GROOMING OBSESSION: Maltese Grooming at HOME – Body Trimming and Face Shaping

 

 

 

We will soon list the items that we used in this video so that you can find them on Amazon to purchase.

Bone Clips
Snood
Dolce FLIP TOOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








SHEAR SERIES ~ Maltese Dog Grooming Shears Series

Shear Series – Part 1:    Opening New Dog Grooming Shears

 

The Shear Company’s we show you are just a few of the many wonderful shear company’s available to groomers today.   These shears just happen to be the ones we have enjoyed using at Maltese Obsession Grooming.   The BEST way to buy shears to go try and test them out at a dog show to see how they FEEL and FIT in your hands.   The THUMB sizes can be fit to your thumb size using inserts to make the thumb hold smaller if you have slender fingers.   Working with profession shear manufacturers provides you with shear sharpening and a higher quality of customer service.    Check out dog grooming shows like GROOMEXPO, GROOMEXPOWEST, SUPERZOOM, Intergroom as these big dog shows will also host many of the shear manufacturers.

Chris Christensen Shears have been in our hands since we first learned to groom.   We started out with the Celestial Series.    Our favorites in the series are the Celestial 4.5″ Pixi CURVED Shear.   Our favorite Chris Christensen Thinner/Blenders are the 6.0″ inches MERLYN Blenders/Thinners    These are usually less expensive via Cherrybrook Pet Supplies at $78 currently on sale vs the $140 price on the Chris Christensen website.   Great deal to get these Chris Christensen Shears via Cherybrook.

 

Sensei SWVL Shears in the video have the swiveling rotating thumb and are pretty pricey, but well worth the price.   I picked up the 3 shears (1 Straight 7 Inch, Curved 7 inch and Chunkers) via a Grooming Show Special directly through Sensei     These thinners come in 25 teeth, 37 teeth or 57 teeth.    Each have a different use for pro-groomer and we won’t confuse the issue by talking about the differences in this particular post.

You can get these shears directly from the SENSEI website or you can go via AMAZON and I’ve added the links below.

The Kenchii Shears that we opened in this video are the Kenchii FIVE STAR Series, one of the more affordable lines they carry.   These can be purchased directly via Kenchii or via Amazon.    We have NOT YET tested these shears out to say whether we would recommend them or not.   WE ARE IN NO WAY ENDORSING the Kenchii line of shears as a good trial use of these babies are needed before we can determine whether they are worth their price tag (even though they are probably one of the least expensive shears in the Kenchii line).

If you are NEW to grooming, then you can look for less expensive shears to start out.   We recommend lengths from 4.5″ – 7″ maximum.   A great starter set is 1 STRAIGHT, 1 CURVED and 1 BLENDER/THINNER.    While less expensive STRAIGHTS and CURVES can work just fine, it is pretty hard to find good blenders that don’t bend hair (YUCK) ~~~ so a cheap blender will DAMAGE a good coat, so don’t waste even $30 on a cheap blender…..just sayin’ **<(^.^)>**

 

 

 

Some Less Expensive Great Starter Shear Sets:



Maltese GROOMING: MATS and How we safely trim mats

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MO Fashion == clothes and headband available in OUR STORE

Lavender Jacket       & PINKY PINKY Sofy Fuzzy Jacket

Madan COMB available at http://TopLinePet.com

Ice on Ice Detangling and Conditioning Spray

PurePaws Silk Basics Conditioning Spray or Pure Paws Reconstructing Conditioning Spray 10% Discount Code is MO10

PINK SNOOD
SNOOD

 

 

 

 

 

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Rinseless Shampoos for Easy Quick Cleaning of Pee, Paws and Face

 

 

 

Items mentioned here:
= Pure Paws No Rinse EXPRESS Shampoo
= Chris Christensen Show Off
= Chris Christensen OC Magic Foam
= Proline Rinseless Shampoo

 

16oz Diluted Ready to Use NO RINSE

The regular No Rinse comes in three sizes, 8oz, 16oz and gallon and is not diluted.   You can purchase this and dilute for greater value!

The 16oz No Rinse Express is diluted and is the one featured in this video.   The BEST ODOR ELIMINATOR

Geib Buttercut Kiss SHOW Special Shears ~ Blenders and Chunkers

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Tweety
Tweety

 

I recently attended the SUPERZOO Groomers Supershow in Las Vegas and had a fantastic time.   There was so much to see and the Grooming Supershow captivated most of my time and attention.

