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Hi all! I finally got my dobie! I have not been on here at all in a very long while but I have been reading posts and getting advice.

My baby is Magnum. He is about 16 weeks now and he came to us with cropped ears (we wanted them) and now I have a lazy ear. The base stands beautifully but it bends at the top. I was told by a groomer who raises great danes that I should use the breathe right strips because a regular post won't work because of his age, etc. I wasn't sure but I did try the strips, even with eyelash glue. It didn't work as well as I would have liked. He still has a floppy ear.

Any tips?

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If the breathe right stip method didn't work keep posting at 16weeks he needs to be posting especially with having a lazy ear. It will eventually become stronger it just needs more time. I found and many others know posting is a patient process and isn't uncommon to see postings on 6 or 7 month olds. On another note welcome and good luck with posting. Love the picture of Magnum btw 

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Thanks bunches!

That was a picture of him on Sept 15th when he graduated his beginner/puppy classes. He has a great trainer who has lots of experience with Dobies and has trained lots of them for police dogs.

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Ha! I was too trigger happy with the enter button.

 

I found a great paper towel method on youtube that I love love love, but I don't get them tight enough. I am going to try it again here in a bit and tape it tighter (not too tight).

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Backing Rod will give you less grief :) Cut to size and wrap some duct tape around it to give it some more stiffness. 

 http://www.westernloghomesupply.com/backer-rod.html

You can find it at the hardware store.

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I believe I may? know the paper towel method you refer to ? I have used one method of wrapping paper towel a few times over skewer sticks taping the edges with medical tape before but found out baker rod works as well using the skewers to add support in the center of the rod and I used that. Also the vet who cropped my Doberman uses baker rod. It can be found at any hardware store and maybe some other stores and online too

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Dont stop posting his floppy ear. 

I have used backer rod for posting (love it---so easy to use w/ a good sticky tape) but now I am using a breathe rite strip in DJ's left ear. 

Same deal here---the ear base stands firm, but half way up or more, the ear wants to almost fold forward due to a small wrinkle (barely noticeable, btw) on the outer cut edge of that left ear.  I usually have to change the breathe rite every 2 - 3 days because it starts to come loose at the bottom edge inside the ear and DJ scratches at it when it starts to loosen up.  I always clean the inside of her ear with an alcohol wipe, let it dry, apply the breathe rite, and hold pressure on it for about 15 seconds till it sticks tightly.