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Aggressive German Shepherd Ear Cleaning

August 17, 2019

So, we are going to do the video now. Sit! There we go! This video is about cleaning the ears of a dog that doesn’t like cleaning the ears… … and a dog that will bite you, if you try. This dog is not aggressive, he is just afraid … … of having his ears cleaned. When you already say it, then we get nervous … … for example we use ear cleaning solution … … and we show this to the dog. Dexter, here, we are going to clean your ears! Come here, let’s clean your ears! We see, this is not gonna work … … and what we do now is, we are going to be easy on him … can you come up? sit here closer …, yes. come here SIT, SIT! you have to relax, yes, that’s a good boy. good boy, relax! we are going to try this with patience, right!? And we can do two things: We can use this here… We can use those little cleaning things, those … (I apologize, but i cannot say the word Q-Tips at this point – the dog knows that word!) and then we can use paper towels (Again i cannot say the word Kleenex.) we can have him sniff it first. Here: SNIFF! Look at this. SNIFF! Nothing special, right? We put this in the ear without doing anything. Just like this… Maybe we can clean it. Looook, that was sooo good! Clean it here in this ear …. Very good. Our next step would be … NO! SIT! Come on SIT, don’t escape! Good boy! Then we use the cleaning solution and put that on the paper towel. And then we try. Now we don’t tell him to SNIFF first, because he will smell the solution. and we see he can smell it, and he is not cooperating with us. We try not to react to this (not easy)… NO, no we don’t go bad, no! We go in there with the fingers only (he obviously likes that). That feels good, right? Does that feel good? Look sniff! oooh, that was in your ear! There was smelly stuff in your ear! Then we wipe on the outside only. And then we make our way into the ear. Look at this! Look, that helps, yes! I am in there basically with the cleaning solution. If there is more dirt, we can try a Q-tip. Let’s try this. Let’s sniff first and then we see if we can do this… We are not allowed. OK, we start again with our finger only. Oooh, the finger we like … the we add the Q-tip to it, and we have to be very very careful to not damage the inside of the ear … and we have patience, and we play with the Q-tip in there … look at that! What helps, is when the dog has big ears … Oooh, good boy! Good boy. And we didn’t put any of the cleaning solution on there yet. That would be the next step. Here we add some and sure the dog can smell this, and when you get to close you get in trouble again… we know, we don’t mind, when we go in there with the finger… because it feels good, when we rub … he is just afraid to get stuff in there look at you, what a good boy! Loook! That is a good boy! Step by step we go through with this… and eventually we get the ear cleaned. The more often we try this way, the more often we do it … the more he will trust us, that we don’t hurt him …. this is one thing we have to avoid: No pain in this situation, don’t hurt the dog by accident. we need to do this, when the dog ear is healthy! You cannot go in there with a cleaning solution, if the ear is scratched for example. and eventually it gets a lot easier when you do it same is going to be done with the teeth …. just touch as often as possible you need your teeth brushed, how would you like that? how do you like to get your teeth brushed?


  • Reply GamingMom2004 June 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I have a mastiff mix who doesn't like his ears cleaned but he just tries to hide from me, lol. He'll groan at me and that's pretty much it.

  • Reply Sha'DaTV June 8, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Lol I really thought that dog was going to bite that man. I couldn't be a veterinarian… Lol especially dealing with the large size dogs. Lovely dog though.

  • Reply Titan Niki June 15, 2015 at 1:32 am

    It's not the Dog! I am the proud friend of 2 GSD's. If you have not properly introduced your dog to a bath, teeth brushing, ear cleaning whatever! U haven't done UR job! U need to make it fun for them! Just bullying & making them & shoving a q tip down their ear is only going to produce negative results! Ur BFF needs to TRUST & RESPECT you! Any questions contact me at [email protected]
    Again "It's not the Dog"
    Thank you

  • Reply akasseb July 17, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    The commentary on this video is of the highest order

  • Reply success follow me July 23, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I would love to see the earlier videos of the cute dog when he was small pup

  • Reply TiffanyGoodin26 October 11, 2015 at 3:59 am

    that snarl Growl at 0:08 is cute?

