Well guys I think we are done posting :)

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Ares :)

I saw the headline and though, OMG! what happened to Ares? Why would Ares stop posting? I aways enjoyed reading Ares' post.

Then I saw the picture and thought, "Oh, talking about ears.

Ares' ears look fantastic. Job well done!

Gunny

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Wow Gunny really :) that makes me happy to hear that you enjoy reading what I post hahaha hopefully not just for a good laugh ;) 

Had to share the good news almost 14 months old I had to deal with thick ear leather and a really long show crop hahaha but it was worth it:) 

No Ares, it's not for a good laugh. You give sound training advice.

I feel your pain. Jax was 18 months of posting and a few after that worrying that they would keep standing.

If you haven't already, you need to get some AKC obedience titles on that dog. You know how to teach it. You'll enjoy the competition aspect.

Gunny

 

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Oh gosh lol ya were going two more weeks with the post and since he is my first Doberman and cropped dog Im flying blind having no concept of what I'm looking for but they sure look great ! 

Wow really !!! That's an extremely nice thing of you to say, especially since you obviously have a lot of years of training under your belt lol I only have a few. 

If I were to compete him in Ob would that mess with his Schutzhund training ? He loves to go to training. Ive never had a more well rounded dog with temperament that's  to die for lol 

We're gonna hopefully get our BH soon so I'm very excited about that hahaha

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He's so handsome, it's fun to watch him grow up.  

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Thank you :) MommaL

I look at it like this, IPO is first and foremost. If I have to give a few AKC points for a AKC title and still achieve the goal, all is good (I pulled Jax in his last AKC trial to not mess up my IPO training. Kinda long story). If I have to mess up IPO goals, AKC takes a back seat. IMO AkC is mostly for the socialization aspect for the dog. Dogs are a lot closer to one another in AKC than in IPO and rightly so. IPO dogs are higher strung and sometimes not too happy to be close to another high strung male. So the AKC trials, win lose or draw, a great socialization exercise for the dog not to mention the rosettes are pretty cool BUT scorebook is paramount. Remember me saying,"every time you interact with your dog, you are training"? That is every single time! If you give an IPO command you better be ready to enforce it. That's why I use German and English. German, "you best do it!", English, "as long as you're close, close enough", if you get my meaning. Another good thing about AKC titles is that insurance companies know what AKC is. IPO, not so much.

Either way, competing is fun! And IPO dogs kick butt!

Gunny   

Ares, your BH. Treat it like any other training day. Emotions bleed down the leash. Do not change ANYTHING two weeks before your trial, nothing! Walk the pattern without the dog, a bunch.

You'll be fine. Relax and have fun that day.

 

 

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Yea that's exactly how I work with Ares he know both but he also know when it's German that butt better hit the pavement immediately when I tell you to sit lol I'll look into a few Akc things and try my hand at lol It would be fun for him to do something else he's very active lol 

As for the BH oh man I'm gonna be a bunch of nerves but he's so calm and collected I know he's gonna be the one to get us through it hahaha sometimes you can't help the nerves it will help if k go last so I have time to collect myself but I'll try my best to stay calm :)

He doesn't seem to care about the other dogs at IPO lol he's definitely not dog aggressive but I know what you mean a rottie in our club is very for lack of a better word intimidating lol My boy is still young so I know things can change and rather be safe then sorry. I was considering doing Rally with him. What do you think ?

Rally's a piece of cake. They have directions on the course. If your dog (dogs in general) heels, sits, downs, stands, stays and doesn't relieve himself in the ring, It's a done deal.

Try OB Novice, the requirements don't vary much outside of what you're training now. The only difference is "Stand for Inspection". The judge runs his/her hand over the dog and under the dog as the dog stands and you're about 6 to 10 paces from the dog. I taught that at Petsmart conscripting the employees as inspectors. I also had to train stand and stay as I walked away (which he needs to know for IPO 2 I think and 3 for sure). I trained the stand first then when he had that we went to Petsmart. Took 3 days get it solid.

You'll just have to get used to the judge giving YOU commands. Walk, fast, slow, normal, right turn, left turn........so forth and so on.

Either Rally or OB Novice or both, it's a good experience for the dog and you.

Gunny

  

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Thank you Gunny !!!! I'll start working with stand right away lol he knows how to stack nicely so I don't think it will be to difficult for him to get the concept lol I finally found a treat he actually likes ... My boy is not a foodie he's all about his ball on a rope. I'll look and see if something like that is going on in my area so I can go check it out to have a handle of what I'm doing lol 

Definitely made Ob sound more appealing then rally. Another thing we were looking into was luring and barn hunt and possibly dock diving he loves water lol 

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They look awesome. You did great. Beautiful

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Good job... He's stunning..

