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Do You Tip Your Dog Groomer?

There are a few common questions regarding the topic of tipping your dog groomer - Should you tip? Why should I tip my dog groomer? What is good tipping etiquette? The answer to this question is yes, as long as you are satisfied with the job your groomer has done, tipping is encouraged. Pet grooming is a physically demanding job and is usually done out of love for pets. After all, this is skilled work that most pet owner's won't or can't do themselves. Tipping your groomer lets them know that you value the work that he/she does.


Why Should You Tip Your Groomer?
Some people tip their hairstylist and others don't, so some might argue, why should I tip my groomer? Well, there are a lot of things that groomers do that your hairstylist doesn't - for example, you probably don't often drop your bowels on your hairstylist or get your anal glands squeezed by them. Take your dog's behavior into consideration also - do they require special attention? Do they wiggle, bark, bite, have anxiety, high energy and can't sit still, hate baths, hates driers, etc. - these are challenges that groomers face daily with grooming your pet. Additional special circumstances groomers face are extreme cases of matting, shedding, fleas, elderly or overweight dogs who are unable to stand, pets with fecal matter stuck to hinds, etc. It's important to remember that not every dog enjoys being groomed, bathed, and pampered. 

What is Good Tipping Etiquette? 
In general, 15-20% of the service total. Appreciation tips are a token of gratitude and are whatever you can afford. Typically whatever you feel is best based on the quality of the work you received.  


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