I have a 6 month old Siberian Husky who is getting more intelligent and obedient as she gets older. She had some problems understanding "NO" when she was younger but now she does great. I usually go over to the huge golf course next to my house when there arn't any golfers and let my husky run free. I'm steadily teaching her how to fetch. She loves to run, expecially if I run with her, and if she goes too far, I call her and she immediately comes to me. But I've noticed that EVERY training guide, breed info page etc. about Siberian Husky's says in big bold red letters "DON'T EVER LET YOUR SIBERIAN HUSKY OFF-LEASH!" One site even had a list of things to do to get your husky to come to you if it gets off-leash. One technique was to run in the house and grab a piece of meat and wave it in the air hoping your dog will smell it. I thought this was odd because a simple clap and motion for my husky to come to me will have her jetting in my direction. One time, I let her run around the back of my house off-leash and went in the house for a second and some retard (probably on purpose) swung my front gate open and my neighboor spotted my dog across the street (trying to play with the german shepherds on the otherside of the gate) and ran to my house and told me. I ran out and as soon as my siberian saw me, she waited for the cars to stop and ran over to me. Sorry for the long post but I just wanted to explain why I'm confused. I can't even begin to imagine my husky running away not even caring where I am. Is this something I should worry about, maybe she'll abruptly change when she gets older? I don't want to disregard all the warnings dog trainers have given me but is there a chance my husky is just different? And also, she's EXTREMELY shy of strangers. Like I mean unbelievable shy. The first time she sees anyone she will trip over herself trying to get away from them. She even curls up behind me for cover. After a couple pets and whatnot she becomes very fond of you but those first few minutes she'll look at you like frankenstein.