Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: San Antonio, TX
Dogs Name: Moose On The Loose and Baccarat Di Altobello “Mina”
Titles: CGC, CCGC
Dogs Age: Moose 11/16 and Mina 6/17
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how do you strengthen the muscle by the ears?
GM DT Friends,
I have a question that I cannot seem to find a past thread about so here it goes.... Mina is 7 months and 1 week old and her ears still aren't standing. I took her posts from Monday out today and they will both stand for a minute, then one falls. I always thought it was her left ear that wouldn't stand but this morning the tables had turned and the left was up and the right was down. She likes to keep her ears back almost like a horse does. I use squeaky toys to no avail...they will sometimes get one to go up if I'm lucky. When she gets them both up we throw a party and tell her what a good girl she is and "GOOD EARS UP MINA"!
Here is the mystery....when she hears something outside or a noise she is unsure of, BAM both ears go right up! Why can't I make her do that with the squeak toys? How can I strengthen whatever muscle that is to make her put them up more often? For the last 2 weeks I have taken her to the vet to get posted, only because his posts are so strong and I thought maybe I was doing something wrong or perhaps changing them too often. Since I don't use too much tape when i do it, I generally have to change them every 2-3 days. If i use the ole trusty method with backer rod, duck tape and paper tape, I can get them to last 5 days. Hair curler method lasts Mina about 2 days on average (longer if Moose isn't here). When I change posts it is right away, I remove, clean, dry and repost all in one sitting. I mostly bridge but tried not bridging for a few weeks and it seemed we were taking steps back instead of forward so I added the bridge again. My breeder also bridges every time until the puppies ears are finished and they have had great success for 30 years using the bridge throughout the entire process. Moose and the 3 puppies I got for my family and my neighbor, were done at 5.5-6 months and all 4 dogs ears look great. I realize each dog is different and I will do what it takes to get hers to stand, I'm just trying to figure out how to make her use whatever muscle that is that makes the ears go up. The vet can perform a surgery which makes her ears permanently stay up, but I'm not anywhere near having to make that decision yet. I will post at least a year before making that call. Any advice from my DT Veterans would be greatly appreciated. TIA, AJ