How do I get my dogs ears to stay down?

Answered by Tom Adger

To get your dog’s ears to stay down, there are a few steps you can follow. However, it’s important to note that this method should only be used for certain dog breeds with ears that naturally stand up and need to be trained to stay down. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer before attempting this process.

1. Wait until your dog is at least three months old: It’s crucial to allow your dog’s ears to fully develop before attempting to tape them down. At around three months of age, your dog’s ears have usually reached their adult size and are less likely to be damaged during the taping process.

2. Gather the necessary supplies: You will need rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, adhesive tape made specifically for taping dog ears, and possibly some treats to reward your pup during the process.

3. Clean your dog’s ears: Start by gently cleaning your dog’s ears with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. This will remove any dirt or debris that could cause irritation or infection. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too deeply into the ear canal.

4. Fold over the ears: Take each ear and fold it over towards the center of your dog’s head. Use your fingers to hold the ear in place, making sure it is flat against the head. Take the adhesive tape and carefully wrap it around the base of the ear, ensuring that it is secure but not too tight. The tape should be sticky enough to hold the ear down but not cause any discomfort to your dog.

5. Monitor your dog’s ears: Keep an eye on your dog’s ears while they are taped down. Check for any signs of irritation, redness, or discomfort. If you notice any issues, remove the tape immediately and consult with a veterinarian.

6. Gradually increase the duration: Start by taping your dog’s ears for short periods, such as 10-15 minutes, and gradually increase the duration as your dog becomes more accustomed to having their ears taped down. Make sure to give your dog plenty of breaks and remove the tape if they show any signs of distress.

7. Remove the tape properly: When it’s time to remove the tape, gently peel it off, taking care not to pull on your dog’s fur or skin. You can use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to help remove any sticky residue left behind.

Remember, taping your dog’s ears should be done with caution and under the guidance of a professional. Each dog is unique, and some may not respond well to having their ears taped down. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer who can assess your dog’s specific needs and provide appropriate guidance.