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Top five: best dog training treat bag

Treat bags can be a convenient way to reward your pup while you are being active with your dog. A training treat bag is more convenient than using a container or a disposable plastic baggy. If you are on the trails, going for a jog, or a long car ride, it’s a must. Over time, your dog will associate the bag with treats and get excited. He or she will know that every time your treat bag is out it’s time to work for delicious rewards. How do you select the best training treat bag for your dog?

What to look for…

How annoying is it having treats loose in your pocket when out at the park with your pooch? Your dog (and others) can smell the treats easily in your pocket. No thanks to the stinky fish fillets! Not exactly the perfume I want to be wearing. Not to mention the crumbs. Many times, I have washed a hoodie or pair of pants to find a lone dog treat escaped into the washing machine. Most dog treats I buy are made of meat, fish, or peanut butter. Not exactly things I want my clothing to have been touching. It’s just so gross and easily avoided with a treat pouch.

A quality training treat bag

Like all of your pet supplies, a treat bag should be made to stand the test of time. A treat bag is like a leash: you will use it day in and day out. When you are shopping, you want to select high-quality items. Especially if you have a puppy in training. It can be easy to reach for the dollar store when you buy these smaller items. But, consider how often you will be opening and closing it. A treat pouch may not be tugged on and chewed like your pup’s favorite toys. It will still need to withstand daily use and a little wear and tear. After all, you will need to replace a lower quality item more often.

Easy of use

It may seem a bit silly to say, but I have seen treat bags that aren’t the most convenient to use. You want to be able to open it fast, so you can give your pup that treat the instant she earns it. Dogs learn with rewards when they are immediate. You don’t want to miss any opportunity to reward a new behavior. Especially not because you are fumbling with a fussy button or zipper. A kitchen container or jar (which is fine to store treats in at home) is not exactly ideal when out and about. Taking the lid on and off can be awkward, and cause a delay between the good behavior and the reward.

You also want to check that your treat bag will seal completely. I have seen some with kind of an open-top. While this may be convenient, your treats will become stale if you are not using them all up in one session. You may end up with crumbs and scents as if you didn’t have a container for your treats at all. 

It’s always a good idea to buy a fabric that is easy to wash with a little soap and water. If your dog is like mine (especially loves stinky fish fillet treats) you will be happy you selected one you can wipe out.

Think about what fabric or material will air dry quickly since you will want to use this item a lot. If you are camping for a few days you don’t want the pouch to be damp for a day or two. Moisture can breed bacteria, and you never want to expose any kind of doggy snacks to any potential mold.

If it’s a rainy day, or you get a little water splashed into your boat, the pouch may get wet. Even if a treat is your dog’s number one favorite, you may have trouble getting them motivated to work for soggy ones. If you enjoy hiking, boating, or even swimming with your dog, consider a waterproof pouch.

Top five dog training treat bags

PetAmi Dog Treat Pouch

PetAmi Dog Treat Pouch

This treat bag has a large capacity. It is much bigger than some of the other items listed here. There is a professional quality to it, and you can envision a dog walker or trainer carrying this. The outer pocket is ideal for your phone and keys, while the larger pocket can carry treats and toys. There is also a poop bag dispenser. My favorite part about this bag is that it can be worn in three ways. If you always wear a purse to walk your dog, this could be a little easier. Check price here.

Pros

  • Large capacity: can fit ball, training clicker, mini water bottle
  • Range of colors available
  • Three ways to wear
  • Poop bag dispenser
  • Affordable
  • Includes collapsible bowl
  • Drawstring top for convenience
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • The strap may be loose on very small waists

Perrama Dog Treat Bag Training Pouch

Perrama Dog Treat Bag Training Pouch

This dog treat bag is a great bundle for new dog parents. It includes a few extra items to help you train your pup. A clicker, BPA free collapsible bowl with clip, and a training e-book are all included. I especially like the metal D rings on the outside, so you can clip any other items on conveniently. Although it is affordable, a highlight is the money-back guarantee. Check price here.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Reflective strap
  • Available in three colors
  • Poop bag dispenser
  • Includes clicker, ebook for dog training, collapsible bowl, waist and shoulder straps
  • Drawstring top
  • “Weatherproof” nylon fabric
  • Zippered compartment can be good for full poop bags

Cons

  • Waist belt may not fit on larger waists / during pregnancy
  • May not fit very large smartphones
  • Not sure if this is fully waterproof or not

Hero Dog Training Treat Pouch

Hero Dog Training Treat Pouch

My favorite part of this bag is that it is fully waterproof. I would choose this if I was planning to do a lot of water activities with my dog, or if I lived in a very rainy climate. The BPA free collapsible bowl included also has a cover. This is a nice touch if you are going to be carrying a bit of dog food with you. Like the other two options above, it can be worn with a shoulder strap, on the waist, or across the chest. There is also a 100% money-back guarantee with this item. Check price here.

Pros

  • Fully waterproof nylon
  • Drawstring top
  • 100% money-back guarantee
  • Includes one roll of poop bags
  • Poop bag dispenser
  • Includes water bowl with lid
  • Several compartments
  • Can be worn three ways
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Plastic clips may wear over time
  • Some reviewers mentioned an issue with the inner drawstring stitching
  • Only available in one color

Doggy Dobby Dog Training Treat Pouch

Doggy Dobby Dog Training Treat Pouch

This bag advertises that it has been redesigned using customer feedback. In this version, the waist belt and shoulder strap have been customized to fit a range of body sizes. If you live in a colder climate, it can fit over a few of those extra winter layers. It is made of waterproof nylon and has metal clips to attach other items with carabiners.  Check price here.

Pros

  • Waterproof nylon
  • Drawstring top
  • Mesh outer pocket
  • Zippered compartment at the front
  • Has been modified based on customer data
  • Waistband and shoulder strap fit a wider range of body sizes than other brands
  • Poop bag dispenser
  • Easy to wipe down for cleaning
  • Can be worn three ways
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Only available in one color

Royal Care Silicone Pouch

Royal Care Silicone Pouch

This treat bag is a little different from the ones listed above. It is made of eco-friendly BPA free silicone.  It is only for treats and could be stored inside one of the larger bag type treat pouches. This could be handy if your dog has a raw food diet, or prefers wet treats. It has a convenient clip that can be attached to a pocket, leash, or belt. This treat pouch could be ideal for someone who does not want to carry extra items on their walk.  Check price here.

Pros

  • Food grade silicone
  • Waterproof
  • Magnetic closure automatically snaps shut
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for someone who only wants to carry treats
  • Affordable
  • Available in three colors
  • Easy to clean
  • Can hold chicken scraps or wet food that would not be okay in a fabric bag

Cons

  • The plastic clip may not be the most sturdy
  • No money-back guarantee

Conclusion

If you need a treat pouch to carry all your dog’s items for a day outdoors, a larger bag type pouch could be ideal. In that case, my favorite is the Perrama Dog Treat Bag Training Pouch. I generally prefer the styles and colors of this bag. I always prefer colors for hiking and camping. In case of any emergency, I want my gear to be as bright and easy to spot as possible. I love that it comes with all the extra training items, and it is weatherproof. Although I am unclear if that means truly waterproof, it does have a money-back guarantee. So, if I had a problem with the bag getting wet I would not feel shy to return it.

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