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So my puppy turns 5 months tomorrow and she still has her floppy ears. She's lost all of her baby teeth and the adults are all poking through. She has very big and heavy and currently very soft ears. I know it's early but neither ear has stood up for more than a minute during her entire life so I'm pretty worried if they'll ever stand. She is young and still has time, but theyre so soft and so heavy right now.

She currently has her ears glued but it's been 24 hours and i can tell it's already starting to come undone.If the glue comes loose and it doesn't work, I'm probably going to try the glue and tape method with the pink rollers. Every website i see says to use skin bond adhesive, but ill probably have to order it since i have no idea where to find it.

My question is do i have to use that skin bond glue or has anyone ever used tearmender glue for this method? Do you think it will hold?
 

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hi, Lucy Dog. Gabriel's ears just kind of went up eventually on their own, around 5-6 months. So I never actually did anything to them. I have c&p'd some info from our breeders website. They have used tearmender with no ill effects.

"Helping puppies soft ears stand
This is what we do to ensure our GSD puppy`s ears go up. It is simple ,easy , and does not bother or irritate the puppy to dig at his ears. We do not put tape on the ears, this can cause their ears to get sore and only make the ears more soft.



First I would wait until at least 4mths of age, if puppies ears are still down like a lab or pointing out to the sides like wings I would glue them at this point. If ears are at least half ways up, leaning towards each other, or have been up and down, then I would give them another month to make it on their own. Puppies ears can go up on their own as late as age of 5-6mths. But we dont wait that long.



I generally like to just go ahead and glue at 4mths if they are not up yet. At 4mths of age the puppy is teething and the calcuim is going to his teeth, this can be a challenging time for the ears if they are in the middle of going up. Help them out and there will be no worries about them not going up.



German Shepherd puppies ears naturally lean in towards each other or even lay clean over on top of their head towards the other ear in the process of going up on their own. This is what we like to mimic.



We buy "Tear Mender" glue from Farm and Tractor Suply or you can order it off the enternet. There is also a glue remover for Tear Mender if you feel you will need it. You can also order it from the catalogue "Care-a-Lot" . Phone # 800-343-7680 product #1768 2oz. $3.99.



I take one ear and run a pencil line of glue on the EDGE of the ear from the base all the way to the tippy top of the ear. Take hold of the other ear and with both hands press the edges together as far down close to the head as you can and move up pressing until you reach the tips together. This will give them a tea pee appearance.

Only use a small amount of glue, it doesnt take much. In a few seconds it is dry and holds well.



Your puppy should not be irritated by it at all. The ears still get air unlike taping . As hard as it may be it is important that other dogs are not rough housing with him. Dogs and puppies bite at and pull on each others ears. This can keep the ears from going up on their own and can pull glued ears apart.



Have someone help hold the dog from moving while you are glueing the ears.



It is our experience with glueing ears, that you can get ears up as late as 12mths of age.



So if your German Shepherd is 7mths and has a floppy ear, Glue them and get those ears up!



Boss here at 4mths was glad to be an example of what glued ears should look like.
Selah`s German Shepherd Dogs


Once you have the ears glued correctly do not take them apart, they will come undone on their own with time. The longer they stay glued the better. If they come undone on their own and are still floppy, glue them again. We have had ears that stayed glued for 4wks at times. Once the ears come undone they will not look perfect, but as long as they are "up" then leave them alone, they will straighten out on their own in the months to come.

Boss`s ears finally stood on their own around 7mths, this is him at almost 11mths!"

Good luck
 

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here's their website w/pics of how they glued one of their pups ears.

http://selah1.homestead.com/ears.html

Also, I added cottage cheese to Gabriel's food during that "time" (I still do on occasion).
 

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thanks for the reply unicorn..

The method you mentioned above is exactly what I did. I figured it was the best method from my reading and research so that's why i tried it first. I just want a backup plan incase this doesn't work and that's what my original question is for. Hey, I'm hoping this teepee glue method works and I never have to try anything else... i just like to think ahead. oh I'm also giving her a little unflavored yogurt to help with the calcium.
 

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Breeze is now 9 months his ear has stood at the most about 5 minutes Usually they look like airplane wings, there are times when her ears go flat down. I bought the Tear Mender glue. I had glued her ears once before when she was about 5 months after a day I took them apart. Lately I have been thinking about glueing. Does anyone think it would be to late. This is the way she looks most the time.
 
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