Picking up dog poop: it’s a stinky, thankless job, but somebody’s gotta do it. And if you have a dog (or dogs), that somebody is you. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than a dog owner who just lets his or her canine crap all over the sidewalk.
While picking up dog poop with your bare hands might seem like a nice low-cost option, it’s probably not the best for you or your personal hygiene. That’s why poop bags are an essential purchase for any conscientious dog owner.
But there are so many bags to choose from! How do you pick? What’s the right choice? Fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up and detailed 8 varied options for you to consider. Check them out below:
Sometimes, when you’re picking up your dog’s poop, things can get a little messy. Sure, you get the majority of the business inside the bag, but it’s not uncommon for it to smear up the sides near where you’re supposed to tie it off. Whenever that happens, I have flashbacks to my childhood of tying off slippery water balloons with my soaking wet hands. Is there anything more frustrating?
The downside to the Earth Rated Handle Bag is that it doesn’t come in rolls, and therefore doesn’t fit inside the dispenser you probably have attached to your dog’s leash. The upside is that tying off your poop bags is no longer a panic-inducing experience. Instead, it’s an eco-friendly, lavender-scented breeze. Mm, smells like success.
BarkBox’s Poop Pun Poop Bags are great, not just because they’re eco-friendly – we already have enough plastic lying around – but also because they’re big enough and thick enough to contain even the most impressive of dog poops. And on top of all that, they’ve got funny poop puns on each and every bag. Yes, I occasionally buy poop bags based their entertaining designs. So what?
Picking up your dog’s poop is pretty essential, right? I think we’ve already covered that. We’ve also covered how important poop bags can be in the service of picking up said poop. But what if I told you that you could pick up poop and fight cancer all at the same time? That’s what Pink Paws poop bags are all about. Not only are these bags eco-friendly and rose-scented, but for every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to fighting breast cancer.
While many of the dog bags on this list are purportedly eco-friendly and do, in fact, break down in landfills over time (as little as 18 months, they say), the BioBag may be the most eco-friendly of them all. BioBags are made “from a resin based on plant starches, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers,” which is just a fancy way of saying that they’re one of the best possible poop bag options for someone who truly cares about the environment.
Not every dog poops near a trash can. In fact, some don’t even poop outside. Puppies – and dogs that just don’t care about your so-called “rules” – are often prone to pooping inside. That can be a problem if trash day is a week away and your trash can is filled to the brim with sullied poop bags. But what if I told you there was another way? A way that got rid of that terrible poopy stench just as soon as it started wafting?
FlushPuppies Doodie Bags is that way. Supposedly, they’re certified compostable and completely flushable. That means, if your pup has an accident, all you’ve got to do is wrap it up in a Doodie Bag, drop it in the toilet, and flush the pain away.
If you care more about the color of your poop bags than protecting the planet from certain annihilation, then these are the bags for you. On the plus side, you can buy a huge number of these babies for relatively cheap.
While the pooper scooper isn’t a poop bag, it is a potentially vital weapon in the war against dog poop. Now, as a New Yorker who barely even remembers what a backyard is, this item doesn’t really have much use for me. But for someone who lives in a “house” in the “suburbs” with a “yard” where his or her dog is allowed to poop wherever he or she wants, I could definitely see how the GoGo Stik would be a godsend. Poop piles up, especially in the winter, and bending down to pick it all up can wreak havoc on your back. Fortunately, that’s where the Pooper Scooper comes in, scooping all your poopy troubles away.
While Pogi’s poop bags already made an appearance on this list, these are a bag of a different ilk – they’re not for your dog so much as everyone else’s dogs. After all, we’ve all been in position where we’re on the street with a pooping dog and we’re all out of poop bags. Maybe you thought you grabbed one before you left or maybe your dog pooped twice and you only had one bag on you. Regardless, it’s an inevitability as a dog owner. What do you do? Do you search around for litter? Do you pick up a plastic bag off the street?
Well, no, not if your neighbor has a Pogi’s Outdoor Waste Station. The good thing about procuring a Waste Station is that, not only are you being selfless and neighborly, you’re also protecting your front yard/garden/sidewalk/whatever from being forever stained with feces. It’s the ultimate win-win situation.
As for a poop dispenser to hold these pawesome bags? Well check out BarkShop’s Doggy Bag Dispenser for Dogs, because even poop bags deserve to be adorable.