What would you say is the best poop bag in the winter? My sisters and I are out every day of the year for a minimum of two walks, which means we use a lot of poop bags. Just because it is cold out doesn’t mean active dogs can leave poop lying around. We workout and pick up poop in all types of weather. I decided it was finally time to figure out which bag is the best for use in the cold and snow!
Winter causes a lot of complications when you are picking up after your dog. If you have active dogs like us all year, and live in a cold climate, you know what I’m howling about. Snow is cold, poop is warm, so it sinks right in. When the human picks it up, snow goes in the bag with the poop. The warm poop melts the snow, causing fluid to build in the bag. Depending on the temperature, the fluid will freeze and as we have found, puncture the bag making a huge mess!
When we are out and about, trash cans are not always readily available, meaning Mom may have to carry the bag with poop for a considerable amount of time. Let me tell you…if the bag springs a leak, the party is over. Mom becomes like a mean, angry grizzly bear! Her mood is ruined, and we have to hurry home immediately. If she could call 911 to get a ride home asap, she would. This leakage thing happens every year, which is why I’m now voting for the best poop bags in the winter – Earth Rated.
There are three of us dogs, so we go through a lot of bags. We’ve tried generic poop bags, bags we get in rolls at events, bags from stores, bread bags, so many bags, but none can be trusted. One day it dawned on us that the only truly “safe” bag, the bag that has never failed us, is the bag from Earth Rated!
I have no idea why they don’t tear or puncture like every other bag, but I am thankful. They also don’t get firm and crispy in the cold either. Earth Rated bags can be purchased in scented, unscented, rolls, bags, or handle bags. We always get the scented handle bags. Some days Mom manages to pack three to five “dumps” into one bag if it is early morning and we all have to do our business right off the bat. The bag may be stuffed, but no leakage!
Let’s face it, no human wants to have a bag leak out onto their gloves and clothing. Leakage itself is bad enough, but in the winter, it then freezes onto the clothing. It really makes humans mad! Do your human and yourself a favor if you live in a cold climate, get some good, sturdy Earth Rated Poop Bags before you start your winter workouts.
If you want to keep walking, or continue your workout in the great outdoors, I suggest Earth Rated bags. We hate having to cut our workout short because of a bad bag! Even the last days where it was -15 on our walks, these bags held up. My GBGV Life votes for Earth Rated as the Best Poop Bag In The Winter! This post was not sponsored by Earth Rated. These are our bags, but we wanted to let our friends know about a product we find extremely useful in our extreme winter!
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I really like those poop bags, too! I also agree with your mom that nothing is worse than a leaking poop bag! Yikes!! Not fun!
After having multiple leakages over the past few winters we decided these are the only bags we will use in the winter.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
I’ve used them before and you’re right Emma, they make a huge difference. The scented ones are the best! Nice review. Have a great weekend!
They are good any time, but in the cold here, there are now a must for us.
M. K. Clinton says
We are fans of another brand but I have to admit that I have never considered snow poop and the complications that it could bring. Fifteen below is incredibly cold. I can’t imagine those temperatures! BRRRR!
We use all kinds of different brands and bags when it is above freezing and have no problems, but in the cold, it really does matter.
Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs says
that is the brand we use – Mom likes the lavender scented ones. One thing we do wish is they would make poop bags a standard size – some of them are to big to fit in our favorite container
We like the scented ones best too. For us, the size being big enough is the most important so we don’t need a fresh one for each dog, but the size of the roll doesn’t matter much since we rarely use those holder things.
We’ve been fans of EarthRated Poop bags for a long time! They’re the only ones we buy too!
We use so many, we often use bags we have but no more in the winter!
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
Oh man, what a mess…another reason to be glad we live in SoCal. I agree though, we like thee bags too!
Cold and snow throws a whole new wrench in the poop bag arena. It really ruins a walk or run in a hurry when there is leakage.
