TEAR STAIN Obsession

Note from Mama MO:    Please note that these opinions and perspectives that we share are based on much research.   Mama MO has many years working as a professional chemist, pharmaceutical researcher and has a a great deal of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry (specifically as it relates to oral and IV antibiotics).    Mama MO, while currently MALTESE OBSESSION, has her professional past life as a scientist.     We appreciate you visiting us and we send our LOVE and WET NOSE Kisses to all of our Maltese and dog friends.


Tear Stain Obsession Part 2:    Day 1 and Day 12 of Cleaning

Tiny 3 lb Summer came to us with very long nails, mats all over and chunks of hair cut out in her legs and body due to mats.    On day 12, we thickened her coat and blew dry her to try and work with the very little hair that was left on her legs.    We spent some time working out the mats all over her body and as we wait for the bald spots to grow in, we will continue to try and even out the remaining hairs that she has.


For a dog like Summer with a very cottony dry coat, with very little hair …. we chose to use Pure Paws Amplify Shampoo with a splash of White Magic to help whiten her coat.    We also used Pure Paws Amplify Conditioner with a dollop of Star Line Silk Conditioning Cream mixed in.    Summer soaked in a bath and again in a conditioning bath to allow every strand of hair to be cleansed and conditioned properly.


Summer is a maltese mix and her legs are very thin and long.    Allowing her leg hair to grow out longer would help allow us to give her overall appearance  some balance.    Summer’s face is NOT structured ideally for a Korean styling as she has a longer nose on a very small face, paired with a very long torso and super long skinny legs.     Korean style is not always the best look for every dog,  so we’ll be working towards more of a cute teddy bear anime look for her.



Active Ingredients that Fight Tear Stains

Witch Hazel & Boric Acid

The Artero Pretty Eyes’ active ingredient is Boric Acid, though the bulk of the bottle is water.   They also include Thyme, Rosemary and Chamomile extracts to soothe skin.

The Pure Paws Love My Eyes active ingredients ARE Boric Acid and Witch Hazel.

Witch hazel is naturally flowering shrub whose leaves, bark and twig are high in tannins.    Witch hazel helps reduce swelling and also fights BACTERIA as does boric acid.

Witch hazel is one hundred percent natural and smells clean.    Properly distilled witch hazel is a fantastic natural ingredient to fight tear stains.   Witch hazel is also helpful in balancing pH levels, thus it is often an ingredient for ear solutions to combat yeast infections.

Boric Acid is used to treat yeast infections in dogs and in humans.    Boric acid also helps to balance pH levels due to its acidic nature, thus a wonderful ingredient to combat EAR, EYE and SKIN infections where YEAST is the culprit.

  • Yeast and Fungus can NOT thrive in a neutralized or acidic environment so having BOTH Boric Acid and Witch Hazel around inhibits yeast growth.
  • Bacteria is attacked and killed by BOTH Boric Acid and Witch Hazel extract
  • Itchy and Inflamed skin is calmed and naturally healed by Witch Hazel extract

Boric Acid:   Antimicrobial, Anti-Yeast, Anti-Fungal and pH balancing properties

Witch Hazel:    Natural plant based, Natural healing properties, Antimicrobial, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Yeast, Anti-Itch, natural astringent odor eliminating properties and pH balancing

Active Ingredients in ALL 4 Steps! A complete healing, cleansing and treatment for the culprits of tear stains (bacteria, yeast, fungus). Please always take care in making sure product does not go into the eyes.


Step 1:   Foaming Cleanser has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel + Deodorizer + Optical Brightener

Step 2:  Debris Cleanser has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel

Step 3:  Protective Cream has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel + Sunflower Seed Oil  

Step 4:  Absorption Powder has Boric Acid and Natural Minerals

When used correctly, the chances of success with this LOVE MY EYES KIT is far higher then using ANY other solution on the market that just adds random amounts of boric acid.

The added bonus is that Step 1 the Facial Foaming Cleanser also has their wonderful odor eliminator and color brighteners that are in their other shampoo lines.





Absolute things to AVOID

when it comes to clearing up Tear Stains

While there is NO ABSOLUTE one thing that will guarantee tear stains being cured, there ARE ABSOLUTE things to AVOID

  • NEVER NEVER bleach ….so so dangerous
  • NEVER NEVER … permanently damages the shafts and health of the hair, making the hair stain easier
  • NEVER use home made boric acid solutions … can cause permanent eye damage
  • NEVER give LIFE MEDs of powdered or treat form of antibiotics that claim to have tylan or tylosine in it
  • PLEASE NO toothbrushes on them tender eye tissue, unless the toothbrush is made of something softer then rabbit fur or mink … the tissue around the eye is so so tender, especially for tearing babies
  • Please NO paper towels on the eyes to dry them … the softest kleenex or the softest cotton gauze please
  • NEVER use random quality of Witch Hazel made for humans.   The distillation process and qualtiy of the Witch Hazel extract is very important.    Low quality or random extractions of witch hazel can be DANGEROUS when used around the eyes


