Were looking for a little help, we have rescue 8 month old hound (Pointer x Beagle x terrier= ?Spanish Hound). He is a rescue from Spain and when he came to the UK at 3 months he was emaciated, yet quickly we learned he is not really food motivated. As an 8 month old he is cracking dog we have had him since he was 4 months old and he has very few bad habits and many good: Still jumps a bit round strangers but he seems to know which ones allow/ encourage it, Will sit reliably sometimes after a bit of wait (2-5 seconds), Will walk at heel with minimal pulling (unless other dogs etc) he is improving (at 28kg my 11 year old can walk him and hes easier than a friends cocker she says!) Will wait and stay, Does not leap out of car when door opened sits calmly on journeys, Leaves the open bin alone 95% of the time, Won't just take food when dropped, We take him sailing and he is well behaved on the boat, Very good round small children or nervous adults, Good if not perfect round animals and live stock, Stay down stairs 90% of time without a gate, Does not climb on furniture, I hope your thinking hes 8 months old what more do you expect. The answer is for him to come when... When he thinks we are walking away/ he might lose us. If he sees us (hes not to preoccupied) run away from him, He won't when walking him if there is something he deems more interesting a smell a person. He is not running away he just wants to smell, say hi 90% of the time you don't need to use the lead or a snack to walk him away he will just join us after a couple of calls. Its with other dogs he is a nightmare occasionally he will come back eventually, normally because of an older grumpy dog that does not want to play. He is just wanting to play with any other dog he can find and will go surprising distances before thinking about us... Once away from another dog we might not even need the lead to move away. Although sometimes he gets where you think it's safe and he bolts back to another dog (play full dogs normally). Other than for other dogs he has always come back eventually, he does not run away as such. He will willingly get in the car and have the lead put on him with no resistance, he does not resist (its just he does not to come to you). It does not matter if this is at the obvious beginning or end of a walk or once you have got hold of him when playing with another dog he rarely protests snacks make little difference. We think we are doing all the right things Never scolding when he comes back, Call him during walks just to treat him and fuss him, Taking toys and balls, Rewarding all recalls, Rewarding with his favourite snacks, Whenever possible if comes away from another dog (sometimes it happens!)we let him return to play if all are happy, We have found coming back can be encouraged by petting another dog, he is jealous. Our dog is just not that interested in us or a delinquent.