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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ears!

My gorgeous boy is 4 months old, almost 5 months.

He has floppy ears, but hasn't shown much sign of coming up any time soon.

One ear occasionally comes up for a minute at most; also when he is running sometimes they balance up for a second but apart from that they have never came up since we got him at 8 weeks.... I was just wondering because most say they shall come up between 8 weeks and 6 months, it's kind of worrying when you see younger puppies with their ears already up.

Will his ears come up?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 10:29 AM
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You may want to contact your breeder about taping them.

Here are a couple of things you can do to strengthen puppy’s ears.


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


2. Give them large raw bones: There are 150 muscles in the jaw that when exercised strengthen the ears due to the gnawing, tugging and chewing the bone. Introduce at short intervals as the rich marrow material or bone fragments could cause diarrhea.



3. Feed skinless chicken necks as part of their meal. It has naturally occurring calcium.


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


5. Unflavored Gelatin powder: Sprinkle on 2 Tablespoons per feeding. 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.

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Great looking pup!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 01:34 AM
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If he is still teething, I would wait until he is done with teething. You can certainly message the bone in both ear, that will help. DO NOT MESSAGE EAR IF YOU DONT KNOW WHERE TO MESSAGE THE BONE. most breeders know, so take him to breeder and check if he really need taping otherwise ask him to show, how to message the ears.
Most people think they know how to message, and end up damaging ears permanently.


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Ahh I loved the puppy days!!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 09:46 PM
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Bruiser was a flop ear. They "kind of" wanted to go up every so often but never did. After he was finished teething a friend of mine taped them. I forget how long they were taped, but when the tape was taken off, he had a fine set of erect ears.

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