Give Your Dog Walker a Christmas Tip!

Dog Walker tipOver the holidays, why not give your dog walker a little bonus for all of their hard work? Leaving them a tip in a card on the kitchen counter or under a magnet on the fridge is a nice gesture to show your dog walker how much you appreciate their efforts. It is a subtle way to show them that their love and devotion to your animal has not gone unnoticed.

Dog walkers work hard to ensure regular exercise for your dog, while teaching them to interact with fellow animals and humans along their travels. Although interpersonal skills are not typically thought of for animals, having a happy and friendly dog is important to a household. For instance, when visitors, especially those with animals of their own, come over you want your dog to understand how to interact appropriately and not become hostile by the new bodies in your home. This skill is taught not only by the animalís owner, but also by its dog walker. Getting a pet out into the world, in dog parks or just around the neighborhood, can expose your canine to more things than it would playing in your backyard.

Another reason why your dog walker deserves a holiday tip is because they are there to walk your dog during weather conditions that are not typically appealing. Although your dog may love the snow, bundling up for a brisk winterís walk can be a hassle for some dog owners. Often times, dog walkers handle multiple animals at once. This can be physically taxing and sometimes stressful for the walker. Nevertheless, your dog walker is always there looking after and loving your canine, ensuring their emotional and physical well-being.

So when should you give your Christmas / holiday bonus? Usually, it is appropriate to give the tip either the week before or after Christmas, depending on how regularly you see you the dog walker. No matter when you give your dog walker a little something special, it will be appreciated.

Check out our other article if you’re looking for advice on how much a Christmas tip for your dog walker should be.

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