Hiring a dog walker is a necessity for many busy dog owners, so when you find a good one make sure you treat them well.
Having a dog is a wonderful thing but it also comes with its fair share of responsibilities.
And one of those responsibilities is making sure they get enough exercise and outdoor time to stay strong, healthy and happy.
Which means morning and evening walks are vital for a dogs well-being.
The problem is we lead such busy lives nowadays that this may not always be practical or possible for us.
So, when this is the case a good option is to hire a professional dog walker to take on this burden.
And while walking dogs for a living sounds like a cushy little number, it can be bloody hard work.
As you have to be up at the crack of dawn and be available in the evenings in all weathers to take the dogs out.
Then comes the stress of looking after them and keeping them safe as you walk them around, which is especially hard if you walk more than one dog at a time..
And there's the constant cleaning of your car and clothes to try and get rid of that persistent doggy odor that gets everywhere.
So, when you do find someone to walk your dog that both you and your furry friend love, it's a good idea to keep them sweet.
And you can do that with the occasional gift to say thank you for doing such a good and important job.
So, to give you some ideas I've compiled the following list of potential gifts for dog walkers that are all useful to them and will make their daily lives easier.
And will give a dog lover the peace of mind that their precious pet is getting the very best treatment.
1. Extra Leashes & Collars
A dog walker can never have too many leashes or collars.
As there will be times where you lose or misplace one and need to have an instant replacement on hand.
And dog owners don't always buy very suitable collars and leads for their dogs.
Which means the dog may be able to slip out from their collar and escape while walking, which is dangerous for them and potentially others.
And using the wrong type of leash may even cause them damage if it pulls at their necks as they walk.
So, having some good quality leashes and collars in the car to replace any duff ones will make it much easier and less stressful for both the walker and the dog.
Which means all dog walkers will appreciate receiving a new leash and collar as a gift.
And for a leash I'd recommend the Hurtta mountain rope leash as this one is sturdy, reliable, and has a soft handle which is comfortable for them to hold.
While for a collar you could go for the If It Barks martingdale collar.
As this style of collar is almost impossible to escape from and also minimises any choking or pulling on the dogs neck.
2. Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness
Some dogs get so excited when out on walkies that they can't help but pull at the leash as you walk them.
Which is a problem as this can really hurt their necks over time and make it hard for you to control them too.
Especially if the dog is big and strong.
So, a good solution for a dog like this is to use a body harness with a front clip rather than a collar when walking them.
As this way you can take the strain off their necks and stay in control more easily.
And the dogs usually find this more comfortable too, especially if they're the type that hates having things around their necks.
So, buying a dog walker a harness that they can use when walking an unruly dog is another good gift idea for them.
And one that will do the job nicely is the Ruffwear Front Range harness.
As you can adjust it to fit the dog well, it has a padded body and straps that are comfortable to wear, and there's a reflective trim which is handy for visibility on early morning walks.
3. Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags
The worst part about walking dogs is hands down having to pick up their poop after them.
But this is a fact of life for a dog walker and something they'll have to get used to quickly.
And when walking a number of dogs regularly it's inevitable that they'll go through poop bags at the rate of knots.
So, getting them a fresh supply of poop bags like the ones from Earth Rated to keep them well stocked is a super useful gift idea.
And while this isn't the sexiest of gifts it's one that every single dog walker will appreciate and find helpful.
As it's amazing how quickly you run out and you don't want to have to make an emergency dash to the shops on your way to the park.
And why not throw in a couple of bottles of hand sanitiser gel too as this will help them stay clean and healthy.
4. Ruffwear High Visibility Dog Jacket
When going out on early morning or late evening walks visibility can be an issue.
And when walking through areas with lots of traffic and people this can be dangerous for your dog even when they're on the leash.
Plus you'll want to be able to keep an eye on them if you let them off the leash too.
So, some gift ideas that can help a dog walker keep the dogs safe in the dark is some reflective clothing, LED collars, or blinking tags.
And an example of this is a reflective dog jacket like this one from Ruffwear.
