We will soon list the items that we used in this video so that you can find them on Amazon to purchase.
We will soon list the items that we used in this video so that you can find them on Amazon to purchase.
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’ **<(^.^)>**
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
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
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.
My 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
Table Top Grooming Table — the colors available on Amazon vary — all MO GTGT items are sourced in the SHOP tab above!
PurePawsUSA.com 10% Discount Code is MO10
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
Madan Band Scissor
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.
Baby Travel Pillow: Comes in a variety of colors on Amazon. We found them at TJ Maxx.
Part 1: Body Clip using Wahl Bravura Clipper — Summer Town and Country Clip Tutorial
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
ENTER PurePawsUSA site here and 10% Discount will automatically be applied:
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
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!
On the COLOR WHEEL:
BLUE & VIOLET cancel out the color opposite on the color wheel, which is YELLOW
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.
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.
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.
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!
Weekly or Bi-Monthly:
After Walks Feet Cleaning and/or Spot Cleaning:
NEW PRODUCTS THAT ARE HIGH ON THE LIST (but currently being tested out against our GT products)
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!