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


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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One + Two + Three Madan Brush Giveaway — YEAH!!!

Brand new Brushes
Grooming is Glamorous Celebration @ Maltese Obsession! No fireworks == just giving away Burshes, Combs, Tail Combs, Band Scissor, and DOLCE FLIP Tool!
Madan Brush Giveaway Contest
Madan Pin Brush Giveaway Contest == Help us Celebrate the Launch of Maltese Obsession: Grooming is Glamorous

Maltese Obsession’s Artistic Director & Co-Photographer will randomly select our winner(s) for our first giveaway contest(s)

MO is simply passionate about sharing the joys of home grooming our pet maltese family members.    Even if you take your pet maltese to the groomers for their cuts, they still need daily care and brushing!

BRUSHING?!!!…well there are lots of GOOD, BETTER and BEST choices for combs and brushes out on the market!    One that is relatively affordable and effective is the Madan Pin Brush and the Madan Grooming comb.





















































































Orange Madan Giveaway ContestOrange ‘Softy’ Madan Brush + Orange Aluminum Grooming Comb CONTEST RULES

Maltese Obsession Celebrates:    Brush + Comb + Band Scissor GIVEAWAY CONTEST
Maltese Obsession Celebrates: Brush + Comb + Band Scissor GIVEAWAY CONTEST

Baby Blue Madan Brush + Blue Steel Tail Comb + Blue Band Scissor CONTEST RULES

Purple Madan Pin Bursh + Purple Steel Tail Comb ++++ Dolce Flip Tool




Purple Madan Brush + Purple Steel Tail Comb + Dolce FLIP Tool ==== NO CONTEST RULES == JUST A RANDOM WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN based on Maltese Obession (MO website + MOFB + MOYoutube).

Pure Paws Travel Kits = 10% Discount Code is ‘MO10’

Not sure which shampoo line is GOOD, BETTER and BEST for your Pet Maltese?

Pure Paws is Tweety’s GT Shampoo!

Pure Paws does sell travel kits for most of their lines.    The advantage of trying out the Travel Sized Kits is that you can see how much you like the line before buying larger bottles.    I REGRET buying the Gallon bottles as I have given so much away == it lasts forever even if you groom a lot or have a large pack of dogs.


H2O – Hydration for Dry Coats

I recommend trying the Travel sizes as you still dilute 8:1 (Warm Water -> Product) so these travel sizes will give you ample number of shampoos to give you a good chance to evaluate the efficacy of the particular line!

Sadly the Silk Basics line does not happen to have a Travel Kit available.

10% Discount use Code:   MO10

Reconstructing Line Travel Kit – Normal Maintenance
FORTE - Damaged Coat and/or Breakage
FORTE – Damaged Coat and/or Breakage
Oats and Aloe Travel Kit – Puppies, Skin Dryness or Skin Allergies


Dolce’s Daily Care Routine: Maltese Brushing, Tear Stain Cleaning, Teeth Brushing and Top Knot

Dolce shares our daily morning ‘Maltese Care Routine’ in a video tutorial, which will include:

  • Top Knot Flip aka ‘Dolce’s Flip’ top knot
  • Tear stain cleaning and eye hair drying
  • Teeth brushing
  • Brush out
  • Dingle Berry (aka:   Hitch Hiker, po0-poo, visitor, doo-doo) removal
  • Post brush out ZOOMIES

Dolce hanging out with Pinky after the video shoot

Dolce:  last clipper groom 2 months ago!   She is growing out nicely!

Products discussed:   Link to our Favorites all Sourced on Amazon

  • Heart ponytail flip tool (available on Amazon)
  • Contact solution (any brand that contains Boric Acid).
  • Virbac C.E.T. Vanilla MINT Enzymatic Toothpaste
  • Virbac C.E.T.  small toothpaste
  • Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Detangling spray
  • Pure Paws Classic Shine Conditioning Spray
  • Madan Apple Green FIRM Cushion brush
  • Madan steel tail comb
  • Chris Christensen 7.5″ #000 Coarse/Fine Buttercomb

Links and more information about combs and brushes used are in the below listed blogs/vlog

Comb Review and Blog

Madan Brushes and Chris Christensen Burshes Reviewed

Green Madan Pin Brush with FIRM Cushion is reviewed here

Dolce and Pinky wanting a Special Treat after their Video Tutorial Tapings

Dolce’s Paw Spaw: How to Cut Nails on Pet Maltese = Nail Trimming Tutorial

Dolce’s Paw Spaw Nail Trimming Tutorial: How we trim the nails on our tiny pet maltese