  • Reply TiffanyGoodin26 October 11, 2015 at 4:01 am

    0:45 No! lol that was plan as day?

  • Reply Gustavo Flores November 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    how much does your GSD weigh?

    it looks huge

  • Reply Tattooed crybaby November 28, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I love e you and the way u explain everything to us and the dog. Ur terrific !!!! thank you !!!!

  • Reply TheBadMoodDude December 4, 2015 at 5:38 am

    try watching this high af.

  • Reply love a nurse 55 December 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Aww!  You are so good with him!  He is beautiful!

  • Reply Obvious Troll Here. January 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Why is he growling before you even start doing anything to him? Someone or something had to have put him in a bad state of mind before the video was recorded. :/

  • Reply Matthew E January 17, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Very helpful video. Do you have one for teeth brushing? My GSD doesn't seem to want to stay still or keep her mouth open for it and she keeps licking inside her mouth after she tastes the toothpaste.

  • Reply Deni Pavosevic February 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

    what are you doing? i had 3 dogs all 3 lived over 12years and i never clened theyr ears and never heard of dog ear clening they dony need that jesus and believe me i assure you theyr hering was VERY GOOD. never had problem either so i dont get it?

  • Reply Deni Pavosevic February 9, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Wonder who cleans wolf ears 😀 i can tell you that the stuff wich os not suposed be there it will go out naturally when he swims and stuff…or maybe not i forgot that now days people keep dogs inside the house jesus his place is outside in -20 and again i can assure you he doesent feel take my golden retrover to the river when its -10outside he would jump in straight away…

  • Reply Jeanne Theisen February 15, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Yes – dogs need their ears cleaned. ESPECIALLY if they have ears that hang down…..Anyway, this guy is SO awesome with the dog. I LOVE people who have patience and give a shit about the animal. I used to Groom, and I would hate how most of the Groomers would man handle the dogs. It takes more time, but have a little compassion!

  • Reply Dayna Torngren February 26, 2016 at 3:49 am

    The dog was grumbling. There should be a video meme with this video. Hahaha

  • Reply Lesly Carrasco February 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    What if my dog doesn't even like my finger in his ear?

  • Reply WRX CREED February 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I wonder if this works for Malamute because they seems to be more trouble than GSD

  • Reply christian doodles March 2, 2016 at 1:13 am

    why does that stuff look like blood?

  • Reply XV C March 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    That's what she said 3:18

  • Reply Model your kiss March 10, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Man you don't need a dog" he ain't got no job' who's the boss there". Lol no dog should bite the hand that feeds him

  • Reply Kongmeng Xiong March 17, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Honestly it all comes down to trust. If your dog trusts you he will let you do whatever to him because he knows that everything will be alright. End of discussion.

  • Reply Allyson Jayne March 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    He's a good boy! I love German Shepherds, they are the best!

  • Reply radix3d March 24, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Don't give a dog affection when it's nervous or irritated, you reinforce the behavior. Affection should only be given when the dog is calm.

  • Reply MoneyMan April 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I'm shore it will work with humans too 🙂

  • Reply Aaron Redd April 26, 2016 at 1:04 am

    That dog was about to literally SNAP!!!!! at him at 0:08

  • Reply Duangkamol Wilawan June 21, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Your technic does not work with my german shepherd.

  • Reply Tuffy Baxton June 26, 2016 at 12:11 am

    you should change the name to defiant or mouthy german shepherd ear cleaning. He/she is not aggressive.

  • Reply Ishrat H Tamanna July 1, 2016 at 10:13 am

    It may harmful for you dog?? Did you ask doctor before using it???

  • Reply The Dummyblondes July 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    You wonderful man! You're patience has brightened my day. ?

  • Reply dollazstarr July 15, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    My gsd will never attack me. Just make sure you tell them what your going to do and treats help out too. Before you know it they will have 100% confidence that you're trying to help them. If im not in the mood or sad she barks at me to take her for a trip to the park, lake, visit family and sometimes to the pet store. I can't even use the restroom or take a bath without her being inside.

