How many people have a dog that always comes to them as soon as it is called? We let ours off the lead and he often trots (or gallops!) off out of sight. The sight of his departing heels gives me a heart attack and I call him back, but sometimes he doesn't come back for a minute or so. This is enough time for me to get my heart rate up to 200 worrying that he might find his way to the road, or rush up to a vicious dog and get savaged, and praying to please send him back and if he comes back I promise I will never let him off the lead again! It's like he is saying, "Yeah, in a minute, I just want to check this out first," I don't think he really wants to get lost. Our previous dog was never off the lead because she was bad with other dogs, and we have worked quite hard with training and socialising from puppy stage to make sure that this one (her grandson!) is fine to really have a good run on our walks. My husband feels if he is well enough trained to be off the lead at all, he should always come straight back when called, and not ever be in a situation where he is rushing up to another dog 50m ahead out of sight, and until we can get him to stay in our sight or come back immediately when we call him, he should stay on the lead. I would love that to be the case, but fear it isn't a reasonable target. He's only 9 months old, was neutered about a month ago. What is the situation with other people's dogs?