|Anonymous said: Hi! I have a 5 month old dobbie girl who had her ears cropped at 9 weeks. They are standing without issue, but are facing forward more than I would like. She has no problem moving them around, and is very expressive with her ears. My question is, can I post the ears in a way that will encourage her to hold them more the the side than forward facing?|
It’s hard to answer this without knowing how you’re posting her ears.
If you have a bridge between the ears (piece of tape that connects them) you could probably get rid of that. If the ears are standing tall and strong without any sign of flopping, you could try moving away from full posts and simply using breathe rite strips on just the tips of the ears. It could be that the posts are just pushing the ears forward.
Or you could just possibly accept your dog for the way they look instead of doing painful and unnecessary cosmetic procedures. Thank god you parents liked your face and didn’t decide you needed to be changed.
You do not know the circumstances in which this anonymous question-asker came into ownership of their puppy. What if they weren’t the original owners and they weren’t the one to choose to have the ears cropped? What if they obtained their puppy from a previous owner who was ill-equipped to care for the puppy? You have no way of knowing this, nor do I.
That being said, I will state that I did support a breeder who crops their dog’s ears and I have no shame for that. It is purely cosmetic and I like the way that it looks. My boy, and his siblings, went under for the surgery and spent much time playing once they woke back up. He’s never shown any pain and I’ve seen no negative repercussions due to the procedure. He has, however, warded off multiple potentially dangerous individuals who tried to approach me before noticing the dog by my side. His ears make him look more intimidating and that makes his job of helping me feel safe much easier and much less dangerous.
You will not make me feel bad for feeling safe thanks to my incredibly well cared for dog.
So you put your dog through a surgery because he looks more intimidating? Great argument!!! Just because he was lucky and had no problems doesn’t mean it’s not risky.
His breeder chose for an incredibly qualified and experienced vet to preform this cosmetic procedure because this country’s breed standard calls for cropped ears. Also, if, for any reason, she was in need of a new home for one of the dogs that’s she bred, it’s much easier to placed a cropped doberman than a natural one.
You’re welcome to disagree with the non-medically necessary surgery that is cropping. However, there is no need for insults.
I wasn’t insulting you in the first one. You took it that way. I was referring to the fact that the anon had already done it and decided to put the dog through more discomfort. At least you did it once and were satisfied.
Through more discomfort?
There might be some confusion here. There is no talk of recropping here (by that I mean putting the dog under for another procedure). Maybe I’m wrong but that’s what I’m reading here. Dogs get their ears cropped and then posted - a process of wrapping the ears in a way that should not give discomfort to the dog so that, as the ear leather hardens, the ears come to stand straight up instead flop over. With out this process the ears do not stand up straight but, instead, flop over.
Editing to add: I generally do not support reconstructive cropping, for the record. You’ve done the procedure once and I see no reason to put any dog under multiple times for a non-necessary procedure. If you find me on forum discussions about “recropping,” you’ll see me in support of not putting a dog through the cropping procedure multiple times. Also, you’re right, “insult” was not the right word. I was in my car and waiting for a train and was trying to get everything in before putting my phone away to drive again.
I hate when people get all uppity over cropping ears, especially with no evidence that the ear cropping wasn’t done by a professional.
Yes, I will admit that there are people out there who will do it themselves and severely hurt the dog. They do not deserve to have animals at all.
Our family’s Doberman had her ears cropped and she was perfectly fine. It was done by her vet, who we trusted and has a very good reputation. My mom also had a Doberman when I was very little and she took very good care of his ears after they were cropped.
Also, there’s another pro to ear cropping: less ear infections.
We also have a Labrador and she is prone to ear infections because her ears are floppy.
So, yeah, there’s my two cents.
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