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Tipping your dog sitter

asked 2014-11-22 16:48:45 -0500

Do most people tip their dog sitter at the end of the stay? If they do, what is the average tip?

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As a sitter I did not expect a tip at all. I was tried to politely refuse but I was definitely grateful for the tip. I just asked that they leave a positive review if they had the time.

RONILA I.'s profile image RONILA I.  ( 2015-01-05 19:51:38 -0500 ) edit

Minimum wage is what? $8.50? We are paying for sitters and if I wanted my dog in a kennel, I'd take him there but I dont. Find the honest ones.

Diane K.'s profile image Diane K.  ( 2019-07-05 20:28:18 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-01-30 23:37:34 -0500

I would agree that a tip is a bonus. It would be great to get them, but I don't expect them. To me it's shocking how many people don't tip their groomers! It's just like getting your own hair done except the groomers have to worry about biting, wiggling, barking, etc... They are true artists in my opinion. I'm not sure why some jobs seem to be tipped and others not, but I charge my daily rate and that's good enough for me. (Tips or gifts always appreciated). S

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Hairdresser here. We don't get tips everytime. Those people don't get squeeze in either and are generally the biggest pain in the ass

Nancy T.'s profile image Nancy T.  ( 2016-11-15 21:48:21 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2015-02-05 22:12:25 -0500

I agree with these answers, and actually had this same question when I first started using rover for my own dogs. If we are already getting paid, I don't feel like a tip is necessary, but only a bonus gesture if someone feels the need to do it. I've never been approached for a tip, and I have even asked other sitters and they just say "it really is your choice".. and now I understand that. I think next time I personally book through rover I will tip my sitter because I know what its like now... but again, definite bonus not expected

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Yes please do something

Nancy T.'s profile image Nancy T.  ( 2016-11-15 21:50:35 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2017-06-01 20:13:59 -0500

I don't expect to be tipped, but I'm certainly grateful when I have been. To date, most of my clients tip nothing. However, I had a high anxiety dog for whom the owner felt I went above and beyond... so much so that she left a bouquet of tulips, a card, and $100 on my doorstep the day AFTER she picked him up. The tulips and the card meant so much. Similarly, I had a diabetic get very ill while at my house, and the owners were so grateful for how I cared for him, they gave me $100 too.

It seems the trend is really the above and beyond stuff that leads to me getting tips. Even before I was sitting through Rover, my clients would tip me if I stayed longer than expected to make sure their cats ate, went back to make sure a dog who was limping on a walk was better a couple hours later, and those other types of things we just "do" because, frankly, it's the right thing to do. But doing the right thing blows people's minds these days!

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answered 2017-10-26 20:18:07 -0500

I have a 12 client and only 1 of them give me tip for $20 make me so happy. I never expect that much of a tip. :)

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answered 2017-09-20 10:22:54 -0500

I dont sit for rover...YET.....just bought a house and need a fence. But i use rover consistently. I tend to tip about 5 dollars a day per stay (5 night stay = 25 dollars). Most of the people around me charge 30/night so 15% would be 4.50. But i agree, when i finally start sitting, i wouldn't expect a tip. I love these animals and that's why i'm doing it. I learn something new from all different breeds, etc. My dog gets friends out of it as well which is a plus since he's an only dog (thats a big tip in itself!)

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answered 2019-10-08 14:11:28 -0500

If I am watching their dog for just a few visits I don't typically get tipped. If I am going longer than 3 day weekend visit I typically get tipped. And of course the holiday visits I usually always get tipped. Providing a cash tip helps recoup some of the money that http://Rover.com takes.

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answered 2014-12-10 02:18:49 -0500

The only tip I've received so far was a dog that ended up having accidents all over the house...I think her owner knew she was prone and felt a bit guilty. It DID help pay for cleaning! Another brought a bottle of wine. I don't expect it, but a nice surprise when they come.

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answered 2017-08-06 20:55:51 -0500

I do a lot of long distance sitting, and I don't necessarily expect a tip, but I do usually get gas money or grocery money from my clients. It is extremely helpful, since gas and groceries are very expensive and we don't get paid until 2 days after the service is done. I live with my mom and am a college student so I don't usually pay for groceries, I have too many school expenses. I also go above and beyond on all of my sitting jobs, and it does kind of feel like I'm under appreciated when I don't get a tip, but I do understand that some clients are on a budget, and not everyone can tip. I've only not been tipped once, and the highest tip I have gotten is $150. I have worked as a cosmetologist in a salon and when I didn't get tipped, it did hurt my feelings, because I work hard and it shows. It is the same to me when dog sitting. Rover also takes 20% of what we make, and this is my only source of income.

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