24 hrs and still standing

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Took the tape off Dallas' ears about 5pm yesterday and they're still standing.....woohoo!!
I'm hoping this is it!!

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Not sure what to do.  He's ears have been standing pretty much all the time. but every once in a while his right ears flops down and then it's back up....grrr!! That jsut started today.  He is teething.  So do I let it go or should we post one more time?

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Just keep an eye on it. As long as it does not start to develop a crease, I would leave them unposted for a bit more. The fact that he is teething may also be impacting the standing of the ears. If they start to droop a lot or when up, start to develop a droop, post again. I know you don't like it and neither does he, but it doesn't hurt, just aggravating. For both of you.

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Thanks Rgreen appreciate the advice!!  I will do that!

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Annette.. what's happening with Dallas' ears?

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Kate, I'm calling it lazy ear.  He has one ear that will stand and another that will sometimes stand and then there's times where it just flops.  Well yesterday both of them went floppy....grrr!!!  My husband jokes and says he's just a lazy guy and doesn't care if his ears stand...LOL!!!   Anyway I think I'm going to re-post.  I feel bad but I know it will be worth it when it's all done.

rgreen ~ they both flopped yesterday so i think I'm re-posting.  The vet said that he's growing to so fast and teething that it's not helping with the ears. He's 57lbs now.  When I took him in 4 weeks ago he was 40lbs

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I agree about the ears.

Wow, 17 pounds gained in 4 weeks. I tracked the gain that princess had, it was an almost constant 2.5 pounds per week except for the one week she was sick when she was about 11 weeks old and then it was still 2 pounds for that week. Dallas is gaining 4 pounds a week, and if he keeps that up he will be a big dog.

I knew that Princess would be a smaller dog from the outset, and that is what I wanted, I just kept her food bowl full for her and let her eat what she wanted. That being said, she's not the smallest Dobie I have ever had, bur Red is certainly the largest.

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rgreen I found this chart that helps you "estimate" how big your puppy will be and I'm curious to see how close it is.  It says he will be 90lbs..YIKES!  His paws are huge and at the rate he's growing I think it might be so. 

Lucky's 70lbs but should be close to 65lbs.  I use to leave Dallas' bowl filled all the time but he was over eating and throwing it back up.  Then I caught Lucky eating Dallas food, that explained the 5+ pounds and Dallas would eat Lucky's food.  I use to leave Lucky's bowl full all the time too,  but I couldn't keep track of everyone so now it's monitored.

How big is Red?

D's ears are re-posted.  We'll see what happens...fingers crossed!

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Red is huge. He is over 30" tall at the shoulders and about 32" from his neck to his rump. He is hard to measure, because as soon as you start, he either sits down or lays down. He currently weighs 97 pounds, down significantly from his peak of 145 lbs!

Now he got to 147 because of a inactive thyroid even though he was only eating 3-4 cups of dog food a day. I have to keep the dog food in the pantry, because if I leave it out, he will get into the bag, and if it has not been opened, he will do so himself. Now that the thyroid treatment has turned him around (he is active and thinner) he is up to 10 cups of dog food a day, 5 cups in the morning (with a thyroid pill) and the same in the evening.

BTW - Red weighed 90 pounds at the age of six months and was already very large. I got an education on just how tall he is when I was waiting from the vet assistant to bring him out after being boarded (with all my other dogs after a weekend) and another handler was waiting with an 12 month old Great Dane for his owner. When another handler brought Red out, he was as tall as the Great Dane! Now the Dane still had a little growing to do, but a 12 month old GD is still a very tall dog.

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rgreen or anyone, I'm curious on how long should I continue to post Dallas' ears? I wasn't sure if there's a point that you get to where you have done everything you could.  I do feel bad when his ears are taped but it doesn't bother me.  I know it doesn't hurt him.
Thanks 

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Post as long as it takes. Some times, different dogs and different circumstances require different times. I was unusually fortunate with Princess - her's were taped for only 1 week - that's right 1 week. It was the first time my vet used the styrofoam (cone head) method immediately after surgery. Of course he scheduled the surgery based to the thickness and resistance of the ears.

Red's ears were cropped at 15 weeks because I got him late, and had to work him in. At first neither ear really stood, and after six weeks of posting, during a visit to the vet, both ears seemed to have a crease (which will prevent an ear from standing). I continued posting a few more weeks and finally his right ear stood, but the left never has. Oh, well, he is still a loveable lunk and his semaphore ears (one up and one down) may make him less threatening.

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THIRTY INCHES?? Wow he IS a big boy! I can only imagine how powerful he could be if he made up his Dobermind to do something.
I've measured Sofia from stem to stern: 27" and 27"
Nose to forehead: 11 inches..
paws: front 3x4 back: 3x3.
Tail: ( did I tell anyone how much she likes her tail rubbed?) 2 1/2 inches. I thought SHE was big .. but OMG THIRTY INCHES. he's massive isn't he. What a great dog!
She's busy outside chewing a big old rawhide bone and trying to dig up the allysum so she can bury it for later..Do they remember where they hid it? Do they ever dig it back up? Sofia has never been much interested in chewing before, this a new wrinkle in the ever evolving story of our girl.

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Considering her background, she may never had anything edible to chew on before.

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Thanks rgreen,  I'm thinking I might try a couple more times after this.  I'm hoping they'll stand after he's done teething.  They seem like they want too.  With Lucky I think we posted her 2 times ( 2weeks) and she was done, so this seems like forever with Dallas!!!  I really appreciate the advice, you guys are great ;D

Kate ~ your Sofie cracks me up!!!

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Thanks Annette
She is so funny. Last night she didn't want to share the sofa with me, so I smooshed ( it's a word) her into a corner and piled her down onto her bed. She curled up as tight as she could and refused to
make eye contact.. just sighed those long ragged " I-have-been-abandoned-and-now-no-one-wants-me-around" sighs.. Such a drama queen.
This moring she's her happy  self, but looking at the clock and reminding us she doesn't start her day til 7:30. Okay Sofie.. it's 7:05 you've got 25 mns.

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Took the tape off Dallas' today and his ears stood right away.  Here's hoping this is it.

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Wow!! They look fantastic! What a handsome boy!

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He is indeed. Hopefully, you and he both are finished with it.

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Thanks!  My fingers are crossed ;)