Please stay tuned for the following:

  • Pinky will also present a “Pinky’s Paw Spaw” Nail Trimming Tutorial
  • Dolce’s Daily Brushing, Top Knot Flip, Teeth Brushing == Every Morning Routine = Maltese Daily Care
  • and last but NOT least…a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY CONTEST…stay tuned here @ for giveaway contest rules   …
Welcome to the Maltese Obsession Paw Spaw!
Trimming Maltese Nails with small pet scissor
5 1/2″ Medium Cat/Bird Nail Scissor 3 1/2″ Small Nail Scissor w/finger rest used to cut small Maltese dogs under 8#

The small table top grooming table is available on Amazon or Petedge, Master Grooming Equipment.


Dolce hoping you enjoyed the Paw Spaw Video Tutorial


UPDATED NAIL Trimming Videos on our YOUTUBE channel:





Paw Spaw Part 1 – How to Clip the Paw Hairs using Bravura and BravMini

Paw Spaw – Clipping the Paw Hairs Using a Bravura and BravMini   Includes a Video Tutorial



Pinky d’Winky aka Pinky d’Stinky will be our model for a tutorial on how we, at Maltese Obsession, clip the hairs around our feet as well as around our paw pads.    
Pinky’s nickname is Pinky d’Stinky, because she is the one that has a stinkin’ cute personality.      Her favorite place to sleep is right under my neck, which makes it impossible for me to breathe…
We use a few different methods to clip the hairs within the paw pads as well as around the feet.       SHOP our Favorite GTGT on AMAZON
  1. Wahl Bravura at a #15 or #30 setting
  2. Wahl Bravura MINI – which as a #30 blade
  3. 4.5″ Pixi curved shears + 7″ curved shears
Today we will show you the Wahl Bravura and BravMini.
Note:   FLOAT the clipper PARALLEL to paw pad as shown above!

First let’s briefly discuss the Wahl Bravura & Bravura Lithium:
If you jump onto grooming blogs and forums, you will read many rave reviews and comments filled with adoration for this cord/cordless clipper.    The Bravura’s  claim to fame are:
  • QUIET — this will be demonstrated in the video
  • 5-in-1 blade  that doesn’t get HOT (does get warm)
  • Available in COOL Pretty Colors
  • Metal attachment combs that glide through hair – YES!
  • Cord or CORDLESS use ( I prefer CORDLESS)
  • Newer Lithium-ion battery is said to hold a longer charge
Bravura costs about            $129-ish (orig Brav hard to find)
Bravura Lithium about      $149-ish
Bravura MINI runs about   $75-ish
Metal Attachment combs run $35-ish for the set
I would NOT recommend buying these on Amazon, unless the supplier on Amazon is a reputable Pet Supply Distributor (eg. Cherrybrook, Petedge, Ryans, Groomerschoise, Showdogstore, Groomersmall, DrsFosterandSmith).    The reason for this, is that some ‘random’ sellers on ebay and amazon sometimes sell refurbished or ‘knock-off copies’ of popular items.     
I can’t verify this, but I read on some grooming forums that if the battery stops holding the charge, you can send the clipper to Wahl and they will replace the battery for a charge of $35 dollars.    I have had my ‘ORIGINAL’ Bravura 3 or 4 years and it is still working pretty good for me, although the run time/charge has dropped off.
Switch toggles from Left (LONGEST) to Right (SHORTEST)


5-in-1 Blade and it’s cut length uses
There is a toggle switch in the back of the Bravura that allows you to toggle and change the blade settings (see photo above).    Here is a chart for the 5 settings and what WE at Maltese Obsession use the blade settings for.    Our style may be very different then others, so please be aware that this is our personal use for our maltese.   
Note:   When this blade goes dull, you can purchase a new 5-in-1 Blade.   My first blade dulled after 2 years of use.
The 5-in-1 Blade Cut Lengths and Possible Uses:
  • Far Left            #9 = 3 mm cut   Best for summer cut on Body
  • 2nd from L     #10 a little shorter then 3mm
  • Middle             #15 best for tummy, hygiene, armpits
  • 2nd from R     #30 best for feet
  • Far Right      #40 = 0.1 mm cut    This is considered a ‘surgical cut‘ and I ONLY use this setting under a metal attachment comb.
The Bravura MINI has a SET blade that is NOT removable or switchable and has a #30 blade == great for FEET, but I also FLOAT the blade to do the armpits and tight spots that require a MINI clipper.