I agree, it’s a challenge to handle a poop bag while wearing gloves or in worst case mittens… thanks for a good tip to avoid a mess :o)
Handling the bag is tough enough, but the leakage is really nasty.
We never thought of those things Emma, but it does make a lot of sense and an excellent choice!
I don’t think you kitties need to worry about it. Even here in MN, the litter box never freezes in the house.
Frankie and Ernie says
We got some of those once… and must admit that they ARE very VERY nice… If a poop bag can be considered NICE, that is…
I’m just happy they don’t spring a leak like the others. Trust me, you don’t want to be out with my mom if the bag starts leaking! She gets really mad and the party is over.
Diane Silver (@ToDogWithLove) says
What a great tip! We don’t have to deal with the snow issue much, but these are my favorite bags anyway! I love the way they smell. Makes scooping much more pleasant.
They are the only ones we do buy, but it wasn’t until we had some leakage issues we realized they are the only bags of any kind we have that don’t spring a leak in the cold and snow.
Sparkle the PBGV says
What a great review on a stinky subject! You are the best. XOXO Sparkle the PBGV
It stinks to blog about poop, but if we can help a few dogs avoid leakage issues it will be worth it.
Karen Meldrum says
We like this brand too!!!
Best one for the winter!
Earth Rated is our favorite brand too!! We buy them by the “big box” and lately, even our park is carrying them in their “poop bag box”. Mama likes the scented handle bags too!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
Yep, we get the 120 bag box and it lasts, well, not too long, but no leakage and that is what matters.
Scooping the poop in freezing weather with snow is a tricky job! We use Earth Rated bags as well! 🙂
We have to keep the leakage down as it really gets my mom upset when it happens, but with these bags, no problem.
Two French Bulldogs says
Mom says HBO words when she notices non-poop picker uppers
Lily & Edward
Our area is pretty good about picking up, but the HBO words come out when a bag starts leaking on a walk. Now we know to only use Earth Rated in the winter.
Isn’t it crazy that we people have to ask ourselves these questions?
I was a dedicated user of Flush Doggy flushable bags for years. They last a good long time on a walk with no problem. But the only time I ever had an issue with them was when Honey had a case of diarrhea in snow. By the time I picked up the wet poop and the wet snow, the bag started to dissolve.
It was the only time it happened. And I was fine when I cleaned up with a second flushable bag (maybe that one was a dud). But it’s a smart questions to ask about your poop bags before you have a big mess.
If you have to carry them for a while in the freezing cold, most bags start to leak somewhere from all the jostling around. Not the case with Earth Rated, so we are sold on them for winter use. A dissolving bag could really be scary!
Earl Lover says
We use these poop bags all the time.
They are the best I have decided.
Jan K says
This is actually really great to know! I have some of the Earth Rated bags somewhere, but I’ve lost them when doing my cleaning out, so I’ve had to use cheap ones. The ones I have now are really small and I don’t like them at all! I’m going to have to find those or just get some more I guess.
I wanted to help anyone who walks in the winter and has to carry the bag for a while. The mess of broken leaking bags is something no one should have to deal with.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
I am a huge fan of Earth Rated poop bags. They are fantastic!
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We have always liked them, but for winter, they are the only ones we can rely on.
Miss Harper Lee says
Oh my goodness, Emma. I had no idea what a challenge the poo-snow combo can be. Glad you found the perfect bag, and I’m really happy for your mom. 😉
Who would think about it until it happens multiple times and one is forced to think about it. These bags are the only ones that seem to hold up!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Good bags are important. I used some free ones we got and they ripped!
Yep, every bag seems to rip, but not these.
Emma! Mom laughed out loud when you said “if mom could call 911 to get a ride home ASAP, she would” Mom has thought the exact same thing! Especially when my sister rolls in goose poop and we have to walk home holding our noses before mom can get the hose on that stinky baby sister. Great post!! We are going to look for these bags.
