“ Brand: Pets At Home / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Health „
My dog always manages to squeeze a poo out on his walks so like any other responsible dog owners, me and my fiancé always make sure that we have a couple of dog poop bags with us to clean up with. It's not the nicest task in the world but it needs to be done. We also use poop bags to clean the garden up with, so we get through quite a lot of them!
Obviously when it comes to the bags that we use I am not fussy at all, but I am wary of the really cheap ones because they often split and most are quite see through which makes me feel self conscious carrying it home, haha. The bags we've been using for the past couple of months are the Pets at Home scented bags which are £2.50 for 50 bags, which isn't that cheap but it isn't too expensive either. We got ours as part of a 3 for 2 deal, so it worked out a bit cheaper.
We use the plastic type ones (made from polythene) which are not degradable but there is a degradable version available, too. The bags are quite thick and very rarely need double bagging and I like that they're an opaque black colour as the poo can not be seen through the bag which is always good when there's no bin around and I have to carry it home.
The handles of the bag are a good size and easy to hold and they're quite strong too, I've never had any problems with the handles breaking or splitting. I always tie the handles up before I put the bag into the bin and this stops any poo from spilling out which saves a lot of time cleaning up! The bags are scented (a subtle fresh sort of perfume smell) so they mask the smell of dog poo well, though it is still a little bit detectable but as long as I don't hold it near my face its fine!
All in all these are good quality, strong dog bags which hold a lot of dog waste. They are not the cheapest around but they're not too expensive and I would recommend them.
Eddie the dog can poop for England, I say that because when we take him out for his morning poop he literally has to do about three massive poos before he is ready to go home again. When it comes to poo bags I don't really mind what I buy as long as it does the job quickly and without any mess. I do find these ones from Pets at home some of the best I have used though so if I remember when I am in there I stock up on quite a few bags so I don't ever run out. I have poo bags in just about every handbag I own, in the car and in all our pushchairs just in case we always have one to hand whenever we need one.
What I like about these bags is that although they come in a big pack they are all individual. I have used poo bags on a roll often too but I find these often spilt when you try to tear them apart and are not as thick as these bags. These bags really are quite thick. They are made of a black plastic and are a bit thicker than a regular plastic bag, this is a good thing, believe me, as you don't really want to touch some of Eddie's poo's through the bag!
In order to use these bags I basically put my hand inside one, scoop up the poo carefully and then turn the bag inside out and tie up the handles. I have never had a issue with these bags ripping and the pooh falling out once I have tied them up so I would say they are very solid and secure. They have quite a wide opening and are fairly big too so you can get quite a big poo scooped up in one go in one bag which is great, especially when it comes to Eddie's poos!!
What I also like about these bags is that they are slightly scented with a lavender scent. It's not overpowering or strong which is good as I don't really like the smell of lavender but just a hint. It does work to take the smell of the poo away though whilst I am carrying the bag. I like this because if the red rubbish bin for the poos is a long way away I don't have to smell poo all the way around on my walk and also if I have the kids with me on the walk and am takin the pushchair I often hang the bag off the pushchair handle and in that way my little boy doesn't have the put up with a poo smell under his nose although my husband does tell me off when I do that!!
The bags are obviously available at Pets at Home for a price of £2.50 and you will find them in a silver packet with a really cute picture of a Dalmatian on the front.
I have a good friend living close by to me who owns two small dogs. I will regularly try and help her out by popping into her house to spend a little time with her two doggies and give them some company whilst she is at work, particularly when she has to work longer shifts than usual. In addition, when my ill health allows, I will often take the dogs for a walk around our local park for a run around, but this is really only possible when I am feeling 'well' as one of the dogs 'Max' is extremely energetic and I find keeping up with him a struggle at times!
It was during one such 'walkies' occasion recently that I was preparing for our walk by raiding the dogs' cupboard in my friend's house - (I'm allowed to do this, incidentally, as I'm the doggies' 'minder' as such - I don't just break into my friend's house and rake through her cupboards whilst she is at work!) I opted to take their rubber ring to the park with us on this day, and I also picked out a small handful of treats to give out whilst we were there. I noticed a package of "Scented Poop Bags" and took this with us too.
One thing that I cannot stand to witness is a dog owner allowing their pooch to defecate and then simply walk off without cleaning up this mess. I think it is a particularly disgusting practice in parks or built-up areas where there is a lot of 'human' traffic. Let's face it, nobody likes cleaning up poo, but it is a fact of life that animal owners need to take responsibility for their pets and it really irks me if I witness this courtesy being completely ignored.
I do usually take some baby 'nappy bags' with us on our walkies, but I was intrigued by the alternative product that was specifically aimed at coping with dogs' mess. I was also keen to see how the product fared in comparison to those baby nappy bags that I purchase so often, as I knew the doggy alternative costs a couple of pounds, whereas the baby bags cost a fraction of this price, and have never let me down....