I did post updates on the Maltese Obsession Facebook page, but found myself with little time to blog all of the wonderful information that I learned.   After I returned from Las Vegas, I realized that I NEEDED to have purchased some new shears to review.    I have received so many questions on finding more affordable BLENDERS AND CHUNKER SHEARS, that would work equally well to do Tweety’s Korean cut in particular.

DSC_0117My personal perspective for home maltese pet grooming is that you can achieve a lot with a good safe clipper like the Wahl Bravura, or any good clipper that has stainless steel comb attachments.   My personal opinion on shears for home grooming is that most straight shears will work for a basic ‘home’ trim, but if you want to achieve a better more professionally groomed look for your maltese you MUST invest in a ‘FUNCTIONAL’ pair of BLENDING shears.

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  1. Good curved shears
  2. Great Chunkers ~~~ less teeth and T-shaped teeth ~~ VERY AGRESSIVE cut, but more forgiving then a pair of striaghts
  3. Great Blenders  ~~ more teeth and I prefer the TEETH TO BE CURVED gripping teeth that grab and hold hair for the CLEAN CUT

I have other favorite GTG-Shears like my tiny curved Pixi’s and my tiny Pixi texturizers that do very minute detail work, but I don’t absolutely NEED them to do a lovely groom on my dogs or dogs that I may be grooming.

 

GEIB KISS SILVER Shears
Left Kiss Silver, Middle Kiss Silver Blue, Right Kiss Silver PINKA GREAT 

The great deal is that you can pick ANY 3 Shears from the KISS SILVER line for $99 for the 3 shears.    You can pick ANY 3 shears from the KISS GOLD line for $149.     They also have a line of very affordable shears called the ENTREE LINE.

I picked the center KISS SILVER BLUE 3 shears for $120 + shipping

  • 9.5″ Curved == purchased individually is $59.99
  • 21 teeth CHUNKERS 6 1/2″ == purchased individually is $59.99
  • 42 teeth Blenders  == purchased individually is $59.99

NOTE the BLUE row has the pinky handle to use them REVERSABLE === this is handy when using the CURVED SHEARS to round out the feet or to shape the long PALAZZO Trouser legs.   A reversible blender is also cool when shaping a Korean style face (^.^)

The row on the left Kiss Silver Silver had a funny shaped thumb hole whereby my clunky thumb would NOT stay in nice, so that was a FAIL for my hands.   The Kiss Silver PINK were nice too and i may need that set to have around as well.

GEIB ENTREE Shears -- Cobalt Handles
GEIB ENTREE Shears — Cobalt Handles

 

AWESOME deal that was presented at the SUPERZOO was some entry level shears that GEIB was promoting.   There are a couple good lines of entry level shears that were surprisingly EQUALLY sharp and responsive as my beloved CC shears.   I don’t know how long the edges will hold up and whether the action on the joints will maintain it’s smooth responsiveness, but a quick Tweety Korean groom proved them FANTASTIC for home grooming purposes.

GEIB ENTREE and ENTREE BLUE TITAN are also nice entry level shears that are pretty affordable and the ENTREE has a few very inexpensive shears in their line up.

The nice thing about GEIB is that they have been in business for many years and similar to CC Shears, they come with a Lifetime Warranty.   The box of shears came with a warranty as well as a return address sticker to mail the shears back for sharpening at the Buttercut Sharpening location.   There is a fee for sharpening the shears, but it is nice to have that option to send them back to the manufacturer and have them professionally sharped for their nominal fee.

 

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Please keep in mind that the GEIB KISS and ENTREE line of shears is their entry level groomer shears.   Every pro-groomer and home groomer will have different personal preferences in what shears work best for individual hands and techniques.   This particular set of shears was reviewed as an option to those asking for more affordable YET FUNCTIONAL blenders and chunked shears.

Thanks for visiting and please come back to visit.    Happy Grooming,

MOH

Dolce Daily Brush Out + July NEW Go To Grooming GOODIES!

Table Top Grooming Table — the colors available on Amazon vary — all MO GTGT items are sourced in the SHOP tab above!

