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I'm new to the forum! I have an ear question. my girl is 7 months old weighing just under 70lbs. her ears in the beginning were up, then they went through the up and down stage and eventually stayed down. i did a yogurt sup for about a month and then switched to frozen raw marrow bones for chewing. her ears will go up sometimes in the cold or excited but back down.
will her ears ever stand or is it *too late*
I will love her regardless of being a GSD or a yoda.
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Hard to say whether the window is closed or not. All dogs are different.

Here are some other suggestions to try along with the raw bones for chewing and the plain yogurt:

*Ear Exercise: Whistle or make a sound that will “perk up” the dogs’ ears. Do this about 30 times per day.


*Feed a skinless chicken necks daily. It has naturally occurring calcium. DO NOT use a “Calcium” supplement


*Gently pinch the base of the ears together and massage the base without bending the upper ear.


*Unflavored Gelatin powder: Moisten the kibble with water and sprinkle 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons on his/her food per feeding. A one ounce box contains 4 envelopes of Gelatin (each packet contains about 2 ½ tsp.). This is found by the “Jello” in the grocery store. It is made from animal collagen. The brand name is Knox Unflavored Gelatin or Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin. You can purchase Great Lakes on Amazon.


*If you use a crate, make sure that his/her ears are not touching the top of the crate (crate pushes ears down) when sitting or standing.


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Also be aware if you have a doggy door this could damage those who has weak ears. By constantly hitting their ears on the flap if the door. They can still stand on their own but i would talk to someone or your breeder who can help you tape the ears to ensure they do stand. Nothing wrong with floppy ears. We have a chihuahua ears who are down -it enhances there uniqueness


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hello,

I'm new to the forum! I have an ear question. my girl is 7 months old weighing just under 70lbs. her ears in the beginning were up, then they went through the up and down stage and eventually stayed down. i did a yogurt sup for about a month and then switched to frozen raw marrow bones for chewing. her ears will go up sometimes in the cold or excited but back down.
will her ears ever stand or is it *too late*
I will love her regardless of being a GSD or a yoda.
Im having a similar issue with my 4 month old girl but im not too worried yet since she is only 4 months. Just curious if you have tried the gelatine packets and have had any success? I have put one packet mixed in with her food 3 times a week for the last two weeks. I have seen results.
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I would say the window would be closed in the next 4 weeks. Get to taping.
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Did they ever stand up?

I have a 8 month old German Shepherd/Belgium Malinois cross her ears are floppy. Both parents are registered, I have had her 5 months and feed her the best food I could find, mix kimble with canned ad eggs and shells, yogurt and co oil. She has been rationed and fed 4 times a day, vet checks regular. She has all kinds of real bones, kong toys, kong tennis balls etc. lives on famr gets lots of exercise, and does not sleep in a crate.

I would liek them to stand but not a big concern. I see a lot of information on the interenet, but I do not see any follow ups to see if when the dogs ear stood up on their own, no tape and if so at what age
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Welcome! I'd tape them today or ASAP. I would at the very least glue some moleskin to provide some support, and if further support is needed, would brace with inserts and tape as well.



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Give her rawhide to chew for a couple of weeks, take her out for night time walks so strange noises will make her ears perk up. Whistle, drop some metal bowls behind her, make noises so she uses her ears to "point" to the noises.

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Give her rawhide to chew for a couple of weeks, take her out for night time walks so strange noises will make her ears perk up. Whistle, drop some metal bowls behind her, make noises so she uses her ears to "point" to the noises.

Please do not give rawhide. It is very dangerous!
Use larger than their mouth, raw bones.

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Have faith they will go up if they have been up at all . I had a male whose ears did not fully , consistently go up until 11 months. I did tape , actually used foam rollers in the ears with surgical glue but to be honest not sure it made any difference. His ears did eventually stand on their own. Don't get freaked out by people who say the "window is closing " etc.. It is just very dependant from dog to dog. Based on what you have shown us I think they will for sure go up whether taped or not.
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