  • Reply Melinda Thatcher July 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    absolutely beautiful person

  • Reply Benny Hill August 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    lol Daddy, I don´t want my ears cleaned, period! Grrrrrr! Great video!

  • Reply Labra Kadabra September 19, 2016 at 12:29 am

    My lab runs away and starts growling when she sees me with the ear cleaning bottle it's so funny! Beautiful German shepherd!

  • Reply GSDmom B September 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    You did a great job. You took your time and are desensitizing him.

    I would suggest all new puppy owners to start getting your pups use to having their ears cleaned and touched.

  • Reply ray finch October 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    ha ha he loves it really

  • Reply Jaqen H'ghar October 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    i miss my GSD 🙁

  • Reply j lin November 2, 2016 at 4:29 am

    love his growl

  • Reply Andrew T November 4, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Jesus H… Just use Zymox properly, and never have an issue. None of my GSDs or Labs have ever had an issue. In fact, they line up to have their ears cleaned.

  • Reply caveman Versace November 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Massaging the tips and behind the ear works also.

  • Reply nutrientcobra December 2, 2016 at 5:30 am

    That dog is smart. Love how he shakes his head no at around 2:11. Very funny!

  • Reply Cindy Leaf December 27, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I told my dog to go f herself because she kept on biting me. She keeps on shaking her right ear

  • Reply jay bo January 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    First time ive seen this i have a 2 year old GSD that i worked with him nearly the same way with ear cleaning . my boy looks very similar hes very vocal and mouthy. When hes had enough he will take what ever it is im using away from me.. And the shepherd in this video is anything but aggressive and i dont think he was so much scared as he simply didnt want smelly stuff in his ears and he told you he didnt want it with what most people would consider aggressive behavior but in reality is intelligent behavoir. Dogs only have a couple ways to comunicate growling barking and body language . that shepherd trusts you and obeys he just was expressing his displeasure. I commend you on helping to educate people. Great video and hes a good lookin boy. . and also ive used similar tactics with brushing and baths…

  • Reply Jane Sigabaro January 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    dog needs a hug

  • Reply adrian byucaxciuc January 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    that's not agresive . that's how they do when they don't like something

  • Reply Dee R February 23, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I envy your patience. I run around my house after my dog for 15 minutes, before giving up.

  • Reply bambina360 April 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    i have a chihuahua and she hates me to touch her ears to clean them. I have to put a muzzle on to clean her ears without me losing my fingers lol.

  • Reply chykcha May 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Are you filming this in a jail or something? What's up with the cinderblocks? The dog is beautiful, by the way. 🙂

  • Reply _Maxiking071 _ May 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I bet a Bone for You dog that you a german guy

    When yes

    I have a 1 dog its al Puggle

    And i will Buy me a dog like you in this year in Summer

  • Reply Kitty Mew mew June 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    No dad. Please! I don't wanna get my ears cleaned. He's a beautiful boy. He looks like my sweet boy. I wish I had seen this three years ago when my dog had a horrible ear infection

  • Reply KXW .3 July 11, 2017 at 6:45 am

    My German shepard are scared from water

  • Reply KXW .3 July 11, 2017 at 6:45 am

    How you want me to clean his ears

  • Reply Lucy Kelly July 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    You are too soft with him. It makes him feel powerful. You need to be a bit stern with him. He should not be aggressive with you.

  • Reply jrag1000 July 22, 2017 at 7:16 am

    don't tell him to sniff first? lol
    He can smell it from inside the bottle…

  • Reply Ashwatthama August 13, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Sir you're an amazing person
    Thanks for being so gentle to nature 🙂

  • Reply mygiguser August 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

    He is doing much better now, and i am using this stuff now:
    I also found out, that he is a lot easier now, when i do the ear cleaning outside. I wonder why that is.

  • Reply dueimack August 19, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    You're so patient and so nice!!!

  • Reply Hendriko Kara August 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    "Gesundheit" I knew you are german 😀

  • Reply Mathias DP August 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    is that really a german shepherd? it looks like a malinois.

