The 7 Best Leash Accessories of 2022

Kurgo's Duty Bag Dispenser is our pick for the most essential leash accessory

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The Kurgo Duty Bag Dog Poop Bag Dispenser is a low-profile, machine-washable, attaches flat to your leash and has become an indispensable part of our dog walking routine. If you want to bring along treats, we recommend the Ruffwear Treat Trader, which is waterproof and has an easy-to-use magnetic snap closure.

A few key accessories can make your next dog walk safer, more convenient, and more fun. Many useful dog accessories attach directly to your leash, providing you access to doggy poop bags, snacks, and more.

We researched leash accessories for the best combination of utility, clever design, portability, and useful features. We looked especially for those products that serve multiple functions or enhance you and your dog's visibility while you're out on a walk. Then, throughout multiple dog walks and real-world conditions, we tried out several the picks on this list for further insights.

Below you'll find the best leash accessories for your next walk.

Our Top Picks
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Best Bag Dispenser: Kurgo Duty Bag Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

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Kurgo Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

Amazon

What We Like
  • Attaches to any flat or rope leash

  • Machine washable

  • Has extra hook for used poop bags

What We Don't Like
  • Velcro straps can stick to some clothes

  • Last bags on a roll can come out at once

  • Can fit thinner leashes a little loosely

So many bag dispensers are hard plastic containers that you snap onto the leash (or your pocket). They can dangle awkwardly and get in the way. This Kurgo option is very low-profile—it slides on to the leash with a hook at the top and small velcro straps. It's thoughtfully designed to attach to any leash. The only downside to the Kurgo Dog Poop Bag Dispenser is that it can hang a little loosely on thinner leashes, but attaching it to the handle loop prevented it from shimmying down the leash in our tests.

You can fit a roll of bags inside the zippered pouch or stuff in a handful of loose ones. It even comes with a roll of 15, ready to go. Thoughtful extras, like the metal hook for hanging used poop bags, has made the Kurgo our go-to poop bag dispenser. It's even machine washable.

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Best for Treats: Ruffwear Treat Trader Dog Treat Bag

Ruffwear Treat Trader Dog Treat Bag

Amazon

What We Like
  • Clips to waistband or enclosed belt

  • One-handed magnetic snap

  • Waterproof lining

What We Don't Like
  • Outside pocket could be bigger

You can’t leave for a walk without some treats. This bag hooks onto your waistband or you can snap it on with the enclosed nylon strap belt. The Ruffwear Treat Trader Dog Treat Bag has a roomy main compartment with a waterproof liner. It snaps open and shut with a sturdy magnetic closure and can be operated easily with one hand. There’s a small outside pocket where you can store a training clicker or spare poop bags. 

Although the bag can be washed by hand, you may still want to put particularly smelly or wet treats into a disposable bag to make cleanup easier.

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Best for Carrying Waste: Dooloop Dog Poop Holder

Dooloop Dog Poop Holder

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to use one-handed

  • Made in Maine of recycled plastic

  • Comes in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Beaded chain isn’t very secure

This simple gadget makes it easy and mess-free to tote along a full poop bag on your walk, without having to juggle it with the leash handle, treats, and other items. Just attach it to your leash and slip the soiled bag into the Dooloop's slot after scooping up your dog’s deposit. The narrow slot catches the knot, so it stays on one side of the Dooloop Dog Poop Holder, allowing the bag to securely dangle in place on the other side until you get home.

The Dooloop is made in Maine of recycled plastic. It’s lightweight and comes in several colors. One tip: Replace (or supplement) the flimsy metal chain connector with a Velcro strap or a zip tie for more security.

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Best Light: Nite Ize Spotlit Rechargeable Collar Light Disc-O Tech

Nite Ize Spotlit Rechargeable Collar Light Disc-O Tech

Amazon

What We Like
  • Rechargeable

  • Four color choices

  • Weather-resistant case

What We Don't Like
  • Too big for tiny dogs

When you’re out in the evenings, or before the sun comes up, this bright collar light helps people spot you and your pup. You can choose from four colors (red, green, blue, or white) or opt to let the beacon cycle through all four. You can also choose between solid and flashing with a push of the button.

