Regular dog grooming is essential to ensure a healthy canine. Some people choose to groom their dogs at home, while others take them to professional pet grooming studios instead. Whenever we opt for the latter, one of the questions we all wonder is this: do you tip dog groomers?
As more pets are adopted in the USA, and professional dog groomers are getting increasingly busy, this has become a common misunderstanding among many pet owners. The infamous question, do you tip dog groomers or not, is now dominating every pet grooming forum and website. To save you the time, the short answer is…
Want to know why, and how much do you tip them? Wonder why dog groomers deserve to be tipped, and what else should you expect from going to a professional dog groomer? Let me break this down for you from personal 6-year experience at grooming salons.
What if I can’t afford to tip?
I have many clients who live on a small budget. It wouldn’t be fair of me to ask for more money.
So what if you like the groom but can’t afford anything extra? Easy, just show us some love and appreciation.
A simple “Awesome job!” can be really uplifting, especially if we’re having a long day (we have a lot of those).
Here’s something 10x better that you can do for FREE: tell your friends about us.
It can be as simple as tagging us in a picture of your groomed dog on Facebook. Or sharing our business page with your friends.
In fact, I have clients that receive life-long super discounts because they brought in so many new faces.
Should I tip my dog groomer?
Let’s start with the easy one. Should you tip?
No pressure, it’s totally up to you.
In my experience as a groomer: tipping isn’t expected (but always appreciated).
I understand people have different budgets and different takes on the tipping system in general.
The truth is dog grooming isn’t cheap for a lot of people. But it’s necessary. I would rather have you as a regular client who doesn’t tip than a one-time client that feels obligated to spend extra.
How much should I tip my dog groomer?
This can really change from one area to the next. In my experience, if I do receive a tip, the amount I receive can vary.
When I present the credit/debit card terminal there are options for 10%, 15%, and 20% tip (if they want to leave one). Analyzing my data from the last 6 months (about 250 transactions in 2021) I found the average tip was 12.5%.
However, with cash transactions most clients will give me a $10 or $20 bill. Which is an easy way to tip without any extra math.
So, how much should you tip? The simple answer is: whatever you’re comfortable with.
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