DolceDOLCE Flip – Top Knot FLIP Tool

PurePawsUSA.com   10% Discount Code is MO10

Dolce July Grooming Goodies
Dolce July Grooming Goodies

I believe the prices are better if you purchase direct through PurePawsUSA.com and use the 10% Discount Code MO10, but I have sourced some items through Amazon for those of you that are interested.  The travel kits are NOT available on Amazon

CET Virbac Enzymatic Toothpaste VANILLA MINT

dolce

TOPLINEPET.com

Madan Steel Tail Comb

Madan Band Scissor
Chris Christensen

The wooden pin brush come in SMALL and Med ~~ I use the purple SMALL in the video.   Amazon available colors vary from day to day ~~ more colors are available on the Chris Christensen Website.

Yoga Towel Mat is MUCH Longer then my GTGT BLUEApana Hot Yoga Mat Microfiber Towels:    We found them for $16.99 at TJMaxx and Marshalls stores in the Athletic Sports Section.   They retails for $50

 

Baby Travel Pillow:   Comes in a variety of colors on Amazon.   We found them at TJ Maxx.

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Dolce Polar Bear Face and Summer Short Trim with Palazzo Legs Video Tutorial

Part 1:    Body Clip using Wahl Bravura Clipper — Summer Town and Country Clip Tutorial

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Dolce Summer Cut Short Body Trim using Wahl Bravura Clipper to Clip her body

 

Part 1 we first trimmed the body short and left the legs long to give Dolce long Palazzo pant legs.   DOLCE FLIP Tutorial is included in this video.

  1. Clipper the body
  2. Trim the Feet
  3. Dolce FLIP TopKNOT Tool
  4. Dancing DOLCE Ending

 

http://tweetysmobling.com/product/dolce-flip

 

Pure Paws Shampoo

 

 

 

 

 

These videos are targeting maltese pet owners that would like to learn how to groom or touch-up/tidy groom their maltese at home.    The instruction is focused on helping to guide newer pet maltese home groomers.

Please be aware that every groomer and every pet maltese owners has personal tastes and preferences as to the look and hair styles that they prefer on their dogs.   We are sharing some of the variations of our favorite styles that we enjoy with our pet maltese.

 

Part 2:   Polishing the Body Clip + Polar Bear Face Trimming Tutorial

Part 2:

  1. Dolce Bear Face Trim and Summer Cut TutorialBack comb body using a 7 1/2″ groomers comb
  2. Polish 2nd time clipper the body to even out the coat
  3. Scissor shape the face
  4. Dolce FLIP topknot (buy tool on Amazon)
  5. Touch-up Tidy ears



TOOLS Used on Amazon:
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Maltese Shampoo: MO Go To Shampoo(s) ~ BLUE-Makes- WHITE

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Our Favorite Go To Shampoo Products for our Pet Maltese Dogs (Pure Paws ULTRA) Receive a 10% Discount at PurePawsUSA.com Coupon Code: MO10    or Enter via the LINK BELOW and 10% Discount will be Automatically Applied

We love using good shampoo products on our pet maltese.   Over the years we have tried and tested many different brands of ‘super chain’ and ‘specialized’ and ‘show dog’ shampoos.

Today we will discuss shampoo products as they compare to our GO TO GROOMING FAVORITES!

Note:   BLUE  makes WHITE

 

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One of our favorite brands of maltese hair products is PURE PAWS.    I would call it the CHANEL Cosmetics of the dog hair product world as it is used by many show dog professionals.

Pure Paws Ultra Reconstructing Shampoo

I bought the GALLON size Pure Paws Ultra Reconstructing Shampoo some years ago and have given friends and family little bottles of it and STILL have enough shampoo for another year.  I definitely get my ‘MONEY’s WORTH’ with Pure Paws.

Originally I thought that paying $15-ish for a bottle of dog shampoo was expensive.   I went to the SUPER PET Chain stores and bought a cheaper $9.99 bottle of shampoo and found it to be mostly water and I would need 1/3 of the bottle to shampoo my dog.   The FRESH BATH  smell would hardly last an hour after use.   With multiple dogs in the house that little ‘super pet store’ bargain bottle of shampoo wasn’t such a bargain after all as I’d go through a bottle in a month and my dogs NEVER felt really clean using the bargain products.

