Before playing any of the previously discussed "recall" games, I will play The Name Game. I had suggested this game to Thor's previous owners, and he knew his name well long before he was in my home.
The Name Game:
I start with the dog near me where he cannot/will not wander. I say his name and immediately (within 3 seconds) give a food treat. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I want a dog who, when he hears his name, looks at me and starts moving in my direction. And I want the response to be instantaneous. Dog trainer Leslie McDevitt calls this a "whiplash turn." I like that.