As when having one of these in the car they will always have something they can put on the dog to make sure they and others can see them.
And this jacket also has loops that they can attach blinking lights to if they need even more visibility.
5. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Another handy gift idea for dog walkers that regularly walk dogs during dark times of the night and morning is a headlamp.
As this will light the pathway in front of them so they can navigate their way and avoid any trips and falls.
While also helping them to keep an eye on any overly eager dogs too.
And using a headlamp means they can keep both hands free to hold leashes or play with the dogs.
So, giving a dog walker one of these is really useful and one that makes a nice gift is the Black Diamond Spot headlamp.
As this is a waterproof headlamp that shines really brightly (up to 300 lumens) with it's LED bulbs.
However, you can also dim it if that's too much and there are other handy features for dog walkers such as a flashing light option and a red-light night vision mode.
6. A Gift Card For Their Favourite Coffee Shop
Getting up at the crack of dawn every day is hard enough.
But it's even harder when you also have to muster the energy to be able to walk and look after a number of excited and playful dogs.
So, a strong cup of coffee first thing and regularly throughout the day is a dog walkers biggest ally.
But this means they can wrack up the costs over the course of the week and spend far much more on coffee than they'd like.
So, giving them a loaded gift card for their favourite coffee shop is a brilliant gift idea.
As this way they can pick up their next few cups of coffee guilt-free and keep their energy levels high enough to be able to do a good job of walking your dog.
7. Zuke's Mini-Naturals Dog Treats
While training people's dogs isn't in the job description for a dog walker, teaching them how to behave themselves on walks is going to make your life easier.
But to do this you're going to have to offer the dog little bribes along the way.
As receiving a small treat lets the dog know when they have done something right.
And behaviour that is rewarded is reinforced, with the dog wanting to repeat it in future so they can get another treat.
Which means it's always a good idea to carry a pack of doggy treats in your pocket when walking dogs.
So, getting a dog walker a few packs of Zuke's mini-naturals dog treats as a gift will help them keep the dogs under control.
As these are soft, tasty, chewy and healthy for dogs to eat, while also being the ideal size for a little treat.
8. Ruffwear Treat Pouch
Keeping dog treats in your pockets is a bit unhygienic for the dogs and can damage your clothes and make them smell too.
So, having a doggy treat pouch made to house these soft treats safely and hassle-free is a far better idea.
And one that makes for a great gift for a dog walker is the Ruffwear treat pouch.
As this one has a waterproof lining which is good for keeping oily and moist treats.
And there's a magnetic fastener that you can open and close easily one-handed, meaning you can get to the treats while still holding the leash.
While the adjustable waist strap means you can carry it effortlessly while walking and have easy access to it.
9. Chuckit! Ball Launcher
While walking the dogs you'll want to be able to play with them too.
As the dogs absolutely love it and it really helps them to use up some of their boundless energy.
And one of the most popular games for dogs is fetch.
However, tossing tennis balls and sticks day after day can tire you out and is likely to make your shoulder hurt over time.
So, a great gift to get for a dog walker is the Chuckit! ball launcher.
As this allows them to effortlessly launch balls far into the distance for the dogs to chase and bring back.
So, they'll definitely appreciate it if they don't already have one and their shoulders and arms will feel much better too.
10. Highwave AutoDogMug
Dogs use up plenty of energy on their walks so it's important to make sure they stay well-hydrated.
As drinking enough water helps them to regulate their body temperature and also keeps their joints lubricated and healthy.
And this is even more important if you walk the dog is hot conditions.
So, getting a dog walker a dog water bottle and bowl to take with them is a good idea for them and your dog.
And one I'd recommend is the Highwave AutoDogMug.
As this has a bowl attached to the top of the bottle for the dogs to drink water from.
So, to fill the bowl with water you simply squeeze the bottle.
And when they've had enough you just release the squeeze and the water will return to the bottle again.
Which makes it perfect for summer walks especially and will also discourage them from drinking out of dirty puddles or lakes and making themselves sick.
11. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
It's not just the dogs that need to stay well-hydrated when walking in hot conditions.
