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Old 09-06-2016, 06:32 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I'm taking care of a friend's dog for a while and wanted to take him to get washed at a nearby chain pet supply store. Just a shampoo and maybe a nail clipping. Do I tip the groomer? Is that typical, like when you get a haircut you tip the barber? They've had the dog at this place before and recommended a particular person to ask for. I don't know what they usually do and can't ask, as they're traveling and unreachable for a while. So do I tip (and how much if I do) or do I just hand over the credit card and take Fluffy out to roll around in the dirt again until his owner returns?
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:44 PM
 
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I always tip my dog's groomer, usually about 15-20% but even 10-15% would be appreciated. It's very sweet of you to care for your friend's dog.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I did when I used to take my peke to the groomer, (but I found I would rather do it myself, he's more comfortable and I save money...I like him shaved down to a puppy cut.)

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Old 09-07-2016, 08:32 AM
 
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I give the groomer a 20% tip every time my dog goes and a tip equal to 2 groomings at the holidays. I appreciate them and want to show it.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Thanks for the replies. Now I know what do and basically tip like I do at a barbershop. It's really nice knowing how not to look like a dumbass -- or a cheapskate.

But geez. Keeping a dog is sort of expensive, isn't it? I never realized.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:36 AM
 
Location: South
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I still have no idea why I'm supposed to tip the groomer. It's such a dumb practice. They aren't being paid server wages. I especially can't stand tipping the groomer when the groomer is the owner of the business. One day this tipping culture will mercifully end.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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I still have no idea why I'm supposed to tip the groomer. It's such a dumb practice. They aren't being paid server wages. I especially can't stand tipping the groomer when the groomer is the owner of the business. One day this tipping culture will mercifully end.
We can only hope!
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:04 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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When my dogs went to a local groomer who owned the business, I did not tip since she owned the place. Now that we go to Petsmart I tip, based on how the dogs turn out. I don't tip a whole lot though, since they apparently make pretty decent money.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My haircut is $50. I tip $20. Same lady for years. Cheap bc I don't have them dry or style it after.

My rough collie's groom and clip is $60. I also tip $15-20. But she gets a wash, a puppy cut, paws, sanitary, demat, nails...

Her day of beauty is much more elaborate than mine. It's also a very special place where the guy takes one dog at a time and my dog really likes him.
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:34 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I never use to because I never knew it was considered customary when we first became pet owners. I wouldn't think tipping is "expected" in a line of work where they're not making below minimum wage unless you truely felt they went above and beyond, which in that case you could tip. I ended up tipping about 10% after that but now no longer take our pup to the groomers but we do it all at home(even our own hair we do at home now). Saves money and my baby's stress.

I think last we paid about $35-40 for shampoo, trim, nails ect. He's a medium sized dog.
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