Can I tip my pet sitter?

asked 2015-06-27 18:20:37 -0500

Is tipping in cash allowed and/or expected for good service?

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That's up to you. I personally decline tipping as my all inclusive rates allow me to live comfortably along with my other endeavors. A 5 star review is best for me. I want the dog owner to remain stress free. I never seen a dog hotel asking for tips though unless that changed.

Melissa Y.'s profile image Melissa Y.  ( 2016-07-24 23:04:31 -0500 ) edit

And we sitters can adjust are rates should we want to make more money. So with this freedom tipping is not expected for this online service to find us.

Melissa Y.'s profile image Melissa Y.  ( 2016-07-24 23:07:30 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-06-27 18:37:03 -0500

If you would like to tip your sitter, I'm sure he/she would be appreciative. As for whether tipping is expected, they're never "expected." Opinions about tipping sitters vary widely here. Some believe their contracted fees are all that is necessary, while others believe dogsitting is no different from other service for which tipping is very customary. The fact is you are entrusting the care of your fur baby to an individual, something which is far more significant than bringing you an iced tea or doing your nails. There is no right or wrong.

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answered 2015-06-30 08:43:25 -0500

I've tipped my sitters in the past, though I do think it's better, as a sitter, to not expect it and be pleasantly surprised!

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answered 2015-06-29 16:09:35 -0500

Tipping is a nice way to express appreciation when your sitter (or other service provider) has done a great job. Consider it especially if they have exceeded your expectations.

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answered 2015-08-04 00:33:17 -0500

Tipping always tells me I did a great job! It might just be a CA thing, but so far all my tips have been in alcohol forms which has made for a very happy husband seeing as I dont drink myself. Even if its not for me, I know the owner was thinking of me, and grateful for my service.

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LOL. I don't expect that would ever happen here in Utah - though I would appreciate a nice bottle of wine or microbrew.

Jennifer R.'s profile image Jennifer R.  ( 2016-05-24 15:41:49 -0500 ) edit

I got tequila from Mexico once! LOL I don't drink much, but I suspect a few friends will have to come enjoy margaritas with me now!

Jamie R.'s profile image Jamie R.  ( 2016-07-18 13:23:15 -0500 ) edit
answered 2015-07-31 17:51:42 -0500

Yes, you should tip your sitter! This is no different then any other service based profession such as Hair Stylist, Manicurist, Groomer, Newscarrier, Car Valet, or Waiter/Waitress. A typical tip would be 15-20% for gratitude. A tip shows respect and appreciation for their trustworthy and professional efforts. Thank you to all of my current and future clients!

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Not to be a grinch, I'm a typically good tipper unless service is horrendous , which you wouldn't know in this case. However, I would leave out comparing it to ant service industry where the provider is the owner, not done, gauche. Employees, yes

Gay R.'s profile image Gay R.  ( 2015-12-25 15:29:24 -0500 ) edit
answered 2015-08-02 11:54:41 -0500

Absolutely! Tipping is never expected, but always appreciated.

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answered 2015-08-04 19:20:13 -0500

I think that tipping is a wonderful way to tell your sitter that you appreciate their work, especially if they went above and beyond for you or your dog. If you were a last minute reservation, or your dog destroyed your sitters home, or that your sitter just did everything you hoped for and then some, tipping is a very obvious sign that you appreciated all they did for you. It's not mandatory, of course, but if you're planning to use that sitter again it's a good way to spread some goodwill and make your sitter want to work with you again, in spite of a destructive dog or something you left out at the meet and greet that ended up being a very important thing to know. Good rule of thumb, you need to remember that this is a part of the service industry, and just like you tip well at a restaurant you go to often or whatever, tipping your sitter is an easy way to show your gratitude and appreciation for all they've done for you. It truly makes our day.

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I agree and well said.

Charmaine G.'s profile image Charmaine G.  ( 2016-09-08 23:02:08 -0500 ) edit

That was well-said and helpful!

Aimee B.'s profile image Aimee B.  ( 2017-01-04 19:21:10 -0500 ) edit
answered 2015-08-04 18:55:52 -0500

You can absolutely tip your pet sitter! Like everyone else said, we never expect a tip, but it is always appreciated. I personally would take a good review over a tip (that's how other people find us)! And if we get both, that's great!

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answered 2015-06-28 23:17:16 -0500

Yes. Your tip is appreciated.

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answered 2016-07-23 08:14:24 -0500

We are working in a "service" related job. I believe it is really nice for client's to tip their sitter the same way they tip the person that cuts their hair or a food servers at the restaurant. Personally, I don't expect a tip, but if I get one it always makes me happy and not because I got a little extra cash, but the tip indicates that the client was really happy with the service I provided to their pet and that's always a great thing.

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