The bags… I’m not so particular about.
There are the biodegradable dog poop bags — which we use because I always find the best deal on them. And, truth is, most every poop bag manufacturer is making their bags biodegradable these days. If you look hard enough, you’ll also find the super-tough ones that are extra thick and durable, as well as the lavender scented ones!
I usually get these blue dog poop bags (because they’re cheap, but they’re a little on the thin side), or these silver gray dog poop bags (because they’re really good quality, and they go on sale a lot).
Okay, so pick out the dog waste bags of your choosing. That’s the easy part.
Finding a dog poop bag holder that you like… now that’s a whole ‘nother story!
Dog Waste Bag Dispensers
Actually there are lots of “cutesy” ones out there. Perfect, if that’s your style. It’s not mine.
In case you’re wondering, I even consider most of the “Bags on Board” dog waste bag dispensers too cute, but that’s just me. Plus, I don’t like the hard-case shell that most come with — because it’s more likely to break, scratch, and just get in the way.
I have a 90 lb. male black lab, and we’re all business around here.
No lace & studs. No loud & obnoxious color patterns. No jingly-jangly doo-dads & noisemakers as you carry it. Just a plain ‘ol poop bag & poop bag holder is all I’m after. The less noticeable, the better. And if it were all black, that would suit me just fine.
Plus, I have to take into consideration the fact that there are those times when hubby is holding the dog leash during our dog walks with Tenor. And the last thing he would want is an “adorable” dog poop bag dispenser dangling from his wrist… his hip… or the leash itself!
Well, I’m happy to say that I finally found it. I found the dog waste bag holder of my dreams! (Okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it rates right up there.)
First, I’ll give you the run-down of 2 other dog waste bag dispensers I’ve tried, along with the good points and bad points of each.
2 Other Dog Poop Bag Holders I’ve Tried
(#1) First we went for the big & bulky dog poop picker-upper called the Pet Waste Pickup Tool. It actually serves 2 purposes:
1) It’s a clean, no mess, no-touch method of picking up dog poop.
2) It keeps the poop out of sight (inside the scoop) until you get to a garbage bin to dispose of it.
Then, when you need to use this pooper scooper to pick up dog waste… just pull the bag through from the inside of the scoop’s arms (which open and close like jaws), and pull it out far enough to wrap it around the outside of the scoop itself.
I used to love this pooper scooper. We took it everywhere we went. We still have it. And it’s still in great condition — even though we used it regularly for years! The fact that the bags come from the inside of the scooper and wrap around the outside means there is not an inch of the scoop itself that ever touches the poop. It’s a completely clean way to pick up dog waste.
Even though we’ve switched to a smaller, more portable dog waste bag dispenser system, we still use this poop scooper occasionally to pick up all the piles of dog poo in our backyard — like before we mow the lawn. It’s quick, and easy. Love it!
(#2) Then, the first “on board” (meaning: it attaches right onto your dog’s leash) dog waste bag dispenser that we tried was pretty good — until it fell off our dog’s leash and we lost it.
You see, the method of attachment is not velcro or anything with a permanent lock to it. Instead, it’s a rubberized flap, with grooves, and that flap slips into a loop. The grooves are supposed to “catch” on the edges of the loop — effectively locking it into place. It’s not so effective after all. If the folks at Poop Patrol switched to a velcro strap, I’d buy another one of these in a heartbeat.
When the strap was working properly, you could attach it to the very back of the Flexi retractable dog leash — so it was completely out of the way of your hand while you were holding onto the leash.
Plus, it wasn’t an eyesore, nor was it too “cute”. It was very practical. And it came in a very practical color: silver gray with black trim. I really dug it.
My New Favorite Dog Waste Bag Holder
I’ve never seen this type of dog waste dispenser in any pet store around here (Nashville) before, so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this one!
The closest “non-cutesy” one I’ve found is this Doggie Walk duffle bags dispenser. I like the caliper clip and the “duffle bag” look. They’re much more rugged & durable and less cutesy, if you ask me.
So I’m quite content with my Doggie Walk Bags holder.
Bonus: This dog bag holder could also serve as a dog treat pouch for use during puppy training classes, at the dog park, or any time you’re out & about. It’s like a tiny little bag, so it could actually hold anything!
And finally, I like how this dog waste bag holder is very small and compact. I don’t like bringing attention to myself or my dog’s accessories, and the Doggie Walk Bags dispenser just sort of “hangs out” next to your wrist. This is, if you attach it to a Flexi retractable dog leash like we do.
I’ll be very honest now… it’s just a tad too noticeable for my liking. The light blue trim is fairly obvious, as are the baby blue paw prints — kinda “cutesy” if you ask me.
All in all, the Doggie Walk Bags holder meets a lot of needs for us, and I’m sure it will last quite a long time. Plus, I don’t think Jim will feel too silly walking around with this one.
UPDATE: There’s nothin’ cutesy about this one — it’s all leather! For the dog (and dog owner) who has everything, check out this genuine leather pet poop bag dispenser.