Should we tip our dog sitter?

asked 2017-06-11 15:25:46 -0500

Our 7 month old puppy was watched in the sitter's home for 3 days. The sitter was awesome. In addition to paying the puppy rate should we have tipped her too?

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Tips are always a huge surprise and wonderful when they happen, but like Cari said, a great review/rating is free and helps us immensely.

Emma S.'s profile imageEmma S. ( 2017-06-16 20:43:50 -0500 )edit

Absolutely! Doesn't even need to be monetary. We enjoy a note, gift card, or a great review.

Tracy G.'s profile imageTracy G. ( 2017-07-10 07:55:20 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-06-13 17:20:09 -0500

If you search tips/tipping, there is another post in this forum that you might see. There were different responses from different sitters' perspectives.

Tips, gifts, referrals and repeat business are very much appreciated. My recollection is that many people do not expect a tip (since we can set our rates, but we also need to stay competitive and earn 75-85% of the total amount booked by Rover). As we are service providers, it is appreciated.

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answered 2017-06-13 20:41:05 -0500

As Deb said, tips are greatly appreciated but not expected. We provide a personal service for our clients, much like a hairdresser or nail technician.

One way you can express your appreciation for your sitter is to write a glowing review and leave a 5-star rating.

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answered 2017-06-22 13:54:09 -0500

Always appreciated but never expected!

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answered 2017-06-14 22:28:15 -0500

I've had more than one client tip me with a treat for my pup, since he had to share the house! It's thoughtful and shows respect for the sitter's animals, but certainly isn't expected.

The best things you can do are: 1) leave a great review (it boosts them in the searches for new clients) 2) share their information if someone asks for a recommendation 3) ask them to care for your pets again.

Repeat business is the best flattery. :)

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