Mel, if you make about post about "recall" in the Behaviour Section, I am quite sure Kian will see it and be able to offer some really good tips, as well as several other members. I also know that Kian is quite busy working with one of her dogs right now for a 3 day competition that is just around the corner, so she will be "hit and miss" for a wee bit.
Although I never like to see dogs in the bed of a Pick-Up, at least you have the good sense to "secure" Jake so he can't fall out, and I was even more pleased to read that when you go on major thoroughfares, he is inside the Cab. I am quite sure if you wish to stop him from "punishing" you for not buying him a treat or toy (just like a child
) putting him inside the Cab will cure that....or not. (Spin the wheel and take your chances).
I did chuckle when you said he had to "work at it" so you know it was intentional.
Jake is a very smart fellow. I think you have come a really long way with him. I can see how the Sewing Basket would be "fun", as well as the Beer Case. I am going to hazard a guess that those are the two items touched most often by your wife, and yourself, respectively.
It's good to hear from you again. If I remember, I will mention this post to Kian and if she has time, perhaps she will post in here with some helpful recall tips. Many of our members would presume that a post in here would be more about the Breed specifics of your dog rather than an issue that requires a resolution so they may not be checking this thread.
I know our Western provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan have had some very interesting weather this summer and was wondering if your area of Montana has been having much of the same. It's been an odd summer, and year even, to say the least.