So, you’re going walkies or runsies? Read on – you need this dog walking kit to keep the ‘mis’ out of misadventure!
Pooches must poop, they get dirty, and it could rain.
While you can’t take the kennel and all the toys along, you do want to be prepared for the adventures ahead. For that, you need a carry-all for canines.
We’ve put a new spin on ‘doggy bag’ so you’ll be sorted, whatever adventures you and your dogs have out there.
Where to put it all
A tote bag could totally work, if it’s not too heavy and you’re not going to be moving around much. If you are…
A satchel or backpack with zippers and separators/various pockets is ideal. Whether it’s sling style or a two-strap design, choose one with even weight distribution when worn. Being prepared can be a weighty affair (which will only increase your workout)! Even better if it’s waterproof or rain resistant.
If you’ll be running or walking vigorously or over uneven terrain, pick a bag that sits comfortably and securely on the body. It shouldn’t chaff as you move. Kinda of like a good dog harness.
Compact pouches can be worn over the shoulder, around the waist or on a clip or carabiner attached to your wrist. And you can attach the dog leash to it when it’s around your waist.
If your dog doesn’t lunge, that is. We don’t want you winded or worse by sudden tugs.
Large, strong dogs can help carry the load with a detachable dog backpack. Keep it light, though, and don’t put anything breakable in there.
You might find a dog stroller the ideal carry pack for your small or disabled dog AND the goods you need. We love ones with revolving front wheels for easy turns. Remember to ‘brake’ before you swerve, though, or your pup might go for a tumble and be hurt!
Some bag options to check out for your dog walking kit:
And if your furry friend just can’t make it back, a dog shoulder bag…
Quick hack: protect delicate/water-sensitive items like toilet paper inside a few plastic packets or line the bag with a bin liner and put the entire contents into it.
What to put in a DIY dog walking kit:
- A DIY first aid kit
- A spare collar and lead in case something breaks/gets lost, or you rescue a lost dog.
- A knife or blade. If a leash is impossibly tangled, you can resort to cutting it.
- Treats to reward your mutten route. What’s a good run without a “good boy”?
- Water that you can both drink at intervals.
- A collapsible or foldable dog water bowl.
- A doggy thermal sweater for cold weather. (Who doesn’t love a puffer jacket!?)
- A ball and thrower because the enticing, happy yelps of “again, Mummy, again, again, again!” demand play, don’t they? Also, a bright ball is easier to find in the undergrowth. If they’re small, it can’t hurt to take one or two extras.
- At least two composable poop bags – one to pick, one to put over your hand – and a poop scoop if you’re particularly squeamish.
- A poop bag dispenser and/or poop packet holder can be handy for accessing the doggy doo bags ASAP and storing the poop so that it doesn’t touch pooch or person. A bag usually clips onto the leash. (Check out this bag dispenser)
- Waterless hand soap to clean your hands after scooping poop. Do not use this on your doggle unless it’s vet-approved for topical application.
Nice to have:
- A LED headlamp in case you get caught in the dark or get lost. (Don’t forget a flashing light for your doggo too!)
- Extra, charged batteries for your headlamp.
- A removable grip for your phone. It’s handy because you’ll be less likely to drop your phone and get better angles in your selfies with puppy.
- A whistle for safety and to call your dog OR lighten the load by learning to finger whistle.
- Clicker for practising tricks and training. Goes well with tasty rewards.
- Two pairs of fitted dog boots for extremely cold weather e.g. frost or snow. Teaching pooch to walk in them ahead of time is helpful. (If your pooch doesn’t freak out when wearing! Here’s a cute pair)
- A small aluminium carabiner (or two) in case a leash or part of the bag snaps. You may be able to clip it back together temporarily. String is also useful for this.
- A dog raincoat if you’ve practised with pooch beforehand. Might be awkward otherwise.
TIP: If it’s a short walk, leave the items you’re less likely to need in the car and use the extra energy for a final-lap dash!
What dog walking kit contents to leave in the car?
- A water bowl.
- A towel for drying.
- Extra water to rinse muddy paws at end.
- A doggy blanket for cuddles afterwards. (Here is a snazzy travel blanket for your wandering pooch)
TIP: No place in the doggy bag? Pop your keys, ID, phone and portable power bank into a running pouch around your wrist or upper arm. If you’re right-handed, put it on the left side for quick and easy access and make sure it’s properly secured and closed before you set off.
Oh no. Doggy took off, got hurt and had to have stitches. Luckily, she’s covered by one of PD Insurance pet plans. Here’s how to claim afterwards to help cover the costs.
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