Bravura MINI
Safety:   Floating the clipper blade PARALLEL to the paw pad will ensure a safe clipping of the hairs on the bottom of the feet/pad area.
Entire set of Metal Attachment Combs
Shorter Length Cuts (Summer cuts, neck, face)
Longer Length Cuts (Winter cuts, legs, longer sides of face)
The metal attachment combs ‘occasionally’ come as a FREE SET, when you purchase the Bravura through a big pet supplier such as those I listed above.   This ‘FREE SET’ special comes out periodically and thus it is best to get on their mailing lists so that you can find out when this SPECIAL occurs.
I personally ‘virtually’ NEVER use the longer row of combs.   My FAVORITE combs are the RED, LAVENDAR and BLUE (the three shortest).   I use these to keep my maltese in a short body, and I keep their leg hairs in the ‘Town and Country’ cut legs.    
Most professional groomers will NOT TOUCH the plastic combs that come with the Bravura, as they DON’T work and if there is the slightest mat on your dog, the hair will PULL and hurt them —— THROW THE BLACK PLASTIC combs away…just saying’

There is much more to discuss on how to use these handy dandy clipper(S) as well as how to take care of them, but we’ll save that for future blog posts.
BONUS USE:    I kept my old worn out 5-in-1 blade and use this blade PLUS the metal combs to clip my son’s hair!!…works better then any human clipper that we have….
Pinky says Thank You  for Visiting MO!
Please drop us a note below, on Youtube or FB to let us know if this MO BLOG and Videos are helpful.
Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.
Please acquire your dog through an ethical, reputable and HUMANE AKC breeder, or better yet, please consider adopting one of the many maltese or dogs available through your local rescue @   
Never, NEVER invest a single penny at a petstore that sells puppies….just sayin’…

Continue reading “Paw Spaw Part 1 – How to Clip the Paw Hairs using Bravura and BravMini”


Kool pup dryer for Maltese Obsession Pack! ~

Welcome to my ‘Blow Out Bar’!
Chris Christensen makes one of the better dryers for home and pet grooming.    I will compare the ‘Kool Pup’ with a pretty sub-standard  ‘pet dryer’ that I am sad that I spent money on.

I am SMILING at you!!!!
The one thing I have learned over the years is that ‘YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR’, although this isn’t always true….but it proved true for dog dryers that I chose.
KOOL PUP is currently 25% off!   I paid full price == it really is a great deal!
Drying the dogs with a human hair dryer never worked very well for me.   The COOL air was always TOO COLD and the HOT was TOO HOT.    Not to mention how awkward it is to try and dry a dog when I only have two hands with a clunky hair dryer in one hand.    THE FORCE of the air was always toooooo weak to ever dry the ears completely.


Dolce with Kool Pup (left) and Metro Air (right)


Years ago I cheaped out and spent $100 on a Metro Air Dryer.   Three tries and I  never touched it again until I had to dig it out for this review (WASTE).  $100 was a LOT of money to spend on a dog hair dryer in my mind.    This ORANGE thing was LOUD and the tank get HOT HOT HOT and the air is TOO HOT and the tank is UNSTABLE.    

The cord was sooooo  short that the dryer had to sit right next to the dog in order to reach, which makes it feel like both of us are in the middle of a hurricane!  The orange canister on this ‘thing’ gets super hot as well…clunky…hot….oh dear…
The hose on the Kool Pup is about 3x longer

Dolce Pondering ….’what SPECIAL TREAT will I get for doing this dog dryer review’
Dolce right after the Youtube Video shoot!

When I fell in love with the Maltese breed 5 years ago, I became consumed and ‘obsessed’ with everything maltese.   I dragged my kids to every AKC dog show and every grooming show that came near us.    It was at one of these dog shows that I was introduced to the Chris Chistensen KOOL PUP dog dryer, along with many of their other products.

The benefit of visiting dog shows and in particular ‘Grooming Shows’ is that many of the pet industry vendors will have booths for you to visit.    You can touch and feel many products that are available to us and even NEWER products that haven’t yet been released to the public yet.    Pet shows are amazingly fun to visit.

See how long the hose is on the Kool Pup?   Hi Dolce!

The Kool Pup just recently went on sale for $220, which makes this a good time to splurge if you have multiple dogs like I do.   I paid $325 for it at the show, but was lucky to have received quite a few gifts along with my purchase.  
Thanks to our grooming obsessed friends on Spoiled Maltese forum for alerting our SM community that this Kool Tool was on SALE SALE SALE!    Never has it been priced this low.   I might have to get another for the human girls in my home!


