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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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7 months, only one ear up

Like anyone else says, his other ear pops up all the time. When a random noise happens, when he is very alert and paying attention to something, etc. Most of the time it is down. The other ear has been up for months.

I love him either way, he us a great dog and the ear gives character, but I really hope it pops up. Plus I don't plan on showing him. We primarily do scent work and do obedience too. Puppy agility was something else just to have more to do with him. He chews a lot, I take him on at least 2 walks every day and always one at night. I read it makes them more alert and is a good ear exercise.

I dunno, guess we will find out eventually.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 05:41 PM
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Handsome dog! If he is done teething, which I suspect he is, I'd expect the ears to either be up or come fully up shortly. If he chews a lot and gets good nutrition, you could try ear inserts to get the ear some help. Here's an example of an insert; there are plenty of other brands out there.

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Update to this. We decided to wait a little longer and the ear is still the same way. Today at our new Scent Work class the trainer said if we were interested in trying to get the ear up that she would help. She has Dobermans and said she has done it before, she loves proper ears. We didn't even mention it, it just got brought up when someone asked how old Obi was because he was very enthusiastic about finding the birch odor.

I'm really not sure if we should do it. Is it worth just trying before it is too late? I would buy inserts like @[email protected] posted if that would be better.
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She’s done it before with shepherds?
Dobermans have much thinner ears.

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She’s done it before with shepherds?
Dobermans have much thinner ears.
Good point, I asked her that in the email I sent her asking for more information from her. He is getting his OFA done soon, if I am not 100% sure she is qualified. I'll see if one of the vets there is. If we decide to do it.

I just do not know much about this whole thing. My first Shepherd was adopted and her ears were up, our next one I was still a kid and never considered it but his were great and now that I'm an adult with my own dog I feel like I have been learning a lot of things I never knew anything about. I know it is basically just cosmetic, but it is worth just trying if I can?
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My pooch was just like this at 7 mos. I started using mole skin to hold it up for a couple months and his ears are up fine now. It may have come up on its own but I'll never really know. Personally, I think it needed help and was just a bit weak. I will not breed him.
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You can see a crease and a little weakness in the one ear, but it stands just like you see in the pic now. I think the mole skin worked in this case. Good luck!

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If you wait any longer to help the ear, it won't come up for sure. Get so glue from a medical equipment store that is used for colostomy bags. Then go to Lowes and get some flexible foam insulation that comes in a tube to wrap your water pipes. Cut a triangular shape out of the foam. The foam is rounded which helps it fit the shape of the ear. Clean the inside of the ear well and trim any excess hair. Put plenty of glue on the inside of the ear and put the foam cutout in the ear and hold it until it dries. The dog will scratch at the ear and you will eventually have to replace it every few days. Use an Elizabethan collar if the dog keeps messing with it. You can try to supplement with a little extra calcium, but not for long or in too high of a dose.
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