Pet Grooming Tips

“The Natural Remedy”

Problem Dog Dandruff

Dog dandruff is an unsightly condition afflicting many dogs. This condition can be quite uncomfortable to your dog as the itching drives the dogs crazy! Eliminating dandruff can be done easily with 1st Impressions Shampoo.

Skin, your dog’s largest organ, is constantly replenishing itself, and in doing so some flaky skin will appear on your dog’s dark shiny coat. Compounding the problem is a tendency in some dogs, through nervous or stressful situations, to “shed” additional amounts of surface skin. There may also be “surface scum” which is dirt or residue left from the previous shampoo and conditioner. The end result is dog dandruff.

Many breeds (such as Rottweilers and Dobermans) are not bathed and shown on the same day because the shampoo and conditioner do an incomplete job and the dandruff persists. Therefore, the dog washed one or two days prior to the show, is still carrying dirt molecules, which dull the coat.

In a container (small bucket or large bowl) add approximately 4 ounces 1st In-Line 1st Impression Deep Cleansing Shampoo (30:1 concentrated) to 1 gallon of water. Thoroughly wet your dog and wash using a sponge or wash cloth to apply shampoo. Rinse – and notice how easily your dog washes out.  Repeat the above steps for deep cleaning of the skin while brightening and whitening of the coat by leaving the shampoo on 3 to 5 minutes. You’ll note an increased amount of lather because most of the surface dirt, oil and scum was removed after the first rinse. 1st In-Line Products will not dry out or damage your animal’s coat due to the protective ingredients that are included in our shampoo. But it is show time and you want show clean!

“The Tip”
When washing a short coated dog, use a Boar Bristle brush, brushing back against the grain of the coat and working the lather down to the skin. This will help loosen and eliminate most flakiness. Our additives including Guar and Chamomile help restore and enhance the coats’ natural shine while soothing and softening the skin.


Remove That Yellow

1st Snow White Whitening Spray was developed specifically to enhance the true white color of the coat and yet also will increase the depth and contrast on two color and multicolored coats without fading the color. This is done without the use of bleach or bluing thus eliminating the fear of drying or damaging the hair.

Used as directed this advanced formula spray will help eliminate yellowing and staining from the animal’s coat and will restore it to a brilliant natural color.


  1. Thoroughly wash the animal with 1st Impression Deep Cleansing Shampoo.
  2. Next use 1st Satin Conditioner.
  3. For the best results for whitening those troubled areas, we recommend, that the animal be damp. Spray 1st Snow White on the areas you wish to whiten and brighten, making it very wet, then brush in thoroughly using a forward and backward motion. This will insure you are not only coating the hair on the top but, also on the bottom of the hair, throughout the entire coat. This will give the coat color a more uniform appearance. Let stand for at least 5 minutes (do not rinse out) and then blow dry.
  4. For long term discoloration, this process will need to be repeated several days later.

Caution: 1st Snow White was designed to enhance the true white color of the coat and should not be used in conjunction with a bluing shampoo.

When spraying onto a dry coat, extra care must be taken to feather the spray into the surrounding areas to avoid spotting.

How to Help Prevent Staining and Yellowing

The following procedure should help remove any yellow tinge or stain and leave your animal’s coat bright and white. This same procedure will also serve to heighten the contrast for colored coats as well.

  1. First bathe your animal with 1st Impression Shampoo and repeat.
  2. Dilute the 1st Satin Conditioner 10:1. Apply generously to the areas prone to staining with a sponge. Do not rinse.
  3. Repeat the application of conditioner daily for several days.  —  For easy application, mix conditioner in a spray bottle to easily use daily or as needed.This tip is based on reapplying a fine layer of 1st Satin Conditioner to the dog’s coat to eliminate staining and yellowing. This procedure can also prevent the staining agents, from the environment, from getting through to the animal’s coat.

 If area your trying to protect from staining is a longer term issue (eq. leaky bowels on fur in rear, urine stains on rear legs or other persistant condition) follow steps above.  The conditioner left on your pet will bind to the hair fibers, cover and protect the fur,  prevent the staining agents from attaching to the fur. So when your pet gets dirty in effected area just rinse the dirt off and respray the area with the diluted conditioner in a spray bottle. 

When desired, shampoo your animal thoroughly as described in step 1. The staining elements from the environment will have collected on the conditioner and will rinse off leaving your animal’s coat bright, with a luxurious satin feel and look!

To avoid eyestrain the freshly groomed animal is best viewed with sunglasses!

Whelping Bitch

To minimize staining, mix 1st Satin Conditioner at a 10 to 1 ratio and apply liberally throughout entire hindquarters including legs and tail. Do not rinse. And apply one to two days prior to whelping.
After delivery and celebration, shampoo with 1st Impression Shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Shampoo again for additional cleaning and rinse, then re apply conditioner at 20 to 1 ratio. This can be either rinsed out or left in.

If you have any grooming issues not mentioned above please contact us at and we will be more than happy to help with your grooming issues.