(Closed) Do you tip your dog walker? When/how much?

posted 10 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should we be tipping our dog walker regularly?



  • Post # 3
    2567 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’d ask the dog walker service what their standard is. We don’t get regular service, only when we travel, and we don’t always get the same walker or know in advance who we are getting, so I don’t tip regularly, but I do try and leave something if we know in advance we’re going to get one of our “regulars.” That said, I do know the cut the walker gets from the fee we pay, so I don’t feel horrible if they don’t get a tip, and I also know that if I do a last-minute cancellation, the company doesn’t refund my money but they also don’t pay the walker, so in that scenario if I can’t cancel before the deadline, I’ll let them walk the dog anyway so I’m not taking money from their pocket.

    Post # 4
    2396 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Mine charges $18 and I leave her a $20. My dog is a pain in the rear and has bad anxiety, so I leave a little extra as a thank you. During holidays I will leave more.

    ETA: OP, the fact that you pay $500/month already…I would just leave tips during holidays. When I cleaned for an agency, we only got tips around holidays because people already were paying a monthly fee.

    Post # 7
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our dog walker works through an agency but we always have the same person. We pay the agency $15 for one 30 min visit… she only comes once a week. Honestly, I’ve never thought to tip, but maybe we should be tipping??? We did give her a holiday basket with some goodies and a small gift card.

    Post # 8
    3930 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i’ve been walking dogs for my friend’s company for 14 months while saving up for the wedding, and I didn’t ever get tips (and i assure you i don’t suck haha).

    sounds like she wasn’t sure that’s what the money was for, and that’s why she left the note.


    Post # 9
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I never tipped our dog walker.  She had her own company though so what we were paying was going straight to her. 

    Post # 12
    670 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our dog walker’s work for themselves, not companies, we pay what they ask ($13 for one and $15 for the other) we do not tip, however gift extras at certain times of year or if he was bad we leave a treat for her for next time! The one ($13/visit) asked for $30 when she picked him up from our wedding for us, gave her $50, times it’s “easier” to be extra generous and not the everyday! $15 walker is also our agility trainer so she gets other money from us too.

    Post # 13
    431 posts
    Helper bee

    Former dog walker/petsitter here. I had my own little business and most of my clients were fairly well-off. They would tip only at Christmas or when I was able to do extra services for them at the last minute. Example: after walking the dogs, their note would ask if there was any way I could come back to feed that evening on short notice. If I could, they’d pay my rate for walking and then feeding, plus often leave a tip of a few bucks.

    Any cash laying around is not to be assumed as a tip. There were times that a few dollars would be laying within a foot or two of the notepad where the customer would write comments (“please clean ears today, thanks!” and I’d write what happened on my visit) but unless the money was sitting directly on the notepad, I never touched it.

    I had to stop working for health reasons last fall, and my 5-days-a-week walking client slowly transitioned in a new dog walker to take my place. The new walker worked for a dogsitting company and got paid 50% of what they charged. BUT, if she was sick, or out of town, or had a doctor’s appt and couldn’t make it to the house, because she worked for a company they could just call someone else to walk the dogs for that day. HTH!



    Post # 14
    12 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Seems a little odd that you would leave a note for her and then when she returns the money you would give her a portion of it back. I’m sure she was really embarrassed and didn’t mean to take something that wasn’t meant for her. 

    Post # 15
    735 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I pay mine around $500 a month too, and I tip him about $200 only at the holidays. I think that’s more than fair – it’s expensive already!

    Post # 15
    1 posts

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    All In:  Wow what a dick thing to do. You sound like a terrible human being. Try caring for your own dog if you don’t want to tip. You obviously have enough money to pay a company to care for your pet because you can’t do so yourself; I’m sure you could have let it slide and let them keep the money that was left out. 

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