When we work in competition obedience, we get a point where we have to "proof" the behaviors our dog has learned. This means that we have to progressively add in distractions, and corrections for the wrong behavior. This creates a clear picture of "you have to regardless of what is going on" for the dog.
What corrections you use depend entirely on the type of dog you have. Highly motivated dogs sometimes only need the withholding of the reward, soft dogs sometimes only need a verbal reprimand, other dogs use varying levels of collar corrections with varying types of collars.
So in your scenario I would probably have my dog drag a line to start with. When I call, I would issue a collar correction immediately- as soon as I say the command. The reason for this being that when I ask my dog to come, I don't want them to think about it. I want them to do it immediately. Come should be one of those commands that is like a reflex because of the safety involved. If my dog moves immediately to obey, the collar correction is already minimized. (Also remember that one good correction is more effective than several nagging corrections) As soon as the dog got to me I would give the dog a reward and lots of praise. I understand that the dog may not be as motivated by the reward to use it on it's own...but he still needs to know that what he did was the right thing to do and it will help him understand the command more clearly. Then you have to work on this in dozens of different places, with all kinds of distractions, and work up to it slowly. If you see his very favorite dog and know that there is a good chance he won't listen...Don't even try unless you have a line on him and can make him. The more times he successfully ignores you...the less the commands mean to him.
Depending on how it goes with the line, that may be all you need. Sometimes people have to go to an E-collar to further enforce the offlead behavior. Again it just depends on the dog. Good luck!
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