The Best Dog Treat Pouch Australia -
The Ultimate Training Tool
Our #1 Pick
The Best Value for Money
Dog Nation Dog Treat Training Pouch Bag
Have you ever tried to train your dog with treats in your jean pockets?
Let me paint a picture for you. Your dog spends the entire walk or training session with their nose so unceremoniously pressed against your thigh, perhaps even licking it, leaving a charming wet patch as you walk down the street. Then try to wash out the faint smell of bacon treats from your jeans after that. For some reason, it lingers for ages and your dog knows it.
You can never wear those jeans again. Not speaking from experience of course...
Hence why a waterproof, safe, easy to clean dog treat pouch is essential to your kit whether you are a professional dog trainer or a good-natured dog lover.
In this article, we will break down the good qualities of a humble dog treat bag, and give you our recommendations for the very best options in Australia.
What To Look For In A Dog Treat Bag
Shape & Style
Now it seems like this is a vanity metric but I promise you it is not. The shape and style of the dog pouch you choose need to match up with how you intend to use it.
There are several different types of closures and shapes to choose from.
For example, if you are going on long walks with your dog with the treat bag, you’ll want a decent capacity with extra storage space for poo bags and maybe your phone.
If you are using the pouch for a quick but intense training session, where you will need fast access to the treats at will, a zippered closure if going to get in the way. You may prefer a magnetic closure for fast one-handed opening of the pouch whenever you need it.
Treat dispensers where you squeeze the pouch to release the treats are also quite fast.
Remember that the speed with which you reward your dog’s good behaviour impacts their learning.
“How quickly your dog gets his reward can also have an impact on training. If you take too long to deliver the treat, your dog can become confused about what exactly he’s being rewarded for.” – Stephanie Gibeault of the American Kennel Club
We have recommended options for all of these styles so you can see what’s out there.
Ideally, you want your treat pouch to last you a while. Training can be quite taxing, particularly if you are doing agility training. (2)
That said, you need to treat your training pouch with care as they are prone to wear and tear over time.
Look for sturdy nylon materials or long-lasting silicones. Being waterproof and scratch-proof are also essential qualities to a good treat pouch.
If you are training a rambunctious little puppy, chew-proof material is probably worth looking out for.
Portability seems like a given but this all comes back to the style of the pouch.
Would you prefer the bag to clip around your waist like a bum bag?
Are you more of a shoulder handbag kind of person?
Do you want it to be handsfree and simply clip onto your belt loops?
Do you want the option for all three interchangeably?
Most treat pouches will be nice and lightweight. How you carry them depends on your personal preferences.
If you are having a long training session or walk outdoors, you probably want a treat bag with a large capacity of treats. Maybe you even want a bag with several compartments that can hold different types of treats. Remember that bigger isn’t always better. If you stuff the bag to capacity, it can be bulky to carry around your waist, for example, defeating the purpose of a portable treat bag.
Alternatively, smaller treat pouches are useful for short training sessions or at-home practice. They can also be good for wearing throughout the day to reward your dog intermittently for good behaviour. Some treat pouches are so tiny, you can clip them to your belt loop and barely even notice they are there.
It all comes down to preference and your mode of use.
Best Dog Treat Pouches Australia 2021 Reviewed
Now that we have defined the ins and outs of the treat bag world, let’s break down the very best dog pouches Australia has to offer. We have picked out a selection of excellent, high-quality treat pouches at different price points, shapes and sizes. We hope you find the best option for you!
What sets this product apart from the rest?
The Dog Nation treat pouch is the premium-quality treat pouch you need at a mid-range price point. It has everything you could want.
For a start, it is very versatile. You can wear it clips onto your belt loops, tie it around your waist, sling it over your shoulder.
But the flexibility doesn’t stop there. The bag is primarily a pocket for treats but with an outside mesh layer with 'draw out' bag technology, it doubles as a great place to store poo bags, making this the perfect walking companion.
This treat pouch is made of tough materials that are easy to clean and entirely scratch-resistant. It is oil-proof and waterproof too. The inner are waterproof and can be flipped inside out for easy cleaning. It will last you a long time through plenty of use in through every rainstorm and heatwave.
Finally, we love the design. With a large capacity for snacks and your other items like your phone and keys, this is the ultimate dog training bag to take on the go!
The Doog treat pouch is a classic pocket that you need in your life! Designed in partnership with professional dog trainers and behaviourists, this treat bag is perfect to use in every situation, at home or on the go.
