Just cropped... pobrecita Taína

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Just got Taína's ears cropped today.  Hopefully no-one will ask me if she's a dachshund again.

She's quite miserable at the moment.  Vet doesn't want us to tape/post until she takes the stitches
out.  She's a great vet, so I'll take her word for it (large animal vet; she has an obvious distaste for
humans but lights up in the presence of any 4 legged beast).  I manually propped up her ears and the cuts
are quite beautiful.  She does look like quite the dork right now though with the shaved ears, which the
elizibethan collar just makes worse (I take that off while I can watch her directly to make sure she doesn't scratch).

It's amazing how bad dog blood stinks, btw.



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After a week of being taped/posted I took the rig off to give her a bath (the posts where quite yucky; she had some crust that came
off with it from the healing process).  To my surprise, her ears are standing pretty well.  They stand on their own and don't drupe at all, though I think it'll take at least another week to get them lined up right.  If I whistle at her, they go into a perfect stance.  If she's just relaxed the fall out a bit and they are not quite even (one side leans a little forward).

Gunna give her a break tonight and then re-post in the AM after our morning constitutional;  found a park only about a mile from me
that is totally deserted in the winter; so I can just let her follow me down the hiking trails.  I just drop the leash and go.  She's gotten so much better with the leash since I've started doing this.

On another note, I can believe how fast she is growing.  She's almost doubled in size in the 4 weeks I've had her.  I don't remember
my previous girl growing this fast, but that was 18 years ago, so maybe I've just forgotten.

I wish she'd put on a little more weight, she seems a bit skinny to me; Looks like all her energy is going to growing
and doesn't leave much for reserves.

R. Marc

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That didn't take long at all.  Taína stand quite well now.  I have a question though about how they should stand when relaxed/sleeping/submissive.

When she's active, confident and engaged, they stand straight (see picture).  When she's relaxed, or being whiney, they sag a bit to the side and point forward.  They don't flop at all, but I have no reference point, as this is my first experience with cropping.  My previous dog (shepard ears), her ears behaved the same way, so I'm guessing this is what they are s'posed to do, but figured I'd solicit an opinion.

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They look good. A Doberman can send a lot of messages with it's ears, and those who can read the ears can almost tell you what they are thinking. At rest or relaxed, the ears should be sort of half-mast, or angled outward. When interested or alert, they should stand straight up. If displaying aggressive or defensive stance, the ears will be back and flattened (almost like a cat's).

If they ear has a definite break to the point that the tip is downward, it is a lazy ear and probably won't stand. Keep an eye on the ears, and if they start to display any tendency to become lazy, stick them again. When I got Red, the breeder had miscalculated his age, (or misrepresented) and instead of the 12 weeks old, he was 15 weeks (and 24 pounds). The vet cropped his ears, even though he didn't think we had a 100% chance of success. Well, one ear stands, and the other does not. Princess who is almost 11 weeks old will be seen again Tuesday Feb 3 to see how her ears are growing so her crop will be scheduled. Red is the only Dobe out of 6 this vet has done for me that has not stood properly.

It will also help her ears to massage the tops. She is still small enough to hold her in your lap and massage the ears, especially the tips which sometimes tend to curl into the cropped area.

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everything you describe with how the ears should stand is how they do.  One ear does slightly curl at the top though.
I'll try massaging that.  Thanks for the reinforcement.

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She really does look good. My Princess has her appointment on Feb 12 to have her ears cropped. I expect them to turn out as well. This afternoon looking at how cute she is with floppy ears, I had a bit of weakness, but then when I look at Taina, she's even cuter with the cropped ears. And besides, an adult Dobe does not look right with hound dog ears.