Rewarding your dog...trainer
February 28, 2012 5:08 PM Subscribe
Should we tip our dog-training instructor? How do we do it non-awkwardly?
posted by nakedmolerats to Pets & Animals (6 answers total)
Our dog has done beginners' and is now in intermediate training at Big Box Pet Store, with the same trainer. Dog and trainer like each other a lot. Dog recently had some issues with another dog in the class (acting defensive/aggressive), and was generally grouchy and snappy during class, which was very unlike her. The trainer had us come, outside of class time, so our dog could socialize with his dog that he brings to work with him. We are planning on returning later this week sometime to continue. This is during the trainer's regular work hours - we are not paying for a private session. He spent at least half an hour with us.
He has not mentioned getting paid for going, obviously, above and beyond just doing the training class. I think he just really likes our dog and his job. I feel like it would be appropriate to tip him or offer some appreciative gesture, but how do we bring it up non-awkwardly? I am very Midwestern so I feel like offering money when none has been explicitly expected can be weird, like you are assuming the other person is just in it for the money than because they care. Or at least, I have felt awkward in the past when I did something as a favor for a friend/acquaintance and they wanted to pay me for it.
Is it appropriate to tip him/ how much? How do we bring it up? Would it be better/more appreciated to write a letter to the store manager letting them know that this employee is extra awesome? Are there other alternatives?