I just came across an article in "Tails" magazine (TailsInc.com) that said you CAN compost dog and cat poop! The thing is, it needs to be separate from your other compost bin, and you can't use the poop compost on your vegetable gardens or anything you'll eat. But it's a better alternative to just throwing it in the trash, I think! You could use it on flower gardens I assume, or other plantings (just not food). The article suggested mixing dog waste with fresh grass clippings and a carbon source (it said sawdust, which I don't have a ton of just sitting around so I'll look for something other than that). Approximately 2 parts poop to 1 part carbon material (plus occasional added "green" material such as the grass clippings). Add water as you mix, keep covered, and let it cook. Also turn it periodically, when the temp has dropped. Apparently it takes 6-8 weeks for the "cooking" to take place. After I dig my hole for my vege compost I think I'll put another hole, on the opposide side of my yard, for my pet waste. Can't wait! Just thought I'd share for you other pet guardians out there, especially if you have lots of pets, with lots of poop!
I use a Doggie Dooly. It breaks the waste down and then it releases back into the ground. It has worked great for us, no smell, not throwing it away and it doesn't take up much space in the corner of our yard. You just have to dig a very deep hole.