We've got a 4 month old GSD who's ears have not come up and it doesn't appear as though they're going to...they're soft, laying sideways on her head...
I've spoke to a couple breeders here in the area and both recommended that the pups ears be taped NOW - rather than wait till it's too late - as the later we wait the less chance that the taping will 'take'.

My question, is there a web site somewhere that shows how to do it? We've had GSD before, but never had to tape the ears up.

Thanks for any help.
BobJ
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We've got a 4 month old GSD who's ears have not come up and it doesn't appear as though they're ... site somewhere that shows how to do it? We've had GSD before, but never had to tape the ears up.

perhaps one of the breeders could do it for you? Ive read the instructions and said "HUH?" I was told by my breeder that its hard to do right the first time, so its better to have someone knowledgable do it. On the same note, our pup's ears are still down, after being completely up for 2 days!! ACK!
one ear he pricks up, the other is almost always flat. but we were told by the breeder and the vet that it is sometimes 5+ months and not to worry until then (he's only 3 months now)
dainerra
We've got a 4 month old GSD who's ears have ... GSD before, but never had to tape the ears up.

perhaps one of the breeders could do it for you? Ive read theinstructions and said "HUH?" I was told ... the vet that it is sometimes 5+ months and not to worry until then (he's only 3 months now) dainerra[/nq]Does it help to give GSD's vitamin C for their ears? I have Rhodesian Ridgebacks and we are instructed to give extra vitamin C to make sure the ears lay right. The problem they can have is called flyaway ears, where they sort of stick out to the side instead of folding and creating nice triangles. My breeder told me when the pups are teething they require more vitamin C because the new teeth (I guess) are pulling calcium from the ears and that vitamin C helps with cartilage and bone development.

I know it sounds strange but it has been confirmed by many RR breeders on a RR email list I am on that has over 1000 members (I think). I know with ridgebacks, if they have flyaway ears at 5 or 6 months, they will have them for life.

Also, we are told to give vitamin C to keep the pasterns up.

René
I've spoke to a couple breeders here in the area and both recommended that the pups ears be taped NOW - rather than wait till it's too late - as the later we wait the less chance that the taping will 'take'.

If the ears have nothing at the base, they're probably right. Now or never. The best solution is to take the pup to one so that you can learn how to do it from watching.
Lynn K.
I've spoke to a couple breeders here in the area ... we wait the less chance that the taping will 'take'.

If the ears have nothing at the base, they're probably right. Now or never. The best solution is to take the pup to one so that you can learn how to do it from watching.

Rayden's ears are still driving me crazy. Both ears were completely up for about 4 days then SPLAT completely 100% flat against his skull where they have stayed since. Funny thing is, his breeder said that, from the litter,
6 of the puppies did the exact same thing at the exact same time. Anyway,
1 ear is kinda up, but bent looking at the bottem (so that it tilts inward)except when he gets excited. It looks like you squished in one corner of the base.
The other ear is completely flat 90% of the time, even when he is excited. Then, it just twitches and sticks out from the side of his head. Then this morning, both were straight up for about 20 minutes. Now, of course, they are completely flat.
AARRGGHH!
To bring this back more to the OP, the vet advised me of EAR IMPLANTS. They slit the back of the ear and put in a support, like an upside-down T, bent (V) to mold the ear. Doesnt that sound painful??

dainerra
To bring this back more to the OP, the vet advised me of EAR IMPLANTS. They slit the back of the ear and put in a support, like an upside-down T, bent (V) to mold the ear. Doesnt that sound painful?? dainerra

How old is your GSD. I have missed several of your posts. Is he/she teething? That often does have an effect on the ears standing. I would take the taping route first and see how that goes.

Gwen
To bring this back more to the OP, the vet ... to mold the ear. Doesnt that sound painful?? dainerra

How old is your GSD. I have missed several of your posts. Is he/she teething? That often does have an effect on the ears standing. I would take the taping route first and see how that goes.

He is only 3 months old. The breeder said not to worry about them not standing until he is around 5 months. That doesnt make the waiting any easier though. hehe
Just mentioned the ear implants because the vet and I were discussing ears (in general) and taping. He said that some people decide to go that route if taping doesnt work. Husband and I agreed that we would just have a floppy eared dog before resorting to surgury.
dainerra
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How old is your GSD. I have missed several of ... take the taping route first and see how that goes.

He is only 3 months old. The breeder said not to worry about them not standing until he is ... doesnt work. Husband and I agreed that we would just have a floppy eared dog before resorting to surgury. dainerra

Ah a 3 month old! No need to worry until over 6 months old. I know I saw you mention his ears had already stood up once. Which means they will. It sometimes takes as long as 6 months. No need to worry. And really they are kind of cute when they are flopping back and forth.
CONGRATS on your GSD puppy.
Gwen
Ah a 3 month old! No need to worry until over 6 months old. I know I sawyou mention his ... to worry. And really they are kind ofcute when they are flopping back and forth. CONGRATS on your GSD puppy.

Thank you thank you.. Emotion: smile hehe here are some pictures of him, taken when we brought him home at 9 weeks. need to update them. www.geocities.com/kepytan/My Photos.html
We call them "the boys" and "Twins" like the movie. Its funny seeing a GSD and a lab-mix (9 months old) sitting in identical positions/expressions.

Im not really worried about his ears, just paranoid. It was funny talking to his breeder about it though. She laughed and said that 5 other owners had called her that week and said the same thing (ears were up, then fell down). So far, only 1 of them has their ears even partially back up.

I liked it best when his ears were sticking straight out to the side.. He looked like a little airplane.
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