Originally Posted By: CalipsoSugar has started her click training, but she is strong willed. Sometimes I take her out front to the mailbox as a special event. The problem is that once free she doesn't want to come back. She knows what the click means, but the outside is more alluring than getting a treat. Even worse, by responding to her name it means that the fun is over which is counter-productive to getting her to respond to her name and getting her to return.
From your post, i'm not sure you correctly understand "click" training. either that, or i am totally misunderstanding you. But knowing what the "click" means and having her still run off doesn't make sense to me.
The click is to mark an event or behavior that a dog does correctly. So if you're outside, and tell your dog to come, it won't hear any click till she does the behavior and then gets rewarded. Or after you tell her to sit, or down, etc.
If she's running around, all the clicking in the world is only doing two things at this point. #1 conditioning her that the click is actually meaningless and to be ignored, and #2 that ignoring you is an option as well.
My advice is to back up in your training. She can NOT be let offleash anywhere that she can run free and away from you, it will only reinforce her running away from you.
She should never be off leash, then she can never be reinforced for disobeying.
By responding to her name, it shouldn't be a negative. It shouldn't mean game time is over, all fun ends, etc. In the beginning you need to call them lots of times, and lots of times reward with playing ball, food, praise, getting let free (in a controlled place, fenced yd, basement, etc where a running free dog is safe), all sorts of fun stuff when her name is called.
If 9 out of 10 times you call her, something fun happens, she is not going to disobey you that 10th time. and in time it will be so conditioned to come to her name, the thought of playtime being over or something bad happening will never even cross her mind.
But until then, she hasn't earned the right to be free going to the mailbox, it will be quite some time till that happens. Leash and collars everywhere for a while, and never give her the chance to disobey.