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Old 06-19-2013, 11:53 AM
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Tipping Groomers at Petsmart

I have an appt. tomorrow at Petsmart, to get Diesel's nails trimmed and a shampoo. I have never used Petsmart before and was wondering if you should tip the groomer or not, I am not too sure how these places work. I know at private grromers you tip. Does anyone know. I am thinking "yes" . Thanks
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If the Petsmart where I take Calypso had a tip jar set out, I would tip in a heartbeat (working at a sandwich shop made me the kind of person who tips for so much as a cup of ice water). However, I know they have separate groomers/front room staff and washers/back room staff, so I worry that by handing a tip directly to one person it will not end up in the pocket of the person who did 95% of the work. (nb: I groom Calypso myself, but I cede ear-cleaning and gland-expelling duties to others.)

If I paid someone to cut her hair, I would almost certainly tip them, even if someone else was still doing the bath part.
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Thanks that is good to know, I did not know they had more than 1 working on the dogs. Sandie
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Our groomer will not accept tips. I have tried, but she refuses them in a very friendly way. She's awesome, and has won awards for multiple years in a row as our city's best groomer.
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That's awesome, Tucker's Mom...I wish everybody would just charge what they want to charge and take the guess work out of it. I tip hair stylists and waitresses of course...but I just groom my own dog.
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marbear, I would groom my two little ones myself, but Tucker will not let anyone do anything to him. He's had Parvo, a neuter, 5 knee surgeries, and a bladder stone surgery over his 9 years of life, and I guess all of that made him a bit temperamental when attempting any kind of procedure on him.

They call our groomer, Tammy, the dog whisperer. Tucker submits to her for the whole nine yards: bathing, anal emptying, and nail trimming. And Tammy only charges me $11.00. (It was $10.00 for 8 years, but she recently increased her fees by $1 across the board.) She has a new worker who bathes the dogs for her, but she won't let the girl bathe Tucker, as he would freak and probably bite her. He has bitten Tammy twice in the last 9 years.

Ollie needs his feet trimmed top and bottom, as he's a long-haired ChiWeenie. Tammy trims all of the hair from between his pads on all four paws, plus he gets the bath, etc., same as Tucker. Tammy charges me $20 for Ollie.

We go once a month, and it's worth every penny. As long as we're able to afford it, we will continue to bring our boys to her.

Just as an aside, Tucker and Ollie were both adopted from rescue groups.
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my groomer wouldnt accept a tip last time and she is really good with jessie only $20 for sanitary shave, backside clip, nails cut and paw pads! oh and tidy up of jessie face and hair out the eyes
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My daughter, Beth, has a groomer that actually goes to her house. They have a trailer that is a shop on wheels, so-to-speak. She checked around for prices with several groomers, and since this one was no more expensive than the others, she chose to go with them. Very convenient. And she doesn't tip, as it's 2 people. They will come at her convenience, but Beth will see how soon Dash needs grooming and then set them up to come at those intervals. This is her pup, Dash after his first --- and only --- grooming so far. He was 4-1/2 months old in this pic, about 6 weeks ago:

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I take my dog to PetSmart as well and I do tip. The groomer spends alot of her time with my dog and does such a good job as well as is very good with him, I could not walk away without giving her something. If she chooses to share with others, I will leave that up to her.
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I don't take my dogs to groomers, but if you are happy with the service, then you should offer a tip. If they choose not to accept a tip, that's up to them. I think it is a nice way to show appreciation.
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