The most common question we get:

Question: When will my puppies ears stand and what do I need to do?

Answer: German Shepherd puppy ears can come up between 6 weeks and 6 months. If they are not up at 16 weeks (4 months) I tell my puppy clients to get very interested in their ears. While it's not time to panic, it is time to sit up and take notice.

It's not uncommon for ears not to be up until 4 1/2 to 5 months of age and in fact a lot of times a pup will have both ears up and all of a sudden they will fall down (for a few weeks) when the pup starts to teeth. Many owners panic when this happens. But not to worry, I have never seen a pup whose ears did not go back up when this happens.

If a pup does not have his ears up by 5 months I strongly recommend that you get involved with taping your dogs ears. Taping ears is something that many people do not take seriously until its' too late. When ears are taped after 7 and 8 months of age, it has very little chance of working. This is an unfortunate fact of life.
I have seen ears that did not stand which in my opinion would have stood had they been taped. So this process is not something to take lightly.

A few simple things you can do before ear taping:

1. Feed RAW beef bones, there are over 150 muscles in the jaw that help strengthen the ears with all the tugging & chewing.

2. Ear exercises:  Make your dog alert, get his attention- say his name, whistle etc…. usually this will perk up a lazy ear- do this at least 30-100 times per day for the next month… make him exercise those ears.

3. Dog Crates:  If your dog's ears are being forced down because the crate is to small… get a larger crate or get him out of the crate (allow him to be loose / free)  you are causing his ears to not stand.

There are a few other things that can be done but should not be attempted by a novice, contact us or call your vet for advice.