The product in question is from the well known pet care store "Pets At Home." The "Scented Poop Bags" are supplied in a package containing 50 individual bags and this costs £2.50. I believe the packaging has changed in recent times, and it now looks different from the image provided at the top of the Dooyoo page here, with the bags being supplied in a silver-coloured pack with an attractive image of a lovely Dalmatian on the front.
I have used the product on numerous occasions now over the past couple of months and this review outlines my experiences.
Firstly, I feel that the size of the Pets At Home bags is more than ample for its intended purpose, and I have never encountered any difficulties with them being too small to cope with their contents. The actual size is 19 x 16 x 2 cm and I do believe that this is larger than the bags contained in the last package of baby nappy bags that I purchased.
The material of the bags is apparently quite robust, with the polythene material certainly being thick and tough enough to cope with its intended purpose without splitting or tearing. This is something that I have found to be the case with most brands of baby nappy bags that I have purchased too however, although it is fair to say that it is often the case that nappy bags are slightly thinner in their material than the Poop Bags seem to be.
The Scented Poop Bags are fragranced of course, and this scent is noticeable even as the bags are removed from their package. The package informs me the bags are scented with lavender, but I can't honestly say that I would have been able to identify this scent as I find it to be slightly 'false.' This doesn't really matter to me too much, I have to confess, as the bags are being used to discard droppings and are going into the bin! I suppose it could be argued that the scent on the bags is perhaps stronger than that on other Poop Bags that I have used before, from rival brands, so perhaps the Pets At Home alternative would work slightly better in terms of the scent helping to 'mask' odours when the bag is placed in a bin.
The Poop Bags are easy to use and I have never experienced any difficulties with doing so. The bags have a tie handle which is large enough to allow the bags to be tied up hygienically and with ease.
Now that I have used these bags on countless occasions during the past couple of months, I feel that my opinion has really not changed in that time, with me still feeling slightly cynical towards a product like this one.
Firstly, the price is over £2 for a package containing 50 bags. Most of the packs of baby nappy bags that I purchase cost under £1 for a much higher quantity of bags. The nappy bags that I am using at the moment, for example, are from Superdrug, and they cost me £1 for a large pack containing 300 individual bags, so you can see the huge difference in quantities and prices here.
It is true to say that the Pets At Home Poop Bags are thicker than most nappy bags, and I will occasionally 'double up' the nappy bags if required. Even if I did this each and every time the bags were needed however, the pack of nappy bags would STILL last a lot longer than that of the Poop Bags, so the Poop Bags are in no way an economical purchase as far as I am concerned.
To be fair, the Poop Bags DID cope well with their intended tasks, without ever breaking, ripping or tearing. I felt the strong scent too was much more noticeable than on other Poop Bags that I have used before, which is probably a plus point as the bag is going into a dustbin and this scent may 'mask' unpleasant odours slightly better than weaker scents.
On the whole, however, I cannot see any significant difference between the Pets At Home Poop Bags and a good quality nappy bag..... Except the inflated price, of course!
The Pets At Home Scented Poop Bags can be purchased in-store for the sum of £2.50. You can also purchase online at www.petsathome.co.uk where postage costs apply.
I have a chocolate Labrador called Josh and you have probably heard me talk of him in other reviews before now. Josh is now 11 years old and still pretty much acts like a puppy still! I only really get a few bots from Pets at Home as I do think they over price items way to much.
Pets at Home Scented Poop Bags
'When you are out and about, it's responsible to clean up after your pet. Our strong Scented Poop Bags will help you clean up your dogs mess quickly and easily'
One of my hates is animal owners who do not clean up their mess, I have been walking with my dog and see people freely let there dog defecate on fields/paths/walkways etc then just walk off! Now I have metal plates in my legs and it really hurts me to bend and clean it up but I still do!
I only ever purchased these once to use up a voucher I had and in all honesty I wouldn't really buy them again. They come in a bag where you rip open the top to pull the poop bags out, I have a little clip box that attaches to Joshes collar for him to carry his own bags.
If you have ever used nappy sacks they look just like them but just feel slightly thicker. Now for the gross bit to clear your dogs/animals mess up you have turn the bag inside out and use your hand then hold it over your hand. Not a nice feeling really but at least you don't have to actually touch your dog's poo.
There have been no breakages when I have used the bags, they have held well while I have scoop Josh's mess up. The handles on the bags tie well and stay tied while I have to carry it and put in a mess bin over the park or where ever I am.
Now I have never been a fan of lavender and doubt I ever will, these bags have been designed to smell like lavender in order to mask the smell. I personally think it does the job well and soon as Josh's mess is wrapped up all I can smell is an artificial scent of lavender which is better than the other I guess.
