How Much to Tip a Dog Groomer
Knowing whether to tip or not, and how much you should tip, can be difficult subjects to discuss. Some, if not most, people find the topic of tipping to be hard to talk about as it carries an awkward stigma with it. While some people might not have a problem with it and will happily tip however much they feel comfortable, other people might find it unnecessary as they’re already paying for a service. Although tipping might seem like something that applies only to bars, restaurants or other customer service-type situations, it can pop up in many other situations, even when taking your dog to the groomer!
If you’ve ever wondered if you should tip your dog groomer, why, or how much, we might just have the answers you’re looking for. Although the first answer might simply be yes, it can be a little bit more complicated than that. So, let’s have a look at why you might decide to tip and how much is appropriate.
Reasons for Tipping
Firstly, it’s important to look at why you should give your dog groomer a tip. There are several reasons for this but the most important (and most common) reason for tipping is because of a reliable and high-quality service. If you consistently visit the same dog groomer and receive great looking results, you might feel inclined to leave a tip as an extra thank you. Afterall, consistently great results can be hard to achieve so if you have a continuously positive experience then tipping is a great way to show your constant appreciation.
Dog groomers, especially those who work for a salon or large company, don’t receive the entirety of the bill you pay for grooming. Most of this money will go to the company for bills, equipment and profit while only a small percentage may actually go to the groomer for commission. So, if your groomer provides exceptional service, you might want to tip them a little extra to ensure they get the thanks they deserve.
Alternatively, you might decide to tip if your dog groomer has provided last-minute help. Maybe you’re taking your dog on holiday and need a last-minute nail trim or coat clipping. Or maybe you booked an appointment and had to reschedule less than 24 hours before. If a situation like this happens and your dog groomer accommodates your request at such late notice, you can show your appreciation through tipping. If you already tip then it might be a good idea to give a little bit more on this occasion, just so they know how much you appreciate their help.
Lastly, you might want to tip your dog’s groomer even more if they have provided an extra service which isn’t typically included in the grooming package you pay for. This might be a complimentary shampoo, condition, ear or teeth cleaning. Any additional features the groomer gives as freebie should be appreciated in the form of a tip, as this shows they really care about your doggo.
How Much Should You Tip
As a rule of thumb, a 15-20% tip is accepted as normal in most professions. While this might change marginally, we recommend tipping between 10-20% of the overall coast of the grooming package. This figure is a guideline for your own choice as you might find that one groomer does an excellent job, while another groomer might not do so well. Generally speaking, some form of tip should be provided to show your appreciation of great service. If the service was exceptional, a larger tip would reflect your greater appreciation while a smaller tip might be suitable for regular appointments. If you’re not happy with the service, it’s important to provide feedback rather than just refusing to tip, but we’ll et into that later.
Should You Only Tip with Money
Tipping your dog groomer (or anyone who regularly provides you with a service) is usually always done with money. But you might wonder: can you tip in any other way? While this should usually be avoided, it may be appropriate on special occasions. Tipping is usually done with money as it is an easy way to show a special thanks for great service and since you’re already paying, it makes sense to simply add on a bit extra. However, if you regularly chat with your dog’s groomer and get to know them (and their interests) quite well, you could use this information to buy them a gift as a tip on occasion. While you shouldn’t do this frequently, it could be a thoughtful gesture if they have provided a favor for you or provided extraordinary service. You could do this buy gifting them something which they’ve told you they like during your conversations.
Is It Okay Not to Tip
For some people, tipping might not be possible or necessary. However, this should be for only a few reasons. The most obvious reason for this is the expense. Sometimes dog grooming can be particularly expensive and, understandably, additional costs like tipping might have to be neglected if you struggle to afford general dog care.
Another reason for not tipping might be caused by extremely poor service. If you change dog groomers and receive a low-quality service, especially for a high price, you may choose not to tip. We certainly hope this never happens to you and your pooch! If it does happen however, don’t just refrain from tipping, you should let the groomer know your concerns so they have the chance to improve. As long as you approach the subject sensitively and respectfully, the groomer should be understanding and take on board your feedback.
While some people mid find tipping superfluous, in reality it shows you are fully satisfied with the quality of service you have received and is an accepted way of showing your appreciation. While the amount you tip your dog groomer depends on the service and specific situation, you can’t go wrong with the general rule of 10-20%. A groomer’s services keep your dog healthy and happy, so they deserve recognition and appreciation for all they do!