(Closed) Do you tip the dog groomer?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If it’s an actual salon, we do not tip. Lately we have been using a mobile groomer & we do tip her.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Since it’s her own business I would normally say no. If I were to take my dog to PetSmart where the dog groomer works “for the man,” then I would say yes. However, I know that my dog is very difficult about getting his nails clipped. He howls and barks with this very high pitched yelp that would drive me nuts, and so I tip whoever works on his nails no matter if it is their own business or a big store.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Well I tip the cat groomer! Several of my long-hair beauties get mats and I take them to the groomer’s for removal. Two cats get very hot in the summer from their thick fur so they get a trim and their bellies shaved. Grooming cats is NOT like grooming dogs. There is a cat or two that takes me and the groomer’s combined efforts to get the job done. I figure they deserve a tip for bravery.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I tip, but I have a Bernese Mountain Dog and they are a HUGE task!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I’m actually not sure whether we tipped the one time we got our dog bathed and had his nails trimmed at Petsmart since my husband paid, but I would if we go again. Our dog doesn’t allow his nails to be trimmed without making noise and struggling, so a couple extra bucks are in order. For someone running their own business out of their home, though, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes. I worked at a groomer for awhile as a bather. Tips are definitely something to do if the groomer doesnt own the salon

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Tipping is such a hot button issue these days. I’m strongly for it, but I’ve worked several jobs where I relied on tips to make any decent money out of it.

Regardless of in salon or mobile, or even out of the house, if you like the work they do (and can afford it), give them a tip! Even if they’re self-owned, they don’t make very much money off of each dog (due to either the salon taking a significant portion of each dog OR the overhead of running your own business). Tips are a really nice way of showing that you think they did a good job, ESPECIALLY if you know your dog is difficult (unless they charge you extra for the difficulty).

Basically, though, I would never expect tips for nail trims, it would be nice but not expected for baths, but for haircuts I was always a little hurt that they might not like it if they didn’t tip. Haircuts are hard, and pleasing the owner while keeping the dog safe and comfortable can be a really difficult balance to reach.

Chances are, if you just don’t have the money to tip, we can tell and completely understand. And any decent groomer will not hold it against you if you don’t– unless you’re rude and demanding, or difficult, or your dog is difficult and we didn’t charge you because we thought since you told us your dog was difficult there would be a tip in it for us.

In short, you tip your own hairdresser if they do a good job, don’t you?:)

Sincerely,

A Former Dog Groomer

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I tip because like @MrsDG I have a big dog that is a pain! (Great Pyrenees). I think i paid $50 yesterday so i tipped $10. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I always tip my dog groomer about $5-$7 each time. My dog is small, but hairy. Although I know she’s easy to groom because she’s very trained and well behave and every groomer she has been to has told me what a pleasure she is. Still, I like the groomer she goes to and always leave a small tip. She knows I’m unemployed and if I could afford to tip her more I would.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, and I brought her baked goods at Christmas time which she thanked me for many time after. Might not be financial, but I think it let her know I really appreciated the work she does.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our two Persian cats get groomed/brushed or get lion cuts couple times a year. We tip the groomer about $10-$15. I’m always so grateful I don’t have to do it myself, especially because I cut our girl’s skin once trying to remove her mat 🙁 My husband had thrown out his back the same day and was immobile, I was running a high fever, and then had to take Honey to the vet at night and wait three hours to get staples on her cut. The groomer’s sooo worth every dollar she makes after that experience.

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