Pyramid-style Doggie Dooley Toilet is like a miniature septic tank for your dog's waste. This easy-to-install system utilizes enzyme and bacteria action to reduce your pet's waste to a ground-absorbing liquid.
How Digesters Work
A digester works as a miniature septic tank for dog waste. Septic systems are designed to condition waste by converting the solid waste to liquid. This liquid can then pass through the soil and be harmlessly absorbed into the subsoil. This conversion to liquid would naturally occur over a long period of time if enough moisture is provided. The addition of digester powder utilizing enzyme action will drastically speed the rate of this conversion to liquid. The same enzymes that achieve this are already present in every digester and septic system. However, the addition of more enzymes acts to speed the digestion process and bypass several unpleasant side effects (such as heavy malodor) in the process.
Selecting A Site
You can choose your yard, lawn, or flower garden, just use common sense by keeping away from tree roots, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and the path of your lawn mower (Doggie Dooley receives orders for new lids because people run over their Doggie Dooley with the mower). To help avoid this problem grow a flower garden, or place mulch, stones, or bricks around the lid. This will help make it more visible and a less likely target.
Digging The Hole
More Than Two Small Dogs or One Large Dog?
You may extend the capacity of the Standard Doggie Dooley by simply digging a 10" diameter x 12" deep hole in the center of the 20" x 20" x 14" hole. This will allow for additional ground capacity. Also see special note for adding extra digester powder under Daily Operation Of The Doggie Dooley.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I go on vacation and do not use the Doggie Dooley for an extended period of time?
It is important to add stools on a daily basis. If you do not use the unit for a period of two weeks or longer it will be necessary to repeat the start up procedure.
Can I use my Doggie Dooley in the winter time or during cold weather?
Your Doggie Dooley is made from very durable material. It will not break or crack in cold weather or with normal use. However, the digester powder becomes inactive at 40°F and below. When the ground temperature drops below 40°F, do not add waste to the unit. Wait until the temperature rises, and follow the start up instructions again. If you have dug deep enough, depending on weather conditions, you may keep using the unit as long as it is digesting. Doggie Dooley recommends adding warm water exclusively in the winter.
Are flies or other pests attracted to the Doggie Dooley?
Insects may lay eggs on dog stools before they are put into the Doggie Dooley. If this happens, the eggs will turn into maggots. Because the digester will not kill anything alive it will be necessary to spray the contents with a bug bomb. Usually fly eggs will not hatch unless the contents of the unit are too dry.
Where can I get digester powder refills?
This unit is packed with a starter amount of digester powder. Refills are available on petco.com.
Find the 16 Phillips head screws and four side panels. Take two panels and lay one panel with Doggie Dooley logo up on edge of table so the recess is at the edge. Take the second panel and place the angle side into the recess are on first panel, line up holes and screw together. Assemble two sides at a time, then take the two pre-assembled sides, stand up on table or flat surface, line up recess area and angle, and then screw together.
Place lid upside down on table or flat surface, place unit upside down into lid, lining up holes in hinge with holes in panel. Hinge should fall over the three holes on outside of unit. Insert nut into center holder on inside of the unit, then from the outside of the unit screw bolt in, and tighten with a Phillips screwdriver, repeat with remaining two bolts.
While unit is still upside down, push square snap-in support bracket into place on inside of unit. Bracket should snap into place locking the top of the unit. Your unit is now complete and ready to be placed into the ground.
Placing Unit Into Ground:
Starting The Doggie Dooley
Start by adding no more than two to three days works of stools to your unit. Then, mix two tablespoons of the digester powder with a pail of warm water and allow to set for ten minutes, pour mixture over the stools in the unit and fill the unit up to the top with water. If your water has a high chlorine level, let the water sit in the sun for at least two hours to evaporate the chlorine before adding digester powder.
Daily Operation Of The Doggie Dooley:
How To Get The Most From Your Digester
There are a few important things to remember to achieve the best service from your digester.
General Operation of Your Digester
Digestion powder should be added to your digester once each week at a minimum. The enzymatic action will convert solids to liquid. This liquid then drains off into the earth. Sufficient water must be added with the digestion powder to assure that it will work as intended.
Starting a Dried Out Digester
Add enough warm water to cover the stools. Mix a triple dose of digestion powder in a pail of warm water. Add this to the digester, then completely fill the digester with water. Repeat this process a few days to a week later until stools liquefy.
Most of the digesters shown here are recommended for one to four average sized dogs. For kennels, the use of two or more digesters, used on alternate days or weeks, will greatly increase your capacity.
What Is Digester Powder?
Digester powder is environmentally safe and nontoxic but should be kept away from children and pets.
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes and open wounds; it may cause irritation. Do not take internally. Do not use with other chemicals--chlorine, acids, or caustics can affect the natural biological action.
First Aid: If contact occurs with the eyes, wash with water for at least 15 minutes. If contact occurs with open wounds, wash with soap and water. If accidentally ingested, rinse mouth and throat with water. Get prompt medical attention if irritation occurs.
Chemical Composition: The Digester Powder contains proteinase and an enzyme complex mixture. Does not contain any salmonella, shigella, E. coli, streptococcus, staphylococcus, algae sulfide, or any pathogenic organism. The enzymes in the Digester Powder are proteins and, as such, break down into harmless amino acids.
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