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I've never worked out why it is that the amount that goes in at one end of a dog seems to be doubled when it comes out at the other. When you've got two big dogs, (and we've got a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a German Shepherd cross) you've got a, well, substantial problem on your hands, and if you're not very careful, everywhere else. I was given the Dog Loo when we acquired Rosie, the Ridgeback, and it seemed like a marvellous idea at the time. No, you don't have to teach the dog to sit on it, you simply have to put the stools into the container which holds a solution to bio- degrade them, and periodically you flush it all away. Sounds simple doesn't it? I'm afraid it isn't that easy. The first problem is that you need a hole, and it needs to be about 60cm square, by 60cm deep. That doesn't sound a lot, but when you try and dig it out of clay soil it is extremely hard work, and I cheated a bit by putting it in a partially raised bed where the digging was a bit easier. You sit the bottom half of the Loo in the hole, with the other half (which has a lid with a rather difficult catch) on top of it and then you have to fill in the hole around the Loo with stones. In quite a reasonably- sized garden I couldn't find enough, and ended up having to buy some at the garden centre. This is hard work, but when it's done it's done. The next step is to fill the bottom of the container with water and the bio-degrading solution. The stools go into this, and should degrade, to be flushed away by a bucket or two full of water every so often. There's a chart supplied which tells you how often, depending on how many dogs you have and how big they are. This is where I hit the first snag. Both my dogs are vegetable junkies and the stools weren't dissolving in the solution, and I was spending quite a lot of time (and water) with the hose pipe, clearing the Loo. Even when I seemed to get the ba
lance right, there would be problems when there was a frost (as the solution is then solid, you can't use the Loo) or when it was very hot, and the solution tended to dry out. A scoop is supplied with the Loo, but I found that it wasn't really large enough, and I resorted to a double-shovel technique. I gave up in the end, and I now have direct, but secure access to a foul drain, and I've found this to be simpler and more hygienic. It was that or teach the dogs to use the bathroom.