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I would think a plastic straw would be too sharp at the tip which is in the ear, unless you padded it with a piece of a cotton ball or something. But with the duct tape and backwrapping on it, it would probably be stiff enough for now.

Your attitude to learning new skills seems admirable to me. But don’t ruin your vacation posting ears--if you must, you *can* wait until Monday when it sounds like you would be closer to the supplies you need. I personally just wanted to learn how to post by myself so I could avoid the inconvenience of heading to the vet every time there was a problem. And there are lots of folks here who are VERY experienced with posting ears, who can point you to better solutions to problems, and different methods of posting, way better than almost any vet can.

Vets have all kinds of things to be knowledgeable about--the best way to post ears and solve posting problems is generally not high on that list.
Good afternoon, we are back at it. Crossed the bridge and went to Walmart to buy more supplies. I watched the zip tie videos and figured I may as well try that too. so far, they are in his ears but its only been 30 minutes and he's napping. The real test will come in an hour. I found it very easy to do...I bought 1" tape, construction grade zip ties, special tool to cut the zips and 3M super 77 spray adhesive. I decided to give it a go without the spray adhesive just to see if he can even stand this method. I wrapped the ears very loosely but the post is pretty far down in the ear. I DID NOT make a brace for various reasons. Please see pics and lmk your thoughts on this....the ties are so strong and bend a little out bc they have been coiled up in the bag. I tried to bend the other way but they still tilt. I watched another video that uses duck tape and the 3M spray and I bought some just in case but not going to use unless I really need it (I may not)
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Moose is SO cute!! I do not have my Doberman yet (she's only 3 weeks old hehe!) but my breeder highly recommended the zip tie method. I've watched dozens of different videos and read countless threads and it does seem like this is a much easier method to me. I am very thankful that when we actually go to pick up our puppy she is already going to be 15 days out from surgery and our breeder is going to help teach us all in person. I think it is definitely something important for you to get comfortable doing yourself since it is such a bonding experience. Make it fun with lots of little treats! I can see how going to the Vet every time to post ears could end up being a bad experience for him just since most pooches aren't entirely fond of the Vet haha!
This is a video my breeder shared with me. I do think some extra zonas tape would be helpful for those houdini puppies hehe.
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Have fun with that sweet pup! I love how dorky they are with their ears all taped up haha!
Thanks for the tip! I just tried the zip tie method. So far they are still in, but he is asleep. ha! I watched several zip tie videos and decided to give it a go. To me, it is much easier but I want to do what is best for his ears so i'm waiting on feedback. Thanks again for replying to my question. Have a great weekend.
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IF you use the zip tie method you MUST brace the ears. In a pup at this age I would brace regardless of the method used.

He's shaking the posts out because the aren't deep enough into the ear. I've used the 5/8 backer rod on many young pups. What you need to do is taper the end of the post. Sort of like a pencil tip. Just cut it and then back wrap the entire post in the zones tape. Then "screw" it into the ear so that it gets deep enough. You can't hurt the puppy doing this.

I've had some that were ruined by the zip tie method. So, I would say it works great for super paper thin ear cartilage, but not as well with thicker ear cartilage.

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Above photos with flimsy zip ties - length of ears are both con-caved & NOT supported straight.
- I'm not convinced its better or easier than foam backer rod, & may be problematic on tips (continuing on)

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Above photos with flimsy zip ties - length of ears are both con-caved & NOT supported straight.
- I'm not convinced its better or easier than foam backer rod, & may be problematic on tips (continuing on)
Actually, they are far from flimsy...the complete opposite...they are construction grade zip ties....i had to buy special snips to cut them Anyhow, that is part of the problem I think bc they are too heavy duty and come in 2' and3' lengths so they were coiled in the bag. We took them down yesterday and decided to just let him be until we go to the vet tomorrow morning. Oddly enough, his right one is standing now by itself but the left one is not. We have been messing with his ears so much the last couple of days, we don't want to make ear posting a bad experience. I am def going to try the foam backer rod again as most of the advice I'm getting is to go that route.
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Thanks for the tip! I just tried the zip tie method. So far they are still in, but he is asleep. ha! I watched several zip tie videos and decided to give it a go. To me, it is much easier but I want to do what is best for his ears so i'm waiting on feedback. Thanks again for replying to my question. Have a great weekend.
Yay! It is the method my breeder recommended and I definitely thought it looked easier myself lol. Plus it looks like you can make it a bit more attractive looking too with different colored duct tape on the zip tie and stuff. Definitely a learning experience to find what works best for you! Those photos of him sleeping are so cute I just love his little zipper nose! hehe!
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Yay! It is the method my breeder recommended and I definitely thought it looked easier myself lol. Plus it looks like you can make it a bit more attractive looking too with different colored duct tape on the zip tie and stuff. Definitely a learning experience to find what works best for you! Those photos of him sleeping are so cute I just love his little zipper nose! hehe!
awe, thanks! I love his little nose too. He's asleep on my leg rn and i'm staring at that zipper. We have been traveling today so he is tired
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