Last thoughts…

HONESTLY there is no one thing you can do NOR one product that can 100% claim to clear up tear stains.    There are so many varying factors that can determine whether a dog or puppy stains or doesn’t stain including:

  • genetic disposition
  • dental health
  • diet
  • physical health
  • ocular health
  • water quality
  • food quality
  • environmental factors
  • grooming and hygiene

There are a sea of products that would like to claim 100% efficacy for clearing up tear stains BUT no one product nor routine can claim this….. sadly… but this is the truth….


We can however do as much as we can as dog owners to help eliminate tear staining as much as we possibly can by proper hygiene and grooming, working with our groomers/stylists and working with our veterinarians.


Thanks to Summer and her mommy for working daily to help give Summer a cleaner, cuter look!    Special treats for Summer💕


Good LUCK and Happy Grooming to all of our friends as we continue the battle against them tear stains.





Drying Powder


2×2 Gauze Pads pack of 200 – our favorite gauze to clean ears and to clean around eyes



Dolce’s Winter WHITE Spa Bath – Pure Paws White Magic Foam, Amplify Shampoo, Silk Basics Shampoo

Dolce’s Winter Spa Bath 

Pure Paws Spa Smoothie  – WINTER


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.



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.


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.

Travel Kits

A Great Way to Try the Whitening Lines

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.
Silk Basics Travel Kit
Reconstruction Travel Kit
Oats & Aloe Travel Kit
Amplify Line Travel Kit

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.

Preparing for a new Puppy – Puppy Villa – Puppy Condo

Congratulations on your New PUPPY!

Heaven on Earth is to LOVE and BE LOVED by a Maltese” ❤️


We will shoot updated ‘TEAR STAINING REMOVAL & CARE’ tutorials, so look for them on our Youtube channel in the future months.  

We also plan on doing a POTTY TRAINING series of videos.

  • Tropiclean Bluerberry Facial Scrub
  • Chris Christensen Happy Eyes Tearless Shampoo
  • Oatmeal Sensitive Skin Shampoo from any line, but we favor Pure Paws Oats and Aloe
  • Butler Schein Tear Stain Remover (take care not to get into eyes)
  • Artero PRETTY EYES Tear Stain Eye Cleaner (please avoid getting into eyes)
  • CET Vanilla Mint Toothpaste and CET Tiny Toothbrush
  • Madan Pin Brush, face comb and steel tail comb from Toplinepet.com
  • Chris Christensen  Wooden Pin Brush
  • Bone Snap Clips from our MO Bling SHOP
  • Elastic Hair Bands from Toplinepet.com
  • Tiny Comfortable Harness (we carry XXS sizes for new puppies or teeny tinies)


Bone Snap Clips
Pretty Purples Bone Snaps
Beautiful Blues Bone Snaps
Pinky Pinks Bone Snaps
Extra Extra Small XXS is perfect for puppies and teeny tinies
PINK SNOOD for grooming or holding the hair back during meals
Madan Pin Brushes
Madan Combs
















Effective Dec, 18th — We carry Pure Paws travel kits with more items to be added soon.    You can order from us or from PurePaws.net


If you prefer Chris Christensen over Madan for brushes and combs, the Chris Christensen pin brushes, slicker brushes, wooden pin brushes and metal combs are excellent:



A great less expensive alternative wooden pin brush that I love for both myself and my dogs are:



Maltese Puppy Villa Supplies

  • Pee Pads from COSTCO or from AMAZON
  • Puppy Pee Pad Tray or we use a washing machine tray from HomeDepot or Lowes
  • X-Pen aka Excercise Pen
  • Water Bowl
  • Puppy Teething and Play Toys
  • Puppy Bed(s) … will have accidents, so you’ll want to pick up a few
  • Puppy Blankets (where you can rub your human scent on so the puppy can still smell you when you are not with them)
  • Plastic Shower Curtain to lay underneath the Puppy Villa

Some pee tray ideas. Check the size and you’ll want a pretty low lip so that the puppy can easily hop in to go potty. For boys you can get a little fire hydrant and place in the middle of the tray.  The tray replacements for the wire crates work well.


WARNING: This Laundry Machine Tray is HUGE, but I wanted to leave you a link … it can be found at Home Depot or Lowes. We love these as we have multiple dogs.


