First timer with dobie and ear cropping.

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Hi there!

So its my first time owning a dobie baby and dealing with the ear cropping and all that so I just want to make sure im doing things right. I had my baby Lennox's ears done at 12 weeks and he is going on 20 weeks now. he did great after the procedure and we did two 6 day tapings and his ears stood pretty perfect for almost 3 weeks now. 

 

Well just at the end of last week, I started noticing his right ear starting to flop but only once in a while and he stands them when he seems to feel like it.

I guess my question is if I should post them again? I alway feel so terrible especially when I am taking the tape off and it pulls his hair out =[

thoughts?

Thank you in advance!

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Hello... My opinion.... You should continue to post. Be careful if they are floppy. The cartilage is still hardening. You may have perminate flop if they are not strong. Try extra calcium and continue posting until his adult teeth are all in...  I know it's a struggle and painful for you to see your baby like that , but the end result is awesome ears... Hope that helps. 

 

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Get some uni-solve to help remove them! We use the wipes and rub them were the tape meets the ear while gently pulling the tape. Rubie has never whined once and looks almost bored. It's on Amazon.

What kind of crop did you get? The longer crops need to be posted longer and I think most ears need to be posted until they're done teething. 20 weeks might not be quite old enough. Rubie has a long crop and although her ears will stand just fine for several days, I've not had the posts off long enough to see if they'll 'fall' (she's almost 6 months old). I fully plan on posting for between 8-12 months just to be on the safe side.

Do you have any pictures?

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****Need help with floppy ear****

I Have a 7 month old male doberman puppy. We got him at 6 weeks and his ears were already cropped. Both ears stood up perfectly after posting. They stood for about 5 months. Once he started teething one ear flopped and we have not been able to get it to stand back up for longer than an hour. We noticed one of the ears was cropped larger than the other and that is the one that is flopping. The picture on my profile is before teething. The pictures above is what his ear is doing now. Do we still have time? Is it too late? What can i do to make it stand?

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You don't need to post the same issue on several threads. People will see it on one, I'm sure. You probably did not post long enough in the beginning. You might need to post again.

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oh ok, sorry about that. I didnt know how the groups worked. 

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No worries! You'll get better responses if they're all on one. Like I said in the other post, it sounds like his ears weren't posted very long after the surgery. Some folks on here had to post their pups years for upwards of a year so you might still have time if you start posting again.

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Thank you! What is the best method? I posted picutures of what his ears look like now. What would be the best way to post them and how long should i leave them on before i take them down to clean them and repost?

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Did you get him from a breeder? If you did and they're local, they can help you. If not, there are some great tutorials on here. Rubies posts lasted 5-7 days but if they get smelly or wet or red, they should come off immediately. We used backer rod, strengthened with duct tape and then a Zonas type tape on her ears. Did you not post them when you got him?

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Yes to both. The breeder is not helpful. We posted them using backer rod initially. Then switched to tampons. Do I need to post both again or just one? What do you suggest? Did you use a bridge?

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I'm not really sure about the bridge. We stopped doing that toward the end but her ears were mostly straight, by then. I'm also not sure if posting just the one will cause it to look too different from the other. Someone else will have to answer those questions for you! Sorry your breeder isn't any help and giving puppies away at 6 weeks. Sounds... questionable...

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Ok, thanks for all your help. My husband corrected me. It was actually 9 weeks. Either way he has been questionable. At this point it is what it is and we just want his ears to post so he can look "even".  

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Oh, good! 9 Weeks sounds much better. And yes, I can totally relate to being obsessive about ears!

I would definitely continue posting him but don't let it flop for even an hour. You may not be successful but it is certainly worth a try. It would be best if you could find a really expert ear poster to help with this as there are many methods of posting ears on older pups.