77 March 2017 Pet Product News International
Waste management is a necessity for pet owners, and manufacturers
continue to innovate and launch products designed to make this chore
easier, safer and more pleasant.
Radio Systems Corp.’s newest addition is its PetSafe brand Piddle
Place, “a sanitary, portable, no-mess, no-smell, easy-clean and easy-drain
pet relief system,” the company stated.
“What makes Piddle Place pet toilet unique is its bio-enzyme treat-
ment that safely helps break down all pet waste and control odor,” said
Ryan Anderson, category manager for the Knoxville, Tenn.-based compa-
ny’s waste management category. “Additionally, it has a hollow base that
contains the waste, and when it comes time to get rid of the liquid waste,
there is a quick-drain spout that allows for no-touch emptying of the unit.”
For bag-free pickup, Earth Rated, based in Montreal, recently
introduced its Outdoor Scooper. Made with a lightweight and durable
aluminum frame, the product is designed to protect grass during use and
sized to easily reach the ground so pet owners don’t need to bend down.
The handle lock keeps the scoop open for easy and thorough washing.
Earth Rated also offers lavender-scented and unscented Stain & Odor
Remover. Available in 32-ounce spray bottles, the bio-enzymatic formula
helps with everything from pee accidents to freshening the car, said Tara
Garland, project manager for the company.
Specifically for retailers, Earth Rated also introduced a dispens-er-shaped counter display for its single-roll bags that encourages new
customers to try the products and makes it easy for people to grab a quick
refill roll, Garland said.
A Pet With Paws recently unveiled the Jackson Poop Pick-Up Bag Pouch
in gray and red, combining style, function and sustainability. Designed to
easily attach to a leash, pet carrier or belt loop, the pouch is constructed to
look like leather, but it actually features a crisp photo-printed image on fabric
made from recycled plastic bottles, the company stated. A discreet opening
on the pouch’s back side offers easy access to poop bags.
Customer requests led PoopBags, based in Suwanee, Ga., to launch
Count Down Rolls, which do exactly what the name suggests.
“People have asked for some kind of alert to know how many bags
were left on the rolls for years,” said Paul D. Cannella, president and
The large, leak-proof bags are made with 20 to 30 percent recycled
material and come in packages of eight rolls, with 15 bags per roll.
Dog Rocks USA, based in Lake Worth, Fla., plans to expand its line this
year to include bulk 600-gram packs and Dog Rocks for Small Dogs in
Among the new releases in 2017, the industry can expect to see
redesigned packaging from The Fifth Paw, based in Kings Park, N. Y.;
a bag dispenser made with cornstarch plastic from Beco Pets, based
in London; and new colors and promotional items from Poopy Carrier,
based in San Diego.
NEW REGULATIONS CAN
BOOST PRODUCT SALES
Both in the U.S. and internationally, people are increasingly
aware of the need to pick up after their pets, with regulations encouraging follow-through.
“Cleaning up after one’s pet has changed over the last
25-plus years,” said Chris Crosson, president of Doggy
Walk Bags, based in Costa Mesa, Calif. “Today, not only is it
socially unacceptable not to cleanup after your pet, but it’s
also against the law in most areas.”
George Bramble, co-founder of Beco Pets, based in
London, has seen the same thing there.
“Gone are the days when you just leave your dog dirt
where it is,” he said. “Local authorities are really pushing
the agenda here and are even DNA-testing dog feces. In
some areas, people go around checking dog feces in the
park for its DNA, and if it’s traced to your dog, you will
“They are also fining people in the park who are not
carrying a poop bag,” he continued. “People are being
asked to empty their pockets, and if they don’t have poop
bags, they are instantly fined.”
The U.S. is seeing more bag bans, specifically on
nonreusable plastic, especially in the northeast and on the
West Coast, which helps boost industry demand. Insiders
see this phenomenon internationally as well.
“In the U.K., the government recently placed a 5-pence
levy on plastic bags, which has created a huge surge for us
and increased our sales,” Bramble said. “[This is] due to the
fact that when people go home, they haven’t got a plastic
shopping bag anymore.”
“Gone are the days when you just leave your dog dirt where it
is. Local authorities are really pushing the agenda here and are
even DNA-testing dog feces. In some areas, people go around
checking dog feces in the park for its DNA, and if it’s traced to
your dog, you ;ill be fined.”—George Bramble of Beco Pets