I don't just use bags when I'm walking Josh I always use them when cleaning up any mess he may have done in my garden. Then I have a black bin bag there placed in and at the end of the week put out ready for the bin men. I did notice that these bags seem to hold the smell for a couple of days but then the dog odor seems to take its ownership back!
In my opinion I don't really think they are worth there money when you can buy a pack of 200 scented nappy sacks from the pound shop that do just as a good job. The bags are made from polythene, it doesn't state if they are made from biodegradable polythene or just normal polythene which I do hope not!
Price and Availability:
As this is a Pets at Home own you can only purchase these from one of there stores or via there online shop costing £2.49 for 50 bags.
Personally I don't really think these bags are worth there money the fragrance on the bag doesn't last long and you can get a better deal buying nappy sacks and the bonus for me they don't smell of lavender!
Two out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Dimensions- 19 x16 x2.cm
** Please note I think the product packaging has changed since Dooyoo added this, as mine came in a bag **
One of the least delightful things about owning dogs is the less than savoury task of picking up their poo, but as a responsible dog owner it has to be done, so we need suitable bags to pick it up with!
I bought Pets at Home bags initially for convenience, they're right there when I'm getting dog food, toys and so on, which is a plus point. However at £1 for 50 bags (price as of Feb 2012) there are cheaper alternatives out there.
These bags resemble miniature bin liners. They are made of quite a thick sturdy plastic and I've never know one to rip or have holes in the bottom, which is always reassuring considering what these are used for! They are scented, and you do get a whiff of a cleaning product like, pine type smell when you open the bag, however the scent aspect seems pretty pointless to me and not worth paying extra for as, let's face it, the 'scent' of what you're going to be putting in these bags will overpower the pine freshness pretty easily and once its full you're certainly not going to want to keep it around for very long or hold it up to your nose to a good whiff!
Another slight gripe with these is that a bag of 50 may sound like a lot, but if you have a dog that goes two or three times a day, or more than one dog, then 50 bags don't last very long at all and there's nothing worse than realising you're down to the last one and you're going to have to improvise with a Tesco bag or kitchen roll!
These bags are definitely more 'heavy duty' than the thinner nappy sacks that a lot of people use, so I can imagine they might be useful if you have a bigger dog, but generally I don't think they're worth the extra you pay for bags that are specifically for doggy use.
We have a few pets in our home and one of them is a cat. Our cat is an indoor cat and as such she has several litter trays that we use to ensure she can access somewhere to do her business every time she needs to. As we have a couple of trays it can become quite expensive if we change her litter every few days so we usually change them every 4-5 days and in between we use poop bags to remove excess waste and dispose of it hygienically and without making the kitchen smell like pooh.
I have spotted this in pets at home in the past and never really bothered to consider them but after my husband recently put his finger through one of the nappy sacks I was using he was very unhappy and I promised not to buy such cheap products next time and so I picked up 20 of these for just £1.00. You can also purchased 50 for £2.49 meaning you save just 1p compared to 60 bags for £3.00 (3 packets of 20). This is a shame as I would definitely have purchased them in multiples of 50, even from my first purchase, if they were cheaper per bag in a larger pack.
The packaging is very simple on these bags, it is just a plastic bag basically that was covering them and I tend to tear these open in the middle and then leave them under the kitchen sink on a ledge so I can always grab one or two when needed. The packaging looks quite cheap but then I do not want to spend lots of money on fancy packaging for something that is going to just help me pick up poop without getting my fingers dirty.
These bags work very well. They are thick & strong and they have great handles that tie together to keep the mess inside the bag. The scent of these bags is quite nice, it is a citronella scent which means that once I have picked up the mess I am able to throw this rubbish in to my kitchen bin without worrying about the smell from the mess making my home or my kitchen smell nasty.
It is fair to say that these bags and their use has been very well received in my home. My husband has not complained about these bags and neither one of us has had one that has split on us yet. This is obviously fantastic and is the main reason that we will be purchasing these bags again when we visit Pets At Home next. The colour and scent of the bag are both very handy at masking the appearance and odour of cat waste and this means that I do not have to make a special trip downstairs just to dispose of the mess that I have picked out of the cats tray.
I am sure that these would be just as effective for picking up after a dog when out on walks or even just out in the garden. They are compact so can be fit in my pocket easily, should I ever need to, and when I went house sitting recently I did use a pile of these that I took in my jacket to avoid forgetting to take bags with me.
*What are Pets At Home Scented Poop Bags?*
These animal waste collection bags are part of pet shop giant Pets At Home, own brand range of products, which includes a variety of dry and wet foods, treats, grooming equipment and training aids for a variety of animals including cats, dogs, fish, birds and small animals.
