German Shepherd Dog > take a look and tell me if there is still hope for me with ears (12 replies)
take a look and tell me if there is still hope for me with ears
by spyla on 21 April 2010 - 20:52
|Here are the two pics His ears keep alternating bet ween these two states and everything in between. He is 10 months old. At 6 months age I tried taping and Glueing for 2 months then finally gave it up. Did not care that much, he is my pet whatever his ears look like.|
But now he started doing this for the last few days and when I take him for walks his ears are starting to face front instead of flopping to side and flop up and down as he is walking. Should I do anything now or let nature takes its course?
by Penny on 21 April 2010 - 21:36
|For 10 months they are slow being upright, but you might have slowed that down yourself with glueing and messing about. I think they will come up, and you can assist in other ways. Dog Crates as he is in are ok, but the pup needs so much stimulation to use his ears, make sure the dog crate is not in a quiet place that he sleeps and veg`s out for long periods.|
Take him to differing places, EVERY DAY let him off lead and run and play with other safe dogs, give him large bones to chew if he is in his crate, so that he develops his cheek and ear muscles....
Mainly keep him busy without tiring him out completely, as you will find that his ears will flop when really tired too.
Best of luck with them, but throw away your glue and tape, its not nearly as good as letting the dog do it for himself, and you helping in the good ways that I have suggested.
by Jyotisdad on 22 April 2010 - 06:33
|Why is your dog in prison especially as you wished to show us a picture? |
Was he naughty?
I could be wrong here but, how long do you keep the animal caged up and in the washroom?
That is probably one of the causes of the ear thing
Have you seen lions, tigers, bears etc in a zoo pacing up and down they do that because they are imprisoned in an unnatural setting and are bored out of their minds. at least they have the room to pace up and down. Also, they never look very alert. the ears are usually down! keep him in there too long and you will change his temperament and possibly break his spirit.
Again, there are lots of articles/posts on the site regarding ears, check them out.
by SitasMom on 22 April 2010 - 12:41
Is this puppy house trained yet?
By 10 months he should be, if he is just a pet, then he needs as much interaction with his people as possible.
Is there a way to gate off part of your house so your dog can be able to interact with you when you are home?
by charlie319 on 22 April 2010 - 13:08
|Not wanting to join the chorus, but if your dog can "hold" his own, and is not destructive or in training, I'd let him roam a portion of the house. At this stage, it is just "wait and see" as they do stand, just not so well. I agree with Sita'sMom. Take the dog with you as much as you can to as many places as you can.|
by ZIN on 22 April 2010 - 15:33
|Excited dogs and praised dogs seem to perk there ears all the time so maybe try to recreate what makes there ears go up.|
Saying certain words like ball, walk, ride, who's here, doorbells, whatever works a happy proud puppy has a better chance of keeping there ears IMO. Of couse the rubbing of the ears and giving a bone to chew on helps the most .
by SchHBabe on 23 April 2010 - 17:36
|One of the things that make this forum so asinine are the snap judgements that some people make. |
The OP posts photos of the dog in a crate and then people extrapolate this and assume the poor little doggie is a caged animal shoved in a corner of the room for hours on end. There is not enough information provided to make such determinations.
Maybe crating the puppy was the only way to get him to hold still long enough to get his picture taken. :D
I think somewhere out there on the internet there's a picture of me picking my nose - that doesn't mean I walk around all day like that.
P.S. I wonder how many people will Google my name to try to find that picture.
P.P.S. "Crating the dog will break his spirit"??? That's a good one! Ever owned a MALINOIS? LOL At our house the mantra is "contain the madness" ROTFLMAO
by Blkdog on 23 April 2010 - 18:35
I agree!! I have a Mali and OMG please contain that dog!! lol
by mirasmom on 23 April 2010 - 18:53
|Stress can make a dog's ears go haywire, I find that after my pups go to their new homes their ears go up within a week or so, most of my pups ears are up before they leave though.|
I have all my dogs come in the house & rest on dog beds, and then at night some of them are in their crates.
Your dog seems like he is sad, alone in the laundry room, can you maybe put his crate in the livingroom, or kitchen?
I think his ears will go up & look fine, don't touch them anymore & give him marrow bones to chew on, those work the muscles in and around his head, that will strengthen his ears.
Bottom line is his ears are on their way up, be patient
by Sugarplum on 23 April 2010 - 21:48
|I woudn't stress about it. My current dog had one ear that seemed bent back at the tip for a month when he was about 5 months old and then it just striaghtened up all by itself! C'est sera sera.|
by AgarPhranicniStraze1 on 24 April 2010 - 01:18
|"I think somewhere out there on the internet there's a picture of me picking my nose - that doesn't mean I walk around all day like that. "|
lmao! Yvette that was hilarious. BTW...I did not find any pictures of you picking your nose on the internet when I googled your name.
by Gennie on 24 April 2010 - 01:56
|If you're not already, it can't hurt to try supplementing with some raw eggs (inc. shell), cottage cheese, yogurt. That's always helped for me!|
by spyla on 24 April 2010 - 07:25
|SchHBabe, thanks for not jumping gun.|
I have seen some people on this board just waiting and trolling to chew anyones ass they can get hold of. They have nothing positive to contribute to GSDs or this forum. It is easy to find these people. When ever you come across a negitive comment, just click on their name and you will see all comments they have made and no Surprise, most of them are of useless and negitive. I have learnt to ignore them.
He is the crate when I am not home and during night time as he is clawing walls. When I am home he is either in the back yard or in the house free. The First photo was taken just when I came home from work and second was taken after one hour walk just before sleep time. Every weekend he goes to the dog park and petsmart.I have started him on raw eggs 10 days ago. Looks like not much more to do other than wait and see
thanks for the positive comments and as for the others go to ..............