Costco Pee Pads … they are typically around $14.99 depending on your local Costco Pricing
Laundry Machine catch tray from HomeDepot or Lowes … these are large and awesome for multiple dogs.
Extra Extra Small TINY Comfortable Vest Harness with a matching Leash


There are so many amazing choices in what to feed your new puppies.    Generally you’ll want to keep the puppy on the same food as what the breeder had them on.    You can transition to a new food slowly to ensure that you won’t be having to clean up a mucky wet sick poop.   Experiment with foods that your puppy will enjoy as well as one that will help produce nice clean stool.   Runny poops for consecutive days may mean that the puppy does not tolerate the food or treat.

We have experimented with kibble, raw and a variety of premium dog foods.   Tweety had an illness that required her to be on either a prescription diet or a limited ingredient grain free diet.   We chose to bring Tweety back to health by home cooking a grain free diet for her.   Currently we still either home cook or we purchase food from JUSTFOODFORDOGS.com     The girls also enjoy the JUSTFOODFORDOG treats.    They LOVE the food and they have maintained and overall great health.

Puppy Preferences

Puppies are pack animals and love sleeping and hanging out with their humans.    We recommend getting a BIG HUMAN bed.    We started training our girls by having them sleep inside their puppy crate in the middle of our bed.    I woke up in the middle of the night several hours apart to let them out to potty on the pee pad in our bathroom.    We did our potty sessions with low light and zero conversation to keep the puppy relaxed and to let them know that night time was for sleeping.   After a quick potty break they were put back in their little crate for more sleep.    The puppy quickly learned to not potty until morning and they were eventually able to sleep through the entire evening without a potty break.

Some families prefer the puppy to sleep alone in their puppy villa.    If possible it is best to have a separate puppy villa as close to a human family member as possible so that the puppy can not be alone and scared.    We recommend having a ticking clock near the puppy to allow the puppy to hear the pulse of mama’s heartbeat.    A huge comfort to the puppy when then they can’t be right next to their humans is clothes or blankets that have the human scent on them.   We like to throw our sweatshirts or t-shirts in with the young puppies to allow them to nest in something soft that smells like us.   Puppies have just been separated from their Mama and pack so they will be grieving the loss of their loves, but they will absolutely bond and love with their humans.


HUGS and WET KISSES to all the new forever furry kiddos you’ll be welcoming into your hearts and homes!


Items you can buy on our MO SHOP or on AMAZON:


The GIANT Waterproof liner that we put underneath the pen is great, though we do suggest putting a thick clear shower curtain as the very bottom layer, can be found on Amazon. Links below:


We have several ways to bath our dogs.    We often use soaking tubs to have the dogs SOAK in Shampoo as well as Conditioner.

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Soaking tubs are great for deep cleansing and conditioning.   You can find these drink tubs at Michaels during the summer months.   Foot soaking tubs that we have linked below are also great bath tubs for maltese less then 5 pounds.







We use a variety of products on the dogs that we groom.    When we bath puppies or dogs with sensitive skin issues, we like to use PURE PAWS OATS and ALOE.


Tropiclean Blueberry Facial Scrub — rinsed thoroughly and condition afterwards as it can cause hair to dry out if left in too long.

Chris Christens HAPPY EYES, Tearless Shampoo — Sulfate Free === This was a first time using this product.   I like how safe it is for the face.

I also used the SHOW PREMIUM PET PRODUCTS  ROYAL TREATMENT Shampoo on Dolce’s face.   THIS product is NOT made for the face as it is a body shampoo, but I enjoy the way it smells on the dogs faces.   I am very careful not to get this product in the eyes as it is NOT a Tearless shampoo, albeit it is a SLS free product.


PurePaws SILK BASICS Shampoo


PURE PAWS is available at PUREPAWS.net or in our MO SHOP for cheaper shipping.    Amazon has some but the prices are very high!








After we bathe the dog, we immediately clean out the ears.   We also clean the ears weekly if possible to prevent ear infections.





Winter WHITE ~ How we turned Dolce’s fur into WINTER WHITE FUR!

Dolce in Winter White ^_^
Go To Grooming Shampoo to get WINTER WHITE


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Factor Zero – Cleans and Clarifies WINTER WHITE with (1+2) + 3 = SNOW ARTIC ICEY WHITE

We LOVE playing around with shampoos to try and find the perfect formula to get them

  • SOFT
  • MAT Resistant

EVERY maltese needs a different formula for this optimal ALIGNMENT of COAT PERFECTION!
Our maltese are PET Maltese and thus our main goals are simply SILKY, STRAIGHT and MAT FREE.     Dolce recently celebrated a birthday, and so I gave her our special formulation to get her even WHITER then she already is.

