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Old 12-10-2012, 11:32 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I expected to pay around 70$ for my puppy when he was little and 100+ when he's full grown. When I selected my groomer I essentially offered an open ended 'sell me your business' ad online, as well as I emailed some shops. I basically requested someone who would be able to work with a little puppy to get him off on the right foot for grooming, and that I would rather have a groomer who sent home a half groomed pup etc if it wasn't going well, and would basically work on his terms gradually acclimatizing him (he came to me very fearful of almost everything unfortunately).

This groomer was the only one who basically agreed that the best approach for grooming him would be reward based shorter and more frequent grooming. When she gave me the pricing I was very confused, I expected to pay more, of course the DH was thrilled. I got a lot of your dog will be restrained and I will be able to clip them, don't worry responses. Which is fine I think if a dog is just being a bit bratty, but I didn't want a fearful puppy to be treated that way.

She is really sweet, and you're right I probably should stick with her.

She is always overly apologetic, I have the feeling that people yell at her quite a bit as she is ALWAYS afraid that I will be dissatisfied with the simplest things (the first time she couldn't get 'perfect' feet for example). I keep telling her don't worry, I don't expect a perfect job on a puppy, we don't need a show quality coat, etc. We just want a happy well adjusted boy who loves his groomer.

I was thinking of getting her a doggie cookie jar for her groom shop or something nice like that for Christmas.

I try to get her referrals, but I think her low prices are actually a turn off to some people.

Lesson be: charge what you're work is worth!
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Molly gets a puppy groom and her groomer charges me $35.00 & I give her a $5.00 tip. Also as it is Xmas time I gave her dogs (also poos) a Xmas goody bag filled with a few treats and toys. Treat your groomer right and she'll do you right is my belief!
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:30 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Do you HAVE to tip your groomer? Of course not! Should you? If the job is pleasing to you and you have the means, yes. I am a groomer, and by no means do I expect tips. But, if I groom your dog over and over and you keep coming back, you should express your appreciation somehow. If it means praising my work and thanking me because you cannot afford to tip, fine... But if you CAN afford a tip, even $2 says to me that you appreciate my effort and that I've delivered a job well done. Still, they are neither required or expected.

THAT BEING SAID: the price of the groom should have nothing to do with the tip. If you go to a restaurant that is $20 a plate, are you less likely to tip because you already paid enough? No? Then why do you treat groomers this way?

Fortunately, I get to groom my three dogs myself... But I can say that if I didn't, finding a groomer that groomed them to my satisfaction who cared about my dogs and knew how to work with them as individuals would be invaluable, and not only would cost not matter, but a large tip to show gratitude and encourage the owner would be in order.


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Since we always over-tip, in general - for grooming and just about everything else - if the service is even half what we expect, we give cookies (dog and people) at the holidays (home made, of course...)

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