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As much as your dog looks forward to it, the daily walk is a ritual that can become monotonous, sometimes downright boring, for even the most dedicated of dog moms and dads. Sure, you could switch up the routine and check out a new route or two, but you might also consider gearing up with a dog walking accessory to jazz things up.
From fanny packs to treat dispensers, we’ve rounded up these cool dog walking accessories for your dog (and some for you) to enhance your daily stroll, add more pep to your step, and get you motivated to take to the streets, dog leash in hand.
The 20 Best Dog Walking Accessories
Go forth and blaze a trail with one of these dog walking accessories that will help you make the most of the daily walk with your dog in no time.
Vancouver, B.C.-based Herschel makes this compact and practical belt bag for your next walk. It’s just the right size for the walk essentials: a roll of poop bags, a handful of treats, your wallet, and your phone, and it keeps you blessedly hands-free on safaris of all kinds with your dog.Shop on Amazon
This compact pouch can be worn three ways: over the shoulder, as an adjustable dog walking waist belt, or on a metal clip. Storage-wise, the main compartment holds days worth of treats, a zippered pouch stashes your keys and smartphone, and a built-in dispenser for poop bags make this bag a does-it-all deal maker.
Related Reading: 14 Dog Treat Pouches to One-Up Your Walks and Training Sessions.Buy Now on Amazon
Stay warm out there with the Rover Store‘s classic beanie. This 100% acrylic cap sports an embroidered Rover pawprint and “R” and comes in a stretchy, one-size-fits-all size.
We don’t have a beanie for dogs on the store (yet!), but we do have some cute winter dog hats here, if you’re looking for something of the canine persuasion.Buy Now at the Rover Store
K9 Sport Sack Dog Carrier Backpack (Verified Review)
We tested the new, larger, K9 Sport Sack model—called the “Rover”—that’s been upgraded to accommodate pets up to 80 pounds.
We found some significant improvements over the last K9 Sports Sack we tested. Better quality, higher-performance materials have gone into this new style, from a durable exterior fabric better designed for the elements (and heftier dogs) to clips, buckles, and straps that have improved functionality and are easier to use (we had heard from some users that the some of the buckles on older models were finicky).Buy Now on Amazon
A quick walk requires little more than a handful of waste bags and a leash, but longer trips necessitate a longer packing list. The Kurgo Dog Backpack is the ideal solution if you’re looking for a way to carry your dog’s accessories without weighing yourself down.
This dog walking backpack is lightweight enough to keep your dog comfortable, even when it’s fully stocked. Plus, it doubles as a harness complete with a rear-mounted leash hook and a sturdy handle.Buy Now on Amazon
We love the simplicity of this minimalist poop bag carrier from Wild One, available in a curated palette of understated colors. An elastic cord easily attaches to any leash, and a twist top makes reloading a breeze. It comes pre-supplied with a roll of eco-friendly poop bags, too.Buy Now at Wild One
In addition to allowing convenient use of your devices, the Rover Store‘s one-size-fits-most tech gloves also offer wind protection and feature a silicone grip, perfect for opening those often hard-to-open poop bags.Buy Now at the Rover Store
If you’d like a dog walking poop accessory with a few more bells and whistles, the TurdleBag provides a tidy way to carry full dog poop bags when a waste receptacle isn’t immediately available. It features a large compartment to discreetly store full bags and an integrated dispenser for clean ones. Simply clip it to your leash, bag, or belt for hands-free convenience.
You might also be interested in our article, The 14 Best Dog Poop Bag Holders, Pouches, and Packs for Full Rolls (and Full Loads).Buy Now on Amazon
If you can’t quite picture yourself in a dog walking waist belt or fanny pack, Patagonia’s Atom Sling bag is the next best thing. Its durable, 50% recycled nylon, water-repellent exterior is ideal in a variety of conditions, from a nice day out on the sidewalk to a muddy trek on a wooded trail.
It has easy-access pockets for your essentials and an asymmetrical design that keeps you hands-free and is easy on your back and shoulders.Buy Now at Patagonia
When the air is brisk and your dog needs a warming layer, suit her up in one of Pendleton’s cozy fleece and cotton dog sweaters. Part of its National Park series (pictured here is the Grand Canyon pattern), this reversible dog fleece is available in a variety of patterns and sizes from XS to XL, offering that classic, distinguished Pendleton look for your dog.
