safe for families and pets to enjoy but we work to improve the local environment as well.

When nature calls, we answer.

Our Customer Care Team is here to answer your questions seven days a week at 1.800.366.3922 and you can always click here to get a free quote.

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:11:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Schedule your Pet Waste Bag Orders to Automatically Ship]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/how-to-schedule-your-pet-waste-bag-orders-to-automatically-ship.html You can now schedule your pet waste bag orders to automatically ship out at the frequency that's right for you. Pay with credit card or by invoicing- we have a solution for both!

How it Works

1. Add the pet waste bags to your cart. Use our helpful pet waste bag usage calculator to figure out exactly how many cases you'll need.

2. If paying using invoicing, there's no need to select an auto-ship frequency when placing your order. We ask that you instead add this to the comment field when checking out (see Step 4). Should there be any confusion, please don't hesitate to call us at 1.800.366.3922.

If you plan to pay at check out with your card, then please indicate your chosen frequency in the drop down menu pictured below.

3. When finished, you can continue shopping or check out. Remember, any pet waste bags you set up for auto-ship before October 31st will receive a 30% discount during this order with coupon code AS103115. Future orders will automatically generate at DoodyCalls Direct's already low prices.

4. When checking out, please let us know how often you'd like your order to repeat (30,60, 90 or 180 days) in the comment section. You can rest assured knowing that you can edit or cancel this at any time. If we don't hear from you, we will automatically ship out the items in your cart at your designated frequency.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:43:04 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Properly Dispose of Pet Waste]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/how-to-properly-dispose-of-pet-waste.html Pet waste management is an important tenet of responsible dog ownership. The first step is picking up what your pet leaves behind. The second is making sure it is disposed of properly. Avoid harmful dog poop piles by making pet waste stations and pet waste bags readily available.

A common misconception surrounding pet waste disposal is that Fido or Fluffy’s waste serves as a natural fertilizer and can simply be collected into the garden or flower bed. Dog owners take note: This is not true. In fact, leaving pet waste on the ground or concentrating it in one specific area of the yard can seriously harm soil quality and can be dangerous for both families and their pets.

The idea that pet waste makes for a plentiful and affordable fertilizer stems from the use of cow or horse waste as a soil enhancer. But not all waste is made equal and whether a specific animal’s waste is beneficial to the ground it lays on depends primarily upon the animal’s diet. As a rule of thumb, in order for waste to be used as an effective fertilizer, it must consist mainly of digested plant matter.

Cows and horses are herbivores, which makes their waste ideal for use as fertilizer. Dogs, on the other hand, are carnivores, making their byproducts unsuitable for soil enrichment.

Another common practice for disposing of collected waste is to designate an area of the yard as a sort of compost heap, with the hope that the waste will decompose over time. For anyone with such an arrangement, you may notice that your heap has yet to disappear, but rather continues growing.

It is possible to compost dog waste, but in order to do so, the heap must exceed 165 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately five days to safely sterilize the manure. Unfortunately, most backyard compost systems rarely reach this temperature, and even if they did, it would still be inadvisable to use the waste as fertilizer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dog waste – composted or otherwise – should never be used on crops grown for human consumption.

As simple and natural of a solution as it may seem, this practice is actually bad for the environment and also presents a host of potential health hazards for you, your family and your pet.

Dog waste carries disease-causing bacteria that can be transmitted directly to humans and make them sick. Ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and giardia are examples of such bacteria, all of which are found in dog feces and are easily transferable upon contact.

Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog doo and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years. How prevalent is roundworm? A recent CDC study found that 14 percent of Americans tested positive for them.

Pet waste should always be picked up and removed from your property on a regular basis. DoodyCalls recommends picking up waste with a bag, then double-wrapping it with another bag and placing in the garbage to be collected and taken to the landfill. However, you should check to make sure this method of disposal is in accordance with local laws and regulations.

If you do follow the bag and garbage method, be sure to double bag the waste and tie knots at the top of both bags to ensure the waste is properly sealed. This is mainly to protect garbage collectors from coming into contact with the waste upon pickup.

For those who prefer to wash their hands clean of the entire cleanup business, your local DoodyCalls pet waste removal services will gladly handle all of the messy work for you, including removal of accumulated waste heaps. Please add Free Service Quote to your cart today and a helpful member of our team will be in contact shortly.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:43:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Beautification of Pet Waste Station Areas: A Simple Way to Increase Usage]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/beautification-of-pet-waste-station-areas-a-simple-way-to-increase-usage.html When it comes to keeping wayward pet waste from littering the grounds of your community, pet waste stations are an effective tool appreciated by the entire community. Consisting of a bag dispenser and a waste receptacle attached to a post, pet waste stations work because they make it easy for dog owners to do the right thing and pick up after their pet.

While pet waste stations go a long ways towards curbing community pet waste issues, there will still be some residents who fail to pick up after their dog. In these cases, a little encouragement can make a big difference. One simple method for increasing station usage is beautification of the pet waste station areas.

The first factor to consider when thinking about how to improve the aesthetics of pet waste station areas is location. In particular, the ideal placement for pet waste stations is slightly offset from the curb or sidewalk. This could be anywhere from a couple feet, up to several, depending on preference. The primary reason for offsetting stations is to provide a small berth for passersby to continue along the path while you and your dog visit the station for bag pickup or drop off. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but some neighbors may not be comfortable around them. A small buffer zone helps to ensure everyone’s personal space is respected.

With the pet waste station offset from the sidewalk, the next item to consider is a pathway from sidewalk to station. Without any type of walkway in place, the grass along this short path will quickly deteriorate and become a muddy rut every time rain begins to fall. Convenience is key with pet waste stations and most dog owners will not trudge through the mud, however short the distance, to utilize the station in poor weather conditions. To solve this problem, consider extending the sidewalk, adding a stone walkway or even simply filling the area in with small river rocks.

Once a pathway has been set, it’s time to think about beautifying the area surrounding your pet waste station with shrubs and/or flowerbeds. There is no need to attempt recreating the gardens of Versailles here, but a little effort and a few low-maintenance flowers can really spruce things up.

The benefits of improving the aesthetics of your pet waste station areas are twofold: first, it increases station usage, which decreases pet waste issues; second, it sets an example and communicates to both pet owners and non-pet owning residents alike a commitment to keeping your community clean and beautiful. When residents see the community making an effort to improve communal spaces, they become far more likely to pitch in and support the cause.

Has your community installed pet waste stations only to find that doggie deposits still end up left on the ground? Try a little beatification.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:42:09 +0000
<![CDATA[This Dog Just Learned a Few New Tricks]]> https://www.doodycallsdirect.com/blog/this-dog-just-learned-a-few-new-tricks.html With the launch of our revamped DoodyCalls Direct site, we are excited to announce new features. In the coming weeks, keep an eye on your email inbox as well as this blog post, to learn more about exactly how to use these features so that they can save you time and money. As always, don't hesitate to call us with any questions!

Recurring Orders: You can now choose to have each item in your cart automatically reorder on YOUR schedule. Throw out that calendar, we’ve got your back.

Order History: Easily view which items you’ve ordered in the past and place re-orders with the click of a button.

Order Tracking: You’ll now be able to see the minute your order leaves our warehouse and where it is on its route to you.

Take Advantage of Quantity Discounts: If you place orders for multiple properties that share the same billing address, you can now ship to all communities in the same order and reap the benefits of quantity discounts.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:47:09 +0000