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Tips on Taping and Posting your Unique Doberman Puppy's ears
Cropped Doberman ears look beautiful when they are standing well and were cropped by a knowledgeable veterinarian that has an eye for symmetry and art as our vet does, however it is important to understand the taping process to have successfully standing and beautiful ears on your new best Doberman Friend!
This is considered more of a Military Crop .
Barone's Medium Crop
Mr. Alfa Alfa's ear crop is just slightly taller than Barone, but not much.
PICTURED BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF BAD EAR CROPS (WHY WE CROP OUR OWN PUPS)
Necessary supplies for taping your Unique Dobermans' puppy ears The method we use to post our puppies ears here at Unique Dobermans is with Backer Rod, found at home improvement stores, we just replace the post shown below being made with a straw with the backer rod, trimmed a bit at the bottom and then covered with cotton, back taped just like with the straw method.The ear wrapping materials and supplies you will need these for the ears are:
1. One roll of ½ inch diameter “backer rod” (available at Home Depot or Lowes in the hardware section). 2. One pair of blunt ended scissors. 3. Two rolls of ½ inch width Jonas Athletic tape or Johnson and Johnson athletic tape. 4. Can of Starter Fluid to spray the sticky side of the tape and the post side that is in contact with the ear. OR skin bond glue. 5. Cut a 4 to 6 inch length of the backer rod off the roll and, starting at one end, wrap it with a spiral from one end to the other with the first aid tape to provide the rod with some rigidity. Leave about ¼ inch of the bottom rod covered with cotton at one end to provide a soft cushion which will not irritate the inside of the puppy’s ear when the rod is inserted. Next, wrap a second spiral layer of tape STICKY SIDE OUT around the rod from one end to the other still leaving the ¼ inch foam rubber end of the rod exposed. This sticky side out layer will help the rod stick to the inside of the puppy’s ear and help it to remain in place. Cut 6 four or five inch lengths of tape off and lightly stick one end of the tape to the edge of the surface area you will be working on so they will quickly available when you are ready for them. 6. Place the cotton exposed end of the tape-covered rod into the bottom of the ear well, then press and wrap the inside and the edges of the ear around the sticky rod so that it sticks to the rod. Stretch the ear upward slightly then press it to the tape so the ear is in a completely erect position. Make sure the inside of the ear makes contact with the sticky rod from top to bottom. 7. Place a single band of tape around the outside of the ear and rod where the ear meets the top of the skull and trim off any excess tape. Place a second band of tape around the ear and rod about halfway between the base and the tip of the ear. Place a third band around the tip of the ear and the rod. DO NOT MAKE BANDS TOO TIGHT OR YOU WILL INDUCE SWELLING IN THE EAR TISSUE OR CUT OFF CIRCULATION ACTING LIKE A TOURNIQUET. Cut off any excess backer rod and tape about ¼ inch above the tip of the ear. DO NOT CUT THE TIP OF YOUR PUPPY'S EAR OFF! 8. Place a band of tape stretching from the tip of one ear across the span to the tip of the other ear forming a “bridge” to hold the ears straight up and down. 9. After 5 days I then unwrap the ears to inspect and re-tape the ears if all is well, repeating the procedures outlined above. I usually extend the period between tapings to 6-7 days unless they become wet or dirty.
Usually 6-8 weeks is sufficient to ensure that the ears will stand but the time may vary and you must continue to wrap until they stand fully erect.
After 8 weeks of taping and if the ears are standing well, I will take them down Saturday morning and leave them unwrapped all day, then wrap them back up before bed. The following week if they stood perfectly all day the first Saturday I will then take them down again as before on Saturday morning only this time I will let him sleep with them down and access them first thing Sunday morning, if they are still standing up very firmly I will not repost until Sunday night. I will continue this weekend unwrapping for a few more weeks just to make certain. (I immediately taping again if an ear looks like it is not ready to stand properly). FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE QUIT JUST WHEN THEY ARE ALMOST DONE
As a rule, with longer cuts, the ears must be taped for longer periods before they stand well than will be necessary with shorter cuts.
These photos show wrapping the ear all the way up with the athletic tape instead of with the vet wrap, the vet wrap is much easier to remove, just remember do not stretch it tight, only lay it around the ear and scrunch it, it will NOT loosen up!
Anything wrapped around the ear too tightly will make the ear FALL OFF.
When I think they are almost done I will place the Strong Nasal Strips in the ear to help support them during the transition period.
Here is another method we use right after the ears are cropped
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