The bargain really was when I purchased my first bottles of Pure Paws  shampoo.   The PP shampoo and conditioner MUST BE DILUTED.   ONE part product –> 8 parts WATER!     That $15 dollar bottle of PP shampoo lasted FAR LONGER then the cheaper $9.99 super pet store brand.     You are essentially getting a GALLON of Pure Paws product for a little more money then what you would pay for a tiny bottle of your local ‘drug store’ brand.

Pure Paws ULTRA is our GT Favorite Shampoo for our Maltese

BONUS FEATURE besides the BARGAIN of using a product like PP?? ==   My dogs looked VISIBLY whiter and cleaner and they smelled FRESH and CLEAN for days!

 

 

 

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NOTE OF INTEREST:    Dog hair product company’s are NOT required by law to include their ingredients on their labels.    Very few high end dog hair product manufacturers choose to be as transparent as Pure Paws.   You will find their ingredients right on their labels.    Chris Christensen does NOT list their ingredients on their product labels.    

The Pure Paws Ulta Reconstructing Shampoo Ingredients:

Water, EDTA, Panthenol, Allentoin, Kathon CG, adjust ph with citric acid, ECO-1, Pearl, Sea Silk Extract, Spotted Orchid Extract, C-5, Hawaiian Citrus, Azurre Blue, Sodium Chloride   NOTE:   The PP Ultra Reconstructing line has been reformulated and the shampoo is no longer BLUE.   They have added spotted orchid extract fragrance.

PP Brightening Shampoo Ingredients:    Water, EDTA, Kathon CG, adjust ph with citric acid, Eco-1, Optical Brightener, Royal Blue, Orange Blossom, C-5, Sodium Chloride

Brightening Shampoos
PP Ultra Brightening Azurre Blue (whitens without bleaching agent) CC White on White Whitening (Indigo color whitens without bleaching agent) Tropiclean Spa Lavish Facial Cleanser

In the video we look at PP Ultra Brightening Shampoo and compare the VISUAL to the Chris Christensen White on White, which falls under the ‘WHITENING’ shampoo category. PP WHITE MAGIC Shampoo  vs. CC White on White == as these are both technically ‘WHITENING Shampoos’.

NOTE:    The above pictures products are whitening shampoos WITHOUT BLEACHING agents., but rather using OPTICAL BRIGHTENERs.    Exactly the way one would PHOTOSHOP a yellowish and dull image == you would add BLUE to the picture and the yellow’s would OPTICALLY appear whiter, while the darker colors would appear RICHER!    Really cool optical play on our eyes using COLOR!

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BLUE cancels out YELLOW

On the COLOR WHEEL:

BLUE & VIOLET cancel out the color opposite on the color wheel, which is YELLOW

  • INDIGO cancels YELLOW
  • BLUE  cancels out YELLOW ORANGE
  • AQUA cancels out RED ORANGE
  • GREEN cancels RED

 

Too bad there isn’t a green shampoo to test out against RED tear stains.    In the COSMETIC world of ‘deleting’ blemish marks with CONCEALERS, we use green concealer to hide a red acne blemish.    Those of us who want to delete our BLUE under eye bags must use ORANGE to cancel out the dark blue circles under out eyes!

I guess these BLUE shampoos are the CONCEALERS for our dogs to cancel out the ugly unwanted and dingy YELLOWS to produce Snow WHITE  Maltese coats.

The PP White Magic is claimed to be a ‘semi permanent color’.   I didn’t feel the need for such a strong whitening shampoo for my dogs, thus I have always only used the ‘Ulta Brightening’ Shampoo, when I have need to remove mild grass or urine stains.

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Pure Paws Silk Basics

Pure Paws Silk Basics Line:

Two beauties McCartney and Bimmer recently alerted me to a newer PP line == Silk Basics.   McCartney and Bimmer are always impeccably groomed and have very healthy and glossy coats, so I decided to give this newer PP Silk Basics line a try.

McCartney and Bimmer Facebook

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McCartney and Bimmer == Thanks for sharing about the Pure Paws Silk Basics line

I have to say that even after just one try, I really enjoyed the outcome that this Silk Basic line produced for the coats of my maltese.   Again, this Silk Basics line must be diluted 1:8 (one part shampoo to 8-10 parts warm water), thus making it a very good value at $21 for 16 oz.

The Silk Basics Shampoo as shown here is CLEAR and has no color, with a very pleasant clean scent to it.