*The product itself*
There are very few things in the world that I hate more than owners who do not clean up after their dogs, it absolutely makes my blood boil- I'm sure they'd be the first to complain if they stepped in a pile of dogs mess, yet the irresponsible idiots still allow their beloved mutt to mess wherever it likes, and then don't clean it up afterwards- its disgusting, unhygienic, hazardous, lazy and just damn right rude and if I see people leaving their dogs mess, then I'm afraid I'll tell them that too! Sod the excuses of ''Oh, I can't bend down because of my back'', or ''I forgot to bring a bag with me''- if your health doesn't allow you to have a dog, or you're that much of a twit you forget to bring a mess bag when walking your dog, then sorry but you shouldn't be allowed to own one, that's the way I see.
Now of course I don't enjoy picking up dog mess, I mean, who does?! But I know its something I need to do- I chose to have the two hairy beasts in my life, so it's my responsibility to clean up after them, there's no two ways about it, it's one of the very few downsides that comes with owning a dog. It's obviously not a pleasant job, so I am on the constant look out for products to make the job a bit more bearable, even if it's just a tiny bit more so! One product which I always now buy are these Scented Poop Bags, from Pets At Home.
They're part of their range of own brand products, which was released a good few years back now but they seem to be adding to it constantly, I first brought these bags when Benson was a puppy, and he's nearing 4 years old now, so this particular product has definitely been around a few years at least.
The product is pretty much self explanatory really, as the name suggests, they are bags designed to be used to pick up and then keep your dogs waste securely contained until it can be disposed of. They're made from plastic, much thicker than that of a nappy bag or sandwich bag, which both seem to be popular to pick up dog waste with, so there is no or very little chance of the bags splitting mid job, but then they easily squash down very small and very flat to carry in your pocket until needed. They also have the added advantage of being citronella scented to help minimise the smell of the contents, and are also a dark colour, which is nice when compared to the see through nappy or sandwich bags as you can't see the contents inside, which makes it slightly more pleasant to carry until you find a bin.
The bags come in a very basically designed silver sachet which has a plastic flip top lid which can be opened to gain access to the bags- similar in design to some packets of wet wipes. On the flip top lid is a small sticker telling with Pets At Homes logo and the product name, and on the underside of the packet you will find a contact address should you have any questions or complaints.
*Price & Availability*
Obviously, being a Pets At Home own branded product, these bags are only available in their stores, or on their website. A packet, which contains 50 bags, will cost you £1.95, or they have a permanent offer on which enables two packs to be purchased for £3.
I think I made my opinion of people who don't pick up their dogs wastes very clear earlier! I absolutely detest it, it spoils the environment for everyone, harbours horrible diseases and lastly, gives all dog owners, even the responsible ones, a bad name, and helps contribute to the sad trend of dogs now being banned from some walking locations and many beaches, although I can see very clearly why, as stepping in dog mess is not a nice experience for anyone, whether you are a fellow dog owner or not.
I like to think of myself as a responsible dog owner- my dogs are well trained, I keep them on leads when they should be, and I don't allow them to run up to other people or dogs uninvited, and I especially never leave their mess behind. Like I mentioned earlier, I've been using these bags for around 4 years now, and they help make a very unpleasant job, just that tiny bit more bearable. The bags are quite large- easy enough to turn inside out and insert a hand to pick up the mess, and they are large and strong enough to securely hold the dinosaur sized mess Grace and Benson are capable of producing. The tie handles make the bags very easy to tie, and then nice and easy to carry until you find a bin, and the dark coloured design of the bags makes it less embarrassing to do so aswell. The citronella scent of the bags is very strong aswell, which is a good thing, if I'm unable to find a bin, which can sometimes be the case when walking in very rural locations, or on beaches, then the scent masks the smell and makes the used bags a little less offending to put in my car and take home to dispose of.
In all the years I've been using these bags, they've never split once and I'm confident they never will do either, they're very strong and even if my nails are slightly longer, we've thankfully never had an accident of my nails going through the bags! The fact that the bags are on permanent offer too is also brilliant, not only will it hopefully encourage people to buy the bags to clean up after their dog, it also saves a good bit of money, I buy a couple of packs a month for just £3 and that'll do Grace and Benson for the duration of the month, if not longer.
I'll also use them for cleaning up after my two cats in the garden, or to remove solid waste from their litter tray on the rare occasion they use it and the bags cope with that task just as well, so its not just dog owners these bags are marketed at.
All in all, an excellent product. They may be a bit more expensive than nappy/sandwich bags but surely it's worth paying that bit more for peace of mind that the bags won't split half way through the job- I've had to use the Bob Martin or Pedigree Care bags before if when we've ran out of the Pets At Home ones, and the store had none in stock, and even though they cost more than these ones, both brands have split at one point or another.
Scented scoop bags