I Really Love My: Current Gear for Dog Walking

This one’s for all the people who are looking for their next dog walking setup, whether they’re walking their own dog or private walking client dogs. I really love my dog walking setup for when I’m walking one dog:

Mindy and Ranger were thrilled to have their photo taken

Products featured on the person:

  • Convertible hands-free biothane leash by Hightail Hikes (use code GS10 for 10% off)
  • Treat pouch Backcountry Day Bag by OllyDog
  • Used Poop Bag holder by Clive and Bacon (not on beach photo but htat’s for being on the person sooo)

    Products featured on the dogs:

    Lately I’ve been rocking my hands free leash for walking dogs solo. It’s been so freeing to not have to multitask on holding and handling the leash with one hand while I’m treating and leading with the other as well as always being ready to grab my dog by the harness handle if something goes awry. That handle on the harness is CLUTCH. The harness being longer makes it less likely any wiggle worms can wiggle out of the harness in a time of tension or shenanigans. The initial adjustment of getting it sized is annoying but so worth it for the feeling of security.

    Photo of a black dog with big triangle bat years zoomed in with his handler in the background. The handler is holding a green and blue leash that connects her body to the dog’s harness. The leash is circled both on the dog and the human to emphasize where it is.
    High Tail Hikes convertible hands free leash with carabiners, You can use our code GS10 at checkout for 10% off your order

    The convertible leash has a locking carabiner on each end, and it can adjust the connecty-doodle for adjusting to be slung around the shoulder, wrap around my waist, or attach it to a bench or tree when I need a second to adjust things, etc. With the leash being able to make a loop, I’ll also sometimes throw my treat bag along it instead of the bag having its own belt and buckle to cut down on stuff on my body.

    A person’s hip is zoomed in with a dog treat bag circled. the bag is blue, red, and black.
    The OllyDog treat pouch “backcountry day bag.” Oooo fancy without being obtrusive!

    The OllyDog bag has been really surprising for me in that it’s been super durable despite prying noses and teeth trying to get in. The zip top helps keep sneaky mcsneakersons’ faces out, and there’s plenty of pockets and compartments for keys — with a clip! — poop bags, money, ID, safety gear like sprays, and your phone.

    A black dog with a red harness  and triangle ears is looking at the viewer. He has a leash sleeve on his harness strap with a stop sign, crossed out hand, crossed out eye, and crossed out speech bubble on it. The leash sleeve is circled.
    Leash sleeve by Patience and Love 143, exclusively on etsy

    The leash sleeve provides some info to observers to give us space or at least not try to pet the dog, while the GPS gives me some relief on worrying if the dog gets away from me somehow, I’ll be able to track him on my phone.

    A black dog with big triangle ears and red harness looks at the camera. A blue box on his collar is circled.
    The Whistle’s standard size works well for togs 40 pounds and up. For smaller dogs, they offer a smaller sized tracker, though it will look gigantic and may be best on a body harness (they make attachments for that) for dogs smaller than 15 pounds.

    It’s a box that does not vibrate, beep, or shock. It has an option to send you phone notifications on your phone or through email when the battery is getting low. Make sure to keep it charged! The Whistle has an initial cost, then if you’d like it to be able to track outside of identified WiFi signals, a separate recurring cost will be required. If you opt to not pay for the “phone” signal part, you can still use the Whistle as a step and motion type tracker to help manage your dog’s health.

    Zooming in:

    This list will helpfully get you rolling on feeling secure and prepared for your walks so you can set-it-and-forget-it with all your gear. You can take a peek at gear in action on our facebook and instagram pages in between the cute photos and videos.

    Please note, some but not all of these links are affiliate links where I may be able to earn a small commission.

    My Favorite Dog Training Equipment and Dog Enrichment Gear for 2024

    These are a few of my favorite things

    Us professionals often get asked what we use personally with our own pets; the list of great gear we find from our colleagues, clients, education, and experience gets longer every year! I decided to get all my favorite dog training gear for 2024 into one place. For now this is just a glorified list of links; I hope to update with photos of everything as the year goes on.

    This gear, equipment, lifestyle items, whatever you want to call them are supposed to help you live more fulfilling, less-stressy lives. Please note! A few of these items may be affiliate links, and I may receive a fee when you use said link. Some have special discount codes!

    Treats! Red Barn Meat Rolls, available on Chewy

    Poop Bags! Earth-rated Bags with Handles, available on Chewy

    Body Language Book! Lili Chin’s Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend, available directly from Lili herself or on Amazon

    Going Outside! Safety and IDs

    Leash: Hightail Hikes Convertible leash (use our code GS10 for 10% off!) buy directly from their website

    Harness: Ruffwear Flagline Harness with Lift and Assist Handle on Amazon or directly from Ruffwear

    Treat pouch:

    1. Doggone Good Rapid treat pouch available on Amazon
    2. Treat pouch Backcountry Day Bag by OllyDog

    Muzzle: Trust Your Dog Custom Muzzles and Company of Animals’ Baskerville

    Trust Your Dog’s website

    Baskerville available on Amazon and Chewy

    Collars: GoTags Personalized Dog Collar on Amazon

    Identification tag: Tough Tags’ dog tags available on Amazon and Etsy

    Leash and Harness Wraps: Patience and Love 143’s Snap-on Wraps available on Etsy

    Inside the Home

    Slow Feeder Bowl: Sodapup Dog’s Slow Feeder Bowls on Amazon and Chewy

    Puzzle Food and Food Stuffing Toy: WestPaw’s Toppl on Amazon and Chewy

    Pressure Mounted Gate: MidWest Home for Pets Tall Metal Gate on Amazon

    Slow Water Bowl: Upsky Metal Bowl with Floating Disk “no spill” on Amazon

    Collars: Chic Pooch Boutique’s Handmade Collars on Etsy

    Dog Bed: FurHaven’s Cooling Gel Bed with Bolsters on Amazon

    Sound Masking Machine: SNOOZ White Noise Machine (with real fan inside) on Amazon