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This Bag Is A Treat

Around here, if you want to teach a dog something, you’d better be packing.

TREATS … lots and lots of treats.

Ty Walking

Show me the treats!

For years, every jacket and pair of jeans I owned had treat crumbs crammed down in the corners of the pockets. And you can’t consider yourself real dog owner until you’ve sent a cheese stick through the washer – and the dryer.

When I discovered a treat bag that would clip to my belt, I was sold. Not only would I avoid the treat residue in my pocket (and underneath my fingernails), but the treats were also easier to grab, so I was faster on the draw!

Buster's Eyes

Treats? Did someone say TREATS?

But it wasn’t long before the ol’ bag was looking pretty ruff.

Dumpy Treat Bag

Enter the Tom Bihn Citizen Canine Dog Treat Bag

Just in time to save my image, Tom Bihn, maker of sophisticated laptop cases, travel bags, and backpacks in their Seattle, WA factory, asked us to review their new Citizen Canine dog treat bag.

Tom Bihn Citizen Canine Treat Bag

This is, by far, the most well constructed and classiest treat bag I’ve ever seen. It comes in seven fun color combinations and has three pockets – two with zipper closures and a treat pouch with draw-string closure that’s designed so the lining will not tear no matter how tight you pull it. The bag is made with a ballistic nylon exterior and a rip-stop nylon interior … both of which repel fur. It will hold your clicker, money, cell phone, and treats. And, there’s no need to attach a waste bag dispenser, because it has one built in!

Tom Bihn Citizen Canine Dog Walking Bag

A zipper in the bottom of the bag provides access to the metal pin assembly that holds any standard size roll of waste bags. Just pull the first bag through the soft plastic grommet in the back, and you’re good to go.

The Citizen Canine comes with an adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap; optional accessories include a waist strap, a Krebs recycled climbing rope leash, and a Guardian light to make you easy to spot after dark.

The price tag is the only thing that would cause me to think twice before buying. At $55, it’s considerably more expensive than the last treat bag I bought – but in this case, you get what you pay for. I imagine this bag will outlast four or five of the lesser expensive bags and still look great. And, if you do need to have it repaired, Tom Bihn will do it for a reasonable charge.

PS – That dirty old red treat bag pictured above … I gave it to Rod.

Something Wagging’s Train Your Dog Challenge

January is National Train Your Dog Month, and Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes has issued the fun and guilt-free Something Wagging Train Your Dog Challenge. Many of you have committed to participating, and we want to help you succeed – or at least look good trying.

Enter to Win

Now you can win a Citizen Canine dog treat bag in your choice of colors. Just leave a comment below telling us what you’re training your pet to do this month.

Update

This contest is now closed. The winner was Debbie J. of Guilford, VT.

Disclosure: We received one free Citizen Canine dog treat bag from Tom Bihn. The opinions expressed here are my honest assessment of the product based on my personal experience using it. Tom Bihn will send a free Citizen Canine dog treat bag to the winner of this contest.

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  • I know! I wish they were still making it, Hilarie. Unfortunately, they stopped a few years ago.

  • This is a great doggie treat bag..Fab that it holds your cell too!!I want IT!!!!!

  • That’s fantastic, Shawna – have a great time with your little one!

  • Our new Lab Pup is getting ready for training class. This would be great! We’ll be in style..

  • Hi Clare! I think there are no comments appearing because we switched to a new commenting system a while back and lost some of our old comments. Unfortunately, the treat bag was awarded to a winner, so it’s not still up for grabs. That being said, I wish you the best of luck with training your Roo (which is a nickname I sometimes use for Buster). Getting him to stay when you leave the room is a brilliant idea – I think I’m going to work on that with my guys!

  • Clare Dawe says:

    Ok, so I’ve only just seen this blog post whilst busy looking for a new treat bag as mine is currently in a worse state than your red one above! I noticed as well that there are no other comments, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that the bag is still up for grabs? I’m currently teaching my big boy Roo ( Great Dane x Rottweiler) to sit and stay when I leave the room and wait patiently until I return, that and role over which with his long legs is proving more tricky than expected :-) Thanks, clare [email protected]

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