Water bowls, dog waste bags, towels, toys, treats and more... There can be lots of things for us dog owners to remember on a dog walk - never mind our own things - so a multi-functional dog walking bag could be just what you need.
Dog walking bags, walking packs, and bum bags are becoming really popular for dog walkers and owners - they can be unique, custom, or even handmade to tailor what you want for your dog.
Getting kitted out for your walk will mean you'll have all the essentials to keep your pup happy and safe on your adventures.
Walk your 'pawfect' pooch with these dog walking bags we've handpicked for you.
Types of dog walking bags and things to consider
Dog walking bag styles
Walking bags can come in a range of styles, and the one you choose is up to you, depending on the design you prefer, what you find most comfortable to carry and which you consider the best for style and substance! Different dog walking bags can include:
• Sling shoulder dog walking bag
• Cross-body dog walking bag
• Bum-bag dog walking bag
• Waist pack dog walking bag
• Backpack dog walking bag, available in small, medium or large
A huge deciding factor in your style of the bag could be down to how you would prefer to store your pup's water bottle, poop bags, lead, treats, toys, and any other dog essentials. You may want a particular item to be easily accessible, so it would be worth adjusting your styling to suit your needs. You'll need to consider how much you normally pack for a dog walk too, and base the sizing around that.
You might also want to consider the material of your bag, especially if you'd like it to be water-resistant - a really handy feature if you're walking in the UK.
Being a responsible dog owner
No matter your bag of choice, the truth is you have to be fully prepared and equipped for any situation, no matter how many dogs you're having to keep under control.
And whether you're looking to train your canine companion with a treat bag or you're taking your dog further afield for a full day of hiking, there's a bag for every kind of walk, whatever the weather. Having a dog walking bag will have you feeling like a dog walking professional!
With so many different kinds of dog walking bags on the market, we've rounded up some of the best so you can find the perfect one for you and your pooch.
The best dog walking bags UK
The best dog walking bags
1. Pet Room Dog Walking Bag
Editor's pickThis compact bag can be worn as a belt around the waist or hung over the shoulder and comes complete with a treat pouch, poo bag holder, dog training clicker, collapsible dog bowl and adjustable belt and shoulder strap. Some product features include high-quality fabric, three ways to wear, a drawstring closure to keep treats safe and a front zipper pocket. Review: "A great kit! I've recently started a dog walking business, so convenience is everything. This pack is great for holding essentials while keeping pockets and hands-free! A couple of side pockets, a front zipped pocket and the main bag keeps everything separated. A High-quality bag & fast shipping!"
2. Dog Training Treat Bag
Best for those with two dogsIf you're looking to train your dog, this treat bag is great! This bag comes with two collapsible travel pet bowls, making it ideal for owners with two pooches. There's also a poop bag dispenser and puppy clicker. The bag also comes with a waterproof walking storage pouch and an adjustable reflective, shoulder/waist belt for extra safety and comfort when walking in dark or rainy conditions. Some features include a collapsible bowl, dog treat pouch, sturdy dog belt clip and carabiner. Review: "The absolute best treat bag we've tried so far!! What more can I say... It holds loads, the clicker is great. The bowl is beyond brilliant, although it is a tiny bowl it's plenty big enough for my Golden Retriever and the second it hits the floor dogs swarm from nowhere to share the water. My Puggle is a master at treat bag destruction and despite a couple of attempts, he hasn't managed to make a mark on this one and even better he can't mug me for treats during the walk thanks to the amazing drawstring and fabric closure. All in all, it is simply fantastic!!"
3. Outdoor Paws by Petface Dog Walkers Bum Bag
Best hands-free bagIf you're more a fan of the bum bag, this dog walking bag is a great option. The multiple pockets mean you can safely store all your own belongings inside, such as your phone or house keys, to keep your hands free for the dog leads. The key features of this dog walking bag include its multi-functionality and durable and water-resistant construction. Review: "After reading the reviews on here and going through various bum bags walking the dogs over the years and with my dog walking business I purchased this. I have been in rain and everything was dry and not even damp in there so was very pleased so far. Hopefully long may it last. I love all the pockets it has for various things as well as the normal doggy stuff I have medication to carry around for my epileptic dog so it is great."
4. iEnergy PAT Waist Belt
Best for summerThis very durable walking bag has little pockets for valuables and treats but can fit your dog's harness or lead. With breathable mesh material, it's a great carry bag for the summer months and includes easy storage for treats and poo bags and designated spaces for keys and cash.Review: "Absolutely love this! Perfect for when I go running when I take my friends dogs out and can store everything I need without having to carry my keys and plastic bags etc in pockets! Definitely a must-have for any dog walkers / owners who love to exercise and are fed up having to carry rucksacks etc. Really good quality and very comfortable to wear ud83dude01"Scoring 4.3 out of 5, owners reviewing this product have said it is 'well made and comfortable' and 'a must for any dog walkers.'