For a cool weather dog jacket, we recommend Pendleton’s Harding dog coat.Buy Now on Amazon
Pawz Dog Boots (Verified Review)
Our tester found that these affordable, 100-percent biodegradable, natural rubber dog boots have a sock-like fit that’s less bulky on dog’s paws and easier for them to wear and tolerate, unlike some heavier-duty dog boots with complicated straps and buckles.
They’re a good option to keep your dog’s precious toebeans dry and safe in wet conditions and help protect against loose gravel, sharp sticks, chemicals, and other detritus.
Note: both our tester and the manufacturer emphasize these boots are not for prolonged use, as the fit around the ankle can become restrictive.Buy Now on Amazon
Nothing beats a zip-up hoodie to have by the door for a quick walk around the block or casual trip to the dog park. The Rover Store‘s machine-washable, mid-weight, polyester-cotton blend hoodie in stylish charcoal gray is available in unisex sizes from small to 2XL and is perfect for any dog walking occasion.Buy Now at the Rover Store
This adorable animal print dog sweatshirt, available in a range of sizes, fends off the chill on brisk mornings while also revealing some serious street style.Buy Now at Nordstrom
Why sacrifice style for function when you can have both with the reversible MIGOHI Dog Jacket? With a soft inner layer and a water-resistant outer layer, this jacket keeps your dog warm and dry, no matter the weather. The reversible design features a classic plaid pattern in your choice of colors on one side with a tufted inner layer on the other. Available in sizes XS through XXXL for dogs of all sizes.Buy Now on Amazon
Whether you’re walking for five minutes or five miles, hydration is important. This 2-pack of portable collapsible dog bowls is just what you need for impromptu water breaks. These lightweight silicone bowls fold down flat and clip to your belt or bag with a carabiner, keeping your hands free.
Plus, they’re handy in the car, at the dog park, and in a variety of situations (and they come with a free, convenient poop bag dispenser and roll of bags, too).Buy Now on Amazon
The Dog Walking Essentials
These last few items, though not true dog walking accessories, are so elemental to dog walking we would be remiss if we didn’t mention them on this list. So, consider an upgrade to one of these well-reviewed harnesses and leashes and you’ll be on your way.
What’s special about the SparklyPets Heavy Duty Rope Leash is that it features an anti-pull bungee section for shock absorption to handle ruff situations. Whether your dog is oversized or simply overeager, this leash is up to the task. The shock-absorbing bungee provides gentle correction while the leash itself is braided with tough nylon for chew-resistant durability. Plus, it comes in four stylish color combinations.Buy Now on Amazon
Fashionable and functional, this darling adjustable harness is made from lightweight polyester materials for ease of wear, is machine-washable, and features buckles made from eco-friendly plastic.Buy Now on Amazon
Designed specifically for medium and large breeds, this 5-foot carabiner dog leash is crafted from durable tubular webbing with a sturdy loop on one end and an aluminum swivel carabiner on the other end. This nearly-indestructible lead can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force, so it can take what your dog is handing out—especially if you have a strong puller on your hands.Buy Now on Amazon
This adjustable harness from trusted dog outfitter Ruffwear might be the last harness you’ll ever need: it’s made with rugged, wind- and water-resistant materials and is designed for chafing-free, all-day wear with padded chest and belly panels. An easy over the head design with side-release buckles on each side makes for easy on and off, and two leash attachment points, one at the top of the harness, and one in the front for pullers who need more control offer an option for every kind of pet. Naturally, it’s available in a variety of colors and sizes.
For more about no pull dog harnesses, see our article, No-Pull Dog Harnesses That Work: Your Complete Guide to the Best Options.Buy Now on Amazon
If you’re tired of juggling leashes, training treats, and poop bags, you’ll love the hands-free convenience of the TaoTronics Retractable Hands-Free Dog Leash. Simply clip the dog walking waist belt around your hips and clip your dog to the end of the dual-bungee leash. Designed to handle dogs up to 150 pounds, this leash also has two handles so you can correct your dog without breaking stride.
Our expert dog trainer Shoshi Parks weighs in on some of her favorite leashes and harnesses here.Buy Now on Amazon
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