Westie out of control when outside

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Barked: Tue Apr 30, '13 5:20pm PST 
I have a 1 yr old Westie female. While a great dog, I have one big issue. If she escapes from my yard, she is gone. I am very worried that she will end up getting hit by a car.

Now my back yard is gated, and she (Luna) spends a great deal of time there, chasing the ball, animals etc. However I had an instance where my kids left the front door open and the dog took off. She will not listen to any family member when this happens. The only way I got her back is that she found another neighbor outside (who she had to meet).

How can I start getting my Westie to listen when outside?