Thats how it did it. With a heavy ear i had to use the breathright strips for extra strength to keep it erect. There is no harm done doing it this way.I've always had boxers and if I got another one I would let the ears stay natural, but in the past, I always had great success with mole foam and skin bond surgical glue. No worries of getting tape to tight. I'm curious about how it's done in shepherds?? I use to cut a piece of mole foam to fit the inner ear and use the surgical glue to hold it in place. Lasted about 5 to 7 days. Repeat and needed. That method was much kinder then taping, to the healing stitches and eliminated the problem of possiblly making the tape to tight and interfering with blood flow.