Goodness reading this post has been a great reassurance.....my lab pup is 14 months old and is very 'tuned into' me at home ( without distractions).....or at rally obedience classes.....but when until we get out on a walk then new sights/smells/sounds take over and he completely ignores me, regardless of the delicious treats i have on me. I've tried practising commands with gradually increasing distractions, but he seems to switch between completely focussed, to completely distracted, with no in between. Like Rachyni said, it worries me that my dog also doesn't seem to pick up on the cues when another dog tells him to go away - he just continues to bounce around and try to play. I don't understand why as he has been around many other dogs from the day we got him.....Im just now hoping he will grow out of it. Its can make you feel hugely despondent if you have been investing time and energy training your usually obedient dog......who then routinely ignores you when other dogs/people arrive. So thanks from me to everyone who replied....encourages me to keep on with the training and consistency.