First, let me thank everyone for sharing your knowledge on this board. I am new here and have learned a lot! My Rudy is 2 yrs. old (going on 6 months) and the most wonderful labradoodle and very smart but we're running into a particular behavior trait that concerns me. When he decides he doesn't want to "come" when called, he doesn't (this isn't a new thing). He takes off into the wild blue yonder and we have to track him down. We live in a relatively rural area but there are cars that go by. He knows what "come" means because he does it over and over. (We often take him to a nearby field to run and romp). He usually winds up about 1/4 mile away where there are 2 dogs and they play. Sometimes, he'll come right back to us and sometimes it's a "catch me if you can" routine. We also have to be very careful going in and out of the house because if he slips out, he's off and running and no amount of "come" will deter him from his mission. He gets plenty of love, attention and exersize and is well rewarded every time he comes on call. Sometimes, he will stop and look at us when we call "come" and then, off he goes (this is after obeying on command half a dozen times). I know this isn't just a labradoodle problem but I need some advice . I do not want him to run into a speeding car, skunk, porkupine, predator or dog thief while he's on his rounds (we do go after him immediately). He is not neutered because we were going to breed him but have decided not breed and plan to have him neutered soon. Thank you so much for any tips. By the way, I have to chuckle at some of the posters and their feelings of being overwhelmed over their pups antics. Oh, I know it's not funny and I'm not diminishing those concerns...been there, done that. But what a gem of a dog they will find as each dog matures through the various stages of puppydom!