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PooVault Review and Giveaway – Holds Poop Bags Hands Free

Hi there! Some of you might remember the PooVault from the original review I posted last summer. The PooVault is a hard-sided container to hold used poop bags until you reach a trash can. Hands free and odor free! Visit its website here.

I have made some updates to this review to reflect the PooVault’s new, easier to use latch. This post is sponsored by PooVault.


My mutt Ace was one of those dogs who would shit 3 times on a walk … never when we were right by a trash can … always in the most inconvenient places. (Love you and miss you, Ace!)

Then I’d be blessed with carrying my dog’s used poop bags until we find the nearest trash bin. Might as well call me the Poop Fairy.

The PooVault solves this problem because you just drop the bag in the “vault,” clasp it shut and continue on your walk. It comes with a belt clip and a carabiner. I find the product the most useful for when I’m hiking with my weimaraner Remy on the trails and we might not see a trash can for miles.

PooVault review – Holds dog poop bags hands free

PooVault review

My PooVault review:

The PooVault is a straightforward product and it works really well. It traps in the odor and allows you to carry your dog’s poop bags hands free. It comes with a belt clip and a carabiner clip so you can attach it to your belt, your dog’s leash, your backpack, etc. It’s about 5″ wide at the top and 3.5″ tall.

I’m lucky to live in a dog friendly area near San Diego so we have trash bins for dog bags nearly every half-mile on our urban walks. But this was not always the case when I lived in North Dakota.

Sometimes I’d be out running and I could go 3 or 4 miles before reaching a trash can (often buried in snow). And when you’re wearing gloves or mittens, it’s even more difficult to carry used bags!


Here, you can see the PooVault is hanging from my belt loop on my right side using the carabiner:

The new, updated “easy latch”

Since my original review of the PooVault last summer, the product has undergone some design upgrades.

It now comes with an easier to use latch, recreated in April 2018. I didn’t notice the latch being an issue before, but once I received the updated latch I agree it is easier to open and close. The “tab” is a bit longer and easier to use, yet it still locks in place (so no leaks!).

It’s a subtle difference, but in the picture below I have the new lid and latch on the PooVault and the old one hovering above. You can see the new latch has a longer “tab” making it easier to use.

**If you have an older PooVault, you can get a new latch at no cost by ordering just the latch here for $0. Once you have it, it takes about 3 seconds to swap the new for the old.

Any new PooVault you purchase from its website now comes with the upgraded latch.

PooVault new latch

On PooVault’s website, there’s also a new option of ordering a pack of odor absorbents for inside the lid. Each pack comes with a sticky strip and five odor absorbents.

PooVault review

Pros of the PooVault:

  • Traps in the odor
  • Allows you to carry poop bags hands free
  • Less chance of germs (or poop!) getting on your hands!
  • Has a built-in belt clip + comes with a carabiner
  • Great price just $10.99!
  • Easy to clean if needed
  • Helps when you’re walking multiple dogs
  • Great for hiking
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed
  • Comes in two colors – black or red


  • One size available (5” wide, 3.5” tall). Some people may want a smaller or lager size.
  • It’s a bit clunky, of course
Holds used poop bags hands free
PooVault review

A PooVault is also helpful for multiple dogs

The PooVault is helpful when you’re walking multiple dogs because it’s hands free. One person can only handle so many leashes and so many used bags! I’ve been seen carrying two used bags in each hand! Ahh!

Helpful when hiking with your dog

I take my weimaraner Remy out on trail hikes on the weekends. We’ve been hiking 6+ miles and plan to increase our miles each week.

It’s very, very temping not to pick up after my dog when we’re out on the trail because we won’t see a trash bin for over an hour. People not picking up after their dogs is a very emotionally charged topic for hikers and backpackers!

See my post: What to know about off-leash hiking with your dog.

The PooVault is a great product that will encourage dog owners to pick up after our dogs because we can carry the “load” hands free.

I don’t like having anything clipped to my dog’s leash, but I clip the PooVault to the outside of my trail pack. It’s also small enough (3.5” tall by 5” wide) to fit inside my pack. It truly does trap the odor and seals tight so there is no “leakage.”

For walks around the neighborhood, I just clip it to my belt loop. You can barely see it on my right side:

I would recommend the PooVault for …

The PooVault is great for anyone who hikes on trails where you won’t see a trash bin for over a mile. I also recommend it for walks around the neighborhood if your area does not have a lot of trash bins or if you walk multiple dogs and struggle with managing multiple leashes and bags.

It’s recommended for dogs 55 pounds and under, but it really depends on the individual dog. Ace was about 70 pounds and it worked for one “load.” Two if we were lucky. It’s probably not going to be large enough for a great dane, but every dog is different.


PooVault review

Giveaway! Win a PooVault for your dog!

Update: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to Sarah P.!

PooVault is giving way a FREE vault to one of That Mutt’s readers!

To enter, just leave a new comment below to let me know why your dog needs the PooVault. How many times does your dog poop on an average walk?!

(Comments from 2017 will not be counted as entries into our new giveaway. I recently updated this post, so just leave a new comment to enter!)

I’ll choose a winner at random on Tues July 17, 2018. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

All of That Mutt’s $7/mo Patreon members receive an automatic entry into this giveaway and free products from Mighty Paw. Join us on Patreon here.

Would you benefit from the PooVault?

Let me know your “poop struggle” story in the comments!

Read more about the PooVault from some of That Mutt’s readers here.

Shirley Redfield

Friday 13th of July 2018

This item will be very useful as I walk my dog 3 times a day in a neighbor with no trash cans.


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

I 'd love to win this. It does stink carrying around bags of poop until your lucky enough to find someplace to dispose of it. I have two dogs of my own and pet sit for a few friends and family members. My mother is disabled so I primarily walk her 7month old Rottwieller. They all have to poop at least once while I walk them.


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

This looks awesome and I'd love to win this for walking my two boys. It would be especially great in the winter during bad weather.


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

This will come in handy hiking with Madison, and our new addition, Charizard! (Named by our daughter)

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Congrats on the new addition!

Teneil Hoepfner

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Oh wow, I need this product in my life!

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Haha, you totally do!