Interesting article. I've always felt if I show those who help me I appreciate their help, they will be willing to help me again. I know if I call and ask the groomer if he can fit Sadie in, he will always do that.
I don't know if we get a special price because we've been using the same facility - different dogs/different groomers - for 17 years. We are loyal to our groomer until he/she moves on. Sadie goes twice a month. When I first started tipping, the groomer then told me very few folks tipped. I always remember them at Christmas with extra $$ and a gift. I try to remember other special events in their lives - like a new baby, etc. I guess I can feel lucky I don't have to pay $60 for her grooming. I thought $40 was high enough. Thanks for the reality check, Julie! Of course, Sadie isn't a show dog, so her cut does not have to be as particular as if she were. However, I think she always receives good cuts.
I'll have to ask you, Julie - why do most groomers put perfume on dogs when they are done? I would have thought the clean smell of her shampoo and conditioner would be enough. I'm sensitive to it and request that they don't use it, but if I forget to write it down, she'll come home smelling like she's headed for the streets at night.
I find the comments about the owner of the shop interesting, as the rule of thumb for stylists years ago was to NOT tip the owner. I always have felt funny about this, so I always did tip the owners, but probably not quite as much as I did those who rented stations.
Julie Hydro wrote:
MJ Watt wrote:
I do 10 - 20% depending on what I have in my wallet at the time. He always gets at least $5 - Sadie's grooming runs $32 - $40 if she has a cut also.
WOW MJ that is incredibly cheap for the SoCal area. In a recent groomer survey the average
price for a cocker was 65 dollars in the Pacific region. That's taking into account highs and lows.
Anyway I'd say the average tipper tips me five dollars per dog. I have one customer who thinks if he is five minutes beyond his pickup time it's worth twice the groom price. I've tried over and over to refuse it, and he'll just walk away from the counter. Some tip me none. I appreciate any tips I get and I'll be honest. My tippers (as well as my regulars) get preferential treatment. I'll squeeze them in when their dog rolled in something even when I'm booked out weeks ahead, I stay late, come in early, work on my days off if I need to. The appreciate me, and I show them my appreciation back. I do an equal job on all my grooms, but I'll go the extra mile for those tippers. honestly even if it's one dollar. I do that for people I just like too though
I just want to put a plug in for owners of the grooming shop. If
they groomed your dog, and you think they did a good job, tip them. So many people think just because you're the owner your raking in the big bucks shouldn't have to be tipped... whatever. That owner has overhead. That owner often stays way past when the employees leave. They've got unemployment insurance, workers comp, hours of paper work for having employees (it took me ten hours of paperwork and filing for ONE employee for a quarter in this state). They're responsible for all the supplies, the liability insurance on all the groomers. the list goes on and on. They work just as hard at grooming as the employees and beyond.
I really like this blog entry on tipping groomers http://nicoleandnicolai.wordpress.com/2 ... -yourself/
Some of the language is rough, but I found it quite honest.