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Discussion in 'Doberman Puppies' started by Dogdoc, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Dogdoc

    Dogdoc New Member

    A504604B-0BB2-4195-A76B-5468E9B9BFAD.jpeg I am hearing so many conflicting ideas on whether ears should be bridged or not. My breeder told me that I should bridge right to the end of posting with tape. Other ear posting sites say to use a solid bridge made of backer rod until over 6 months. I have seen on this site that bridging should be stopped much earlier. My pup is almost 13 weeks old. I have removed the bridge for 3-4 days now and he seems to hold his ears straight up just fine. The backer rods seem to remain in place much better without the bridge. He has a fairly long show crop. Is there any time frame or indications to watch for to let me know that a bridge is/is not needed? Thanks!

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  2. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    Seeing as he is holding his ears up I would not post with a bridge. I am not sure if it is just an illusion, but are those rods bent? They almost look like they are curved. Doberman puppies are so cute!
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  3. Dogdoc

    Dogdoc New Member

    It’s the fourth day and he is due to have them changed today - they always get a little beat up after a few days. I may have to start adding extra layers of duct tape to strengthen them so they don’t bend
  4. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    I only use the bridge for about 1-2 weeks after the stitches come out. I want the puppy to learn to hold them up themselves. Build muscle memory no crutches so to speak.
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  5. Panama

    Panama Hot Topics Subscriber

    Beautiful pup! I bridge continuously til 4 mo and decide from there. Bridging them at 11 & 1 will allow them to use the muscles to hold them up. It also keeps them from sleeping weird and bending ear and post (especially if it's backer rod)
    I have tried to go without a bridge, but all they did was shake their heads. Once I add the bridge, no more shaking.

    These 2 just turned 13 wks and in between postings. 7-3-19.jpg 7-3-19.jpg
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  6. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Pups holding his ears up like that?? Lose the bridge for sure. Just no reason to have it.....

    Great posting job by the way!!
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  7. Dogdoc

    Dogdoc New Member

    Thanks! It’s definitely a learning curve and each posting goes a little smoother than the one before!
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