My EYES tell me that the coat may become WHITER after using the Ultra Reconstructing or the Ultra Brightening shampoo when compared to the Silk Basics.    My EYES tell me that the coat seems SHINIER using the Silk Basics, however the less whitening effect it may have.

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WINNERS: PP Ultra Reconstructing Line(azure blue color), PP Silk Basics Line (vanilla color), CC Spectrum 10 (clear color)

My NOSE tells me that the dog smells clean and fresh, with a very  ‘YUMMY & LONG LASTING CLEAN’ smell.

I already LOVE the Pure Paws Silk Basics line and plan on using it as part of our regular shampoo regime.   Thank you McCartney and Bimmer!

NOTE:    If your Maltese has SENSITIVE, DRY or ITCHY skin ==  I would recommend the PURE PAWS  Oatmeal and Aloe Vera Shampoo.    Oatmeal has been identified as having anti-itch properties and there is no doubt that Aloe Vera has therapeutic properties on skin.     I WOULD NOT recommend the ULTRA line for any dogs with sensitive, dry or itchy skin!

Maltese Obsession Shampoo Routine:   PURE PAWS 10% off code is MO10 

Weekly or Bi-Monthly:

  • STEP 1:    FACE:  Wet face and apply SPA Lavish Facial scrub to face, taking care not to get into the eyes == leave this product on face and beard == Do not rinse yet
  • STEP 2:  For the BODY:  Shampoo with PP Ultra Reconstrucing Shampoo (azure color shampoo) – this will clarify and whiten the coat ==== RINSE
  • STEP 3:    Shampoo with PP Silk Basics Shampoo (clear zero color) – this will enhance, nourish, moisturize and supplement the nutrients already added from the Ultra Reconstructing step === do not RINSE YET
  • STEP 4:    Spray with the PP Rinseless Shampoo  and continue to lather – this helps to eliminate and ‘residual doggy odors’ on the coat and skin === NOW RINSE
  • STEP 5:   Condition with PP Ultra Conditioner OR PP Silk Basics = restore, nourish, strengthen === RINSE
  • LAST:   Carefully rinse and condition face and beard, avoiding eye area
  • TOWEL dry
  • Force air dry using the CC Kool Pup

After Walks Feet Cleaning and/or Spot Cleaning:

  • PP Rinseless Shampoo on Paws Only OR
  • PP Brightening Shampoo on Paws and stains only

Daily Grooming:

  • Very diluted Spa Lavish Facial Scrub
  • WARM  sterile Water to wash face
  • PP Classic Shine Conditioning Spray — every brush out (this has been recently reformulated and I have not tried the new reformulated product)
  • CC Ice on Ice brush out conditioning spray and brush out spray
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Maltese Obsession Go To Spray Products

 

NEW PRODUCTS THAT ARE HIGH ON THE LIST (but currently being tested out against our GT products)

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  •  PP Silk Basic Shampoo and Conditioner
  • CC Spectrum 10
  • CC Thick & Thicker
  • CC White on White

 

 

Pure Paws Maltese Obsession Favorite Go To Hair Products
10% Discount at purepawsusa.com COUPON CODE: MO10
  • Pure Paws Ultra Reconstructing Shampoo  16oz = $18.50
  • Pure Paws Ultra Reconstructing Conditioner   16oz = $18.5PP Silk Cream Conditioner $19.70
  • PURE PAWS TRAVEL SAMPLE KIT == by the time you use it diluted, it’s a great value in a tiny trial sized kit!! = $23
  • PP Brightening Shampoo 16oz = $16.50
  • PP WHITE Magic Shampoo 16oz = $23.60 == semi permanent coloring
  • PP Reconstructing Shine Spray 8oz = $15.25 == LOVE LOVE THIS
  • PP Rinseless Shampoo SPRAY 8oz = $12   16oz Bottle = $14.25 == 
  • PP SILK BASICS LINE Shampoo, Conditioner (BLACK BOTTLES)      

 

There are many creative ways to use dog hair products available on the market.   The PROFESSIONAL and SHOW DOG world pet products can offer great value and results without the high cost that we would presume to be associated with high end ‘couture’ brand products.    All products mentioned were purchased by Maltese Obsession, so that we can bring you an honest unbiased review and opinion.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY GROOMING!