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Our trainer has rules for the recall command:
1: Never call your dog for something unpleasant.
2: Say the word once. Don't repeat.
3: Reward the dog every time he comes.
4: Make it happen.
Rodney had a really hard time with responding when we said "come." We realized it was because we were calling him for unpleasant stuff: going back inside when he was having fun outside; getting him away from fun treebark chew toys; etc.
When we started only saying "come" for fun things, like pets, treats, etc. he started coming WAY more reliably. I make a big deal of it in the backyard when he comes when called. I squat down and open my arms, like I'm going to hug him when he gets there, and say, "Rodney, come!" If he gets distracted on the way, I make kissy sounds or other sounds he thinks are fun, and I start backing away (he loves to chase me). I used to have to walk toward him with a treat and lure him towards me, but we're past that stage now. When he gets to me, he sits, I grab his collar and say, "gotcha!", and then I pet him like crazy on his belly and everywhere else.
I agree with others that there can't be an option for the puppy to not come right at first when it's not a reliable command. She's gotta understand that good things happen when she's right next to you! Work in small, very familiar spaces first or outside with a longer leash.