Hello all, My dog, Cash, is a German Shepherd dog. His one ear won’t stay…

Hello all,

My dog, Cash, is a German Shepherd dog. His one ear won’t stay up. He’s 3 days shy of 6 months old. Do you think it will eventually go up or do I have to take action to help it? Thank you all
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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, My advice would be to discuss with you and to try to understand how important it is that they stand. Here’s why. In order for ears to stand erect there must be enough cartilage in the ear flap (pinna) to support them to stand. Standing up is a function of length of the ear and weight of the ear, along with the amount and strength of the cartilage inside of them. SO, if by about 6-8 months old they aren’t standing up, AND, if it is important to you that they do, then often the ears have to be… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

My pup Storm. Floppy eared, uneven and the left one even bends backward.

2 years ago

Good morning. I would talk to your vet. Make sure that you’re feeding a quality puppy food. Sometimes glucosamine can be helpful, but again, I would check with my vet before starting any supplements. I would ask about taping them. I’ve never taped, so I can’t say yes or no on it, but your vet will be able to help you with that. Being that he is a puppy, I’m sure you’ve been to the vet often and have a few more visits. They might just phone consult advice for you until your next visit. Best of luck!

2 years ago

I’d train the ear if it isn’t standing by this point. Talk to your breeder, if you went through an ethical breeder, or search online for a local GSD club chapter for in-person demonstrations of taping methods. A vet won’t necessarily know anything about ear training (most don’t, to be honest), so this is where a club or your breeder really will be your best resource. I DO agree about talking to the vet regarding teeth, though – if all your pup’s teeth are in, now’s the time to train those ears!