Being a dog walker is not as easy a job as it sounds. Sure, you get paid to soak up the sun while you bond with other people’s doggos, but rainy days and rough terrain can make even the happiest pupper a sad little doofus. Even hanging out in a room of 30+ dogs all day at daycare has its challenges.
Here are 15 thoughtful items your favorite dog caretaker will absolutely love you (and your pup) for.
1. BigWalky Scarf, $25
This scarf is designed with dog walkers in mind. It’s warm AND practical, with pockets to stash money, keys, treats, and your phone. Plus a built-in poop bag dispenser!!
2. Mixed Dog Carry-All Pouch, from $16.99
Sure, this cute little bag fits all your makeup brushes, toiletries, or art supplies, but the machine-washable canvas-like material is durable and can hold any little bits and bobs a dog walker may want to bring along on walks, including clients’ house keys or small bottles of sunscreen and hand sanitizer.
3. LUSH Mmm Ahh! Shower Gel & Scrub, $16.95
Walking puppers all day does a number on the body, so dry skin and achy muscles need some pampering. A much-appreciated gesture would be something that helps them relax and unwind after a long day, like this bath time gift set. P.S. All products in this set are vegan.
4. Rescued Wine Holiday Candle, $28
Perfect to fill their home with warmth and the crisp scent of balsam fir, this candle made from a recycled wine bottle creates a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. Plus, a percentage of every purchase goes to help dogs in need.
5. Toot Tote, $30
Emblazoned with tooting dogs in several languages, this BARK design features gassy doggos sketched by our lovely Dave Coverly, who’s in charge of all the doodles you find in the BarkBox (and at BARK HQ!).
6. TOMS Sweater Dogs Shoes, $59.95
These adorable shoes have a warm & cozy faux fur lining, and features the CUTEST dogs-in-sweaters print. They’re easy to slip on and off, and are 100% vegan!
7. Crown & Paw Pet Portrait, $49.95
Give your favorite dog person the gift of their dog… in RENAISSANCE FORM! Crown & Paw takes an image of your dog and digitally transforms it into a piece of Renaissance art, from princesses, to admirals, and even astronauts!
Keep your pup’s favorite walker warm when the wind kicks up or rain starts to fall. This knit hat features soft yarn of varying thickness and is oh-so cozy.
9. Insulated Water Bottle With Straw, from $15.99
Walking dogs all day in the sun is fun, but dehydration can be a real problem when you’re on the go. This insulated water bottle can be carried around easily for quick one-handed hydration.
10. BigWalky Fanny Pack, $12
For a dog walker on the go, or a doggie daycare workers who spends lots of time outside, it’s important to keep the essentials close. With a built-in poop bag dispenser, plenty o’ pockets for treats & other things, and a removable carabiner for keys or an extra leash, they’ll have everything they need.
11. Pug Thank-You Card, $4
The best thank-you a dog walker can get is a sloppy dog kiss from one of their charges, but then again, sometimes it’s nice for the dog’s human to express their gratitude, too. An extra tip or gift card inside this adorable dog-themed thank-you card is just the trick.
12. Cupcakes From Your Local Bakery, prices vary
I know when I worked at a doggie daycare, the holidays were the BEST when our pups’ parents brought in treats (for US)! Bonus points if you throw in dog-friendly cupcakes for your dog walker or caretaker to take home to their puppers.
13. Dog Water Bottle & Collapsible Bowls, $17.99
This unique bottle holds water with a built-in bowl on the top, PLUS two collapsible bowls for when you’re on-the-go. The bottle holds 18oz of fresh water, and is perfect to carry along on a long walk or hike.
14. Dog Person Mug, $18.95
Need we say more? This ceramic mug is microwave and dishwasher safe, made sturdy and adorable from the folks at Fishs Eddy. It’s sure to be your recipient’s new coffee go-to.
15. Grounds & Hounds Coffee, from $13.99
Those quiet early morning walks with doge can be relaxing, but even more so after a mug of the exclusive blends of coffee from Grounds & Hounds. With a portion of proceeds going towards animal rescue efforts, and with each coffee bean ethically raised and harvested, it’s a great way for any conscientious dog lover to start their morning.
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