Some puppies’ ears are slow to stand. This may be because they are exceptionally large and/or the ear leather itself is thin. At any event, they may require a little work to aid in their standing erect.
Begin with shaving the ears completely, inside and out. Clean the inside of the ear with alcohol and a cotton swab. Cut a piece of Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Plus (padding) the size of the inside of the ear. Put in place. If the ears tip forward in an unnatural position, it may be necessary to further support the ears in an upright position.
Wrap a strip of Johnson & Johnson’s First Aid Clear Tape around the base of the ear. Fold the ear edges together at the base and wrap the tape around the outside base of the ear, overlapping the tape edges.
Please feel free to modify any of these instructions to meet your particular situation. Every puppy is a bit different in what works best. The important thing is that the ears stay upright.
If the pup is new to taping, they will no doubt scratch at their newly positioned ears. Keep a eye on the ears, if they develop sore spots or any irritation, remove the props and give the ears a rest. Then try again. The secret to success is to preserver. There is no magic age or length of time. Each puppy will respond at his own rate.
SUGGESTION: Try a Wahl’s “Groomsman” Cordless Mustache/Beard Trimmer for shaving. It’s available at most drug stores or Walmart for under twenty dollars. An Oster Finisher/Trimmer is electric clipper is available from most online pet suppliers for under fifty dollars and is highly recommended.
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