The Nite Ize Spotlit Rechargeable Collar Light connects to a collar or harness using a metal carabiner. Its battery life is around five hours, with charging done via micro USB cable (which isn’t included). At about 1.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in length, the Nite Ize collar light may be too large for tiny dogs.

There's also a larger option, the SpotLit XL, for even bigger dogs.

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Best Leash Message: Max and Neo Leash Sleeves

Max and Neo Leash Sleeves

Amazon

What We Like
  • Large text and bright colors

  • Eight messages

  • Easy to attach

What We Don't Like
  • Can be too wide for very narrow leashes

Sometimes people come racing up to dogs on a walk, wanting to pet and snuggle them. You can slip a sleeve onto your dog’s leash to communicate some info about your pet like “In Training,” “Friendly,” or “Do Not Pet.” The padded sleeves attach securely with Velcro to most leashes.

Text is large and the colors are bright so people can see your message from far away and know how to react when they come close to your pet. Plus you’re giving back with each purchase: For every item sold, Max and Neo donates an item to an animal rescue.

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Best Way to Go Hands-Free: Tuff Mutt Hands-Free Bungee Leash

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Tuff Mutt Hands-Free Bungee Leash

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Dog can walk on either side easily

  • Has two handles and bungee connector

  • Comes in many colors

What We Don't Like
  • No storage in waist belt

If you’re a runner or hiker and have a dog with great leash manners, a hands-free leash can make life easier on the trails. There are plenty of styles with various features like bungees, handles, and padding. This one from Tuff Mutt has a shock-absorbing bungee to absorb the action if your dog pulls or you stop suddenly, plus it offers an extra foot of wiggle room. 

The Tuff Mutt Hands Hands-Free Bungee Leash uses a clip that glides along the waist belt as your dog moves from one side to your other. Should you need to take control of your pet quickly, two handles are available along the length of the leash.

The Bungee Leash comes in more than a dozen colors and includes reflective stitching for added safety during those early-morning or late-night outings. Its adjustable belt can fit waists up to 42 inches.

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Best Hand Sanitizer Holder: Bow Wow Pet Wear Dog Sanitizer Holder Keychain

Bow Wow Pet Wear Dog Sanitizer Holder Keychain

Etsy

What We Like
  • Comes in many styles

  • Clips onto a leash, purse, or backpack

  • Holds most 1-ounce bottles

What We Don't Like
  • Clip might not be big enough for wide leashes

When you’re scooping poop and exploring the great outdoors, you might want to stop occasionally and disinfect. This hand sanitizer holder looks like a smiling puppy and holds most 1-ounce bottles. You can clip it onto a leash, belt loop, or backpack.

Bow Wow Pet Wear Dog Sanitizer Holders are also available in several other styles including specific dog breeds, other animals, and hobby themed keychains. The holders are made of easy-to-clean vinyl.

Final Verdict

Two of our favorite products are both bags. The Kurgo Duty Bag Dog Poop Bag Dispenser is a low-profile, machine-washable bag dispenser that attaches flat to your leash. The Ruffwear Treat Trader is a waterproof waist-worn treat pouch that has an easy-to-use magnetic snap and is simple to keep clean.

What to Look for in Leash Accessories

Convenience and Added Features

The whole point of these accessories is to make your walk easier, safer, or just plain better. But sometimes gadgets can be difficult to use or weigh you down. When choosing an item, look for convenience features, like the ability to use one-handed or hands-free. Products that serve several functions, such as providing extra storage like the Kurgo Duty Bag, can be especially helpful.

Visibility

Being spotted when you’re out with your dog is a great safety feature. Many of these items have reflective stitching or bold colors. And the whole purpose of a collar light is after-dark safety. Look for features like reflective tape or bright designs that keep you and your pet safe when out on an adventure.

Durability

Inexpensive, fragile items aren’t a great idea, particularly for the great outdoors. Choose accessories that are made of rugged fabrics or materials, have strong attachments or closures, and seem built to last.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets? 

Mary Jo DiLonardo has been writing about pets and animals for several decades. She has a rescue dog and has fostered more than three dozen dogs and puppies. Pet health and safety is very important to Mary Jo and she’s always researching the latest products to keep the dogs in her care healthy and safe.

For this roundup, we looked at gadgets for convenience, durability, and added features. We received some samples and purchased others, then tested them for this story.