bad ear posting issue

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I've never seen an issue like this maybe someone else has one ear will not stand even though it sounds like the rest of the litter is fine. He has a thin spot right on the edge and the ear bends there. if it doesn't get thicker there I can't imagine how this ear will ever stand. Please help!

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Do you have a picture ?

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I can get a pic. when I re-post again should be Sat. his ears did seem to stand a little but as soon as they fall I put them back up. only the one falls now usually with in the hour. they have been taped since 1/09. I only recently noticed how thin it was on that edge maybe because the rest of the ear is thickening up nicely and I think the other ear would stand now if I didn't have to tape it up with the other one.

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I have these pics but they don't show much at this time it stood for a little bit you can see where it likes to bend it is the one on the right side. luckily his head has grown into those ears a little better.

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At this age he shouldn't be out of post any longer then to clean dry and make the posts that's it. Posting should continue through teething (6-7 months). Longer if it's a longer crop. I def wouldn't be leaving them out for an hour right now. My boy has a long show 5 1/2 inches long and we just recently got done posting he's 14 months. I'm posting him for two more weeks then testing his ears. It's not abnormal for them to be falling right now for your boy.

 

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Wow! my last doberman was done at 4 months old and a friend said her dobe was done in a week although I can't confirm or deny that. I hope my guy doesn't take as long as yours did.

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Depends on the crop, the ear leather and the dog. I've hear of some posting for 19 months. You def should post through teething and he looks like he has a longer crop so I wouldn't let the ears out of post any longer then to clean, dry and put back up. 

 

Don't let them fall - dry them and then put them right back up. Everytime they fall, you are going  backwards. If the puppy you are talking about is the one in your avitar, then he has long ears and they are going to take some time. I'd plan on posting at least till he is 6-7 months old, but it can be a lot longer. There are methods for posting ears that do not go into the ear canal once the base is standing that are easier on the puppy - and some people trade off on that method and the regular method once the base is standing well. 

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I would like to try those other methods because the bases do stand up well, though he is so rambunctious I'm not sure He would leave them alone. If you have any links to the other methods I would really appreciate it. I will start looking around for those right away too.  thank you.

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He will be fine just set them nice and deep in the ear. Mine stay just fine and him my shep mix play hard.

 

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My female has a shorter crop (not the military crop, just shorter than my male's) and her ears were posted for one week. My male had his posted well past 6 months. His crop is longer and his ears were just soft. We almost gave up on his ears, but I gave them one more week in post and now his stand just fine.

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I looked this weekend to find some methods you were talking about and I thought that I had at least seen some pictures of people doing that partial post but I couldn't seem to find anything. If you have some can you send me the links? thanks.

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"My female has a shorter crop (not the military crop, just shorter than my male's) and her ears were posted for one week. My male had his posted well past 6 months. His crop is longer and his ears were just soft. We almost gave up on his ears, but I gave them one more week in post and now his stand just fine."

 

I don't think I ever want to do a long show cut again. I wouldn't have if the breeder didn't insist on having the ears done before selling any puppys. Our last guy had a shorter cut (I think of military as that pitbull fighting crop only an inch or so tall) the vet called it a boxer cut it had a fuller base and was about an inch shorter than a show crop and his stood very quickly. 

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You would really want to go with the full post method because it's the best way to get the ears to stand. I personally love the longer crops opposed to the shorter crops. Yes they take longer to stand but well worth the effort. I love my boys ears and even though it took a long time it was so worth it. 

 

http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/how_to_tape_ears_text.htm

This is a great site for ear posting information. I do use the 2' long zip ties that I cut to fit and round off the edges - you can reuse them no problem. I also use the round foam for the bottom instead of folded paper towels.  The tape I have always used is "Johnson & Johnson zonas 1" tape" I order it on amazon.com for about $20 a case (12 rolls). I've changed the way I do it slightly from the pictures below - I leave a longer piece and fold it over the top of the ear before taping around - it stays better.