Okay here is my dilemma. We have had Lolly our gorgeous 10 month old lurcher / labrador cross rescue dog for nearly a month and have been doing loads of training with her both on our own and at a puppy training class. She has responded well to most things and is very bright and learns quickly. We have trained her on recall and she is pretty good with treats at home and in the garden aswell as when we are out for a walk, until that is, we come across another person or another dog, bird etc. Then she becomes totally deaf to us. We have tried this consistantly (every day, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day) but she is still the same. Sometimes she is okay and we can pull her away / distract her with her favourite treat or favourite toy, but sometimes all she wants to do is play with the other person / dog. She is very loving and loves other dogs and all people, but being a pup, and a big one at that, she is very boisterous and playful, liking to rough and tumble with the other dogs! All the dogs where we live are older and off leads, but we still have her on a long training lead as we are not confident enough to let her off as we dont know if she will come back when called. There are some parks / fields, near us where we take her, but although they are quite secure, they are not 100% secure unfortunately. My question is, when should we take the plunge and let her off the lead? Im not sure if she is ever going to be 100% on the recall when other dogs are around, but the dog trainer / RSPCA said that we shouldn't leave it too long as the longer we leave it the more chance there that when she is finally let off, she will just bolt off and not come back! Seeing it from Lollys' point of view, I can imagine that she gets pretty frustrated at going up to other dogs that are off the lead and playing whilst she is still on a lead and I dont want her to get fed up and resent us for restraining her. I am a bit jittery as my old dog, a few years ago, was let off the lead and chased a cat through a hedge and straight onto a main road into the path of a car and was killed instantly! What do you all think? Should I take the plunge and let her off the lead or keep her on until / if / when she becomes 100% recall proof, even though Im not sure that will ever happen. How did you all take the plunge and let your dogs off and did it work straight away, what can I expect etc? Help please, thanks!