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Old 02-21-2007, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We can't deny that GSD ears are what makes them look so regal. Most GSD owners love those ears up and stress out when they don't come up. I know I did. My puppy is now 10 months old. I tried taping, gluing and Tear Mender and none of them worked. All the literature I read made me believe that it was too late b/c of his age. I didin't give up. When he was 8.5 months I began gluing two strips of BreathRight Strips in a narrow X formation inside his ear close to the outside edge and just above the hump on the bottom of his ear.. I used Skin Bond. When it came out I would do it again. No one really noticed it since I used the tan colored ones. I went through a few boxes. When the strips fell out I would wait to see how long the ear would stand. Usually a few hours at the most. It has now been 4 days and his ear has not fallen. It doesn't look like it will either. His ears are slightly soft so when he runs that ear wobbles but it stays up now. Even if his ear never came up I would definitey use the strips. We like the ears up and this is definitely a great alternative to implants or down ears.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i tried this, but, the strips only stayed in for a second! they popped right out as soon as he ran around. am i doing it wrong?
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Only the skin bond will work. You need to have everything ready. Have someone help you at first. Put a small amount on the inside of ear where you will put the strip. Put some on the strip as well. Put the first one in vertical just above the bottom part that humps out a bit. Hold the strip to the glue in the ear for about 1 minute. Then do it again with another strip making an X. Except make it a very narrow X so that it is slightly on top of the other strip. This will give it more strength to hold the ear and both strips. Be sure to put glue on the ear and strip when you do second piece. Hold again for one minute. Give him something to do so that he doesn't shake his head too much. The strips will usually stay in for a 4-5 days. I went through a few boxes before it finally stood on its own. If you use the tan ones they are not very noticeable inside the ear. No one noticed them when we went out for walks. Let me know how it goes.
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i just ordered the skin bond thursday so hopefully i'll get it by monday. i was also thinking about maybe using the insulation tubing with the skin bond. have you heard about that?
thanks for the info.
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No haven't heard of that one. I tried the tp roll and that didn't work. Also tried sponge hair rollers. Seems the strips worked the best and did the job. One day I will show b4 and after pics. It gets easier after you do it the first time. Use the glue thinly on ear amd strip so as not to get too much outside of the strip when you hold it in place. Let me know how it goes.
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will do! thanks for the help...my poor boy's ears need it!
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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How old is your boy?
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wonder if it would be safe to use the TearMender with the strips???????? Can't seem to locate skin bond.
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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maximus just turned 7 mos yesterday. i bought the breathe right strips today and was wondering the same thing about the tearmender glue and strips...i haven't gotten my skin bond yet.
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OMG!!! I just tried the tearmender and the breathe right strips and his ears are up and beautiful! Maximus looks soooooo handsome...I can't stop staring at his ears up and not flopping!!! Thanks so much Tranquility!!! I did have to use 3 of them on one ear b/c I didn't get the crease all the way...it was kind of billowing in a little bit (if that makes sense). But, I think 3 is ok, right?

Annemarie, the tearmender seems to be holding them just fine. I guess I'll just have to expect some ear hair to come out with the strips...whenever they fall out. I think Tranquility said 4-5 days...

I'm so amazed at how gorgeous he looks with his ears up!! I hope this works!!! Thanks so much again!!! I'll keep you posted.
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