Packing for the Dog Walk


Walking your dog twice a day means establishing a routine–not only for when and how long you walk but also for what you’ll carry with you. Sure you’ll grab the leash but what else do you need to carry on your walk? The answer depends on where you’re walking (a city street or park where you’ll need to scoop the poop or out in the country where it doesn’t matter), the time of year, and the weather.

Many dog walkers keep a waist pack filled with items for the walk (our choice) so it’s a grab and go arrangement. Others like to clip on a treat bag (also called a bait bag) and then stuff their pockets with other assorted items.

Whichever method you choose, here’s a list of some items to consider for your walk wardrobe:

  • a spare leash/collar in case yours breaks
  • your cell phone preloaded with emergency numbers including your vet, local cab company
  • some dog treats broken into training treat size
  • dog waste bags or pooper scooper
  • some hand wipes or tissue
  • clicker if your dog is clicker trained
  • photo of your dog to show others in the immediate area if he suddenly gets lost
  • collapsible water bowl and water for your dog
  • if you’re in the city, taxi fare in case you suddenly have to make a vet visit
  • flashlight, reflectors if you’re walking at night
  • pepper spray
  • some form of identification and emergency number of person who should be called if something should happen to you on the walk

What other items do you always carry with you on the walk?

About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits DogTipper.com, CatTipper.com, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.