WINTER SNOW WHITE is how we love our Team MO girls to look, but with fresh cooked foods and our mud and crud outdoors, it can take some great key products to achieve the WHITE we love. We let Dolce’s face go dirty and naturally stained for awhile to test out the new Pure Paws Whitening Foam. Her face stains from fresh cooked foods and from her saliva. We do NOT use the Pure Paws Whitening Foam near the eyes.
Tear stain products will be reviewed in a future Blog / Vlog.
Our newest favorite product for spot whitening of the long beard or stained paws is Pure Paws Whitening Foam. It is far more effective at whitening the stained beard then all of the previous products we have showed you. Whitening Foam and White Magic are very different applications.
If you need a product to break up the protein stains in the paws, Pure Paws has a Bio-Ensymatic Pretreatment Spray that safely removes protein stains.
In the video we share one of our WINTER WHITE Pure Paws Spa Smoothie mixtures. The winter can bring drier coats for our girls so we mix Amplify Shampoo with Silk Basics Shampoo, or we sometimes use Silk Basics only. We will add a TINY amount of WHITE MAGIC about once every 3-4 baths to help brighten and whiten the girls coats.
The STAR LINE Brightening Shampoo is also a good alternative to the WHITE MAGIC. You can use this alone diluted 1:10 or 1:12, or you can mix this Star Line Brightening Shampoo with the SILK Basics, Amplify or Reconstructing Lines from Pure Paws.
NOTE: Please test on a small patch before using any of the whitening products by Pure Paws. Heavier then normal conditioning is also recommended after using any of the whitening line products.
MINK OBSESSION: New Minky MO Bows
The White Magic:
A few drops or a 1/4 cap or 1/2 cap can be added to a bath smoothie mixture to give the coat an extra boost of brightening and whitening.
PurePaws.net Information on White Magic
With our White Magic Shampoo, any dog with white hair that needs to look a little whiter and a little brighter is in luck. Pure Paws White Magic Shampoo is a coloring shampoo. It is important to know that when using any bluing shampoo, the coat should be very healthy.If the coat has been altered with any products that pull color such as enzymatic shampoos or bleaching products, the hair shafts with remain open and absorb color more rapidly. Another thing to remember is that the shampoo must be diluted to the point that the suds turn white rather than blue: White Suds=White Coat and Blue Suds=Blue Coat. Also for DOUBLE COATED breeds or other breeds with absorbent coats, the colors take effect much sooner and with more pigment. White Magic is a true whitening shampoo. This shampoo is a semi-permanent color, with a plant derived sufactant base. This whitening shampoo adds shine, controls frizz and prevents tangles and will NOT dry out or damage the coat! NOTE:If this is your first time using the White Magic, we recommend a slightly higher dilution ratio of 10 or 15 parts water to 1 part shampoo. DO NOT let the product sit in the coat until you are more familiar with the product. remember that every coat type has a different porosity and will absorb differently.
The Whitening Foam:
The Whitening Foam is designed to safely remove protein based stains utilizing enzymes, titanium dioxide and violet colorant.
NOTE: Please test patch before using directly on your dog
We at MO like using the Whitening Foam on long beards that are stained and on stained feet. This is NOT MADE for tear stains, so PLEASE AVOID THE EYES.
LOVE MY EYES for TEAR STAINS
We recommend the LOVE MY EYES KIT or the LOVE MY EYES FACE WASH made for TEAR STAINS. We hope to soon shoot a video tutorial on how we use this product. A professional line to eliminate tear stains.
A great way to test out the different PURE PAWS lines is by trying out their TRAVEL KITS. Remember that these are professional products and that you should dilute the shampoos 1 part shampoo to 10-12 parts warm water. The travel kits can last quite a good amount of shampoos with the required dilution.
Blow Drying Brushes Used
Blow drying can make all the difference in how the dog will ultimately look. It is especially important to blow dry correcting before any trimming or clipper work. A great blow dryer and great brushes help make blow drying results great. We LOVE the Chris Christensen wooden pin brush and the wooden slicker brush (Mark II Small Slicker Brush). The wooden pin brush helps avoid any injury when drying around the face. The Mark II Small Slicker brush is AMAZING at pulling the hair straight. Pure Paws also had a slicker brush, which I also LOVE, but they are sold out at the moment.
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.
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’ **<(^.^)>**
We hope you enjoy watching us brush our teeth so that we can KISS KISS our humans!
NOTE: Normally the CET Virbac Vanilla Mint toothpaste should cost between $8-$12 dollars depending on where you can find it. It is sold on Amazon, Chewy’s, Doctor Foster and Smith and in your local specialized/boutique pet supply stores. Sometimes this particular flavor sells out, so we like to stock up when the price is good and supply is available. Many dogs and their humans really love the chicken and beef flavored toothpaste as well.
UPDATE: January 2016 VANILLA MINT TOOTHPASTE IS BACK IN STOCK