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I agree with all the comments above. Besides, going to training classes is a lot of fun, and you will learn so much you can do with your dog.
I also recommend the long leash to let her out to potty, that way when you say come, you can reel the dog in when you call. Dogs MUST come EVERY time when called it is for their safety, so you are right you need to fix this. When your dog is IN the house, you can reward her with a treat. Do not do that until the dog is in, and the door is shut. As you work with your dog, only treat if the dog comes on it's own, and you do not lure it in. Then sporadically, not all the time, as time progresses.
When you take your dog out to a park or something use the long leash again, and as the dog gets distracted call to you. Same procedure as coming in the house. It helps the dog learn. Use a consistent command each time so the dog learns one word. As it comes to you mark it with a positive tone, of "yes" if the dog veers off in another direction, mark it with a 'no'. Your dog will learn.
Lastly, about running out when your kids go out... long leash on in the house. If you can have your kids help you, have them tell you, put the dog in a sit, you pick up the leash, as the door opens if your dog moves from the sit, give a leash correction (snap) so it learns to stay until released. Then when the door closes, go to the dog, reward (pet, treat, praise) and release. I belong to the theory, sit means sit, until you give another command, your dog should not move. However consistency is key. You can't practice sometimes, it must be always.
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