German Shepherd puppy ears can stand up between 8 weeks to 6 months.
If they are not present when the dog is through the tooth (which varies from dog to dog but usually, between 16 and 20 weeks) German Shepherd Dog owners will get very excited and eager on their ears. While this is not a time to be afraid, it is time to sit down and take notice.
The first thing to do is to make sure your puppy is healthy. This means there are no intestinal parasites, and analyze a stool sample for your vet. It is also important to make sure the puppy is getting good quality food.
We do recommend and recommend raw food but if you eat commercial food, I strongly recommend researching all the available options and offering the highest quality food you can afford.
The ears should not be 4 1/2 to 5 months old. Often times a puppy has two ears and suddenly they come back when the puppy starts teething.
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Most employers are afraid when this happens. Not to worry, I have never seen a puppy that didn’t go back to the ears when this happened.
German shepherd puppy ears up at 8 weeks
8 weeks is too early to decide but If a puppy doesn’t have ears stand up for 5 months, I strongly recommend that you get involved in tapping your dog’s ears.
Use thin white surgical tape (paper thin and easy to tear). 3M micropore tape, 2 “wide (works in-store). I prefer using women’s hair rollers (some use tampons holder.) I prefer foam hair rollers sold at K-Mart. Take plastic and use foam. Do not use tape or equivalent tapes !!)
Wrap the ear around the foam and tape them into the roll. In the vertical position.
Take a popsicle stick and attach it to the top of both ears in the horizontal position.
Puppy is going to tear the tape or stick the ears too many times. The key is to continue to re-tape the ears. Sooner or later the puppy will forget and ignore the tape.
Once a week, remove the tape and see if the ears stand by itself. Continue re-taping until the ears are standing.
is it bad if German shepherd ears don’t stand up
If the ears are not up for 7 or 8 months they will not rise.
The ears I saw, if they had been tapered, would have stood out in my opinion. So this process is not something to be taken lightly.
I should say that most ears are a little weak after tapping but they get stronger with time. So don’t be afraid when the ear doesn’t stand perfectly after tapping. Be patient and see what happens. You don’t really know what you have until the puppy is 12 months old.
When the ears do not stand up, surgery involves ear implants. I have no experience with this and know nothing about them. If you are unlucky to have a dog that does not stand the ear.
I would refer you to a vet who has some experience in this area. I don’t think regular small animal veterinarians know how to do it (at least not well).
I like the German Shepherd Dogs tapping the ears after the dog has finished the toothing. This usually means the dog is older than 4 – 6 months – so maybe waiting another month is a good idea.