In the mean time I have had many clients use the, “Breatheright” (regular or the menthol), strips that are made for humans on their dogs with excellent results. It may take some time for him to become used to wearing them or he may not notice at all allowing you to get some sound sleep right away. Finally a humidifier is another option that may provide you both some relief. I hope this comes to offer you some insight as welll as a solution.
Hi Dyanne -
All German Shepherds are individuals, and some take longer until their ears stand than others. There are some litters where the ears are up as soon as 7 or 8 weeks old and then stay up consistently, and there are some where the ears go up and down and don't come up completely until after they are done teething. And then there are some dog whose ears just never stand.
If your dog just turned 6 months old, he may currently have floppy ears because he's in the middle of or just done teething. It's normal for ears to go up and down during this period and then come up completely after.
If you are worried, however, around 6 to 7 months, because the ears are not coming up at all and have not been up prior to teething, then I would address this with the vet. Some people have found taping helpful - actually, Breathe Right strips taped to the inside of the ears works pretty well - but some dogs' ears just don't come up at all.
Does your breeder guarantee the ears?
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I tried the breath right strips many years ago with no success, my Vet showed me a way using sponges and glue, it's practically a hands free process, I buy a pre cut chair sponge from wal mart, it comes cut to fit a chair seat, I then cut about 1 inch wide strips, cut those to fit the dogs ear length, then cut and shape them to fit the ears, the glue used is a cattle back tag cement (used for animals so its non toxic) I get it from my local stockyard, but probally can be purchased at a Tractor Supply. it is a very sticky glue and dries fast, you need to make sure the sponges go into the ear and the ear is pulled up straight, after that,,, just leave em alone, most sponges will last up to 2 weeks, you'll need to change them then unloess they have came loose due to pup scratching or other pups biting on them, gonna try to post some pics of some of my pups for an examle, for any further info email me at and I'll send you my phone number so I can answer any questions you may have, don't worry,,, I'm NOT charging for this info!!! I've had a few people ask. Breathe right strips fell out a little too often and weren't supportive enough for my pup. The forms would easily stay in for weeks as long as I did little touch ups every few days if a corner came a loose. And this was with my pup wrestling with other dogs and playing in the water for a couple hours daily.Breathe right strips fell out a little too often and weren't supportive enough for my pup. The forms would easily stay in for weeks as long as I did little touch ups every few days if a corner came a loose. And this was with my pup wrestling with other dogs and playing in the water for a couple hours daily. Therefore, it made sense that some of the same methods used to treat snoring people might also work on dogs. At least it made sense at three in the morning, when I started digging through the medicine cabinet in search of Breathe-Right Strips. One thing I discovered right away is that these strips, while strong enough to flare even the largest set of human nasal passages, are no match for the elasticity of your standard pair of dog lips. The result was a series of fixed snarls which, if not for his wagging tail, would have been extremely frightening.