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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Ear damage

What is advisable to stay away from in order to not damage a pup's ears? Is, like, touching them not advised, or rough play with other dogs?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 11:02 AM
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A lot of people immediately go for the ears when interacting with a puppy. There is a chance that ears can be damaged by rough or too much handling or even dietary deficiencies. I think genetics play a big part since some ears come up despite not getting any special attention and others never do even if the owner does everything correctly. I would still make sure to gently handle the ears and make sure my pup was okay with me looking in them, touching, cleaning, ect... If upright ears are a big deal then make sure your pup comes from a strong background of ear coming up on their own without taping. I'v had two GSD's, one LC and one stock coat, neither had any issues with their ears coming up. I think sometimes owner sabotage themselves with incorrect taping and trying to force ears upright before they are ready. If you are going to go that route get someone who has done it successfully vs. winging it on your own via the internet.

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We never rub/massage our pups ears when they are little. I also give gelatin in their meals.
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best thing is for the humans to the heck relax about it.
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My neighbor, across the street, has a GSD. And he was warning me never to touch my puppy's ears because I could damage them. I've been around GSDs most of my life, but had never heard that one before, so I asked my Vet about it. She said there's nothing at all to worry about! A puppy's ears can be damaged by rough play with other dogs or puppies, but even that is pretty rare, normal petting or massaging of the ears is fine!

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First of all, thanks to everyone who responded. I welcome all information and opinions.
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best thing is for the humans to the heck relax about it.
I agree with you, middleofnowhere, I think that people shouldn't be so worried about their dog's ears, unless they are going to show them or something. However, I do not want to mess something about my possible future puppy up because of ignorance. I would like to be a well informed dog owner, if I decide to get a pup. (And I love learning, especially about animals.[IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG])
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