A friend I often walk with has two lovely dogs with rubbish recall. We spend a fair amount of each walk standing in one place while she hollers their names. At one point today she'd been hollering, then walked round a corner and one of her dogs was just standing there - they've pretty much learnt to ignore their names. I've given her some suggestions - her little terrier now recalls better to me than her thanks to liver cake. I've told her she needs a new recall word, but that she shouldn't use it unless she' pretty sure it's going to work. But it's not sinking in. I've heard good things about the book Total Recall: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TOTAL-RECA...8&qid=1537879672&sr=1-1&keywords=total+recall Would it be rude to buy a copy and give it to her as a present? Might she think this is an underhand way of saying 'Train your dogs, FFS!!' ? In her defence - she has a hectic life, living in a tiny house with her son and two other dogs (one too old & infirm to come on longer walks, and the other a rescue too traumatised to leave the house/garden). She is on a very low income but if down to her last fiver she'd buy dog food and starve herself. In other news - apologies for being a bit quiet at the mo. I'm having a problem with sore hands, probably a combination of fibromyalgia and too much time on my laptop, so I'm trying to limit myself to work and the absolute essentials.