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Been posting 4.5 months, neither ear standing correctly - need advice


I've spent many hours reading up on the tutorials and guides on ear posting on this forum, but am desperately in need of some advice specific to my puppy's situation. He was cropped at 12 weeks and has been in posts ever since (he is now 6.5 months). The right ear seems stronger and stands well, mostly vertical but he likes to wrinkle up his forehead and pull his ears inward very strongly. Last week we tried going without just a right post and it lasted 4 days before weakening and tipping over inwards, so it's back to two posts as usual.

The left ear seems to have a strong bend near the base that you can sort of feel "pop" out when you try to straighten it out. That ear can stand fine for a few hours when airing out before reposting, but seems to weaken quickly. He is able to hold both ears upright when he wants to, but if he's feeling lazy or focusing intently on something, the left ear is at a 45 degree angle with his head.

Our posting method:
5/8 backer rod
Two layers of duct tape to reinforce the backer rod
Slather Torbot bonding cement on post
Backtape the post with Zonas tape
Insert post deep in ear and pull ear up as firmly as we can
3-4 pieces of Nexcare paper tape, starting at the bottom of the ear and circling our way up
1 long piece of Zonas tape over the paper tape near the base to help keep tape secure

I've made an album with some pictures I snapped this morning so you can see both the bent left ear and how his ears are tipping. Is the issue that his left, or maybe even both ears, have developed pockets? His food is fortified with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, so we haven't been feeding an additional supplement of it.

Really hoping someone can take a look at the pictures and explain what we're doing incorrectly and how we can fix it.

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Hello and welcome.

One thing you didn't mention is that you're pulling the ear up as you post. This is important to be doing

Both ears look to have pockets but the pocket in the left ear is worse. You need to push that pocket out. Pockets can form if you let the rod come out of the ear for any length of time. Sometimes bridges can cause them if they aren't loose enough. I have always used this method to fix:

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Yup ^^^ Pockets. Very fixable.

Learn how to post using bumpers. Just for a frame of reference: Two of my last three guy's were posted though 7 months and we supported the tips with mole foam and skin glue.

So... basically until almost 9 months. Plus, your dog was cropped about 4 week later than any cropped dog I have ever had

BTW, the method that you are using is exactly what I used on my current 3 yo. Just keep posting.

As I, over the years have never had to deal with ear pockets during posting, I cannot give you any hands on advice. Plenty of folk here have. Perhaps they will chime in. I recently read a post by dobebug which explained it (without visuals) wonderfully.

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My suggestion would be to contact your local chapter club (go to and click on chapter clubs). My club members are happy to help people in person with posting issues. I think having someone experienced show you how to post with bumpers to fix the pockets would be really helpful.

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