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From my experience, I would say your dog responds better for your dad than you because he feels safer around your dad. Dogs are very sensitive to our emotions and given that in a lot of his early experiences you have let your emotions take control, he picked up on this instability and therefore has no trust in you. To him, you are unpredictable and not the steadfast leader (please note I've said leader not alpha, there is an important difference) he needs you to be. Your dad, however, is calm and soothing, so he feels safer and more likely to respond in a positive manner as a result. I'm not trying to insult you or anything, just state from an objective point of view what I think has happened.

There is still time for you to form a better bond with him, but it's up to you if you want to put in the hours to change first your own approach and then your relationship with the dog, You'll have to go back to square one, and it will take time and effort, but it's possible.
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