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I don't have the terminology for you, but the "science" is simply a hardening or stiffening of the cartilage that occurs as the dog ages.
Floppy ears are NOT "natural"!!!! This is a very important point that a lot of folks miss. Floppy ears are a result of mankind messing around with canine genetics. So, allow me to repeat- FLOPPY EARS ARE NOT NATURAL.
You can view floppy ears as-
1) a mankind induced genetic defect that reduces a canines ability to survive in general (ear infections, minor reduction in hearing ability, increased susceptibility to entrapment or injury, etc)
2) a mankind induced genetic defect that increases a canines ability to survive among humans (maintains a non-threatening, juvenile "cute" appearance throughout adulthood, clearly identifies the canine as a domestic dog and not a wolf/coyote/etc.)
Back to the "science" of the ears standing up- as the puppy grows the cartilage stiffens and the ears try to stand erect (as "nature" intended). This works just fine without human intervention in dogs that still have the genetics for natural ears. However, because mankind manipulated genetics, some dogs have unnatural, large, long ears with thin cartilage and the ears cannot stand. There is simply too much ear for the natural process to take place. If we do nothing the dog develops into an adult with unnatural, long, floppy ears.
To band-aid over or correct the correct the genetic problem we've created and bring the ears back into a "natural" upright position, we first have to get rid of unnatural length and weight by trimming off the excess ear. Then, because the ears lack the correct "natural" cartilage strength we have to help further by fixing the ears unto an upright position until the cartilage completes it's normal stiffening enough to support the ear in a natural upright position.
Somewhere in your nursing education there should be medical/scientific terminology for the process during which soft, baby or juvenile cartilage strengthens and stiffens into adult cartilage.
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