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Old 08-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 3.5 months GSD Female has recently started to have standing amazing ears. They were not standing all of the time, but most of the time, specially when she is excited. 2 days ago she woke up with one ear down and the other is up. And since then this left ear didn't erect. Could it be broken?.. No1 is allowed to touch the dog except me, and no1 would have played with her. And i dont ever touch her ears. It might be that she slept on it or something like that. Is this something I should worry about?.. or just wait and see..?
Should I take her to the vet.? I dont want my "alpina" to grow up with one standing ear!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

First of all, their ears go up and down with teething. She may need help keeping her ears up but that isn't something I know anything about.

Second, why are you the only one allowed to touch her? You need to let others play with her and touch her or you are going to have a very badly unsocialized dog.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

she is teething now, and my parents and little sis are sensitive toward her biting them whenever she is playing. And i am afraid of them touching her ears at this age!..
so is it normal that 1 ear dont stand up for 2 days, while the other does. ?
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

its very common.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

Ears go up and down at this age. If they were up once, they most often come up again. Teething will send once standing ears back down.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

It's normal. However you should be socializing her to interact with lots of other people/dogs so she should be touched by many people now...if you don't let anyone else touch her, when she is an adult you will likely have a lot of behavior issues and no one will be able to touch her (makes vet visits very stressful!)
I would suggest teaching your parents and sister what to do if she gets too excited and tries to play-bite them.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

as the others have said they will contniue to go up and down for awhile, if they are not up by 5-6 months then you can start worrying...usually if the ears have been up they will eventually stay up
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

Like this?


Love that stage... same dog as larger in my avatar..
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Default Re: Maybe 1 ear is broken. :(

I know what you mean about not wanting people to touch her ears. I HATE it when a stranger comes up and says "OH cute puppy!!!" and they ROUGHLY handle her ears.
But I just suck it up because she needs the socialization more so than nice ears.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: zypLike this?


Love that stage... same dog as larger in my avatar..
Exactly! But in ur dog's case.. did this right ear stay down for a while?.. or it used to get up and down?.. coz my Alpina, is getting the other ear up and down, while her left one.. is like the one in the picture all the time. I understand that teething effects the ears, but could it effect only 1 ear?.. I mean even when she is playing and happy, the ear is still down. While the other is completly up.
About socializing her, I do take her out on walks, and people come and play with her always, but i don't allow any1 to touch the head. She isnt afraid of people, and she likes being around people. My point was when i said i dont let any1 touch her, that It is not possible that her ear was broken because of this.
And thanks alot for your info!..
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