Our pick of the most stylish but practical bags for all those dog walking essentials.
Spring has sprung and warmer weather is on its way (it must be, they said so on the BBC) so we’re looking forward to heading out on our walks without the need for coats and wellies. But no coat means no pockets for treats, poo bags, lead, clicker (not to mention keys, phone, purse…). In other words… the perfect opportunity to invest in a new bag.
New Zealand company Travel Wags have a whole range of smart, functional bags and accessories for dog owners. The Walker Kit comes with an ergonomically-designed water bottle plus collapsible bowl for your hound, as well as a nifty pocket for dispensing poop bags. (And if you fancy a chuckle, click on their About Us section for an introduction to the Travel Wags team of adorable hounds.)
The Doog Walkie Bag from Barks & Bunnies comes in several stylish colours and fabrics. It has space for all your bits and bobs (including a waterproof pocket for phone or treats) and the mesh pouch on the side is perfect for a water bottle or tennis ball. If you prefer to travel light, take a look at their Walkie Belt – basically a bum bag with useful clips and pockets plus a Velcro patch that holds a tennis ball.
The shopper-shaped Maxi bag from Poppy & Rufus is perfect for long days out or even overnight stays. It will fit a towel, blanket, food and bowls as well as all the usual essentials in side pockets. The clever shape means it sits firmly on the floor, holding everything in place, while the beautiful oilcloth fabric is waterproof and wipe clean. There’s even a waterproof drawstring liner that forms a closing lid when your bag is full.
These gorgeous crossbody oilcloth bags are handmade in several dotty colours (Labrador and Dachshund designs also available) and can be personalised with your hound’s name. We especially like the little compartment designed to take poop bags – the bags poke through a metal ring at the front so they’re easily accessible and can be pulled out one at a time. The Cosy Canine Company also make oilcloth totes and shopping bags in lots of funky designs.
Canine outfitters Barkley & Fetch have a fab range of mix and match dog accessories on their Etsy store – all handmade in Great Britain. The POW Dog Walking Bag is lined in waterproof fabric with plenty of pockets and a D-ring to clip on keys. And if you like to be coordinated with your hound, you can get matching leads, collars, poop bag holders and more.