The bag is completely waterproof inside and out making it incredibly easy to clean. You can use the strap to clip this around your waist, use the D-ring to clip to your belt loop or carry it like a clutch. The lightweight design is completely flexible to how you want to use it best.
It is a large treat pouch which has enough room to carry your phone and keys as well as your dog’s treats.
The front pocket has a poo bag dispenser so you can simply grab one whenever you need it. Doog even includes 20 complimentary biodegradable poo bags with the product to get you started.
With regards to durability, this is where this product falters ever so slightly. It is made of heavy-duty materials but some users find issues with the tightness of the stitching. It should hold up if cared for properly but it is worth noting in any case. Be sure to hand wash it gently and fully dry before using again to maintain the integrity of the fabric over time.
Overall, this is a decent runner up to the uber fabulous Movepeak model. The Doog dog treat bags are easy to clean, lightweight and perfectly portable however you want to wear it. Thumbs up from us.
Verified Review - 4/01/2020
Excellent Quality Well Designed Product
"Great design, comfortable to wear and lots of well thought through pockets that make dog walks a breeze. I am impressed with the quality."
If you are on a budget but still want a solid portable dog training treat pouch, the Pet n Pet is a very good option.
Like the others we have discussed, you can wear this treat pouch in three ways. You can use the shoulder strap to carry it over your shoulder. If you prefer to go hands-free, there is a 1.2m adjustable waistband. Alternatively, you can use one of the two sturdy D-ring clips to secure the bag to your belt loops.
The main pouch has a drawstring closure that keeps the treats safe. There is a compartment on the side of the pouch to hold poo bags at easy access to you. As an added bonus, the manufacturer provides 45 poo bags in your kit - fabulous!
On top of those storage spaces, you have two zippered pockets and an open front-slip pocket. Plenty of space to store multiple different types of treats or items with ease. Everything has its place.
Of course, the best part is the price, but it’s worth noting that you may compromise a bit on the durability due to being at such a low price point.
That said, Pet n Pet do offer a full money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the product so it’s a fuss-free purchase. For an economical, multifunctional, surprisingly large treat training pouch, this could be the one for you.
Verified Review - 10/04/2021
Convenient Treat Bag
"This treat bag is a decent size and I can fit loads of treats in it. It’s also convenient because my keys can go in a zippered compartment. It’s made of a good material and is easy to clean. I do need to adjust the strap frequently as it seems to slide easily but aside from that I love the product. Definitely recommend for those that train their dogs away from the home and need a quick access and sturdy treat bag."
This treat pouch is a pretty original design. It is made of a flexible non-toxic silicone formed into a cute mini-bone shape. This pouch is lightweight and simply clips onto your belt loops as an easily accessible training tool.
All you need to do is slip medium-sized treats into the side slits of the product to keep them safe. When you are ready to reward your dog for a trick well done, simply squeeze the pouch to release the treats inside.
The mechanism can take some getting used to but it is certainly innovative. To ensure that the product works as intended, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as to the size of treat you should use. Treats that are too small will just get stuck. Treats that are too large won’t fit properly in the pouch.
The Kibble Bubble comes in four vibrant colours: purple, blue, green, and yellow. You can also get the ball design if you prefer. The bone is 11cm x 7cm. The ball is 5cm x 8cm.
Best of all, this product is completely dishwasher safe. If you loathe the thought of cleaning out a nylon treat bag like the ones we have previously recommended, this may be more up your alley.
That said, the Kibble Bubble has far less capacity than the nylon bags do. It also doesn’t have the extra storage benefits.
The Kibble Bubble is not for everyone but if you love the concept of a compact, simplistic training treat pouch, definitely give it a go!
Verified Review - 5/01/2021
Easy to Use But Also Treats Can Fall Out.
"Great durability and nice size to hook onto leash. Very easy to use and open. Designed with opening facing down so found that treats would fall out if bumped or pushed against while walking but great otherwise."
So you’re in the market for an entirely hands-free treat bag. No shoulder straps or waistbelts. Just a simple durable clip will work for you. Well, look no further than the Kurgo Go Stuff-It Treat Bag.
Firstly, huge props for the punny name. This cute drawstring closed treat bag is lightweight and easily portable.
It is a very simple bag with two compartments. The main compartment holds a generous amount of treats, keeping them fresh and cool inside.
At the side, there is a tiny pocket to hold any poo bags you want to take with you on the go. Unfortunately, Kurgo doesn’t provide any poo bags with the product as some other manufacturers do. This side pocket has a zip closure for ease of access.
The Kurgo Treat Bag comes in two bright colours: blue and red. Both are good-looking designs.
