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Sustainable dog ownership: This is how the green conscience works

It is not immediately obvious that man's best friend has a negative ecological balance. Many people have “adopted dogs” because they appreciate the company of four-legged friends when they go for walks in nature. However, there are a few things to consider when it comes to sustainable dog ownership.

Caring for your beloved companions requires a certain amount of resources. Studies show that a dog's carbon footprint is so high that you could fly to Mallorca for every year of the animal's life - but why does this happen and what can you do about it? We explain what is important when it comes to sustainable dog ownership.

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Sustainable dog ownership: No feed from industrial production

One reason for your four-legged friend's negative carbon footprint is easy to identify. Industrial meat production is a climate sinner in all its aspects, from the husbandry to the transport of the animals and the finished products. However, there are already start-ups that focus on sustainable dog ownership and promote it with their products - for example, they produce "meat" from insect protein. Together with natural dry food, occasional vegetable meals and feeding leftovers that are not too salty or seasoned, you can find a good compromise. Cooking dog food yourself in stock for a week is also possible and can promote sustainable dog ownership because you decide for yourself what is processed.

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Sustainable dog ownership: The bags for the pile

An important point when it comes to sustainable dog ownership is dealing with dog waste. Due to its composition, this is a burden on nature and the environment, not to mention public roads or well-maintained green spaces. However, collecting it according to the regulations is also unsustainable - because the plastic bags become loose. On average, a dog owner uses around a thousand bags a year, and they end up in the landfill because neither bags nor piles are compostable. There are some alternatives, but even these are not a perfect solution. At this point, owners must therefore assess for themselves what a viable path to sustainable dog ownership would be. You can do without the bags when taking a walk in the forest, but not in residential areas.

Hund und Mensch

Sustainable dog ownership: The accessories made of plastic

The “accessories” you need for your dog are numerous, pretty and – often not necessary. If you focus on sustainable dog ownership, you avoid plastic equipment and supposedly useful care products containing chemicals. In consultation with the vet, in addition to a collar or harness and leash, all you really need is a brush or comb that suits your skin and hair type and a well-tolerated shampoo. Many of the things offered to dog owners in specialist shops may make their owners happy, but the dog will still prefer playing with a stick and the attention of their owners. As part of sustainable dog ownership, the basket and blankets can also be made from natural materials and bought used.

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Sustainable dog ownership: Balance the ecological balance in other ways

Of course, despite sustainable dog ownership, a dog can never survive completely without consuming resources - just like people. Nevertheless, it is worth the effort to initiate small changes. Even small things like going for long walks on foot, by bus or train instead of using the car can help. We at NIKIN also try to make a difference with many small things. For example, we use little paper and when we do, we only use tree-free paper. Our shipping from us to you is climate-compensated and we have an electronic company car. You can find out where else we save resources and how we practice sustainability here .

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