Phew.. Now you can sit back and relax.yeah right.. I can hear you laughing all the way across the border...

I hope you try Schutzhund with Ares.. Betcha you'd both be great.. and the photos you'll get HOLY MOLY.. they're outstanding..

Thanks for posting 'done posting.' Once again.. congratulations.. you've done a remarkarble job all the way around..

Smooches to the Pooches.

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Awww thank you Kate we are already in schutzhund have been since he was itty bitty lol he excels in the sport and truly loves it :) as for the ears thank you lol it's been an adventure to say the least hahaha 

Love this boy :)

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Well congrats AresMyDobie and I am jealous! You paid your dues and I am still laboring for mine hahaha. People ask me "when are those things coming off her ears?" I say, well, who knows but I have read that some are posting until 18 months. (I fear I may be one of those LOL.)

Oh well, it will be worth it in the end. I have a ways to go, she is only 8 months old now. Your boy is gorgeous!

I don't think I would mind the posting so much if her ears weren't so sensitive, I am constantly fighting sores and irritation. If it were as simple as posting up and changing out without the issues, I wouldn't mind so much.

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I hear you on that one it took me a little bit to find what worked for us and I did a lot of research and found a lot of help. There's more the one method. I prefer backer rods. Don't stop posting yet lol what kind of tape are you using ?

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Right now I am using the backer rod rolled in duct tape and then the j&j waterproof to roll it backwards for the sticky side to go against the ear. The outside tape going around her ears is the cloth kind.

 

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I'd get rid of the water proof tape I bet that's your reason for the sores it's to sticky. I would use the zonas by Johnson and Johnson it's what I use and it's not sticky enough to cause sores but will hold the ear in place. Waterproof tape is a bit to much if you would ask me. My vet sold me waterproof tape and I was really upset it caused irritation to his tips and ripped his hair causing bald spots and sores even with baby powder I took it back immediately and said this isn't ok and they felt really bad so I'd go with zonas. Also get some adhesive remover to remove the water proof stuff I use unisolve but I bet that tape is to much.

 

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AresMyDobie, I hope this is not the issue, I would feel horrible, but I am not sure that is what is going on here, let me explain a bit better.... the sores are down inside where the bottom of the post go and where the tape isn't exposed. I use a square cotton pad cut into 2 strips to put on the bottom of the backer rod that goes down into her ear. The tape is probably on the part of the ear starting at the center knob and up and there is rarely a sore there.

The waterproof tape is the only thing that will stick that I have tried so far and where it goes it doesn't move to rub so there are no sores. Now, in the beginning I did use the same tape to wrap around the top and bottom to hold the post in place and I had to stop because then it was causing too much hair pulling etc when I would take the post out.

I think it is zonas tape that I use to wrap the post to the ears on the outside.

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Hmmmm have you tried the zip tie method?

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The zipties were my first method of posting, with the zip tie I used the osto-bond glue. She has always had problems down in her ear. I then tried the mole skin in the bottom of the posts, she had a reaction to that. LOL, I am telling ya, she is hyper sensitive inside the bottom part of the ear. I had to take her to the vet once because the blisters looked pretty bad. She gave me drops for them and it cleared up in a few days.

I then went to the backer rod. I like how the backer rod does but again I am going down into her ear which is where she has her problems. I sometimes post with tongue depressors which is what I always used on the other dogs I have posted.

I have tried using just the breathe rite strips but one ear gets weak at the bending point middle of the ear and so I end up having to post them right back up.

I am willing to try whatever anyone can recommend to see if it would help.

I need a sure way to post without having to go into the ear that she can't shake out if anyone can recommend that. Love her heart, I wish it wasn't so hard on her.

With her issues she is a dog that needed a shorter cut but ones doesn't know until after the fact. We gotta get through this just wish I could help her through it with less discomfort.

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With a zip tie method it shouldn't go into her canal. Hmmmm what size backer rod are you using ? Try wrapping gauze around the bottoms of the post?

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Ares is gorgeous! You can tell just from the pictures that he is well-loved and a happy boy. I was also alarmed at the title of this post at first, haha! Glad it's good news!

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Hahahaha I guess I should have worded it better just so used to saying his posts lol you know you own a Doberman when ;) Hahahaha 

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Wow!! Handsome boy!!

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Thank you