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Puppy's posts come out after taping

Hi everybody, I am a new the most beautiful 15 weeks old doberman puppy owner. We got her with ears cropped and they were taped for the first time. Since then we took Sofie to the vet to post them 3 times but the last 2 times one of the posts came off after 1 day. I tried to post myself (which is hard because she is SO active - my husband barely could hold her to be still). I was able to tape them, it didn't look perfect but I was proud I did it. But the next day one of the posts came out again. I will try again today. But what else could we do? What about soft cone? Any other suggestions? Thank you for your help!
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Could you please post some photos of your taping job?

This is the method I recommend... For obvious reasons
https://www.dobermantalk.com/ear-cropping-posting/

Often the cause for posts coming out is that you don't stretch the ears up or then squeeze them on to the posts before taping. Often the posts are too large in diameter and don't sit deep enough in the ear, or you don't put the tape far enough down on the ear.

You can do a better job than the vet. It's your puppy and you care more about the end result. It's good to know how to do it in case of emergencies as well.
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Here's a few hints about getting posts to stay in ears written by Dobebug (a very knowledgeable member here) The method she is describing is the one shown in the link greenkouki gave you above.


"When a post pops out at the base--take the ear down--even if you can't put it back up immediately--when the post is out of the base it tends to push the ear in--toward the center of the head--you don't want that. And you can't fix them after the base has popped out--it happened because the posting just wasn't quite right.

Two things that will help--when you get the 3/8 backer rod--trim the very bottom where it's going to go in the ear slightly so that it's tapered. And when you start to put it in the ear rotate it a little back and forth--it will make it easier to get the post all the way down in the ear.

After you have put the post in the ear as deep as it will go and pulled up on the ear to make sure it is stretched up as high on the post as possible. Start your tape AS FAR DOWN ON THE POST AS YOU CAN GET IT--stick it to the post so that you are going to be taping toward the centerline of the head (and that will also fold the little flap of skin correctly back against the ear. Make sure you are angling the tape UP--wrap the tape around to the back of the ear and with one finger push the back of the ear toward where you started the tape (so the tape goes up, around and back down and you have by pushing the back of the ear toward the front of the ear narrowed the gap--makes it much, much harder for the bottom of the post to pop out--dead end that wrap of tape where you started it. Take another piece of tape--overlap the first wrap and do the same thing. Take one more wrap of tape and repeat. Then put one wrap of tape at the bottom that overlaps the last couple of angled tapes. Put a wrap in the middle and one more at the tip. Personally I tape the entire ear and don't just tape it in three places but you can do it if you put those all important bottom wraps in properly.

It will eventually get pretty automatic for you and Morticia--but you are doing well so far considering you haven't even posted ears before.

dobebug"


Posts popping out of the ears, especially at the beginning of the posting process, is a very common problem. Keep trying! You'll get the hang of it soon.
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Thank you so much for the encouragement!

Thank you so much for the encouragement - I just felt so down and helpless - everything is going so well with our beautiful Sofie, we are starting puppy classes this Tuesday but this ear taping... I did another taping before I read this post. I see what I am doing wrong: the tape isn't covering the very bottom - I can see where the post is going in. Next time I will try to twist it in as you recommended and put 3 rounds of the tape. This time it looks much better, so if it will hold for the whole day tomorrow - I' ll be SO happy. The hardest thing is to make her still, my husband is holding her but she is turning her head, etc. Hopefully, training classes will help with this. I am using 3/8 inch backer rod (she is still a tiny baby - just over 20 lbs) and Athletic tape (I like that it isn't sticking to the ear but only to itself). I also bought a paper tape, J&J waterproof tape and hurt-free wrap but not using them (don't know if I need them). Another question: this website for some reason is very slow. I use Google Chrome. My computer works fast with other sites but not this one. Anybody else experiencing this? Maybe to use another browser? Thank you again for your help - I really appreciate it!
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If you mean that it is taking a while for your posts to show up, that is because we moderate the first few posts a newcomer puts up to make sure they're not spam or nasty stuff, and we mods are unpaid drudges who are not always on line. After you've joined in a few conversations, your posts will show up without our approving them.
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The hardest thing is to make her still, my husband is holding her but she is turning her head, etc....
We have a thread about that too....

https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-c...r-posting.html
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