Should You Tip Dog Groomers?

Getting a dog is comparable to having a child. It needs proper meals every day, as well as grooming sessions, to ensure that it remains healthy throughout its life.

If you are a busy bee and have no time to look after the latter needs of your pooch, the most practical thing to do is bring it to a trustworthy pet salon that offers such services. The standing question from first-time owners, however, is, “Do you tip dog groomers?”

Yep, I do, but it isn’t the same case for all. To be real with you, it should not even be asked because these people tidy up your animal way better than anyone can. They do something nice for the pet, so you have to at least display your appreciation by giving them a few extra bucks when you pick up the pooch.

Why should you tip dog groomers?

The professionals who preen your dog are most likely employees of a grooming salon. It means that you may pay 40 dollars or more at the counter, yet only a portion of it will go to their pockets. This does not seem enough, especially if you have an overexcited dog that won’t cooperate during the entire process, right?

You cannot change the rates they have agreed on with the business owner, but you can hand them a commission if you like what these pros have done for your beloved dog.

When do you tip pet groomers?

The right parameter does not really refer to time. Some do it during special holidays, while others offer monetary incentives to grooming experts whenever they come to the shop. Nevertheless, there are many circumstances that come to mind in which you may be seen as insensitive or ungrateful if you refuse to give them tips. Find these situations below:

  • The pet cannot walk or stand. It is a likely scenario when your dog has gone over the normal weight or is too old to move. A veteran groomer will never ask you to bring it to another place, of course, but know that grooming these kinds of animals can be physically challenging. Imagine, if you already have a hard time hauling it in the salon, the work can be more difficult to the attendee once the pooch goes through the cleaning procedure. It cannot be a one-man job either, so you ought to be generous enough to tip both the groomer and the helper.
  • The dog injured the professional. An animal that is not used to being smartened up by a stranger can show erratic behavior and may cause injury to the person tending to it. This can be as small as a scratch or as scary as a bite. You cannot actually argue that (s)he will be fine since your pet gets regular vaccinations; the fact remains that the wound may affect the number of clients (s)he can accept while the wound is still fresh. In this case as well, it’s common to stop the grooming and return your payment, so the groomer ends up with an injury and zero commission – a double negative. Hence, as the owner of the pooch, you should take the initiative to tip this individual.
  • The animal has fecal problems. If you brought your dog to the salon when it has loose bowel movement or because some fecal matter got stuck on its paws or other body parts that you can’t remove, you truly should give the groomer additional compensation for cleaning after it. Although it is among the things that an expert in the field does, it’s still a dirty part of the job, literally speaking. (S)he will never ask for tipping, but remember that they have just taken care of an important work that you may be irked to do. For that reason alone, they deserve to receive bonus from you.
  • The pooch comes out tangle-free. There is probably nothing better than combing your fingers through your dog’s thick fur and not having them trapped in one matted mess. The hairs are bound to get snarled in case you allow it roam without restriction in the backyard or a park, and dirt and various debris can clump together to create a thick layer of mat. Some situations call for completely shaving off the fur, but in other scenarios they can simply undergo a dematting process and perhaps a nice trim. Whichever you choose to be done for your animal, you ought to reward the groomer if (s)he does a great job.
  • The dog has not been traumatized. It is typical for animals to feel nervous when they enter a shop and notice that it isn’t their master sprucing them up. A pooch, in particular, can become uneasy in this circumstance, so it takes a real expert to calm it down. If you pick up your pet and it seems like it did not receive the pampering you paid for, don’t leave a tip and never come back to that salon. But if you notice how energetic and good smelling the pooch is again, then that groomer should earn a tip, don’t you think?

How much to tip dog groomers?

How much is a reasonable amount to give to the grooming professional, you may ask?

It all depends on the list of things that (s)he has performed for your animal. The typical tasks include bathing, combing, drying, and cutting nails. In case the individual is a pet lover by nature, however, (s)he will not require you to pay extra even if your pooch has a serious case of matting or shedding, for instance which may require a specialist shampoo.

Mind you, that is the type of groomer that you should be tipping often anywhere from 15% to 20% of the actual rate for the service. But then again, the sky is the only limit we can see, so if you wish to offer more than that, you are entitled to do so.

In Conclusion

Do you tip dog groomers?

If you do, then kudos to you. If you don’t, perhaps you should begin considering it now.

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