Crap, sorry I posted this in the wrong thread, so here it is again.
His ear is still not up at 5 months old. He's 20 weeks now. His 5 calendar month mark isn't until March 10th, so I still may be premature with concern here.
We are literally doing everything. The only thing I cannot avoid is leaving him crated overnight, and during the day for 3.5-4 hour blocks between the time we leave in the mornings until we come at lunch for an hour to play ball, and then back in the crate until 530pm when I get home. If this crate causes the ears to not go up, I will lose my mind. Oh, it's a KONG X-LARGE crate, so tons of room in side.
Here's the crate. He's in trouble and in jail for five minutes for chewing on my shoes. LOL.
We're giving him:
Tons of bully sticks
Marrow bones raw frozen, because they help with the pain of the teething.
Frozen blanched carrots
Frozen blanched sweet potatoes
Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Formula for food.
Here and there mixing in some non fat greek yogurt into the food. Small amounts.
We leave on classical music on the TV all day so he hears tones up and down and can exercise the ear muscles.
We play lots of tug of war, but not in a violent way to get his jaw muscles strong.
We massage the bases of the ears. God we're paranoid about this.
No matter what we're doing the **** left ear still just flops over. The base is SUPER strong. the dog chews literally all day long and all night on something or another.
I hope it's true that big dogs take longer to come up. People have told us he will be at least 110 or 115 or so, so who knows.
He's still teething, but the left ear just never shows any interest in coming up.