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Old 06-16-2008, 04:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I'm new to poodle grooming as my oldest guy is 4 mo. and was wondering do I need to tip the groomer?

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Not unless you feel they did a superb job Being a groomer myself I appreciate a small tip now and then.
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I appreciate the feedback. I haven't seen a superb job yet and by what they charge, it's pretty expensive as it is. I had my new puppy very close clipped (almost shaved but not quite), feet done, face shaved, and bathed and they charged me $35. Is that a good price?
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Thats what I charge for a Standard Puppy so I would say its a good price. If you don't find the groom to be outstanding or the people super friendly then I would say don't tip.
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$55 to do Moose (Standard @ 1YR/O). They charged me that the first time and the next they wanted to charge me 70!!! I Said no $55 is what I paid last time and what I`ll pay again or I`ll do it myself, 2 x now and I pay $55. NO tip as it's at PetsMart or Petco (Forget) and the groomer exchanges no cash. I could probably leave her a tip personally but feel she is there to either get started, benefits they offer, etc. Not sure if she is hrly, or paid per-cut either way it's her choice. Moose loves the lady who does it so I am happy.
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Those pics of Moose are beautiful. What a handsome boy!!

I couldnt do it myself...too chicken. This lady who did Louie was very nice and the facility was very clean/new. So I'll go back with Leon next month and see how she does. I have his face shaved with a donut mustache now, but thinking I'll get rid of that. It creates a lot of water on the floor at the bowl. But so darn cute!

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$55 to do Moose (Standard @ 1YR/O). They charged me that the first time and the next they wanted to charge me 70!!! I Said no $55 is what I paid last time and what I`ll pay again or I`ll do it myself, 2 x now and I pay $55. NO tip as it's at PetsMart or Petco (Forget) and the groomer exchanges no cash. I could probably leave her a tip personally but feel she is there to either get started, benefits they offer, etc. Not sure if she is hrly, or paid per-cut either way it's her choice. Moose loves the lady who does it so I am happy.
I am always amazed at how people think they are being charged alot of money to groom their dog. $55 for a standard poodle is so ridiculously low. For a professional cut a poodle has to be completely fluff dried which is labor intensive. They require alot of scissor work and detail work. It takes between 2 and 3 hours to do a nice cut. For someone working at Petsmart for a 55 groom the groomer would get $27.50. If it took them 3 hours that means they only earned a little over $8.00 an hour. Then people are so quick to complain that the groomer didn't do a good enough job. Honestly, people, those who are talented move on because they are not paid enough. The funny thing is people want show quality cuts at gutter prices. You wouldn't be too happy with my prices. I'm mobile and charge $120.00 for a standard. In a shop I wouldn't charge less than $80.00. I don't want to come off harsh, but its very frustrating to hear all the complaints that people make about groomers, but then don't want to pay to have their dogs done.
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I agree with you but it also depends on where you live on how much is charged.

It takes a lot of work for just a sporting clip, I groomed my Standard girl this morning and it took me about 2 hours to do everything including drying. When I had her is a puppy clip it would take about 3 hours and with a full show coat it took me two days. So yes its a lot of hard work and you should expect to pay a bit.
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Hi, I agree, it depends on where you live, the cut you are getting, the shape your dog's hair is in (matted or nicely brushed out). I was paying $90 per groom and that is about the going rate in Northern California (and she was cut cloe but not shaved down except face,feet,tail). My Roxy also loved her groomers so I would never switch her, and we kept her up every month so it was easy for the groomer as well as the dog. As far as tipping, how about a treat every now and again for the groomer (on a hot days I brought in some beers - I always picked her up later in the day when the groomer was done, or treats for the groomers dog or a little something). That way, you won't feel obligated to give a tip everytime. If you like the groomer, you may be there for MANY years. Good luck, Suzanne
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I am always amazed at how people think they are being charged alot of money to groom their dog. $55 for a standard poodle is so ridiculously low. For a professional cut a poodle has to be completely fluff dried which is labor intensive. They require alot of scissor work and detail work. It takes between 2 and 3 hours to do a nice cut. For someone working at Petsmart for a 55 groom the groomer would get $27.50. If it took them 3 hours that means they only earned a little over $8.00 an hour. Then people are so quick to complain that the groomer didn't do a good enough job. Honestly, people, those who are talented move on because they are not paid enough. The funny thing is people want show quality cuts at gutter prices. You wouldn't be too happy with my prices. I'm mobile and charge $120.00 for a standard. In a shop I wouldn't charge less than $80.00. I don't want to come off harsh, but its very frustrating to hear all the complaints that people make about groomers, but then don't want to pay to have their dogs done.
Maybe I forgot to mention that moose is cut (BUZZED) all over, and short on his face, tummy, inside ears and privates. His hair does not even get 2" long before we get it cut again (every month).

$65 is fair I think for what he has done.
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