Hi All, first post here on the site. First of all, thank you to Pippa for the recall training article, it was the only really elaborate + structured step by step I have found on how to train your dog to come when called. Made me feel very hopeful, as I am starting late into the training game with an adolescent dog To start off, Blitz is a one year old pup (lab/pitbull mix) The only other dogs I have owned growing up were jack russell terriers & rat terriers, and for whatever reason they would never leave my side while off leash, so there was essentially no recall training needed. I was very naive to assume that a lab/pit mix would be the same. I thought if they stayed close off leash as a puppy, it would continue on. I was right for the first 8 months of his life, but now that he is hitting the adolescent stage, he is running off and not returning, making him untrustworthy to be off a leash at any time, which makes me very sad. My husband and I are fully committed to using the recall training plan and have completed Step 1 and are moving on to Step 2. We first realized we were making pretty much every mistake on the list (chasing him to play, repeating cues over and over, bribing, etc. yikes!) But we are moving past that, and trying to start fresh. Here is my issue and question for you. Blitz has a very mellow temperament, he always has. Even as a puppy I thought something was wrong because he was so mellow. He doesn't get super excited about food, toys, praise, anything.... He is a happy dog, we are just finding it very hard to use food as a training tool because he is not overly excited by it. We are using top notch treats (chicken, steak, cheese) and are only feeding him 2x per day on a schedule. And only training before meals so he is hungry. Any advice or similar experiences.