If you find that the sink contains too much water for the conditioner to be worked in on the underbelly, chest, and legs, drain some of it until you have 2 inches or so left.
Work this in for a good 3 minutes. While you may assume that 5, or even 10 minutes would be better, all of the conditioning will happen in those first 3 minutes and any time after this will not bring about further results.
Rinse out the conditioner
. While you may think that it might be a good idea to not completely
rinse it out, you will indeed want to. If you use a quality product, it will be rather thick and some of the main ingredients will be oils.
This is very nourishing to hairs; however, you will not want this to be left on the skin or coat. If so, it can block skin pores and cause the coat to lie flat. The leave-in spritz that you will use later will be the product that will protect the coat.
10) Remove your Maltese and dry him.
With a warm, soft towel readied to your dominant side, lift your Maltese out of the bath with two hands, and place him onto the towel.
Allow him a moment to shake himself off, and then gently wrap the towel around him.
You may now be tempted to rub him dry. Do not. Rubbing the coat can be damaging to the hairs and vigorous rubbing can cause a huge mess of tangles (depending on coat length). Rather, gently scrunch, blot, and dab.
Air drying is best. If for some reason you need your Maltese to be dry very quickly and you wish to use a blow-dryer, be sure to hold this 5 to 6 inches away, use a low setting, and only do this after you have sprayed the coat with a leave-in (next step).
11) For medium to long coats, you will want to comb the damp hairs, using light spritzes of your chosen leave-in coat conditioner spray.
For shorter puppy coats, wet your hands with your chosen leave-in coat spray and scrunch the hairs, making sure to get the tips.
If you are not happy with your current leave-in spritz, you may wish to try Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Leave-in Conditioner
; it is a really great coat-spray that works particularly well with silky coats. In addition, it contains a sunscreen which is a huge bonus year-round for dogs with white coats.