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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Someone told me not to touch ears till they stand

Someone told me not to touch the ears till they stand or you could cause problems and they may never stand up. Just wondering if there is any truth to this.
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No.You need to check them periodically to see if they need cleaning.

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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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What about petting the ears though? I always rub/scratch his ears and other people always seem to go for the ears too.
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As long as you're not being overly aggressive I doubt you can do any harm. I played and still play with Delgado's ears constantly as they're so soft and they've never dropped or gone down. Genetics play a big factor IMO
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I have always been told for many years not to touch a puppies ears until they stand up. And even after they stand up because they may flop back down. But make sure to clean them atleast once every 2 weeks.
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I've always stroked their ears. Still do. Never a problem




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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 02:43 PM
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Same here, never had a problem. How can you not touch these fuzzy puppy ears? If they will stand, they will, whether you touch them or not. Unless you damage the cartilage of course but who does that?
(That ear stuff is crazy to me actually. Cam has one ear up and one down and I hope with all my heart it stays that way. He is a Collie).

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have you seen what puppies do to each other's ears? If they were that delicate, all GSDs would have floppy ears.

honestly, handling every day is an important life skill for puppies. Feet, mouth/teeth, ears, tail. The entire body gets a quick touch and look over every day.

To make the ears not stand, you would have to be rubbing/pulling them hard enough to break the cartilage. Feel your earlobe. How hard do you have to squeeze before you feel pain? Now imagine how much harder you would have to pinch than that to actually crush your ear. My point being, long before you get rough enough to cause permanent
damage, you're going to have a puppy in pain.
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have you seen what puppies do to each other's ears? If they were that delicate, all GSDs would have floppy ears.
Super convincing.
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Someone told me not to touch the ears till they stand or you could cause problems and they may never stand up. Just wondering if there is any truth to this.
It might be true if you hold the ear too tight that the puppy yelps. If your dog's ears are soft due to genetics, playing or not playing won't affect them.
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