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Old 03-01-2011, 06:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Think of it like this.

Regardless if the groomer is self employeed, the owner, or part of a business, your groomer gets pooped on, peed on, shot anal glands at, has to deal with absolutely psychotic dogs, gets bit, scratched, and has to please owners that absolutely neglect their dogs.

I get 50% of the amount of the groom. The place I work at does not do cash back, nor does it allow a tip to be written on the credit card slip. All my tips currently are going towards getting the LASIK correction surgery I've been wanting to get for years. My tipping clients I will fit in even if I'm overbooked since they go out of their way to let me know they appreciate my work.
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Just wanted to add a little brag...

Yesterday, one of my clients gave me the nicest TIP. I big vase of beautiful FLOWERS! LOVE LOVE LOVE my clients <3
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Just wanted to add a little brag...

Yesterday, one of my clients gave me the nicest TIP. I big vase of beautiful FLOWERS! LOVE LOVE LOVE my clients <3
That's awesome! I would love that too!
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There's a woman that comes in, doesn't ask for any groomer specifically, who's a professional baker. She tips in baked treats. It's a fight whoever gets her dogs, basically whoever picks up the call takes the dogs then and there lol. I've never, ever had a brownie that good in my life.

I once also was tipped with 10 pounds of zucchini. My boss checks the dog out since I'm bathing another, she walks back laughing, holding this bag of green things, then starts busting up laughing. I found out shortly after she was able to talk, and laughed my butt off too.

It was nice, it was just so ODD.
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There's a woman that comes in, doesn't ask for any groomer specifically, who's a professional baker. She tips in baked treats. It's a fight whoever gets her dogs, basically whoever picks up the call takes the dogs then and there lol. I've never, ever had a brownie that good in my life.

I once also was tipped with 10 pounds of zucchini. My boss checks the dog out since I'm bathing another, she walks back laughing, holding this bag of green things, then starts busting up laughing. I found out shortly after she was able to talk, and laughed my butt off too.

It was nice, it was just so ODD.
eats healthy hahah How I wish tipping is in the mind of the customer over here! I am glad that they don't ask for discount, not to hope for a tip!

However, there is one customer that always sits in while she waits for her dogs to be done, she will buy some drinks and snacks for us. Sweet!
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I LOVE food tips! Over Christmas we had everything from home baked cookies and one guy brought in a brisket! It was also the best brisket i've ever tasted in my entire life.

I almost prefer the edible tips. I'm usually starving while working anyway.

I love to bake and always have something homemade on hand. I have often brought cookies to my hairdresser and even made some healthy cookies and brought them for everyone at the gym I attend with a little card including the nutrition facts. They loved them!

Cameo, flowers are a wonderful gift! How nice of your client to think of you. I think the strangest tip i've ever received..or rather the entire shop received were a bag of fuji apples. Luckily Fuji are my favorite type.

Also, I don't understand why this post was reported. If someone can't handle opinions maybe they should re-think joining a forum.
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In another thread on this forum someone brought up an excellent point: if the owner grooms your dog and knows you aren't gonna tip her, should she feel justified in charging an additional $10? That seems to be the argument you are making, that if she feels she deserves more, she should charge more.

In every shop i've ever worked at, groomers had the base price per dog and were free to charge additional fees per their time spent on dematting, brushing, scissoring, or special handling. So in a sense, yes, employees can set their own prices sometimes.

I wrote an article about tipping your groomed here: Tipping Your Dog’s Groomer FunkyPuppy
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My groomer usually charges about $80 for my spoo and I normally tip her $20. If she's doing something more complex I'll tip higher, as well. She lets my dog hang out with her and play with her dogs while she's there, and my dog loves it.
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I generally tip $10-15. I used to pay $65 and would tip $15 on a tougher day (i.e. back from camping...her first groom there...holidays). I am now paying (because I am so happy to find a new person - yay!) $75. Frankly, it's a budget-stretcher but I am tipping $15, which I just realized works out to 20%. And I'm so freaking grateful to find her and $75 is *CHEAP* here.

I tipped the last bad one $10 on a $90 b/c I'm a sucker.

Owner or not owner does not affect how I tip. I adored our groomer in S. Cal and she was part-owner of the place. They also had separate shampoo people...I'm wondering if they get a portion of the tips, too? I think they would do the easier grooming clients, but never my Standard.
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