Thankfully it has been years since we rolled in anything nasty, but the bad poop bags have plagued us. So far the Earth Rated bags have never let us down!
Ellen Shedlarz says
Great information especially for city people who always are picking up. Thank you
Hopefully everyone is picking up these days! You may need these in the snow this weekend!
Barbara Rivers says
HA! I couldn’t agree more – Earthrated poop bags are my all-time favorites, and I’ve tried a ton of different ones as well! Besides always carrying some on my walks with Missy & Buzz, I also always bring them along on my dog walking/cat sitting visits. I love that I’m able to use them in multi-pet households to pick up after the dogs first in the yard, and then add the dirty litter from the garage litter box right on top of the dog poop. One bag for multiple poops – it doesn’t get any better than that!
Exactly! And if you were in the cold and snow, you would appreciate their sturdiness even more!
Those are our favorites here!
We don’t know what makes them so much better than others, but they definitely are.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
good to know this, thanks for testing them out!
We were kind of forced to as we couldn’t take the broken, leaking bags any longer.
We have been using these dog poop bags for years. I cannot recommend them enough. Truly a great product! Thanks for your review on them!
We were just fed up with leaking bags ruining our walks, and in case anyone else had such a problem, we wanted to offer out advice.
Team Beaglebratz(Mom Kim here) says
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your comment on my answers for the 2016 Pet Blogger Challenge – I really appreciate your advice. I have always been happiest when I am working on my blog or other accounts although I still get frustrated sometimes when I don’t get as much done in a day as I would like but that applies to other areas of my life as well. I know I really need to devote more time in a day to doing just one thing – like my blog or Twitter or FB or Pinterest – not all in one day; I know that would cut down the frustration. And now that I am retired, I do have more time to devote to each rather than trying to sneak in a minute here and a few seconds there. I do believe I have a couple of good basic foundations to help me improve such as being a member of the Blog Paws Community and the Pet Blogger Support Group on FB and now I have the time to utilize them more. I know one of my shortcomings is I read blog posts but don’t leave many comments – I would like to improve on that.
Anyway, I enjoyed your post today – maybe it will help motivate me to get out and walk more. I just live in a neighborhood without good sidewalks and on a street where no one pays attention to speed limit signs – this is something I hope to change later this year (where I live). I never really gave much thought to the different types of poop bags – when I did get my dogs out more for walks I generally used plastic baggies or plastic grocery bags. For my fenced backyard, I use one of those little rakes/shovels. My sister also walks her Westie quite a bit and is always looking for a good poop bag – I will let her know about these. Do you have one of the dispensers that are available on Chewy.com? I like them and am a repeat customer there.
We don’t use a bag dispenser, Mom just has plenty in her pockets. We’ve been ordering almost all of our pet needs from Chewy from some time now and love it! The other thing I remembered about social media is to always check the share to twitter box, so you get a freebie when you post on Instagram, or Pinterest. Every little bit helps.
2 Brown Dawgs says
For sure a crappy poop bag can really take the enjoyment out of a walk. 🙂
Oh, it totally ruins the entire mood, and that is not a good thing.
Tails Around the Ranch says
When we run out of bags, we’ll use old bags that the newspaper gets delivered in and when they have small holes…well…you can just imagine. Fortunately we have alleys with dumpsters so we generally don’t have to carry too far. Just have to be careful and not slip and fall on them…i.c.k. 😉
The slip and fall on them is one fear my mom has too, but so far it hasn’t happened. The newspaper bags work pretty well in warmer weather, but now with the snow around here.
We live in Southern California and fortunately don’t run into these poop bag problems. We have come across some very thin bags that don’t get the job done, but don’t usually have to worry about leakage unless Stetson as a runny poop 🙁 I’ll have to keep the earth rated poop bags in mind for the next time we visit the snow.
The freezing thing really makes a mess of all the bags, but the Earth Rated have never failed us, so they are our bag when it is below freezing.