  • Reply Lisa Locke September 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Shepherds are so smart. My girl knows if I'm going to clean any part of her body by certain mannerisms and things that I say. So I cannot do or say any of them and I now have to trick her into any of them so she won't run and hide under the bed LOL if I use the word "clean" she's often running. If she sees me going to the cabinet where I keep dog stuff for grooming and cleaning she's off under the bed. At that point I can't even trick her by asking her if she wants a treat. She will stay under the bed and forgo treats because she knows better. She has goopy eyes right now from the weather changing and I had to pretend we were going to the backyard to play so I grab toys after I snuck and got the cleaning stuff outside. Once we're about to do the cleaning and I have her so she can't run from me she tolerates it just fine. It's just getting her not to run away from me and hide under the bed. Because if she's under the bed there isn't much I can do to get her out.

  • Reply Rachel Hunter September 22, 2017 at 5:27 am

    0:45 – Omg; he sounded like he was saying "No!" … LMAO!! ?

  • Reply Luna★Dreamer ヽ(´・ω・)ノ September 27, 2017 at 2:23 am

    He like : no no no, not in my ears. Then: oh feel good.

  • Reply 青木レイラ October 6, 2017 at 4:28 am

    You did good job, but If someone is not careful, better not use Q-tip

  • Reply Big Dawg October 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    4:17 priceless ????

  • Reply Mackenzie Mitchell October 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    A few things (vet tech)

    Never let your dog lick your fingers after you stick them in his ears unless you are 100% positive he doesn’t have mites or infections. Noticed he shakes his head a lot.
    You don’t want to use Q-tips in the ear because if he moves at all you can severely damage his ears. Paper towel is also too rough for a dogs thin ear. Use gauze- q-tips only for the ear flap. With the cleaning solution you can practice by putting the bottle near his face and treat him every single time- over time you will be able to put it directly beside his ear and work up putting liquid in.

  • Reply franzi juli October 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    poor dog….. How many times do you clean his hole body? every week to get all the clicks or what ? No hate but I don`'t know what I should think about all the videos I've seen…

  • Reply Paul A October 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Again! The same thing again here, Trust, trust, trust. Why the fuck is there no trust here? Why do you even have this dog? Why did you not do your research before getting a dog? Why have you not trained this dog? Why have you not worked on trust? You mention common sense in your video description yet you have none whats so ever. None!

  • Reply poppykok5 October 28, 2017 at 3:39 am

    You obviously love & respect this beautiful German Shepherd…They're such magnificent animals…I'm so happy at how gentle you are with him…

  • Reply funguy farage November 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    get ceser millan on the case

  • Reply Tec-9 holder November 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    poor doggo

  • Reply michelle88960 November 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Beautiful dog. My German Shepherd often had irritation in his ears. I just about managed to get drops in, but what he loved most was me putting my finger inside his ear, he loved it so much his back leg would start jumping. They were obviously really irritated, but he was a good boy and seemed to understand the drops were to help him. It's just fear aggression really. God I miss him.

  • Reply Arin Tikhak November 15, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Thank you. It was really helpful.

  • Reply Roger Smith January 21, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Patience and love is the key with almost anything along these lines. You're a loving dad!! ?

  • Reply Sam January 22, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Lols he loves a finger in the ear!! The dogs lucky to have you as an owner. Great work

  • Reply Louis S.B January 25, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Him:Does this tissue smell like chloroform to you dog.
    Dog:actually it kind of doe……
    Him:now we clean the ears.

  • Reply Dj Cantrell February 9, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Mine doesn't bite she just won't hold still and I can't hold her still by force. I tried in the kitchen so she wouldn't have traction but still didn't work any advice?

  • Reply Mike351025 February 20, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for making this video. I have a German Shepherd and he doesn't like getting his ears cleaned

  • Reply y yg March 1, 2018 at 10:46 am

    would feeding him treats as you do it help make him more enthusiastic about the ear cleaning?

  • Reply Mr. Bob Gray March 2, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Ohhh what a good boy!!!!!!!

