I realise there's another thread exactly like this not two below this one, but this is a slightly different case. Previously Rebel used to be good with recalls, but lately he's just gone completely...'I can do whatever I want'. Which naturally is wrong, since he's a dog and I'm a human, and I own that ungrateful little s**t (I love him :3). Today both were offleash at a park, and he wouldn't come back. People walking along, the dogs had just jumped in belly deep mud, and he was jumping all over this woman, who fortunately likes dogs, but I was pretty goddamn annoyed with him, as both my brother and I called him many times and he just straight out ignored us.
I saw in the other thread the year old point is the point where they 'learn they can run, and do', and he has just turned 1 in June, so maybe it's that? I don't want him to see someone across the road and run, and get squashed by a car or something, plus disobedience from a dog generally annoys me, since I provide everything for them, they're going to be super obedient as payment. The problem is, my brother isn't strict with dogs, and even though neither of them have ever shown aggression towards us, I don't think they respect him as much as me, because I take less bullcrap from them. It doesn't bother him at all, and when I try and talk about it, he pushes it off impatiently, and I have trouble pursuing confrontations with people since I have social anxiety (only for the past 18 months - won't say why, but it can be pretty prevalent). I've tried going on with the confrontation but it just doesn't work, so that's a dead end. So, he almost always takes the dogs out with me, and when he does, Rebel is more of a d**k.
When it's just me and Rebel, he's pretty good. Noticeably better than when it's the two of us. My brother won't adhere to any training policies I put down because he doesn't want to take the dogs to the park if Rebel has to be on 'a leash all the time' because it's not fun, and even though I know it's not fun, even if we had to do it for only a month or two, he won't do it. He's like that with all my training techniques as well, so let's work on the fact that he won't adhere to my training policy, because I've tried it on him for months.
How can I, with this obstacle, train Rebel to have a good recall? Is it just a matter of him growing out of it? I don't want to leave the training too long in case it becomes ingrained, but at the same time, whatever training I have to do, I have to do it alone with him and Bonnie (Bonnie is pretty good - she knows when I 'mean' it). I thought about having him on one of those retracting leads, let it fly loose, then when he doesn't come back snap it back so he gets a nasty shock. Have read that one in a number of training books, and I feel like it might get pretty good results (he hates jerking on leads and stuff - one week of training when he was small and he doesn't pull, at ALL on the lead - it's awesome!), with a treat when he obeys and comes back. Kind of a, 'stick on one end and carrot on the other' scenario. My brother doesn't know anything about training dogs, and when Rebel finally came back today he smacked him on the nose (I have no objection to that, but he did it when he came back, so he was punishing him for coming back..I said that, and it started a fight, etc, etc..)
My brother is awesome, so no snide comments thanks - he and I just see differently with dog training, probably because I've looked into it a LOT more and for longer than he has, and he isn't bothered with all that obedience stuff.