When I take the dogs for a walk I generally take along a wonderful small bag made specifically for dog walkers by Tom Bihn, my favourite bag maker.
The Citizen Canine is primarily a treat bag (for training treats/rewards/bribes) with a poop-bag dispenser built in. The treat compartment makes up the top two-thirds of the bag; the top edge of the pouch is stiffened to remain open for easy access, but it closes with a drawstring so the treats stay inside otherwise. The treat portion is also big enough to fit a tennis or similar size ball (or toy), in case your buddy is more inspired by fetch than by food.
Poop bags dispense discreetly from a soft plastic grommet on the lower back side of the Citizen Canine; there’s zippered access to the inside of the Citizen Canine where a clever metal-pin assembly retains the roll of bags so they can roll easily.
Update: May 2016 — there’s a new version of the bag now. It’s at Citizen Canine.
The bag has 3 pockets. In the large compartment I keep treats and also a tiny bottle of hand sanitiser for those times when there’s an accident. Our dogs don’t play with a ball so we don’t carry one. There’s enough room in that top compartment for me to stuff in my car and house keys if I need to.
There’s also a small zipped pocket on each side. In one I keep cards for my Run Spot Run website, while in the other I have a small amount of just-in-case money and a house key.
Then of course I keep a roll of poop bags in the special poop bag dispenser section. I also keep a single bag tucked into the elastic in that part in case the roll runs out unexpectedly.
Note for Wellington dog owners: the green bags from the Council don’t work in this dispenser as they need to be used from the centre of the roll out. Other rolls work fine.
I like to use my bag with the shoulder strap, but a waist strap can be attached as well or instead.
I’ve also added a couple of snap-hook carabiners to the bag. There’s a largish one on the shoulder strap that I sometimes use to attach the case with my tiny Bushnell 8x 25mm binoculars. It’s not the best solution in the world, but it does work.
The other hook is attached close to the bottom of the bag where there’s a handy loop of nylon webbing. Once I’ve used a poop bag for a pickup I can tie a loop in the bag and attach it to the hook until we find a rubbish bin. Again, it’s not a fantastic solution, but it beats holding on to that bag as we walk, especially when I’m trying to hold dog leads with one hand and take a photo with the other.
Like all Tom Bihn bags this little one is extremely well made and carefully designed to be fit for purpose. If you’re looking for a gift for a dog owner this would be a welcome treat I’m sure.