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I am so frustrated! I am a first time Dobie owner and Mowgli is just about ten months.  I don't believe the vet did the best job while cropping his ears and the more time passes the more I feel they will never stand properly.  We have been very diligent about changing the posts and not leaving them out too long in between.  When we change the posts his ears will only stand when something is sparking his interst, even then the ear will stand straight but both tips of the ears flop inward. Otherwise he looks like Dobby from Lord of the rings.  I feel like I want to give up, but he looks silly   :( Help.....

Kim
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Have you read through this?

http://www.gentledoberman.com/doberman-pinscher-ear-cropping/taping-and-posting-doberman-ears

There's also a link at the bottom for problems.

Good luck!

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Don't give up.... have you tried the breath rite strips.   They be just enough help that he needs.   Clean the ear really good with rubbing alcohol first then when they are dry, apply the strip.   Leave them on until they fall off and put on new ones.   Good luck.

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Posting is not the issue, we've got that down pat by now :) I will try the breathe right strips for the tips once I am comfortable with how the ears are standing.  I just wish they would stand for longer periods of time after 9 months.....

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so I read that right 10 months old?? post some pics we love to see the dogs and their ears....maybe he's just a silly dog deep inside and those ears allow him to show his inner silly doberdog :))

Stay positive, he doesn't know he looks silly and I am sure other dogs won't see him that way either....hang in there.....

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Some dobes do not have the right ears to be cropped. Sometimes a dobes cartilage does not harden like others. Your vet should have determined whether or not it would have been suitable to undergo the cropping. Good luck with getting them to stand!

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keep posting, keep posting, keep posting....My boy was almost 2yrs old before his left ear would stand on it's own. His right ear took to standing right away. His left ear was such a bugger! We went down to a half post, and that started helping the left ear to be strong on it's own. We did that for months, and I mean months. I was ready to give up and look for alternative measures at the 2 year mark. But it finally started standing on it's own. 

Now you can tell his left ear is the weaker one. When Dozer gets tired or stressed, he left ear 'wilts' but perks back up (especially after a nap!!) 

So please, please, please, don't give up. it took my husband and I repeated postings to get Dozer's ears to stand...and oh so worth it!

This is my sweet love Dozer. His did have the show crop (which I request the standard crop) so it did take a lot longer for his ears to stand...but again, totally worth every minute and heartache. 

Please keep us posted!

Kim

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Pretty pic of Dozer!!! was that your christmas card by chance??? we used to use our collies as christmas cards.......

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I posted Atticus's ears for a year.  His left ear never would stand properly.  It will stand beautifully at times when he is very alert and sort of "honed" in on something, but it just flops down when he's relaxed and at ease.  I gave up and decide it's "him".  And everyone says it's cute.  He's not your "perfect show quality" Dobie with ears all erect and picture perfect.  He's way too tall, one ear cocked down.  But he's the most PERFECT Dobie buddy that will ever be!  In my eyes!  ;-)   So my recommendation is try to post and follow the posting instructions as best you can for as long as you can, but if for some reason you can't get it to work out, I wouldn't stress.  Cause all your Dobie cares about is that you are his "home".

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Thanks! Such a proud boy...a.k.a. "ham". Takes after his human 'dad' :) 

This should have been our christmas card, I might send it out for next year! 

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All you can do is stick with it! It is a long process, and you may get one ear done before the other! That's what happened with Max, and even now one ear has a slight flop to it. But I like it, and he doesn't seem to mind, so I just wanted to quit posting too. =]

You could be posting his ears (especially if you have a longer crop) for quite a while. Can take over a year in some cases. Just stick with it, and you'll be satisfied with the results!

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