It was a SIMPLE as  1-2-3

First ~~~ We brushed out her coat before bathing to remove any unwanted mats

Next ~~~ We Clarified her coat with Pure Paws FACTOR ZERO = which happens to be a form of Enzymatic Whitener

Factor Zero -- Great for getting hair back to it's natural state and remove previous products from hair
Factor Zero — Great for getting hair back to it’s natural state and remove previous products from hair
Pure Paws Factor Zero Clarifying Shampoo
Pure Paws Factor Zero Clarifying Shampoo ~ Enzymatic Whitener


Factor Zero Clarifying Shampoo ~~ Always Step 1 as a form of Enzymatic Whitener
Factor Zero Clarifying Shampoo ~~ Always Step 1




1 spoon of Pure Paws WHITE MAGIC + 2 spoons of AMPLIFY Shampoo ======= Dilute the 1+2 in Water ==== APPROXIMATELY 1 portion of Shampoo to 10 portions of Water

1 Spoon White Magic + 2 Spoons of Amplify Shampoo
1 Spoon White Magic + 2 Spoons of Amplify Shampoo


3 spoons of Pure Paws AMPLIFY Conditioner ============= Dilute  to a 1:8 ratio (this dilution varies depending on the coat requirements of the dogs we style/groom and (sometime I will use the Conditioner UNDILUTED)

(1+2) + 3 = WINTER WHITE

http://store.purepaws.net  or http://showcoatpetsupply.3dcartstores.com        with MO10 Discount Code gives you 10% off 

NOTE:    We do not use these shampoos near the eyes.     We take care not to let any shampoo or conditioner get into the EARS NOR The EYES!


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WHITE MAGIC – never used alone for Maltese. A LITTLE goes A LONG way, only add a WHISPER amount and mix with the MAIN Shampoo


There has been a lot of questions about how whitening products work and if the White Magic dries out coat, Here is a slide that explains briefly what Pure Paws uses to make the White Magic. I can guarantee you that this product will not dry out any coat as long as you follow with a conditioner like with any normal shampoo.

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We do not use bleaches or peroxides to create a whiter coat. Our goal is to take care of the skin and coat and not damage the coat to get the results we are looking for. There are other ways to make a coat look whiter like:

1. Optical Brightners (Brightening Shampoo – No Rinse)
2. Enzymes (Factor 0 and BioEnzymatic Spray)
3. Pigments and Bluing agent (White Magic)

They all work differently and will give different result. The most important thing is that NONE of these products will dry out or damage a coat like bleaching agents or peroxides.


Here is a very INFORMATIVE PICTORAL Explanation from Pure Paws, which strives to educate.

How Whitening Agents Work
How Whitening Agents Work
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The little TRAVEL SIZE bottles for the RECONSTRUCTION Shampoo and Condoner
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Pure Paws Reconstruction Shampoo and Condition are our GO TO Shampoos === has been for years now === Only occasionally do I add a WHISPER of WHITE MAGIC

Our Maltese Obsession friends that have followed up from the beginning know that our GO TO GROOMING SHAMPOO is the Pure Paws Reconstruction LINE (PURPLE BOTTLES) — the reason this is our GTGS is that we find that our dogs mat very little or not at all using the Reconstructing Line.

We do however augment this formula to add shine or to additionally bulk up the hair, depending on the needs and style we are shooting for.    There are many many different mixtures of Pure Paws shampoos that we use to achieve the style and look that we are trying to achieve, whether it be for our dogs or for a clients.    The owner of PURE PAWS, calls it the MIXOLOGY of PURE PAWS.

I LOVE going to my Pure Paws product bar and playing mad chemist and making my own MAGIC formations ~~~ Mooowahahaha ^_^

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ANOTHER OPTION for WINTER WHITE would be to use the Reconstruction Shampoo and Conditioner:

(1 + 2) + 3 = (Spoon of Winter Magic + 2 Spoons of Reconstruction Shampoo) + 3 Spoons of Reconstruction Shampoo) = WINTER WHITE

OPTIONS ~~~ If the WHITE MAGIC is a scary product to use due to it’s very intense purple/violet pigment ~~~ try mixing in a SPRINKLE of the PP Star Line Brightening Shampoo instead.    Mix just a tiny spoon with your normal shampoo and it will also enhance the WHITE in your Maltese coat.   Condition, Condition, Condition the coat afterwards to ensure optimal results.

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Dolce's Winter White ~ How we get Dolce the Maltese Clean and WINTER WHITE
Dolce’s Winter White ~ How we get Dolce the Maltese Clean and WINTER WHITE
How we get our Maltese WINTER WHITE Clean
How we get our Maltese WINTER WHITE Clean

Dolce's Winter White Dolce's Winter WhiteHappy Grooming!!!

~ ~ MOH ~ ~

If you would like to see DOLCE wearing her WINTER WHITE, please view her in this video


We have paid for all of the products that we discuss, as we want to be able to provide the most objective review as possible.

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

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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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!

BLUE cancels out YELLOW


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.

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

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.

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
Maltese Obsession Go To Spray Products


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


  •  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.

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