7 Easy Eco-Friendly Tips For Puppy Parents!

July 1, 2021
July 1, 2021

Being eco-friendly as a puppy parent is sometimes not very easy. 

You want to be a responsible puppy parent, but not just responsible for your puppy, for the environment that you and your puppy are enjoying together every day. You see the waste and the toys that die just a little too easily and end up in the bin.

It can feel really difficult sometimes to keep that carbon footprint down. It’s something I like to try and do as a dog mum, because I love nature and it’s worth looking after for future generations.

So, here are 7 tips for you, your family and your pets to go that little bit more green… yay for being eco-friendly!

laundry on a line outside - eco-friendly alternative
hanging your laundry out to dry, may seem old school and take a little more work, but they smell better, and whites stay whiter – as well as saving energy!

1 – Hang your Laundry Outside! 

This one is one pet parents don’t do enough! Your dryer is one of the biggest energy saps in your household. They’re really not in the eco-friendly spectrum, huh? Then, to make it worse, it doesn’t get rid of all the pet hair and your laundry comes out … eh… So so.

But if you hang it outside? Sunlight not only kills dog odor – but the warmth and the breeze is free! Not to mention that hanging it in a breeze will slowly shake off any extra pet hair. And as if that weren’t enough, but it smells better too! (pro tip, shake it out before you come in if bugs scare you!)

I mean – what’s not great about that, save money, save the environment, gives you whiter, less fluffy sheets that smell wonderful.

2 – Recycle

We all know recycling is one of the best ways to be an eco-friendly person.

Creating your own dog toys and enrichment games is a wonderful way to make another use out of that old milk bottle, the jeans that don’t fit any longer, or the tube from your toilet roll. The more we use the items we have the less production needs to be made. Getting a little crafty or intelligent can help decrease the emissions from the pet industry. 

This even goes for your food – any bones from meat? Recycle those into bone broth! Taking a lower waste approach to life is always going to help.

michelle burgess of scruffy little terrier - an eco-friendly online store
This is Michelle from Scruffy Little Terrier, the t-shirt she’s wearing is one of hers and is an organic cotton T, and is sent in sustainable packaging too. Read more about how Scruffy Little terrier stay Eco Friendly.

3 – Support Eco-friendly pet companies

Brands like Scruffy Little Terrier & Luxury Dog Hampers ensure that their packaging is sustainably sourced, and Scruffy little terrier even make sure that their T-shirts and apparel are as eco-friendly as possible. Supporting businesses like these will help you to keep your pet pride up as well as your sustainability! 

4 – Ditch The Puppy Pads! 

These are growing in popularity, but (to my knowledge) there are no green, sustainable or compostable solutions available, so they become a big contributor to the problem.

A better eco-friendly solution is to go back to old school newspaper, or train your puppy to go straight outside – or even consider a pet potty! Some fake grass suspended above an easy clean tray may be perfect.

If you’re looking for help with toilet training by the way, check out our do’s and don’ts!

5 – Go Natural

From your grooming supplies , to your treats, to your dogs every day food. The less processed options will naturally come with a smaller carbon footprint as there is less machinery involved in the finished product.

If you can source certain things straight from the farm? That’s a perfect idea. You’d be surprised what local homesteaders have that might help you decrease packaging and vehicle transportation, as well as supporting your local community! You can also get soap specially made for your dogs coat, which means they’re free of a lot of nasty chemicals too. A much better choice on so many levels! 

So many small, but substantial eco-friendly wins.

a pair of pig ears a wonderful eco-friendly natural treat option
So these are pig ears — something that really doesn’t have much of a use outside of dog chews. As such, they’re less processed than a lot of treats, and simply air dried. Turning them into a great by-product that a lot of dogs love to chew.

6 – Choose Baggies That Are Compostable, And Actually Compost Them

There is a bit of a false economy with compostable or biodegradable bags because they don’t often actually end up with the ability to use those functions (like if they’re placed in a larger bin bag, and sent to landfill, they’ll actually just petrify within the bag regardless of the sort of bag), so actually composting it (which is fine for your flowers, just not for your fruit and veggies) will be your best solution. 

7 – Adopt or Buy Responsibly Bred Pets, And Don’t Become The Problem

All of this is essentially saying, don’t abandon dogs or any pet, because pets are not disposable, they have a life and will need to be cared for. 

Pets in shelters mean that that location has to care for them, creating a whole new industry that inevitably pet owners are responsible for in turn. If we keep pets in homes, keep them out of shelters by being responsible about our decisions and commitment to our pets (including the decision to spay or neuter at an appropriate age, or accepting the consequences of having an intact animal) we decrease the combined sustainability of pet ownership.

Eco-Friendly Solutions Work! 

Truthfully eco-friendly solutions can be just as convenient, just as effective, and in some cases? They supercede the benefits of their alternatives. By doing this sort of thing? You’ll be helping the world – not just your pet! 

So let’s stay great and look after our environment too. Little changes, right?

Author, Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the Positive Puppy Expert, dog trainer and is the founder of Rebarkable. She is passionate about helping puppy parents get things right, right from the start. To help create a puppy capable of being a confident and adaptable family member and keep puppies out of shelters.

Ali has won multiple awards for her dog training, and has had her blog (this blog!) rated as 2021 & 2022 worlds’ best pet blog!


You may also like

This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see our full disclosure for further information.


Related posts

Max & Molly H-Harness – An Honest Review

The Max & Molly H-Harness must be the most full range of colours and designs I've ever seen on a harness. But is the Max & Molly H-harness more than just a pretty harness? Does it work for bigger dogs? Stronger Dogs? Dogs who pull? Dogs who react? The Max...

read more
The Casper Dog Bed – An Honest Review

The Casper Dog Bed – An Honest Review

When you think memory foam, you think Casper, right? So when it comes to a quality dog bed, why wouldn't you think Casper too? Yep. Casper, made famous for it's high quality human beds, make a bed for our best friends too. So, I did think of Casper's dog mattress! So...

read more
Auroth Tactical Dog Harness – An Honest Review

Auroth Tactical Dog Harness – An Honest Review

The Auroth Tactical harness is one of the many harnesses available via amazon, it delivers quick and it's reasonably priced - but is it the solution you need? Lots of people purchase tactical harnesses for large, powerful dogs, and some also prioritise this style of...

read more
The Byte Tag – Smart ID Tag For Dogs – An Honest Review

The Byte Tag – Smart ID Tag For Dogs – An Honest Review

Byte Tags are one of the QR code based "Smart Dog ID Tags" entering the market, so I wanted to introduce you to them properly. ID tags are something that are a legal requirement in most places, so why not make them smarter? Include more information? Add more numbers...

read more
6 Best GPS Trackers For Dogs 2022

6 Best GPS Trackers For Dogs 2022

Wondering what the best Dog GPS tracker is? Me too! So I tried pretty much everything that's on the market today. Yeah haha, I've been working through all the available options on the market at the moment so that I can recommend to you, comfortably, the best dog...

read more
6 Best Tactical Dog Harnesses 2022

6 Best Tactical Dog Harnesses 2022

Welcome to the world of tactical dog harnesses! You've started doing some research, but you want to know which is best! This buyer's guide to tactical harnesses is here to help. I've personally tested all of these, and put them through their paces to get a decision...

read more
​ ​