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How to: Gently Remove Ear Posts

I have not seen this covered on DT or youtube so I wanted to do a quick how to using my method. I recommend re-taping your puppy's ears every 4 or 5 days and if they get wet they should be taken down and re-posted as soon as possible.

To start, I recommend having a tired puppy and treats on hand. After a few sessions your puppy will enjoy this and it will be very quick and easy.

To demonstrate, we have long show crop ears on a 4 month old puppy and his posts are made from backer rod and taped on with zonas tape.



You will need the following:

Unisolve adhesive remover

A few q tips

A shot glass or other small glass or metal container

Baby wipes



Begin by peeling off the tape where it is "doubled over" to expose the single layer that is wrapped over the ear leather.



Go ahead and pull it off all the way up to the ear edge on each section of tape.



Next, grab your shot glass and squeeze a small amount (maybe 1/4 oz.) of unisolve into the glass. You can always add more as you go. Dip your q tip in and get it nice and saturated.



Begin to dab the outside of the tape with the q tip soaked in unisolve. Get it nice and saturated. You will need to keep dipping in the shot glass and rubbing the q tip on the outside of the tape.



You can now pull off the zonas tape- it will almost fall off. I start with the middle piece, then the top piece, then do the bottom piece last.



If there's an area where the tape is still stuck, gently work the soaked q tip between the tape and ear leather as you peel the tape back.



Now, gently work the q tip under the ear post to loosen the ear.



Pull out the post.



Give your pup some lovin' and a treat or two.



Repeat the post removal on the other side. Clean his ears out with baby wipes or similar. If there is excess wax you may need to use q tips.



Now you're all done! You can admire his ears for a few minutes while you prepare your new posts. You really only want to leave the ears unposted for a half hour at most.




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Thank you so much green....

This has been a sorely needed thread for so long.

Wow! Your pup's ears look so incredibly perfect.

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Thank you! I am going to do a how to on posting ears as well. Zephyr's method is great but I do it a little bit differently and without the vet wrap.
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Ace will lay there fine to be posted (as long as my SO is petting him, if not he tries eating everything).

But when it comes to removal, he just throws a tempertantrum.

I got the Unisolve Wipes, and I will say they are not as good. They don't stay wet very long, and certainly don't soak the tape enough to make it easier.

Thanks for posting your method!

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Ace will lay there fine to be posted (as long as my SO is petting him, if not he tries eating everything).

But when it comes to removal, he just throws a tempertantrum.

I got the Unisolve Wipes, and I will say they are not as good. They don't stay wet very long, and certainly don't soak the tape enough to make it easier.

Thanks for posting your method!
I've never tried the wipes but the plain liquid makes easy work of removing the posts without taking off much hair.
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If you can't get unisolve, you can use mineral (baby) oil, or even in a real pinch, cooking oil. The trick is to get the tape really saturated before you try to remove it. With the oils, you'll need to blot and clean the ear until there is no oil residue so that the tape will stick when you repost.
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Hello!

I am so sorry to bother you with this, but where can I purchase the Uni-Solv as well as the Zonas tape? I could not find either anywhere today.

Thank you so much in advance for your help.

This forum is becoming invaluable for me. THANK YOU...
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Also, could I possibly use Vet Wrap ? That stuff is easy to remove, without the sticky residue. Just wondering...
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Also, could I possibly use Vet Wrap ? That stuff is easy to remove, without the sticky residue. Just wondering...
Avoid vet wrap since it's elastic. Cloth tape is the best bet- Johnson and Johnson athletic tape if you can't get Zonas tape. Zonas and Unisolve are really hard to find other than online.

https://www.amazon.com/Uni-Solve-Adh...gateway&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Zonas-Porous-...s%2C132&sr=8-1
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Avoid vet wrap since it's elastic. Cloth tape is the best bet- Johnson and Johnson athletic tape if you can't get Zonas tape. Zonas and Unisolve are really hard to find other than online.

https://www.amazon.com/Uni-Solve-Adh...gateway&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Zonas-Porous-...s%2C132&sr=8-1

I just ordered on Amazon. THANK YOU for the links!
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4x4 can you post “your favorite” ........on how to post for our new posting friend.
I can’t find it....

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Don't use vet wrap. As GK said it is elastic...it can stretch as you put it on and will end up being too tight and can cut off circulation for the ear tips. It will also shrink when wet.

It's altogether not worth taking the risk.

Even when you use a tape like coaches tape you should watch so that you don't get it too tight. Wrap it around the pup's ear without pulling it tight, and then scrunch the tape together until it sticks to itself and the puppy's ear.
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I can’t find it....
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I can’t find it....
I'm thinking he means this one:
https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cro...acker-rod.html

You can also browse through the entire subforum we have on dealing with ear cropping and posting.

https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cropping-posting/
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Yepper ...thats the one I wanted to show to our new friend with the posting concerns tonight.
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I just want to say thank you for posting this! I will be getting a new one soon and I honestly was nervous about this whole process but this was a nice tutorial that I will be referencing!
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