Hey I have a cocker spaniel (show type) called Cooper, who is almost a year old. He is both mine and my fiancé's first dog, so neither of us have previous experience with dog training. So we just need a little help/ advice with training. One thing that we are still having a bit of trouble with is getting him to come back when we call him. As a result we haven't yet had the confidence to let him off the lead on walks. We take him out on walks where he is on the lead three times a day, but I really want to let him off and let him run around but I just have visions of taking the lead off him and him disappearing into the distance and never seeing him again. We are first time dog owners so I think we are both not very experienced with off lead walking and getting the dog to come back. He comes back to us in the house fine if we call him and when he does we always give him a treat. He is ok at doing it in the garden but sometimes he has a habit of just ignoring us. We want to let him off in our local park where we walk him as there is so much for him to explore. We'd love to go play with him and a ball in the park but I'm worried that as soon as he sees another dog or rabbit he'll be off and we won't be able to get him back. The park is really big but at one side of the woodlands there is a main road and at the other a field. I don't want him to get lost or hit by a car so worried about letting him off for the first time. So, I'd really appreciate some advice about some steps we can put in place to help us with his recall and how to progress/ build up to the stage when we can let him off. Some dog walkers that we have bumped into keep telling us to just let him off and he'll definitely come back, but I'm a bit reluctant to do this yet. Any help would be great.