As you'll be no use to them if you start feeling dizzy and faint from dehydration!
So, it's just as important that you make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water on your walks.
And this makes a water bottle like the Hydro Flask a fantastic gift.
As this will fit in their bag, keep their water cold all day, and means a dog walker will always have a drink on hand when they need one.
Which is great for their body, their mental capacity, and also their energy levels too.
12. Osprey Ultralight Daypack
As you can probably tell by now, a dog walker will have to carry a few things with them on their walks.
Because things like spare leashes and collars, balls and toys, water bottles, treats and reflective lights and clothing may all be needed at some point.
So, the next gift idea is to get them a small backpack where they can easily keep and carry all this stuff.
And one that is ideal for this is the Osprey Ultralight daypack.
As this one is water resistant, easy to carry, and while being small still holds up to 18 liters of capacity inside.
And it has stretchy side pockets which are handy for keeping your water bottles separate from the rest of your stuff.
This bag also shrinks down to fit inside a tiny carry pouch that is small enough to slip inside a coat pocket.
So, it's great for a dog walker to keep on hand when they have more stuff than they can carry.
13. Hurtta Dog Trainer's Vest
Another gift option for a dog walker to keep their stuff safely in is a dog trainer's vest.
Now, these vests obviously don't have as much storage space as a backpack.
But they contain many zippered pockets of varying sizes that are good for holding leashes, collars, treat pouches, phones and other smaller items.
And it's much easier to wear a vest than carry a backpack around with you on your walks if you can get away with it.
So, something like the Hurtta dog training vest is a solid choice.
As this is lightweight, comfortable to wear, water-resistant, breathable, and can be adjusted at the waist and neck to fit you nicely.
And it has 4 zipper pockets on the front of the vest and one large zipper pocket running across the back of it for larger items.
So, a dog walker can stay comfortable and carry their essentials effortlessly with one of these vests.
14. A Good Pair Of Dog Walking Shoes
All that walking everyday is great exercise but it can also take it's toll on your feet and joints if you're not careful.
So, it's really important that dog walkers invest in a pair of supportive and comfortable shoes to walk the dogs in.
As not only will this keep their feet happy, it'll take pressure and strain off their lower limbs, and help them to avoid ankle, knee and back pain.
So, getting your dog walker a new pair of walking shoes is a really nice gift idea.
However, it can also be a difficult one as there are so many options to choose from.
And what is right for them will depend on where they walk the dogs, the weather conditions, and also their personal preferences.
As there are dog walkers that just like to wear an ordinary pair of running shoes such as Asics for their walks.
While others prefer stronger boots and shoes designed especially for hiking like the Keen range.
And for those in wet and muddy places a pair of Bogs Boots are the only way to go.
So, if you want to go down this road then perhaps it's a good idea to ask them which type of footwear they'd prefer rather than just buying and hoping for the best.
15. North Face Shinsky Beanie
Taking the dogs for walks on freezing cold winter mornings can be challenging to say the least.
So, why not help your dog walker to keep warm by getting them a beanie hat to wear.
After all, we lose most of our body heat through our heads, so having a warm beanie on will definitely help.
And if you get them a stylish one it'll have the added bonus of making them look good too.
Which is handy for when they run into any hot fellow dog walkers!
So, one such as the Shinsky beanie by the North Face will keep them warm and happy for sure.
16. North Face Venture 2 Rain Jacket
As well as the cold, the rain also poses a few problems for dog walkers.
And in some places this can strike frequently and when you're least expecting it.
Which means you could find yourself soaked through by the end of your walk, which not only feels horrible but can also lead to you catching colds and getting sick more often.
So, another useful gift idea for a dog walker is to get them a lightweight rain jacket to carry around with them.
As this way they can always get out of trouble and stay dry when the heavens open up.
And once again I'd recommend checking out the North Face, as they do many different types of rain jackets for men and women such as the Venture 2 which are comfortable, light, stylish, and effective.