  • Reply Hydz Dee March 14, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Handsome boy!??

  • Reply Odbarc March 23, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I got my dog to lay down since it was harder for him to move and evade the cleaning. I also used the phrase "Time for medicine." which "Time for…" meant that we were doing the next thing until it is finished. So it's time for medicine until the medicine is finished. Time for bath? Bath time until bath is finished.
    He got pretty tolerant of putting up with medicine or bath or whatever he didn't like merely because it was time for it.

    It also helps to have fake 'medicine' or fake 'bath' times where you just get them to do the set up, then say they are good and quit.
    Time for medicine could just be to lay down, you touch their ear with an unmedicated cloth or whatever, tell them it's over right away, give 'em a cookie.
    Or time for bath where they just need to jump into the bathtub, "Good boy, all done!", they can leave it immediately.
    Much excitement, much attention, much love, and obedience for when you really need to do something.

  • Reply Ming Song April 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Has ur dog bite u?

  • Reply Andrizzy Rampersad April 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Cleaning things? You mean q tips???

  • Reply Maquise Colley April 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    2:50 * OOO* lololll

  • Reply Butterfly Leslie April 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Malade!!! On ne nettoie JAMAIS les oreilles de son chien avec des cotons tiges!!! Tu m erroné que le chien grogne!!!

  • Reply Girl you don't know April 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I showed my cat is video of your dog and started attacking my phone

  • Reply Brittany Spears May 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I love your channel

  • Reply Raechel Lyn Dawn May 6, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    You are lucky you didn't get your arm bit off. We just had to muzzle our pit bull to put drops in. It was terrible. I would not suggest proceeding with anything if your dog is growling. You were very lucky.

  • Reply Henry-Bart May 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    that's an eastern european shepherd

  • Reply Pushkar Bokarey official August 20, 2018 at 5:36 am

    His dog is not aggressive at all my dog has bitten the doctor several times…. ? ? ?

  • Reply Just Jessy September 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Did he just call q-tips "those cleaning things"? Lol ok

  • Reply Michelle Bauer November 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    he's beautiful. I had a male doberman && as a puppy, I tried to mess with his ears, feet, and mouth as much as possible. ..either playing with his feet. ..rubbing his ears alot or checking his mouth/teeth for stuff to be done with him in the future to have him more comfortable and he trusts me

  • Reply Ashley Mcbride January 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Don't pet him when he's crawling you're encouraging the bad behavior

  • Reply Song Henry January 10, 2019 at 12:56 am

    I have a rottie who won’t let me clean his ears. He get really mad but he kept shaking his head and ears all the time

  • Reply scarletrio January 11, 2019 at 3:19 am

    NEVER EVER use Q-tips! No no no!

  • Reply فریده غطاوی February 20, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Cute baby nice baby thanks…

  • Reply Aswin Krishna May 16, 2019 at 6:13 am

    One of my friend have an 2year old geraman Shepard dog.. Now he gone to city for job… His family can't manage the dog… Dog was so aggressive to his family… Dog was always in the cage… My friend is the only one who always take care the dog.. Now he was not her. I decided to take the dog to my home.. How can I take the dog… Plz help…

  • Reply raj priy June 26, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Why isn't he biting

  • Reply Fay Bradnock August 3, 2019 at 1:55 am


    My dog doesn’t let us go near him when we are holding the ear cleaning bottle, because he knows that when that gets out then he’s getting his ears cleaned, and he hates to get his ears cleaned. I think it is because he has had negative reinforcements with ear cleaning as my mom just ambushed him when she did it first instead of letting him explore it and become comfortable with it. I also think that it may hurt him, do ear cleaners hurt when applying them to your dog. He is a springer spaniel so he has long floppy ears that get very dirty. He doesn’t even let people touch his ears often, he lets people rub the outside of his ears but doesn’t like it if we touch the inside or lift up his ears. He also bites when we are trying to clean them, but he is not an aggressive dog he is just very scared.
    If anyone has any suggestions as to how to get him to allow me to clean his ears then it would be greatly appreciated as I cannot go on like this, thank you x

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