The added ‘HOLD A HOSE’ flexible extra arm, that can be used with the dryer to allow a hands free drying, is currently $85.    The dryer can be used without the arm, but I have to say that the extra arm comes in really handy if you can make the splurge.
This dryer comes in some pretty cool colors and is very small for the amount of air that is forced through it.    The hose on the Kool Pup is plenty long enough that I place the actual dryer as far away as I can from the grooming table, in order to help with the reduction of noise for my dogs.  
The force of the air on the dryer is quite strong and will reduct the drying time of your dog significantly.   You’ll notice in the VIDEO TUTORIAL, that I had to ‘batten down the hatches’ and cover my grooming supplies, so that I wouldn’t have top knot bands flying all over!    
The air temperature coming from the dryer will warm up after a few minutes of running on FULL POWER.
Currently $220 for the Kool Pup on sale from $325…thanks for the heads  up on the sale SM friends

The ‘LOUDNESS’ factor plays a role when drying our maltese.    The scientific and R&D side of my brain wanted to measure and compare the decibel levels.
  • Hair Dryer on high measured            98-99
  • Metro Air on ‘ON’ switch measured 107-108
  • Kool Pup on the highest measured  79-80
Decibel Level for Hair Dryer 98-99
Decibel Level for Metro Air 107-108
I used an app on my iPad to measure decibel levels relative to the hair dryer, the metro force and the Kool Pup.    These levels can vary depending on how the decibel meter is calibrated.
Kool Pup Decibel Level on HIGHEST is 80
Kool Pup Decibel Level on MID LEVEL was 75 
Kool Pup on Lower Setting was 68, but I NEVER use it this low as the air comes out too cool on the lowest setting
The number one complaint heard about the Kool Pup dryer is that the air is not warm enough.    This force dryer pushes the ambient air in your room and does warm it slightly.    The fact that the air doesn’t get too warm, makes it amazingly safe to use on our dogs.     On cold winter days when the dogs are really cold after a bath, I will ‘FEED’ the Kool Pup warm air by facing a warm hair dryer towards the vent of the Kool Pup.    This allows the Kool Pup to push a ‘warmer then ambient’ temperature out to my cold dog.
My GO TO GROOMING TOOL(s) GTGT that I use when blow drying my dog are the CC wooden pin brush and the Madan pin brush.     The CC FUSION brush is brass plated and is not meant to be used on a wet coat NOR with any types of sprays and solvent.

When the dog is wet it is more pleasant for your dog if you brush out with the CC Wooden pin brush.     As the dogs becomes dryer, you can switch over to the Madan pin brush in order to fully straighten the hair.

Dolce says YUCK to any other dryer!


The video tutorial will show how straight Dolce’s fur becomes after using the Kool Pup.    If I didn’t dry her with this amazing little dryer, her hair would be pretty WAVY and CLUMPY.   You can see her natural wavy hair in the beginning of the video.


This battle of the dog dryers was a ‘BLOW OUT’!   
The END!!!   ‘nuf said…
Dolce smiling right after the video shoot was finished! 

Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.

Tweety Face/Eye Wash and Simple Top Knot Tutorial

Tweety Face/Eye Wash and Simple Top Knot Tutorial

Tweety is making her debut VLOG appearance.    She was groomed into her Korean cut over a month ago, and we will VLOG her upcoming clipper Korean cut for viewers to see how we do this at home.
This technique of washing her eye area is only one of the many ways that we as maltese owners can keep the eye area as clean as we can.    
One question that I am sure to get is what our thoughts are on Angel Eyes and antibiotic treatments for eye tearing.  My experience working for many years in the pharmaceutical R&D as well as the sales and marketing end of antibiotics, has led me to lean against any unnecessary use of antibiotics for our family (both humans and dogs).    Bacterial drug resistance has become a huge problem in the pharmaceutical R&D world and I lived too close to seeing the human struggles resulting from antibiotic super infections and resistant strains of bacteria.

Spa Lavish Blueberry Facial Cleanser by Tropiclean

Above is pictured the Blueberry facial cleanser that is used in the video.   

On my other dog, I also use Contact Lens saline solution that contains Boric Acid to cleanse the eye area.   The saline cleansing is followed up with applying corn starch, which helps keep the eye area dry.

There are various different ways to clean the eyes and remove tear stains.    Excessive tear staining could be the result of blocked tear ducts, teeth problems and/or other health issues.

We hope you enjoy meeting Tweety!

Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.
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