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Old 06-03-2010, 12:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. I have a german shepherd male, 11 weeks old, named Major. Shortly after we got him one ear went up, then eventually the other ear went up. Both ears were up for about a week, now one ear is down all the time and the other is down sometimes. Have I done something wrong, or is this usual? We have tried to be careful of his ears, but him and my lab mix get to playing (roughhousing) and so she may have been too rough on his ears and me not seen it. He looked so regal with both ears up, and I really miss it. Is this something I need to be worried about right now? Is it something I need to do something about? Or, is it normal?
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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that happend with shilo i think its normal
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there are tons of threads just like this one
its normal for a puppies ears to go up then down then up and every which way. some are down until they go up months later, some go up and stay up, some do the ear dance. The ear dance is cute, take lots of pictures and enjoy your pup don't worry about his ears
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That is totally normal. If the ears are up before teething, almost always the ears will be back up. If they aren't up by the time they are 6-7 months, then I would start taping.

Giving bones is a good way to flex their muscles on top of the head that connects to the ears, that way the base of the ears get stronger.
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thank you. I will make sure that I get him a bone tomorrow.
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a knuckle bone/beef soup bone would be a safer choice
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a knuckle bone/beef soup bone would be a safer choice
That was what I was thinking, lol, thought I had written that down.
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its late and I read "bone tomorrow" as marrow bone...

oh boy I need to go home and go to sleep
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LOL, who needs sleep?!
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a GSD male puppy exact same age as you and what you describe is similiar to what happened with my boy, ears up at 6 weeks, one down at 8 weeks when I got him, then they went up down alternatively, then both up, then back down and now have both been up for near 2 weeks. Just a couple of days ago the tip of one has flopped, it looks so cute! I wouldn't worry too much, you've done nothing wrong
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