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Tips and Tricks for How to Open Dog Poop Bags
December 18, 2021
If you're new to having a dog you may be surprised that opening dog poop bags can be a surprisingly frustrating experience. I've been there on a cold winter night struggling for a minute or two just trying to get them open. In this article we'll take a look at how to avoid the frustration.
Get your hand wet
One of the easiest ways to get a dog poop bag open is by getting the bag wet. Once you get a bag wet they tend to open right up. How you get the bag wet is the real trick here.
You can do this before hand at home using water from the sink. This is probably the easiest way but requires you preparing this before hand, if you forget you're on your own. This also don't work if you go for a long walk and need multiple bags.
You can lick your own hands or use your own spit, which can be slightly awkward in public not to mention possible unhygienic.
Dew or rain on the ground or leaves works wonders but is dependent on the weather.
If you carry hand sanitizer with you, that can be a great reliable way
Finally you can also rely on your furry friend to provide liquid by having them lick your hand or using their wet nose. This can be tricky and even more frustrating if your dog is raring to go or you have trouble bending over.
Buy the right bags
The variability between bags can make a huge difference! We've found that the Amazon Basics bags tend to open really well. It should be noted that these bags are not biodegradable. Also this isn't a super reliable method and can vary a lot depending on how dry your hands are and, if you purchase bags in person, what's available where you go to shop. If you want an easy way to make dog poop bags easier to open, you can try to purchase a different brand the next time you go to the store.
Change your habits
While this doesn't make things any easier, but it can be a less frustrating experience to open the bag either before you need it on the walk or to open a new one immediately after you use it. Changing your habits can be hard but at least the time pressure will not be there.
Get the Sanfuss wishbone bag opener
The easiest way by far is to use this nifty tool to help you open the bag. This works 100% of the time, and doesn't require you fiddling around chasing your dog for a lick or spitting on your hands in public. It clips right on to the leash and is there all the time to help you open bags. Here's what one of the Sanfuss wishbone's users had to say about it
If you have dry hands and struggle with getting the pickup bags open…get a wishbone. I wash my hands constantly with my line of work and the chemicals I get exposed to have my hands super dry all the time so I be in the struggle. Not anymore. Game changer for sure. Wish something like this had been around with my first dog.