Ask The Dog Guide: Holiday Tip For Dog Walker

December 8th, 2009 by Dan

I work long hours and have a daily dog walker that helps me care for my active, 1 year-old Bearded Collie. She is reliable and I know my dog loves her! I’d like to leave her a tip for the holidays, but have no idea what the “proper” amount would be. Can you help?


A dependable pet sitter is much like having a trusted baby sitter, and the holidays are a perfect time to show them you appreciate their hard work and reliability. I had to consult some tipping etiquette sites to find what would be considered the “correct” range for a monetary tip. The majority of my findings suggested that the tip for a 5-day-a-week walker would be 1 weeks worth of pay. Some experts suggested 3 days pay, while others went the other way and said up to 2 weeks salary would be appropriate.

Dog Walker

Photo by Paul Keleher

If you are an individual that only hires a pet sitter periodically or doesn’t like to tip in cash, consider a gift card to a coffee shop (dog walkers always need a warm up!) or to a store that sells high-end outdoor gear! A card from you and your dog expressing your appreciation for their services will be highly valued as well!

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