5. G4Free Small Sling Backpack
Best for longer walks or hikesPerfect if you're walking further afield on a hike with your four-legged friend, this waterproof backpack fits comfortably across the body. It has pockets for all your technology with slant pouches big enough to hold a mini iPad, an anti-theft zipper pocket, and a buckle for fixing your keychain or purse in place. There's a front zipped pocket for quick and easy access on your walks. Made from Nylon, the material is waterproof and anti-scratch, perfect if you have an excitable pooch eager for treats or plan to walk from overgrown forest land. This bag is available in a whole range of colours and designs to match your other walking gear.Review: "I have owned dogs for over 15 years and I have always been on the hunt for the perfect dog walking bag. 2 years ago I became a professional dog walker so it became even more important. I saw the spec on this one and thought I would give it a go as it seemed good value for money. When it arrived I discovered it was the one I had been looking for! It was lightweight and at last the right size for everything I needed for dog walks. A small water bottle, collapsible bowl, poo bags, treats my phone and keys. The pockets are really well placed and so far is pretty robust for everyday use. I realised it would be perfect for non-dog walking but didn't want to keep swapping out so I bought another one!"
6. Radley Zip Around Bumbag
Best for styleIf you're not keen on having your poop bags visible this Radley bumbag works perfectly as a stylish dog walking bag for trips to the countryside or city where your pooch is coming along. It has a front zipped pocket, main compartment and a discreet press-stud slot to the back.
7. Dog Walking Bag by THE DANDY DOG COMPANY
Best designThis dog bag is smart and stylish and definitely one for those that don't want to be obviously carrying a bag full of poo bags and treats. It's plain enough to be unisex, so no qualms as to whose responsibility it is to carry the bag of essentials when you're out together. It can be worn either across the body with a strap or attached through a belt, using the sturdy loop on the back.Review: "This bag is perfect for ensuring I have all the essentials for my dog walks. I keep it well stocked with poo bags, door key and treats then just grab it and go."
8. Walkies Embroidered Roll Top Backpack
Best customisable optionTheir favourite word in the world printed on a backpack? It doesn't get much better than this walkies bag. Whether you're walking in the forest or by the beach, you can choose the design to match your adventure. The bag contains adjustable padded straps for extra comfort, and the option to upgrade to a duel-sided travel bottle and fold-away dog bowl. Review: "Very good bag, good quality and got it before delivery date. Overall very pleased."
9. Personalised Dog Walking Belt Bag
RecommendedWe love this simple personalised belt bag from Duncan Stewart. This belt bag can be personalised with initials up to six characters and makes the perfect gift for any dog lover, with room for treats and more. Ideal for any new pet parent.
10. Overland Dog Gear Weekender Backpack
Best for weekend tripsIdeal for those weekend trips away with your canine companion, this bag contains everything your dog will need for their holiday. The bag includes dividers to keep belongings neatly in place, a removable placemat, bowls and adjustable straps. It also meets airline carry-on requirements if you're looking to take your pet abroad when the time comes! Some key features and product details include lined carriers, side pockets, built-in waste bag dispenser, removable placemat and bowls, a mesh pocket and zippered inside pocket for secure storage.
Dog walking essentials
Here is a list of the essential items we think you need when taking your dog for a walk that you can wear or carry in your new dog walking bag:
• Dog waste bags
• Antibacterial wipes
• Raincoat (especially if you live in the UK)
• Face mask
• Mobile phone
• Money/bank card
• Snacks for you
• Potentially a whistle and some sort of ball or dog toy
Fancy getting creative and making your own dog walking bag?
YouTuber Owl Be Sewing posted this video to give you a step-by-step guide on how to make your own dog walking bag.
The handmade bag includes storage with a grommet at the front, allowing you to easily pull out doggy bags and a second pocket to fit in your mobile phone and keys. Super handy!
Take a look at the video below for a 40-minute guide on how you can make your very own dog walking bag...
Dog walking blogs and vlogs in the UK
There seems to be an abundance of pet vloggers out there and we came across TheDogVine on Instagram. This page discovers all things dog-friendly and is London-based.
The main stars of this are two rescue dogs, Belinha and Moleque. These two pooches go on many a walk and are a great inspiration to follow. They add colour and happiness to our lives and we think you should check out their page and let us know what you think.