One ear up, one down. The vet is no help. Advice please?

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My Dobie that I adopted is 11 months old. Only one ear stands up. I took her to my vet when I got her for a check up. I asked what I could do about the ear. My vet and all in this area are against cropping. She suggested that I try to get the other to go down. (my girl was done in the city). I'd rather try to train the other ear to stand. Is it to late? Any advice would be greatly appreciated since there's no help from the professionals up here.

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At 11 months, I wouldn't be hopeful that the ear would stand.  However, there's no reason not to try posting it for a while and see what happens. 

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It depends on why the ear is not standing. There can be three reasons - the best situation is that it is what is referred to a lazy ear. It does not stand unless the dog is on alert. Some additional posting can help but may not cure. The second reason is that the crop was done a little late and the ear is just floppy from not being posted. Again some additional posting may help.

The last reason is a crease. this happens when the crop was really late and cartilage has already started to harden and forms a crease. Nothing can be done for this. My first male had a lazy ear. One ear was always up and the other only up when he was on alert, the other sort of half mast. Here is a photo of my 6 year old male (Red) with a creased ear. He was 14 almost 15 weeks old when his ears were cropped and I knew we would have problems. Initially, neither ear stood, but persistent posting got one up.

Joined: 2009-08-13

She doesn't have a crease in her ear and I don't really know her history. All I have is a copy of the vet bill from the cropping. I had a Dobie about 20 yrs ago I got from the humane society. Great girl, her ears were cropped but neither stood. I wasn't really thinking of getting another dog seriously, though I'd wanted one. My hubby had me looking for something for him and I couldn't resist checking out the pets. I saw a pic of her and fell in love. The pic had her ears in the cropping stuff. When I went to see her she had just one ear standing. That's why they showed that pic. She was so sweet and had been crated not only in the house but outside as well. Her chin and tail were worn raw. I had to take her. Maybe my third Dobie, unless I rescue again will have two ears standing. She's a sweety and looks like the flying nun. I may try posting but am not really sure how. If it's worth trying please give me some advice on the how to. 

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There are several methods of taping ears. I learned a long time ago an old style method, but it takes a while to get prepared. There is a discussion on this website that describes it. Go to the Gentle Doberman main page and then click on the Doberman Puppies button (between About Dobermans and Training at the top, just below the Masthead. Hovering your cursor over Doberman Puppies brings up a pulldown menu and the last item is Ear Cropping. Hovering over it opens another menu and the 4th item is Posting and Taping Instructions. Or you can just follow this link:

http://www.gentledoberman.com/ear-cropping-4.php

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Here is a link to the DPCA website on this link you will find over 13 different methods for posting ears. Their is every imaginable ear wrapping problem covered and endless possibilities to help you wrap your dogs ears. http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/ears1.htm
Very easy to understand and pictures to help every step of the way.