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Best Gifts For Your Dog Walker
It’s always nice to thank the person taking care of your dog. Whether it’s your dog trainer, dog walker, or that special person getting up at 6 a.m. to trudge through the snow with your fur friend – here are my top ways to thank them for a job well done.
1. Editor’s Choice: Canada Pooch The Everything Fanny Pack
A practical, pretty, and essential accessory for any dog walker worth their salt – this fanny pack is guaranteed to be a cherished gift. The design is adapted for long walks with pooches as it ensures you’ll have anything the person or the dog might need when on the go, as there are multiple pockets. The fanny pack features one large compartment that fits a standard size water bottle to ensure you’ll stay hydrated on the job, a built-in poop bag dispenser to make baggies easy to reach at all times, a treat pouch for snacks on the go, and a key ring holder to keep your keys on hand and safely in place. To boot, there are various other nifty design features this fanny pack boasts, such as a reflective zipper for high visibility, an adjustable waist for comfort, and a tailored fit for all body types. There are 3 color options to pick from – green camo, black splatter, and reflective (silver and black).
2. Runner Up: Best Dog Walker Ever Keychain
Want your gift to convey the gratitude and appreciation you have for the person that walks your dog? Then a thoughtful, small gift might just do the trick. A keychain is something that anyone can use, but when it’s beautifully designed and sends a lovely message such as this one, it can also be a great present for a holiday or just ‘cause you feel generous. Made from lead-free, nickel-free stainless steel that won’t tarnish, rust, or change color this keychain features a hand-stamped plate with the words “best dog walker ever”, accompanied by two cute charms in the shape of a dog’s paw and a bone. It measures1.97” by 0.47” and comes in a ready-to-gift velvet pouch. Cute, small, and certain to put a smile on anyone’s face!
3. Best for Pet Parents: Pawp Digital Vet Clinic Subscription
If your dog walker also has a pet of their own (and it’s highly likely they do), this is a gift that they’ll definitely appreciate more than anything else (and no, it’s not another squeaky toy). A subscription to Pawp, a first-of-its-kind digital clinic for pets, provides not only instant 24/7 access to licensed veterinarians, who can provide advice on medical, nutritional, or behavioral issues, but it also provides a $3,000 safety net for emergencies (even those related to a pre-existing condition). We all know that vet bills can be astronomical, and with Pawp, you can both make sure to prevent health issues down the road and get financial help when an emergency visit to a vet clinic is unavoidable. For as little as $24/month, this online platform allows you to text or video chat with a vet whenever you need advice for your cat’s or dog’s wellbeing, and if a medical emergency occurs, the vet bill will be paid upfront to the clinic of your choice (and you don’t pay it back!). And to top it all off, this plan covers up to 6 pets within a household. That kind of peace of mind when it comes to their four-legged bestie’s health is something any pet parent would love to have! With Pawp’s Gifting Program, you can gift 6 months of Pawp for only $99. Give pet parents what they’ll cherish most — peace of mind. This online vet clinic subscription is a great way to start the year off on the right foot, but hurry, it won’t last long!
4. Best T-Shirt: Dog Walker Shirt
Eat, sleep, walk dogs, repeat – simple yet true, so why not flaunt it to the world? This fun classic tee makes a great “uniform” for any dog walker and it’s fun to boot! The shirt comes in various options, all featuring the same print: in 5 colors and 13 sizes that fit men, women, or youth of all shapes and sizes. The solid colors are 100% cotton, heather grey is 90% cotton, and 10% polyester, whereas the other heather colors are 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Lightweight and with a classic fit, the shirt will look great on all body types and feel comfy to wear, too!
5. Best Essentials: G.A.S. Certified Compostable Dog Poop Bags with Handles
What’s one thing that a dog walker can never have enough of? Poop bags! Those pooches sure like to do their business when on walks. If you want to be practical with your gift and buy your dog walker something that they are 100% sure to find useful, then you can’t go wrong with poop bags. These particular ones are ethically sourced and carefully manufactured from botanical plant components, or more precisely cornstarch, biodegradable and compostable polymer, and edible glycerin, which means that they are eco-friendly and certified home compostable. To boot, they have handles that make poop pickup less messy and way more convenient, and the durable 18-micron thickness that locks away odors and guarantees a mess-free leakproof seal ensures your pooch’s poop won’t cause anyone trouble.
6. Best Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle with Straw Lid
Why waste money and nature’s precious resources when you can find a sustainable, eco-friendly, and ultimately budget-friendly way to quench your thirst? Hydro Flask is one of the most popular reusable water bottles out there, and with good reason. This insulated water bottle keeps the coldest drinks icy cold (up to 24h) and hot drinks piping hot for hours (up to 12h) thanks to its unique double-wall vacuum insulation, and it is made from BPA-free, phthalate-free, 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel that ensures pure taste and no flavor transfer. There are two capacities to pick from, 32 oz or 40 oz, and 15 modern colors to suit anyone’s style. This thermos is dishwasher safe and features a handy straw lid for more convenient drinking on the go.
7. Best Stocking Stuffer: Goodthreads Men’s 5-Pack Patterned Socks
Socks are always a welcome gift – even more so when they are pooch-patterned! These comfy, cozy socks come in a pack of five pairs and are made from 80% Cotton, 19% Nylon, 1% Elastane. This makes them soft, breathable, yet stretchy enough to adapt to different feet sizes thanks to the spandex top to toe finish. The heel and the toe are reinforced to prevent holes and the stretchy cuff ensures that these stay a good fit no matter your calf width. The set includes five pairs inspired by dogs – tiny Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and more grace the solid color sock body. Fun to peek under the pant leg, but nothing too flashy, which is how most people prefer it.
8. Best for Bad Hair Days: Life is Good Unisex Chill Cap
A baseball cap is an essential accessory for anyone who walks their dog, let alone for someone that does it professionally – when out in the drizzling rain or sun, you want a hat on your head. This design combines functionality with aesthetics: the embroidered dog figure with the words life is good hits the right sport for anyone who loves canines. The hat is made from high-quality cotton in a gender-neutral color, pre-washed for softness and durability. The adjustable back closure with snap ensures a good fit for any person, as it is fully customizable. To boot, the hat is also machine washable for easy maintenance and convenience.
9. Best Decor: Lulu Decor Cast Iron Dog Key Loose Hook
Gotta have a place to keep those keys, extra leashes, and other important thingamabobs on hand, so why not pick something pooch-inspired? This wall-mounted leash, hooks, and key holder will keep all their necessities tidy and displayed for easy access. Hang it by the door, so you can reach for a leash, key to your car or house, and anything else you could hang and need to grab on your way out! Made from strong, heavy cast iron, this design features four hooks that add a rustic touch to any room and lasts for years to come. Pretty and practical to boot!
10. Best for Down Time
Who could say no to a heartwarming story inspired by man’s best friend? Your dog’s walker certainly can’t! This uplifting book contains 101 best dog stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s extensive library, including tales of dogs changing or saving people’s lives, the amazing intuitions of canines, stories of dogs helping other animals, their impressive intelligence, and much, much more. It will only serve to remind you how amazing dogs are and take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, from awe to laughter, to tears in your eyes! This is a book that any dog lover should have in their own library – it’s a topic that could never bore anyone who loves canines, and this book is chock full of stories you’ll always come back to.
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A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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