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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