Ear Cropping Keeping Your Dogs Ears Standing Up}

Submitted by: Tim Nahm

The breeds most often associated with cropped ears include Schnauzers, Boxers, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers and Miniature Pinschers. Its not required (unless youll be showing your dog), is purely cosmetic and is simply a matter of choice. Make sure before you have your puppys ears cropped, you are committed to the aftercare. Should you choose to have your dogs ears cropped, meticulous care must be taken post-surgery to ensure the ears will stand upright on their own.

Taping (also known as posting or wrapping) after the surgery will strengthen the cartilage; this allows the ears to remain upright. This taping process starts immediately following surgery and can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months and will be done only when the ears stand on their own. With a few supplies, practice and some patience, taping your puppys ears doesnt have to be too complicated.

Supplies Youll Need:

Dr. Scholls Mole Foam (can be found in the foot care section at your pharmacy or discount retailer) or Foam Pipe Insulation (sold at hardware stores)

Medical grade adhesive Osto-Bond is a great choice (it can be ordered online from a medical supply store such as Express Medical Supply)


Fabric Tape

Adhesive Remover, (it can be ordered online from a medical supply store)


Yummy treats for your puppy

Before you get the ear cropping done, its a good idea to handle your puppys ears frequently. Teach your puppy that having their ears handled can be a pleasant experience; small treats and lots of praise after ear handling can be helpful. This will make the taping process a lot easier on both you and the puppy.

Getting Started:

1. The Mole Foam comes is rectangular sheets. Cut in half to form a triangle. For larger breeds, the pipe foam insulation may work better. If using pipe insulation, cut to length of puppys ears.

2. Peel the sticky backing from the mole foam and bring the two bottom corners together to form a cone shape.

3. Paint both the inside of the ear and the mole foam (where the two pieces come together to form the base) with Osto-Bond adhesive.

4. Place the cone into the ear against the little knob. Pull, dont stretch, the ear so it stands up like it would naturally.

5. Using tape, gently wrap each ear, one at a time, from the base of the ear all the way to the tip. Leave the tape on overnight.

6. The next morning, use your adhesive remover to take the tape off of the ears, but leave the mole foam in place for about 2 weeks. When its time to remove the mole foam, use the adhesive remover.

Take a look at your puppys taped ears, the puppy should be comfortable and the ears should stand up in a natural position. Remember that the cartilage will harden in the position that the ears are taped in, so make sure you are happy with them! If puppy is happy and you are happy then you are all done! Dont forget to reward your puppy throughout this whole process. Ear taping should not be traumatic or uncomfortable. It is just another grooming task that you can teach the dog to tolerate calmly. Like nail trimming, tooth brushing, etc – it takes a little training and patience, and a LOT of praise and treats!

About the Author: “Timothy Nahm is a fifteen year veteran of utilizing the information technology industry to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Timothy has managed, developed, and written for several national corporations.




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