After class last night everyone let their dogs loose for a bit of a romp together. (totally fenced area) It's interesting to note the ways that different dogs play. There is a variety of breeds and sizes in our class. Dee immediately hooked up with another retriever type and pretty much ignored the rest of the dogs. I'm not sure if it was because he was the only one close to her size.... or if she remembered that she had played with him a couple of times last year. She gets VERY excited and seems to barely look where she's going when she's playing. I'm sure part of the reason is because she's an only dog and she doesn't get to play with other dogs on a daily basis. Also we are really careful with her as her hips aren't 100%. She is enthralled with ALL other dogs! Her doggy manners have improved somewhat, but she still kind of explodes into play. : She also doesn't seem to take it seriously if another dog growls at her. Anyway after the little play session everyone called their dogs and put their leashes on. Dee's recall is great IF she is on a long line, but she unfortunately is well aware that when OFF leash she doesn't HAVE TO come when she's called. We've been working on this for a long time, but honestly I'm not sure she'll ever be reliable on recall....especially if there is something else that interests her. With everyone's dog leashed she decided to be a clown and started jumping and splashing in a big water bowl....which she then proceeded to push around with her nose etc. while we unsuccessfully told her to COME. What seemed like ten minutes was probably only a minute or two, but frustrating all the same. She is still very much a puppy at 2 and a half. Anyway, (aside from the poor recall) I'm wondering if most of your dogs/Labs play this way? Caution to the wind so to speak! She totally adores other dogs (even the ones that growl at her :).