Your Favorite New Accessory!
One of the nice things about training dogs in winter is that all of our jackets have big pockets that make carrying around treats much easier! In summer, we lose the layers and no longer have a convenient place to keep treats. Here I wanted to share some good treat pouch options for you to take on your walks so you can continue to reinforce your dog’s good behavior.
What I look for in a treat pouch
- Large enough to hold enough treats to last a whole walk
- Has a waistband. I find that the treat pouches that just clip into your belt fall off way too easily.
- Easy open, easy close closure- I usually find that something magnetic works best. I do not love the drawstring ones. By the time you have opened the treat pouch, your dog is already off doing something else. It is not a productive way to immediately reward behaviors. And if I try to keep it open I always tend to spill everywhere.
- Extra pockets to hold other things. In my treat pouch, I have the main compartment stocked with treats and the side compartments hold poop bags, a clicker, keys, some business cards, and maybe a tennis ball if I need one that day. Having extra pockets seems minimal, but it actually comes in very handy!
- Easy to clean. You are putting food into your treat pouch, you need to be able to clean it easily!
This is the Doggone Good treat pouch. It checks all the above boxes of everything that I personally like in a treat pouch. It is the standard treat bag that most trainers use. It’s good and it lasts!
Precious Paws is a newcomer on the block and I am loving what they have for us! Their treat pouch has all of my favorite features, and it’s roomy pocket can fit tons of treats. What they are doing differently from everyone else, is the removable, treat pouch liner. I LOVE this feature because it makes it easy to prep ahead, and if you have any treats that are stored in the fridge it’s a lifesaver!
My most favorite treats pouch of all time is the original Olly Dog treat pouch. When I heard they were being discontinued I even emailed the company and asked if they had any of the old model that I could buy.
Olly Dog now has two new treat pouch designs. I wish they were combined. What I like about the small Olly Dog treat pouch is that it has a magnetic closure, but I wish it was a little bit bigger.
I like that the larger Olly Dog treat pouch is that it is bigger! But, it has a zipper closure and I wish it had a magnetic closure.
This is the Pet Safe treat pouch. It is the best bargain treat pouch that has a waist strap. It’s functional and does the job well. But, I have had a few of them break prematurely on me.
If you can’t fathom the idea of walking around New York City with a treat pouch strapped to your waist the Kibble Bubble might be a good option for you. I have not used this brand before but I have used similar products. You can clip it to your belt loop and squeeze the bottom to get a treat to come out. It does not hold a ton of treats, but is easy to wash and nice and small.
Does the idea of a silicone treat pouch pique your interest? But, the kibble bubble is too small. Then, the Royal Care treat pouch is a nice compromise. It is pretty easy to open and get treats out. I wish it held a little more food, and I have had a few break on me, but this is a solid pick for the price.
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