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Question Hello Dobie Lovers- Cropped Ear related question

I have a 10 month old beauty named Azaria "Zari". I researched extensively and found a great breeder to import her from Eastern Europe. She is working on being a great protection dog and well mannered pet. We have relied greatly on this forum for advice and opinions on a variety of topics in the last 7 months. I appreciate the love and expertise you all have for our furry best friends!

So why am I finally posting something? I have read a lot of different threads and watched videos about posting methods, posting complications, when to stop posting, etc and I keep hearing just stick with it and they will stand! After all, she's only 10 months. But, my babys ears do stand great probably 85% of the time. When she's being active (out training or at home training, running around the house, at the park, hiking) her ears stand beautifully and my trainers love her ears, but sometimes when she's sleepy or lounging around the right ear droops over a bit. The cartilage doesn't seem as thick on that side. The right side flops a little more when she's running than the left.

When we went on Christmas vacation the posts needed to come out 2 or so days before I had planned and I did not have supplies to repost. That was about 7 months and the left ear never needed them again but the right side did and was posted as soon as we returned home. It always seemed more problematic. Got sores once for a night or two that had to heal at prob 5 months, then again at 8.5 months and thats when I stopped posting.

Im wondering, will the cartilage harden as she gets older and that will start to happen less and less or do I have to keep posting for it to match the other side? I posted it up for 4 days recently and she seemed to not hold it up as well as before when I had to take it off.

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I would keep posting- but you don't have to do a full post. You can just use a section of backer rod taped to the base of the ear- about 1 1/2" long. Let the bottom of the rod rest on the "nodule", it doesn't need to go all the way down in the ear canal like a full post. If you do this, instead of using zonas tape to "back tape" the backer rod, use double sided duct tape and it will stay in place much better. If you're looking at the hardware store, it has a blue colored plastic backing. If your puppy has really fuzzy ears you need to use clippers to remove the hair first.
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Greenkouki's described method of posting an 'almost done' single ear works fine and I'd do that for at least several more posting.

About the right ear and the cartilage that seems somewhat different than the left--no two ears are absolutely alike--even on the same dog. So the right ear cartilage may be thinner. As far as flopping when running goes--the cartilage in the ear continues to harden for months and sometimes years after the ears are actually standing well. Most ears with medium long to very long show crops will always flop around some when moving even when as mature adults the cartilage is fully hardened.

As long as the ears stand well when they should be standing (looking at something interesting) and the flopping doesn't occur in the middle of the ear you think is weaker I wouldn't be terribly concerned but Greenkouki's technique for posting a single ear works very well for the situation you described.

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