Do you tip your dog walker? Occasionally clients ask if they should tip their dog walker. For some people, tipping can be a touchy subject. With dog walking, tipping is not expected but it can be greatly appreciated. When I go for personal services such as a hair-cut or manicure, tipping is not only normal but required. That also applies to when I eat in a restaurant with table service or when I pick up food I ordered to-go. When I have repair work at my home or receive large deliveries, I often question if I should tip the handy-man, plumber, installer, or delivery man. I usually choose to give a tip to these people if they were on time, courteous, and did a good job to help build an ongoing relationship.
Tipping should only be done if you are comfortable with giving it and if you feel your dog walker deserves it. If your dog walker comes regularly and does an excellent job, below are times when it may be nice to leave a tip to show your appreciation.
5 suggestions when to tip your dog walker.
- On a major holiday such as Memorial Day, 4th Of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s.
- If your dog walker spends more time at a visit than booked cleaning up a large mess. This could be torn toys, ripped pillows, or diarrhea and/or vomit if your dog isn’t feeling well. This could also be a mess from an overflowing sink.
- If you have often have last minute requests that your dog walker is regularly able to fulfill allowing you to keep commitments.
- If your dog walker goes above and beyond with the care for your pooch always being on time, staying longer than booked to finish the job so you always come home to a well cared for and happy dog.
- Just because…
A tip doesn’t need to be large. It is true that it is the thought that counts. Giving a tip to your dog walker making him or her feel appreciated and valued can go a long way.
Do you tip your dog walker? On what occasions do you give them tips?