First time Dobie owners with newly cropped ears

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Hi everyone - we just picked up our first-ever (well, my family had one when I was a kid) dobie puppy, a beautiful black and rust boy born 1/2/15. We picked him up day before yesterday (3/16), and before we did, we had the breeder use her vet to crop his ears on 3/13. To be honest, I wanted them done; my wife would've been happy either way (since she also knows that she would be the one getting those beautiful ears up since we both know that I'm a mush when it comes to whimpering dogs).

We have a wonderful vet (since our animal horde consists of 5 cats and a now geriatric pair of dogs, a sheltie and scotty), but we never asked if she also cropped and taped ears. And considering that ear cropping is supposed to be an artform, we both decided that the breeder's vet had the expertise to do this.

Griff has been really good with getting the cropped edges cleaned (okay, okay, the wife is doing this as well...she's a saint), and outside my temptation to add a little tassle to the cap (don't they look like little Oddfellows?), he's been decent about getting handled.

We have a well puppy visit with our vet in the morning, and will need to make an appointment for the stitches to be removed (my wife has drawn the line at doing that); the breeder recommended waiting 10 days from surgery.  In the interim we have both been looking through a giant boatload of how-to videos and descriptions (especially this site) with regards to posting the ears, but we have a newbie question:

Griff's breeder was adamant that the stitches need to be healed before we start posting. Does this mean that Griff would be, well, floppy for a day or two or for whatever time it takes for the stitches to heal? According to a lot of websites, leaving the ear unposted could cause it to droop too much.

Any advice, suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.

Dan, Brandy and Griff

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I literally got my boys ears cropped today. I'm going the let the ear specialist do it way cuz Im scared to death of messing it up. Like you im a new dobie owner and have decided that the Dr. will know how to do this much better then I can lol

 

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I too am interested in advice too just in case I can't get him to the vet :) 

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Pandora's breeder said keep the cup on her head for probably 10 days at which time the sutures would be removed. She manages to tear the cup at 7 days so her vet removed it and put on a new one for 3 more days. At that time the sutures were removed and her ears immediately posted. Her ears were never down other than 2 hours every 10 days which was the regimen for her postings. We did not dare try to post them ourselves, too easy to mess them up. I actually had to drive 150 miles, round trip, to get them done. Best decision I ever made. They turned out perfect.  Good luck to you and your new baby.

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 nice they look like sunna's ears

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Beautiful ears. My wife took the Bundle of Mayhem to the vet this morning for his well puppy visit and to make another appointment to remove the sutures. Glad I asked the breeder to use her vet to crop Griff's ears; my wife told me that the vet seemed, well, off about the cropping and admitted that she had little experience. Even though she's a native Texan, she went to vet school in Edinburgh, Scotland and my wife reminded me that cropping is illegal there.

Griff's breeder also mentioned to us (agh, okay, my wife; I'm a lovable wuss, she says), that once the cap and sutures come off, the posting only gets done when the sutures look clear and dry. One of Griff's littermates had the ears done the week prior and they were posted within a day. But at the rate our little whirlwind is careening around the house, there are still a few red areas. But we still have a few days to go and barring any irritated areas, my wife has decided that we'll post the ears as soon as we get back from the vet. We like our vet, and she really likes Griff, but since she seems to be confused as how to remove the cap, her help in posting is pretty null.

Frankly, considering the crashed up condition of the cap at 6 days post op, we've already decided that if Griff can manage 5 days between posting, we're all good. yep, WE'RE going to post'em together since my wife has told me that my participation will consist of holding Griff, and that it's non-negotiable.

She's also the lead in training him and me.

I'll post a picture of him before and after the cap comes off. And we'll be using the picture of Pandora as a guide, if it's all right with you.

 

 

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There are some good videos on YouTube ( I think I watched them all ). I did not post her ears but I used a product called uni-solve (bought from Amazon) to remove the tape. The most important thing I can tell you is to be sure the ear tapes do not get wet. Pandora had a horrific fungal infection that took weeks and $$$$ to overcome. I made a rain hat out of a plastic zipper style quart bag, put two pieces of self stick Velcro (prickly side) one on each side, and connected it with the soft piece of the Velcro like a strap. That way when she wanted to go out 25 times on a rainy day it was easy on and off. Make sure you pay attention to how you tape the ears because you can do it wrong and their ears won't be straight. That would be a shame after all the work you will have put into the task. Hope this helps a little. I almost worried myself to death over it but we did everything we were told by the vet and we only had to post her for 4 1/2 months. 

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Hi everyone. Well, what was left of the cap was cut away and Griff's ears were 'unsutured'. My wife isn't happy at our vet (which is a change since the two of them usually get along great) simply because of the ear cropping. I get the whole crop-not crop debate, but this was our decision (well, okay, mostly mine).

Griff's ears are still a little 'wet', the area near the bottom (my wife calls it the 'bell' or 'base') not healed completely because this little guy (who somehow gained 3 pounds in 4 days and now tips at 25.4# at 11 weeks, 3 days) careens through everything.

Note - I'm a wuss, albeit a lovable one (according to my wife), so all the ear cleaning and removing of any residual tape glue from his ears was not done by me but  by the best woman in the world. She's concerned about the almost 'bumpy' condition of the cut side, and said that it was where the sutures had been located, and that she hopes that it will also smooth out.

So we left the ears as they were overnight. It was kind of cute, that the ears seemed to flop together and towards the back of his head (one of these days I'll figure out how to post pictures here), and when she comes home from work she has ordered me to help her posting his ears, but only of the lower edges...bell of the ear has healed.

In the interim, I've also been ordered (because, y'know, nagging is such a bad word in my house...) to watch and read all the posting videos and instructions I can find. My wife told me that the vet has told her to NOT try to post the ears herself since someone in the vet's practice once had a dobie who had posted the ears too tight and the poor dog lost the tips of both ears.

My wife knows better. So we'll post tonight as long as Griff doesn't careen through the bushes with his new ears.

On a sidenote; it was sorta cute seeing how our other two dogs reacted to seeing this guy  without his hat.