My golden is named Cash and will be three years old in May. We have one BIG problem when playing outside. While playing ball over the last few weeks, he has decided that after playing for a while, he's not going to bring the ball back. When he does this, he completely ignores me, "NO!" becomes meaningless, and he runs the opposite direction. The biggest issue in he does not come when called.
I have never used a shock collar, but am to the point of getting one just to get my point across, because he is NOT listening to me. We just had a two hour episode. What are your suggestions?
Try the suggestions made by others in this discussion. If they don't give you the results you want in a timely manner (for me that would be three – four weeks, but you are the final judge) then take a look at this article on teaching the recall with the Ecollar. http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...l-ecollar.html (Teaching the Recall With an Ecollar)
I'd strongly suggest that you NOT get an Ecollar and then just hit the button when the dog does not recall. Doing it like that can cause all sorts of issues since the dog won't know what the discomfort means.