Big Lil pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
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For the average pup with a quality show crop... The general consensus is through teething. Teething can actually last though 7 months. Sometime less.
That being said, I have had dogs with shorter crops that were done by 5 months. My youngest (long show crop) was posted until about 7 1/2 months and then I supported the tips using mole foam for another month. Better safe than sorry. His ears are perfect.
Although I have posted pups since 1974, there are other members who are way more knowledgable than I am. I am sure that they will chime in.
Although I will sound like a broken record:
Posting your pups ears is a wonderful opportunity to have one of the best bonding experiences possible with your pup. Plus, it inures them to being handled by both you, vets, professional handlers and trainers.
The concept is to make it easy and comfortable for both you and your boy.
-No stress... Post when you and your pup are rested and comfortable. I have found that for the first few postings, having a second person to hand you supplies or put a reassuring hand on him really helps.
-Be prepared... Have all of your ducks in a row. Everything prepared. Posts made, tape cut, etc.
-Make it fun... No admonishments. Instead, treats and praises.
-Take your time... You may have to take one ear down at a time, with a small beak in between. The same with putting them up.
-Stay upbeat... Dobe pups are really good at reading their humans. Don't get upset.
My boy McCoy, by his third or fourth posting would come right over when he saw me getting the posting supplies together. I don't know whether is was the treats, the kisses or the ear massages.
Maybe he just wanted to get those darn things out of his ears for a few minutes!
Hope this helps