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 mums 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 lead in hand.
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 several ways: around your waist with the detachable waistband, or on your belt, or attached to another strap using the metal clip. Storage-wise, the main compartment holds days worth of treats, and a built-in dispenser for poop bags make this bag a does-it-all deal maker.Buy Now on Amazon
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 lead, 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
Not only does this handy little poo-bag dispenser clip on to just about anything, it also comes with an in-built flash light, perfect for those after dark dog walks.Buy Now on Amazon
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 lead, bag, or belt for hands-free convenience.Buy Now on Amazon
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.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
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
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 lead is up to the task. The shock-absorbing bungee provides gentle correction while the lead 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.Buy Now on Amazon
If you’re tired of juggling lead, training treats, and poo 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 lead. Designed to handle dogs up to 150 pounds, this lead 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