I like to trim excess fur off of the inside of the ears. This just helps to keep hair from pulling when the glue is applied. Also this is the time to clean the inside of both of the ears and then to apply the tincture of Benzoin (spray on make-up remover pad and wipe inside the puppy’s ears.) mentioned in the supplies list below. You will have a nice clean and tacky surface to work with.

Apply surgical adhesive to both sides of the “ear brace”. Make sure to let it dry for a couple of minutes until it becomes tacky before attaching it inside of the puppy’s ear.

Attach the “ear brace” inside of the ear right above the cartilage as pictured.

The attached “ear brace” should look something like this. Make sure that the yarn is pointing in a direction toward the other ear.

This is one of the most important steps of the ear training. Fold the ear over so that the side of the tip is just a bit inside the outer edge of the ear. You will want to make sure the you fold on the original “break” that you make each time that you re-do the ears. Make sure that you push/squeeze out all of the air bubbles. Repeat with the other ear. Let ears dry for several minutes. This is a good time to trim your puppy’s nails.

The gluing process.

Japanese Tape.

Cut a little square and then cut it in half. You will use both pieces.

Apply the Japanese tape on the inside of the ear where you see a bit of the “ear brace” that has extended outside of where you have tipped the ear. This has a twofold purpose. First, to help keep the ears glued longer and second to keep the glue from causing hair to stick to the glue that is exposed.

Both ears are glued over with the yarn untied. Your next step is to tie the yarn together. You will need to allow the glue to dry for about 5 minutes before tying the yarn.

Tie the yarn together over the center of the puppy’s head. Tie the ears as closely together as possible. It is also important to make sure that the puppy’s fur isn’t stuck in the tied yarn. Gently pull out any fur that is stuck in the tied yarn. It is also a good idea to double or triple the tie and then to cut off the extra length of yarn.

When finished, your puppy’s ears should have the appearance of a bow-tie. The ears should be centered nicely over the head.

The supplies needed are: 2” wide double sided carpet tape, Japanese tape, Perma-Type surgical cement (available fromWickets by Mel -  http://wicketsbymel.com/cart/, Tincture of Benzoin in a spray formula (available online or at most pharmacies), 100% cotton yarn, make-up remover pads (Wal-Mart) Adhesive Remover or starter fluid w/out upper lubricant to clean the inside of the puppy’s ears. (Make sure to spray your cleaner onto the make-up remover pad and not directly into your puppy’s ears. Make sure that nothing runs down into your puppy’s ear canal. You will then rub the cleaner onto the inside of the ear to remove all dirt and oils to ensure that the “ear brace” will adhere well.) We would be happy to send you pre-made “ear braces” for $5.00 for 2 pairs. Please contact us if you would like to order some ear braces or have any questions about Collie Ear Training Tips.