I have had my dog, a male English Setter x Collie aged 7, for about 10 months after adopting him from the Blue Cross. He settled in with me really quickly and is happy and laid back, but normally very enthusiastic about his walks. Until very recently he has been totally trustworthy off the lead, although I never take any chances when within sight of a road.

On 3 or 4 separate occasions recently he has, when let off the lead, simply turned round and run off in the direction of home. Until tonight I have been able to call for him to stop and sit while I catch up and put him on the lead, but this evening he hesitated, and then ran all the way home, crossing a (fortunately not busy) road in the process. I put him on the lead and tried to resume the walk he dug his heels in and would not move. Although anxious I am careful not to tell him off.

I cannot think of anything that has changed recently in his environment or routine. This behaviour actually started while we were staying with friends away from home recently - while at a country park he suddenly made his way back to the camper van instead of continuing a walk. However, I have taken him away from home several times before and he has always been fine and enjoyed himself.
Any helpful advice would be much appreciated. Any questions, please ask and I will reply through this group.
I have had my dog, a male English Setter x Collie aged 7, for about10 months after adopting him from ... enjoyed himself. Any helpful advice would be much appreciated. Any questions,please ask and I will reply through this group. >>.

Try asking this on the Taking the Lead forum run by the UK trainer and behaviourist Gill White
http://www.takingthelead.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl You have to subscribe to be ablt to read the threads and to post a query but you 'll get a reply;)
Alison