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I have successfully post Lucian's ears thanks to using the how-to guide on this site!  I am very excited and the pics are located below.  Let me know what ya'll think! It took two times to tape it correctly but I finally did it!

 

 

 

 

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Please, please don't take offense to my observation. I can see you made great effort & those ears are standing tall. Maybe a little too much tape. Every 6 days the posting needs to come off. You will find taking all that tape down just as much a challenge has the posting because care must be taken regards to the puppies hair that will be removed along with the tape. Many different, as well as correct taping techniques. I tried not to wrap up Sage's ear from base to tip with tape. IMHO, the base & 3/4 up are the critical points. Plus, I tried to bridge between 1/2 - 3/4 up the ears. Of course, your puppy is very young, aka little. Sage grew fast & as his eats increased in size I found using less tape more doable.

Again, just my shared experience with Sage on posting his ears. Keep us & Lucian posted ;-)

good luck

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Your first posting job. Now you know what fun it is - not! Unless you have someone hold the little fella while you post and tape, it is a very challenging activity. I would alway admire the nice even taping the vet would do and then look at my effort. It was never very pretty but it worked fairly well.

If you have four experienced Dobie owners in a room you will have at least 5 different methods of posting and taping, and each will change a bit on the next time because of what they have learned. Your method looks like some of the photos I have seen and I thing at least one tutorial talks about the low brace. I never used that.

Actually if you look at rnd's tape of Romeo, except for the post I think mine was similar (sorry I never took photos) as I used one strip of tape across the top of the post to hold the tip of the ear in place and then had two loops around the ear and post. One at the base of the ear and one in the middle. I also only used a top brace, but then rnd's dogs have the extra long show cut which is far more difficult to get to stand. You will not in the photo that Romeo is no longer a 3 month old.

I have a pair of surgical sissors that I use to cut the tape when I am removing it, and I cut either right up against the post or in the middle of the back of the ear. Don't cut near the edge of the ear as even with blunt ended sissors, it is difficult to tell where tape ends and dog ear begins. I have cut a few in my early years, fortunately I was taking it easy so they were just nicks, not serious cuts. Once the tape is cut, I would just roll it back easily.

Twenty five years ago we used adhesive tape which was the devil to remove. Today there are better tapes. Your next posting will be better and the one after that better still. The only way to really learn is to do it. Kind of like riding a bicycle - you can read all the books, but until you actually do it the first time, it is hard to understand.

Congratulations on your first post and taping. You have done something most Doberman owners avoid like the plague.

good luck

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I had a dog who was cropped by a vet not my normal vet. This vet used what I now believe was mole foam and cut the material to the shape of the ear and used surgical glue to glue the blocks to the insides of the ear resulting in ears standing immediately after surgery with the sutured edges open for healing. The pads stay in until right before the stitches came out. When the stitches were removed he replaced the pads which the pup did not really object to.

I had not really picked up on the fact that you did not have the posts in the bottom of the ear. Is that true also for the initial postings or only for the later postings when you are working on the upper part of the ears?

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rgreen4, the mole foam/surgical glue technique is exactly the way my breeder did Sage's ears. In fact, I watched him do right before taking Sage home. He instructed to leave in place and the mole foam will eventually come off. After they came off I used the technique previously posted.