Treats are something that we never leave the house without when going out for a walk because we are always working on training with Athena. Sometimes we use our OllyDog Treat Bags to store treats in, or if I'm lazy, I just stuff treats in the front pocket of my purse. However, it can sometimes be a bit inconvenient to riffle through my treat bag (the magnetic snap gets in the way of opening the bag) or purse (it's usually so stuffed that it's hard to reach in the pocket) with one hand to pull out a treat.
We recently found a treat that has solved the walking treat debacle. It's called a Leanlix. This low calorie chapstick tube of a treat is so genius that I'm a little jealous I didn't think of the idea myself! Instead of pulling treat after treat out of a bag, I simply carry the Leanlix in my right hand (with the cap off) and hold Athena's leash in my left hand. Whenever it's time to treat Athena for something such as a "heel" at the corner or a good "leave it" as we pass a barking dog, I simply give her a couple of licks of her Leanlix and she's good to go.
I purchased the Leanlix at one of our favorite local pet stores, Personal Beast, for only $11. Yes, that's more expensive than a typical bag of training treats, but this thing lasts a loooooong time! The Leanlix sticks come in six different flavors (fish, bbq steak, hot dog, turkey, strawberry, and raspberry/vanilla). We first bought the turkey flavor called Dishwasher Diner and then couldn't resist buying a second in the One and Only Strawberry flavor. Athena loves both, but she is a bit more partial to her turkey stick and sometimes tries to get her little front teeth in on the action because it's just so yummy.
Another added bonus is that the Leanlix company is located just a short distance away from us in Seattle, Washington and the sticks are sold all over the country and online (check their website for a list of retailers). Not only does the Leanlix work great out on our walks, but we have used it during obedience training classes and at our most recent RespectaBulls walk.
What are some ways that you manage all of your doggie essentials (treats, poop bags, dog, etc.) while out on a walk?