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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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The science of ears

So as some of you may know, 8-month-old Warden has had some trouble with his ears standing. Since about 6 months, his right ear seems to be getting slowly softer. It fell when he was tired for awhile, and now only stands when chewing, walking, etc. we've started reinforcing it at the crease and it stands.
Now his left ear flops back too, and I'm wondering, what the heck?!

He gets 2000 calories a day of food that includes: solid gold barking at the moon, hamburger meat, an egg, fish oil, kelp and probiotic supplement. He is a healthy weight for his height now, but used to be underweight. He has an antler he likes to chew and plenty of toys.

What actually causes ears to fall? Is his diet off? Too much/ not enough of something? Can a growth spurt cause this? It's a bit late for the ear dance, so am I doing something wrong? Or just going to have a floppy eared dog? It's frustrating


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Get him on a lure, like a flirt pole. You want him to be extremely interested to get those ear muscles working. Have him meet other dogs through a fence, that can perk his interest too.


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He gets group play and group walks often, plus daily training and nose games. I could get a lure to play with him, but I'm just wondering why this is happening. He's hardly ever crated and is an active dog. We take him everywhere and he's always experiencing new things. Seems so odd that at 8 months both ears are going soft! He has a vet appointment next week, I'm just wondering what could cause this.


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