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How To Tape A Scottie's Ears

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Most Scottie puppies' ears will stand up on their own by the time they are 8-10 weeks old.  If your puppy is older than that, and the ears are still not erect, first try removing the excess hair from the front and back of the ear. 
 
If that doesn't work, we recommend that you take your pup to the vet to see if the cartilage in the ear is broken.  If it is, your vet will advise you on how to proceed. 
 
If the cartilage is NOT broken, try this method to 'help' them along.   Here is an example of a Scottie's ears that do not stand up properly.. 

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What you will need.....
   >   Electrical Tape (less sticky & easier to remove)
   >   Scissors
   >   Tampon (to hold the ear up while it's taped)
   >   2 Humans (depending on the puppy, it may take 3 ! )
 
Cut 6 pieces of tape approximately 4 inches long
 
Remove the cardboard from the tampon.
Place the tampon in the puppy's ear, so that it will hold the
    ear erect.  If the tampon is too long, just cut it to length.
 
Place one piece of tape on the front of the ear, at the base.
Place a 2nd piece of tape on the back of the ear, so that it
   sticks to the first piece.
 
Place the next piece of tape on the front of the ear, above the
   bottom piece.
Place the next piece of tape on the back of the ear, so that it
   sticks to the previous piece.
 
Place the next piece of tape on the front of the ear, above the
   last piece.
Place the last piece of tape on the back of the ear, so that it
   sticks to the previous piece.
 
Firmly press all the tape together, so that it will stick well. 
Carefully cut off the excess tape, leaving about 3/4 inch
   sticking together around the outside of the ear.
 
Your puppy will NOT like this and will probably shake his/her head trying to get rid of the tape.   If the pup shakes the tape off, repeat the taping process.  Your goal is to keep the ear taped for 3-4 days - this has worked everytime we've done it!  
 
Here's what the puppy should look like after you have finished the taping....

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It is also a good idea to pet your puppy from ears-to-nose.  This will keep from accidentally breaking the cartilage.
 
GOOD LUCK !!!!!! 

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Sindee Hart
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July, 2007.