17. RC Products Pet First Aid Kit
Keeping dogs safe and protected while out on walks is one of the principle responsibilities of any dog walker.
However, dogs are boisterous and energetic creatures and no matter how careful you are accidents do happen.
So, it's a good idea to have some supplies on hand for when they do so you can treat an injured dog and patch them up until you can get them to the vets.
Which means a well stocked pet first aid kit such as this one from RC Products makes for an essential item for a dog walker to have and a good gift to give them.
As this contains almost everything they'll need to tend to cuts and minor injuries such as bandages, gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, saline solution, and an emergency blanket.
18. Sleepypod Dog Car Seat Harness
Another place you'll need to keep the dogs safe is in the car.
Because allowing them to roam around freely in the back seat as you drive them to and from the park is dangerous for both them and you.
As if there's an accident they can be flung all over the place including through windows.
And when unbuckled they can also distract you while driving, which may force you to take your attention off the road for a vital second.
So, you really need to make sure you use a dog seat beat or harness in the car to keep your dog strapped in and safe.
And one great option that makes for a good gift for a dog walkers car is the Sleepypod iClick dog car seat harness.
As this is a harness your dog wears that attaches to your car's seat belt to keep them safe and secure on the journey.
And this is the only safety belt or harness that has been rigorously tested by the Pet Safety Center and achieved a good rating.
So, give them and their dogs the gift of safety with a harness like this one.
19. 4Knines Dog Car Seat Cover
A dog walkers car is bound to get continually messed up as they pick up and transport various dogs to the park throughout the day.
So, it's no surprise to find their back seats full of muddy paw stains, dog hairs, saliva, and claw marks.
And even worse if they have an accident in the back seat or get car sick!
So, a gift idea that can help a dog walker protect their car is a dog car seat cover like this one by 4Knines.
As this stretches to cover the entirety of the back seat which will keep any nasties off your upholstery.
And you can also raise it to cover the back of the two front seats too to keep them clean and stop your dog poking their heads through the gap.
Plus being waterproof and non-slip make it good for keeping the dog safe and comfortable on the journey too.
And it's far easier and less painful to clean this cover every few days than having to clean out your whole car!
20. Pay To Have Their Car Valeted
Speaking of cleaning out your car, this is a real time drain for most dog walkers.
As you'll need to do it regularly to stop your car looking and smelling like a mobile kennel.
Because doggy stains and odors linger long after you've dropped the final dog off for the day.
So, a really great gift idea for your dog walker is to treat them to having their car professionally valeted.
As this way it'll come back sparkling clean and fresh and with no effort, time or money spent on their part.
Absolute bliss ... well, for a few days at least!
21. Beauty By Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set
Walking dogs every day can really take it out of a dog walker physically too.
As you wrack up the steps and miles trying to keep up with a succession of highly energetic and playful mutts.
And this can leave you feeling exhausted and aching after a long day.
So, giving a dog walker something to help them to relax, unwind and recover from the days stresses can make for a great gift.
And one such gift idea is a set of bath bombs like these ones by Beauty by Earth.
As a nice, long soak will be great for relieving their tired muscles and allow them to switch off.
And by adding one of these bath bombs bath times become even more effective.
As they will fizz up in the water and give off scents and salts that are ideal for soothing tired muscles and minds.
22. Just Give Them The Cash!
As well-intentioned and thoughtful as all the gift ideas for dog walkers are on this list, they would probably still prefer to receive a bit of extra cash as a thank you.
Because this way they can spend it on whatever they want rather than getting stuff for work.
And a cash bonus is much better for them at times of the year when money may be a bit tighter such as during the holidays.
Plus it's also easier for us too as you don't need to go to the shops or order and wrap a physical gift.
So, while uninspiring this can actually be a winner for everyone.
Dog walkers do a great job of keeping your precious pets healthy, happy and well exercised when you are too busy to do it yourself.
And as such it's nice to show your appreciation by giving them the occasional thank you gift.
So, I hope you've found something on this list that your dog walker would love to receive.
Because a happy dog walker leads to a happy dog, and having a happy dog will always please any dog owner.