Do you have examples or a link that shows how to do this?
No Jimmyt, I don't even post pictures of my dogs here and I don't even know how to do links (as the people who have been trying to help you know and could tell you I'm a damned dinosaur using an old computer system that's dial up and SLOW!)
So I don't have a link that shows me doing this kind of a post but I'll tell you that it isn't very different than the link that greenkouki posted (and which is one of the stickies at the beginning of the section on cropping and posting in the forums. I just gave some more detailed instructions--in writing which you should be able to apply to the calking rod pictures.
I also took a look at the pictures from this morning--and from those--I agree that you could probably get the right ear to stand--it's actually standing but it looks like your dog doesn't like using his ears much--some dogs don't--some dogs hardly ever put their ears down and no dog keeps his ears bolt upright all the time (someone else already posted about that.)
I keep asking questions that would probably help me or someone else give you more help with the ears if you would answer them. So let me try again.
1)Has the vet who did the crop seen the ears recently? Has the breeder seen the ears recently? Has ANYONE who has successfully posted ears on a Doberman seen the ears recently?
2)Were the ears down overnight? Let me rephrase the question--did you take the ears down from being posted yesterday, take the pictures that you posted yesterday and leave them down overnight? And then you took pictures this morning?
3)Have you, while you've been posting his ears been diligent about keeping them posted ALL THE TIME? That is to say, do you post the ears for 4 or 5 days, take them down, clean them, and put them back up in an hour?
I understand that you've had problems with this dog trying to get the posts out of his ears but 4)Have you, when he gets a post out, take the post out of the ear and promptly repost it.
If this isn't what you've been doing, it's what you should start doing. It's possble that if you did that you could possibly get both ears to stand. The left ear isn't totally dropped at the base--I gotten ears like this to stand but it isn't a quick process and it can take months. And it would help if you tried contacting Marj Brooks, who is very knowlegeable, and who is in the general area and probably knows every breeder in California, would be able to give you the name of someone in or near San Francisco who could help you with the ears.
At this stage of the game I think you need help--help by someone who can see the dog in person and show you exactly how to post the ears to give you the best chance of getting them to stand properly--and be close enough to be available to help you with every posting if necessary.
If you weren't 1100 miles away I'd be happy to give you a hand--but I am--so that's out as a solution.
And I'll be very honest with you--and I could be wrong so feel free to tell me if this isn't the case, the ears look to me like the results novice posters get when they get impatient and don't do things "by the numbers". Post the ears and if the dog gets them down--they don't post them again immediately. Give up on one method and try other things and have similar problems and give up on them too.
One thing that is always true about posting ears is that there are many methds that work BUT you have to keep posting them, even when you don't see instant results--and you can't cheat leave them down "just overnight" or leave them down because one ear is sort of standing. It takes patience and it takes perserverance to get ears to stand properly. And I've had dogs that took three postings and were done but I've had a lot more that were posted for months and months and months--one of mine was 1 point away from his AKC championship before one of his ears was actually standing well. I took him to shows with that ear posted and took it down minutes before he went in the ring and put it back up as soon as he had made his last appearance in the ring.
So if you want to answer the questions that I keep asking maybe I or someone else can make some suggestions but if not--good luck.