For Great Danes, Dobermans and Boxers
Supplies you’ll need:
- 1/2″ backer rod (5/8″ Danes)
- Wooden stir sticks or skewers
- Cotton balls
- Johnson & Johnson Zonas tape
- A blade to slit backer rod foam
I make the backer rod stiffer by slitting it halfway through with a blade, then placing a stir-stick or something like that in the middle. I then tape the white tape down & then back tape. I put a small piece of cotton on the end going into the ear canal with an antibiotic ointment.
I place the cotton end into the ear canal, pull the ear leather fairly taught & start my tape at the top of the ear to keep the stretch on the leather. I use Johnson & Johnson zonas porous tape. Next piece of tape is at the base, then I finish off covering the ear leather with tape. Apply constant even light pressure, taping inward to the top skull, then squeeze the tape on as well.
I also always do a bridge to support the ears & the weight of the posts on the top skull muscle (bridge is made by 3 Q-tips taped together). Not putting on a bridge causes the top skull muscle to stretch -- muscle memory. You want it high & tight, ears like like Batman!