The 6 Best Dog Treat Pouches Australia: Tested & Evaluated 2023
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. But how do you find the best option for you and your dog? We're here to help! We teamed up with veterinarians, professional dog trainers, and pet parents alike to form an independent team of experts. After testing several dozen dog treat pouches over the course of several weeks, we were able to compile this list of the best of the best.
Related: Best Dog Treats Australia.
In this article, we will break down the desired qualities of a humble dog treat pouch, and give you our recommendations for the very best options in Australia.
Quick Picks - The Top 3
Our Number 1 Pick -
Dog Nation Dog Treat Training Pouch Bag
- Waterproof and oil-proof
- Easy to clean with waterproof lining
- Versatile (comes with poop bag dispenser)
Runner Up -
DOOG Treat Pouch
- Versatile in how you can wear it
- Easy to clean
- Comes with 20 complimentary biodegradable poo bags
Third Choice -
PET N PET Dog Treat Training Pouch
- Comes with 45 poo bags
- Multiple compartments
- Money-back guarantee
Australia's Best Dog Treat Pouches 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.
Together with our panel of independent experts, 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. And our panel of independent experts note it has everything you could want.
For a start, it is very versatile. I was able to wear it clipped onto my belt loops, tied around my waist or slung over my shoulder.
But the flexibility doesn’t stop there. The bag is primarily a pocket for treats but with an exterior 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. like our number two choice ahead. The inner material is also waterproof and can be flipped inside out for easy cleaning. It will last you a long time through plenty of use - through every rainstorm and heatwave.
Finally, every member of our panel of researchers 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 bag that you need in your life! Designed in partnership with professional dog trainers and behaviourists, this treat pouch 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. Like our number one choice, 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 DOOG Treat Pouch being tested by our independent expert team.
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, our panel of independent experts consider 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 Dog Nation model. The DOOG dog treat bags are easy to clean, lightweight and perfectly portable however you want to wear it. Thumbs up from us.
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 1.2 m adjustable waistband. Alternatively, you can use one of the two sturdy carabiner clips to secure the bag to your belt loops.
The PET N PET Dog Treat Training Pouch being tested by our independent expert team.
The main pouch has a drawstring closure that keeps the treats safe. There is also a compartment on the side of the pouch to hold poo bags for easy access. As an added bonus, the manufacturer provides 45 poo bags in your kit - fabulous, and even more than comes with our number two option!
On top of those storage spaces, I loved how it has two zippered pockets and an open front-slip pocket. There was plenty of space to store multiple different types of treats or mine and my dog's other 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 a lower 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, multi-functional, surprisingly large treat training pouch, this could be the one for you.
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.
To use it, all I had to do was slip medium-sized treats into the side slits of the product to keep them safe. When it was time to reward my dog for a trick well done, I simply squeezed the pouch to release the treats inside.
The Kibble Bubble Dog Treat Pouch being tested by our independent expert team.
Every member of expert panel said 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.
I also love how 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 11 cm x 7 cm whilst the ball is 5 cm x 8 cm.
Best of all, this product is completely dishwasher safe. If you loathe the thought of cleaning out a nylon treat bag like the other choices we have previously recommended, then 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!
So you’re in the market for an entirely hands-free treat bag. No shoulder straps or waistbelts like our first three options. 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.
Our panel of experts appreciated that it is a very simple bag with two compartments. The main compartment holds a generous amount of treats, keeping them fresh and cool inside.
The Kurgo Go Stuff-It Dog Treat Bag being tested by our independent expert team.
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 the manufacturers of our number two and three choices 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.
How about one with a magnetic closure? Then the RoyalCare treat pouch will not disappoint.
Talk about economical - this is a two-piece set, like our second choice, 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. As it is a two-piece set, I was able to use one for wet treats and the other for dry.
The RoyalCare 2Pcs Treat Pouch being tested by our independent expert team.
The dimensions are 12.5 cm x 10.5 cm x 4 cm which should hold a decent amount of treats each.
Like our number four option, 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.
What I 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. During our testing phase, our expert panel quickly learned that the shape and style of the dog treat pouch you choose needs 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 and keys.
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 is going to get in the way. Therefore, you may prefer a magnetic closure for fast one-handed opening and access to the treats 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 greatly 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, and are able to find the best dog treat pouch for you.
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.
Our experys suggest that you 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 hands free and simply clip onto your belt loops?
Do you want the option and flexibility 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 for 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.
My Final Say
Quite the lineup, right? For a top all-around treat pouch that is portable, durable and multifaceted in the best way, our team of independent experts say the Dog Nation 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, we think that 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 Dog Nation treat pouch.
Related: Are Dog Treats Healthy?
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, 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. February 2, 2023. “4 Tips for Training Your Dog With Rewards”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved April 4, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/training-rewards/
- Gibeault, S. July 22, 2022. “Get Started in Dog Agility at Home”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved April 4, 2023. 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 April 4, 2023. https://www.thesprucepets.com/using-treats-for-dog-training-1118255
- “Dog and Cat Daily Caloric Needs”. Pet Obesity Prevention. Retrieved April 4, 2023. https://petobesityprevention.org/pet-caloric-needs
- Grota, J. December 6, 2022. “Obesity in Dogs”. PetMD. Retrieved April 4, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/obesity-dogs
- “6 Healthy Treat Ideas for Dogs”. December 5, 2016. PetMD Editorial. Retrieved April 4, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/6-healthy-treat-ideas-dogs
- Stilwell, N. December 10, 2019. “5 Consequences of Rotten Dog Teeth”. PetMD. Retrieved April 4, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/evr_dg_oral_hygiene_and_your_dogs_health