Being a pet parent comes with a lot of responsibility. Just like children, one of the most important gifts you can give your pet is conditioning, or as they say in the business: training. It’s a rare dog (or any pet really) that will turn down a treat. Er go, providing small treats as little rewards for the behaviors you want from your pup is the best way to go. But treat training shouldn’t just happen in the house for the typical ‘sit’ commands. You want to condition your pup to respond in a variety of experiences – so get outside, where the action is and practice, practice, practice. To do this you’ll want an efficient, sturdy, and useful carry-all. Here’s what to look for in a dog treat training pouch.
Got Dog Will Travel: What To Look For In A Dog Treat Training Pouch
- Quality Materials: Not only do you want your dog treat training pouch to last a long time, you want it to hold up to the wear and tear, tug and pull, everyday use that comes with constant positive conditioning of your doggo. Easy-to-clean materials (bonus points for pull out liners) that are durable and yet easy to maneuver for folding into backs of cars or any time you travel.
- Ergonomics and Capacity: While ensuring you have enough treats is important, if the design is bad….you’ll lose eyesight with your pup when you try to open a poorly designed dog treat pouch, and breaking a gaze is a no-no when conditioning. Easy to open drawstrings for rapid rewarding is key. While over the shoulder carry straps are convenient, the ability to clip the pouch to your belt or jacket is a must – this allows for a variety of secure positioning and easy training treat dispensing. We highly recommend a metal belt clip versus plastic, as we’ve returned numerous faulty and broken plastic clip-based dog treat dispensers.
- Extra Features: Look for a pouch that conveniently stores treats, small pet toys, pet-related accessories, and even has zipper pockets for your wallet, phone and keys. A training clicker that attaches to the pouch is ideal for positive reinforcement – click and treat when Fido does what you want him to do. If you can find all of these features along with netted pockets (sides and back) – then you are in the home stretch. The extra feature that separates a dog treat training pouch from the others: automatic poop bag dispenser! A poop bag dispenser is a must, and the pouches that allow for you to load them in the side and pull one out to create easy poop bag dispensing without unzipping or yanking, etc., is winner-winner-chicken-dinner!
Dog Treat Training Pouch Recommendation
Now days there are a number of good dog treat training pouches out on the market. Paw Lifestyle has a decent pouch, we’d recommend they add drawstring treat closure, a clicker clip-on, and netted side pockets; and Pet Fit For Life which has a lot of good features, and we’d like to see them change their belt clip-on to metal and make a bit smaller version. We really like Looeys Dog Treat Pouch – as Meghan Trainor says, “it has all the right junk in all the right places!”
Looeys pouch comes with a metal belt clip plus a number of clip-on sling straps, easy-to-clean drawstring treat closure, netted side and back carry spots, zipper pockets (fits the new fancy large-sized smartphones), clip-on clicker, poop bag dispenser, and a human animal bond building eBook. All of this and it’s sturdy, compact, and ergonomically efficient – and snappy looking to boot!
Most helpful review of Looeys pet treat pouch: “I bought this treat pouch for my daily walks with Yoda and it’s great! Has a large interior and fits a lot of treats&toys+my phone and wallet. Poop bag dispenser is designed on the side of the bag which makes it very easy to grab one every time my dog gives me a surprise. I already cleaned it because you can pull out its liner – love this feature because my old one didn’t have it and was messy. The nicest part is the dog treat recipe that my wife found in the received ebook and Yoda really seems to enjoy them. Highly recommend!”
Choose Your Dog Treat Pouch Wisely
Make sure you consider how you are with your dog when you are out for walks – what items do you take with you, what would make your experience easier for both you and your dog. You’ll want to think about your lifestyle – are you active, do you like to hike, live near or play in water with your pup, do you need to carry water or would a little collapsible bowl do. Once you inventory your and your pups needs, and cross-reference our tips for selecting the right dog treat pouch you’ll know what you need!