The Process of Gluing Sheltie Ears
a number of different ways to "train" sheltie puppies' ears to have the
correct position and carriage as adult dogs. We have tried several different
methods during our over 28-year involvement with the breed. The method
described and illustrated below is the one we currently use and is the one
with which we have had the best results. We glue and cross-brace our
sheltie puppies' ears beginning at age 8 weeks and keep them glued as long
as we feel it is necessary. Usually this is until at least age 6-months, but
it can be considerably longer. The cross-bracing period varies from
puppy to puppy, although puppies from the same litter usually have similar
Taping and bracing a sheltie puppy's ears does two things. Taping the ear over helps keep its natural "break" (the place where the ear bends forward) flexible so that the ear cartilage does not become straight and stiff. Secondly, cross-bracing or connecting the ears together encourages the puppy to hold his ears high on top of his head. He will use the muscles on top of his head to pull his ears together to take the tension off of the brace. This strengthens these muscles and increases the likelihood that he will carry his ears properly as an adult.
You will need to obtain the following materials, most of which can be found on
Every few weeks I take all of the glue out of the ears and let them do their thing.
They make look perfect at this time but given 24 to 48 hours the ears will take their true form.
This process gives you a better idea of the progress you are making.
For a show puppy I will glue the ears from ten weeks until about a year old to get the perfect set.