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.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.
I can't say the same. There have been many times I have seen GSD owners lament that their dog's ears never stood as I watched them yank, crank and maul the dog's ears as it sat beside them. Is it proof? Nope! Is it cause for suspicion? IMO, yep.Wish someone had told me this 30+ years ago. I’ve rubbed, cleaned, and played with both my rough collies and gsd’s, and have never had an ear issue. If they are weak, they won’t stand whether you touch them or not. If they are strong they will stand on their own, in their own time. Rubbing, cleaning, played with or not. Some of my collies have had mostly erect ears with the tip flapping down, some have had completely erect ears. Didn’t change the way they worked at all. Let a dog be a dog in whatever state it decides to be physically.
I don't think that anybody is talking about routine care. I never teach my dogs to have anybody fool with their ears or any other body part. It has been my experience that some dogs are innately going to be tolerant of a stranger's touch (vet / vet tech) while others simply are intolerant to the same. I have dogs that no amount of desensitization is going to make things any easier because it really isn't a matter of what body part as it is who is doing the handling. I have to rely on me knowing the dog's tolerance and my dogs trusting me to let someone else handle them.Seriously, my neighbor who has a GSD and whose parents had a kennel for years was telling me that they never allow any handling of the ears until after they stand up. I was curious because I'd never heard that before, so I mentironed it to my Vet. She had never heard anything like that either! And said that "normal" handling of the ears doesn't harm them a bit. Wrenching on them wouldn't be a hood idea, but IMHO neither would never handling them just to get a puppy used to it.