James “Head” Giuliani was a tough guy running the streets of New York until one day he met a dog who changed his life. Now, he has his own reality show on The Oprah Network about his top dog grooming parlor in Brooklyn, The Diamond Collar, where he pampers pooches with the love of his life, Lena Perrelli.
James brought along super-cute poodle Nick (who was recently adopted thanks to Adopt & Shop!) to the show where he shared tips for how to groom your dog, and make sure your furry friend stays safe in the winter months!
Grooming Your Dog At Home:
- Regular grooming with a brush or comb is very important. It will keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils and keeping the skin clean and irritant free.
- First, you use a rubber brush to loosen dead skin and dirt. Then, use a bristle brush to remove dead hair. Use a wide bristle brush for long haired dogs and a tight bristle brush for short haired dogs.
- You can polish with a cloth for a shiny coat. If you have a long-haired breed, be sure not to forget to brush the tail and ears. And always be sure to brush your dog before giving it a bath to prevent matting of the hair.
- Bath time is also a great time to look for fleas. Brush the opposite direction of your dog’s fur and look for flea dirt, which are little specks that look like dirt.
Choosing the Right Grooming Shop:
- Always ask if your dog groomer/salon uses cage drying, which can be very dangerous. Hot air cage drying can lead to heat exhaustion and cold air drying could force your pet to go into shock.
- Make sure your dog is up to date on their shots, especially the Bordetella shot. Kennel cough contaminates the air indoors and can have severe consequences in both younger and older dogs.
- Ask to see the back of the salon. A proper groomer should have no problem showing you their full facilities if they have nothing to hide.
- Make sure when you see the back of the salon you don’t see dozens of dogs. If so, this means they over book and rush through the job, not giving the proper care to your canine.
- Ask them their policy on what happens if your dog is hurt or has a medical emergency: what vet they will take your pet to and who is responsible for the vet bill.
- Find out if the grooming shop relieves your dogs anal glands. This is most often best for a vet to do.
Keeping your dog safe in the winter:
- Salt sprinkled on the ground for melting ice is very painful to a dog’s sensitive pads. Be careful to avoid areas with salt and make sure to rinse your dog’s feet if they are exposed to salt during the winter.
- If your dog stays in a doghouse in the yard, insulate with straw only and never use blankets or any type of cloth that is left outdoors. Damp conditions are a breeding ground for mold.
- Little dogs get cold and should wear a sweater or jacket on long walks. Large dogs don’t need protection from the cold as much, but it all depends on the breed.
- When walking your dog on icy streets, exercise caution because just like athletes, they can suffer ligament tears and muscle strain. ACL and meniscus injuries are very common.
- Be extra careful when walking your dog in the street during the winter. In the snow, cars often skid and driver visibility becomes impaired, so keep your dog on a short leash and far away from the street.
- Dog booties are sold for dogs of all sizes and helpful in the winter to keep paws protected in the snow.
- Always dry your dog completely if they get wet on a walk, either from snow or freezing rain. Matting of the coat can take place and the groomer will then have to shave them off.
Don’t forget to tune in for the series premiere of The Diamond Collar on Friday, January 17 at 10/9c. And meet more adoptable animals like Clay and O’Malley below who are both available at the Adopt & Shop in Lakewood, CA. And to learn more tips to support a happy and healthy pet by following Adopt & Shop on Twitter or Instagram, or become part of their community on Facebook.
Clay (above, left) is an adult, male Cocker Spaniel who loves to play (especially with a tennis ball) and has energy to spare. Learn more about Clay, and how you can adopt him here! And O’Malley (above, right) is a small, adult male Papillon looking for a family to call his own. Learn more about O’Malley, and how you can adopt him here!
About Adopt & Shop
Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop was launched in support of a single belief: all pets deserve a home. We are a community of humane adoption and retail centers, staffed by passionate volunteers and store associates who help make sure every pet has a safe haven. Since our adoptable dogs and cats come from local shelters, every adoption saves the life of an at-risk animal. We then support families in creating happy and healthy homes for their pets after they bring their new family member home.
As a part of the Found Animals nonprofit organization, we’re empowered to approach adoptions differently. All Adopt & Shop proceeds from retail sales are donated to programs that advance the well-being of the animals in our homes, shelters and everywhere in between. Meet adoptable animal and learn tips to support a happy and healthy pet by following us on Twitter or Instagram, or become part of our community on Facebook. At Adopt & Shop, we believe that every pet should have its day.