Boy, I know what you mean about "keep away." Grace is terrible with this and once the game begins there's no catching her. I've had to learn to outsmart her when she runs away by grabbing a ball and playing with it by myself or shaking the car keys (then she'll come running). But teaching "come" is really hard. I'm redoubling my training efforts with her and have found a treat or two that is irresistible, but so far, if she doesn't see the treat in your hand she won't come unless she feels like it. George is totally different. He'll come if you just start to say his name!