Best of all, Kurgo offers a lifetime warranty on the product. If you have any defects at all, simply contact them for a replacement or support. No fuss at all.
This product is on the cheaper end of the spectrum, so it isn’t as durable as some of the others on this list. However, if cared for properly, it’s a hefty treat bag that is fit for all your training purposes.
Verified Review - 11/02/2021
Cinch Gets In The way
"Seems good quality, have not used long enough to judge durability but Kurgo is a decent brand. I do find the cinch toggle gets in the way; drops into the bag when open and you tend to pick that up instead of treats. I wanted a bag that was not too big but this one is a little tight when getting down to the last of the treats as it is tapered. Will do the job but not the best design."
Onto the magnetic closures and the RoyalCare will not disappoint.
Talk about economical - this is a two-piece set so you can use the two pouches interchangeably. Perhaps for different types of treats or training situations.
This mighty duo clips onto your belt and has a strong snap-shut magnetic closure to keep the treats safe.
Because they are made of food-grade silicone, you can use both wet and dry treats inside without damaging the material at all.
The dimensions are 12.5cm x 10.5cm x 4cm which should hold a decent amount of treats each.
The silicone is easy to clean and quick to dry.
A fantastically simple magnetic treat pouch duo that will work perfectly as training companions wherever and whenever you need them.
Verified Review - 30/03/2021
Easy To Use And To Clean
"I love the fact that these pouches are made to be easily cleaned. The treats are accessible without me struggling to open the pouch, the magnetic closures stay close and secure. I only have been using them for a week, so far the treats stay put, I don’t have any problems with treats falling out when I’m moving vigorously or bending down. The size is just perfect and the colours are nice (the blue is a bit darker than pictured). The only “issue” I feel is with the clip, it’s quite difficult to be removed if you just want to clean the pouch by itself, that’s why I’m giving a 4 star instead of 5. Overall it is a nice quality product."
Quite the lineup, right? For a top all-around treat pouch that is portable, durable and multifaceted in the best way, the Movepeak model is a perfect choice. It is the most durable on the list and comes with such great features. The design is neat and it works extremely well.
On the more economical end, if you prefer a smaller, faster treat dispenser, the Kibble Bubble is a weird but wonderful product. It is super easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to carry - the triple threat. We highly recommend it if you don’t need the same treat capacity of the Movepeak treat pouch.
You don’t want your dog to get fat right? No...seriously…treats can make your dog fat if you overfeed them!
“Obesity in dogs causes a number of health problems, so it is important that you adjust your dog's regular feedings to account for any treats he gets during the day. You don't want your dog consuming more calories than it needs because it is getting treats during training sessions. Keep in mind that your dog's treats should only make up about 10 per cent of its daily diet.” – Amy Bender from The Spruce Pets
If you use packaged treats, they are likely to display the calories per treat on the packaging. You can then work out your dog’s daily allotted allowance for treats. This is harder to calculate with fresh food like chicken morsels or bacon, but you can use internet sources and the packaging of the food products to make an approximate guess. Remember, it is always best to overestimate with calories than underestimate.
Overfeeding your dog treats can cause many health complications later in life such as:
...essentially all of the dangers we as humans can face if we become obese. (5)
It is always best to consult your vet when enquiring about good treats for your dog. Some manufactured treats can be extremely high in sodium which is not great for your dog, but generally speaking, commercial treats are completely fine for your dog.
Some healthy treats could also include apples, peanut butter, and carrots. (6)
- Gibeault, S. April 30, 2018. “4 Tips for Training Your Dog With Rewards”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/training-rewards/
- Gibeault, S. March 27, 2019. “10 Tips to Practice Agility At Home With Your Dog”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/10-tips-to-practice-agility-at-home-with-your-dog/
- Bender, A. June 26, 2019. “How to Train Your Dog With Treats”. The Spruce Pets. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.thesprucepets.com/using-treats-for-dog-training-1118255
- “Dog and Cat Daily Caloric Needs”. Pet Obesity Prevention. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://petobesityprevention.org/pet-caloric-needs
- Stilwell, N. December 9, 2019. “Obesity in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes and What to Do About It”. PetMD. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_Obesity
- “6 Healthy Treat Ideas for Dogs”. December 5, 2016. PetMD Editorial. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/6-healthy-treat-ideas-dogs
- Stilwell, N. December 10, 2019. “5 Consequences of Rotten Dog Teeth”. PetMD. Retrieved January 4, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/evr_dg_oral_hygiene_and_your_dogs_health