HOW TO TRAIN YOUR YORKIE PUP'S EARS.
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TAPING
TRAINING YORKIES EARS TO STAND
(My way)
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Most Yorkie puppies ears are standing by the time they're 3 months old, but some take 
longer than others.   The larger the ear is, the harder it is to get it to stand.  But... it can be 
done as long as the pup is under 6 months old.  After that, it's iffy...
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The first thing to do is, shave the hair off   the top one third of the ear.  Hair on the
ears weigh the ears down and keeps them from standing.  I use a Wahl clipper.  You 
can get them from Walmart or beauty supply houses.  Picture the back of your Yorkie's 
ear.  Then picture a wide V in the back of it. Shave off all the hair on the inside of the V. 
If the ears are really long, start the V lower on the ear about half way down.
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Now, turn the ear over and shave the inside of the ear exactly like you did the outside. 
To trim the edges up nice and neat, wet the ear and with a scissors trim the edges.  When 
the ear hair is wet, it's easier to see the out- line of the dogs ear.  If you accidentally cut 
him, use quick stop to stop the bleeding.  Do me and your pup a favor though?  BE CAREFUL!!!
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Next, clean out your pups ears thoroughly. Use any good ear cleaning solution and a 
q tip.  Be sure you don't dig for gold in his ear though.  We don't want any punctured 
ear drums.  Dry his ears thoroughly.  A blow dryer on low will work nicely.
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Now, fold the ear toward the front like you were closing it up vertically (up an down). 
As you can tell, I'm no artist, but I hope you get the idea.  Now the ear should be 
sticking straight up in a point. 
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Wrap a piece of gauze around the ear and then secure it by wrapping either scotch tape 
or bandage tape around the gauze. It has to be tight enough that it will stay for a while 
but not so tight that it cuts off the circulation in the ear.   If the pup gets it off in the first 5 
min, it's too loose.   Try again, a little tighter this time.  Also, make sure the ear is standing 
straight up on the dog's head and not flopping off to the side. 
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Note:  The gauze is mostly for show dogs to protect the hair on their ears.  If yours is just 
a pet, go ahead and use the scotch tape alone. You might loose a few hairs, but not enough
to make a big difference. 
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This is my "Charlie" with his ears taped with scotch tape
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The ears should be taped for 3 days.  After that, take them down and leave them alone 
till they start drooping again.  Only retape the ear that's drooping.  Leave the other 
one alone till it starts drooping, then tape it again.  Leave it up for 24 hrs and then take
it down and wait till it starts drooping again.   Keep doing this until they stay up 
permanently.
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How long before they stay up permanently? Good question... They'll stay up when they 
stay up.   Some ears only need the 3 days and others need 3 weeks.  It all depends on
the size and strength in your pups ears. 
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How often will I have to tape?  Well, you didn't think your little fur ball was going to
make it easy on you and leave the tape in, did you?   Nope, he's going to pull it out any 
and every chance he gets.  Keep the tape and gauze in a handy place. :)))
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If by some miracle he does leave it in, to get it out you'll have to cut it out. I always go along 
the back side of the ear to do this. Cutting on the front side is too easy to cut a piece of ear. 
Just insert the scissors under the gauze and snip a little at a time.  PLEASE, BE CAREFUL!!! 
Cut your dog and you're liable
to get bit.  Try not to cut too much of the long hair under there
either if you're not using the gauze.  If you're not good with scissors or
you're a nervous person,
then I'd recommend you get a blunt nose scissors.  It's a handy instrument to have to keep from
cutting your pups ear off too.
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I promise, you'll be an expert at taping the first day.  You'll sure get enough practice. :)))
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ANOTHER WAY TO TRAIN THE EARS.
HOW TO TRAIN YORKIE EARS TO STAND

 

There are a lot of different ways to help train young yorkie ears to stand up.  They will usually stand up on their own by approximately 12 weeks of age – each puppy is different!

 

I have had the best success using Tear Mender Fabric & Leather Repair Adhesive – www.tearmender.com   - as follows:

 

First, try to picture in your mind a telephone pole-standing tall and straight- and the guywire that holds the pole up.  The guywire is attached a ways down from the top and runs at an angle to the ground to secure the pole.

 

Second, when reading these instructions remember that you are trying to glue hair to hair and NOT glue hair to skin.  I have not had any skin reactions to Tear Mender but what goes on must come off at some point.  Keep the glue in the hair and you can always cut the hair later.  It also comes off easily with any surgical glue/adhesive remover.

 

Clip ONLY the longer hair on the tips of the hair and back about ½”-you need the longer hair on the body of the ear to work with.  Fold the ear in half bringing the sides (edges) together and apply a small drop of Tear Mender to the hair hanging off the edge of the ear about half way down the length of the ear.  Press the glue into the hair of both edges to hold it together.  The ear now looks like a little “horn” sticking off the side of the head.

 

Next put a drop of glue about one third or one half way down in the hair on the fold of the outside of the ear - which is facing the other ear.  Stand the folded ear up to the correct position (remember the telephone pole) and then get a small amount of the longer hair on the top of the head (remember the guywire) and press the hair on the ear and the hair coming from the top of the head together.  You now have the folded ear standing up straight and the hair from the center of the head holding it up in position. 

 

You can also use this method and skip the first part of folding the ear in half.  Some ears will stand up fine and some will not, some need the extra strength that the fold offers. 

NOTE:  if the ear is folded, you should NOT leave it glued together at the edges longer than 2 or 3 days as you can trap moisture and bacteria in the fold.  Remove the glue, let the ear rest a day and repeat if necessary.  If you can get the ear up without folding it you can leave it up as long as you want.  Some ears will stand in a couple days, some you need to repeat several times until they stand on their own.  Once they show that they are going to stand up, be sure and clip ALL the hair off the outside to at least two thirds of the way down the length of the ear.  The hair is incredibly heavy and by removing it the ear will have a chance to get stronger without the weight of the hair.  By the time the hair grows back the ear will be strong enough to continue to stand up correctly with the weight of the hair.  This method seems to be the least annoying to the puppy that I have tried.

 

Sound easy enough?  I forgot to tell you that you must do all this while the puppy wiggles at 90 MPH, tries to lick the glue off the back of it’s head and knock over the bottle of Tear Mender and walk in it.  You might want to recruit a friend to help and also go thru the instructions once without glue!  Good luck!

 


 

 

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