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Old 11-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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11 month old and ear tapping

Hey y'all, so my dobie is 11 months and you guys have helped me before I'm hoping I can get some more feed back. His ears haven't been wrapped for about 2-3 months and they have been standing. One ear seems as if its getting a crease in the back when he isn't alert. I'm not sure if this is his ear or if they are falling? A breeder told me to rub them and the cartilage will harden as he gets older and not to worry about it? My gut tells me to wrap them but is it to late since they havent been wrapped for months?
When will I know when to just let them be?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i think its normal for people to stop posting for a bit then start again if they see any change in the ears.

ive read that ppl post up to 18 months!!

id say post them up again wiht bumpers and leave them in for 4 days off 3 days till you see some results

but thats js my opinion im no where as experienced as everyone else on the forms maybe someone with more experience can chime in on this

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Post them for 5 days straight, take off posts, clean, re-post.

Sky14's right, there are a number of people who post far past 11 months. Don't let your progress be for waste and post those ears, it is not too late!
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok I shall keep reposting! Thank you! I also have another question..I post his ears using the backing rod and vet wrap..I had seen it on a forum on here..I was wondering should I also put tape going along his head (horizontal) to hold them upright?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Its not necessary to brace them in the middle. I prefer posting at 10 and 2 o'clock just like if I'm driving a car
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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it really depends how their standing now and how long of a crop you have
sometimes using the bridge can cause more harm then good

if your worried about the crease make sure ur putting in the bumpers each time
riko had a pocket and crease after a week of bumpers it went away
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it really depends how their standing now and how long of a crop you have
sometimes using the bridge can cause more harm then good

if your worried about the crease make sure ur putting in the bumpers each time
riko had a pocket and crease after a week of bumpers it went away
What do you mean by "bumpers"?
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What do you mean by "bumpers"?
when using becker rods
you cut a one inch piece in half and attach one half about an inch or so from the original post

this is where 90 percent of the pockets start to form/develop
the bumper helps push out he pockets and get the ears standing straight

check out the sticky thread on ear postings youll learn alot there
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It looks like his ears could be "cleaned up" a bit, but dont expect them to stand erect all the time.

When Einstein is not "actively" listening for something he folds his ears back. I'd say its probaby a 60/40 split with standing being the bigger half.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ok thank you! So are all donors ears not always straight and tall? Ill wrap them up, when do you know when to stop wrapping and when their at their own point.
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Ok thank you! So are all donors ears not always straight and tall? Ill wrap them up, when do you know when to stop wrapping and when their at their own point.
Both ears need to be taped. You need to use coach tape around the base and the tip (leave a little exposed) and not tight - very loose then crush it with your hand. Use the vet wrap if you must for the middle. neither ear is standing right.

I got a dog at 13 mths with an ear like your guy's and I started taping - did it for a few months and now they look about the same the right one will always bend a bit more. The leather is too heavy for the length of crop (very long show crop) but otherwise they look ok and balanced. (IMO).

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Its hard to find pics of dobermans when they have their ears back but heres an idea.

My dog has his ears like this almost half the time. The other half it looks just like every other doberman picture with ears erect.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Ok thank you! So from my understanding they should be erect or back? His tend to look somewhat like airplanes...they kind of hang off to the side?

Do you recommend taping them across once there wrapped to hold them erect, or just wrap then individually?
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I have the same problem with my girls ears. Ones up and ones down. I stopped posted also, but I'm gonna start back up now.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I am going through this with Ruger as well. Right ear stands nicely, left bends inward midway up. When he is on alert both stand nicely. I will repost as well
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