I'm 5'6.5", 18 yrs old, and only weigh 100 lbs (I was 90 until Matt made me gain some weight because he was concerned for my health). Koda is only 62.8 lbs (last time I weighed her). But this happens to me often.
Once I had an older woman walk by me at the park, while Koda was in a perfect heel as always. The woman immediately yelled at me that I didn't need to have a big, mean dog in a public area and I needed to leave. I simply stopped moving, turned to her and stared at her. Didn't say anything. Koda sat down beside me but lowered her head so she looked bigger. The woman left.
Another time I had Koda walking and a man with four small dogs on flexi-leads. All of them were at Koda's heals nipping her. She kept her eyes on me, and was literally up against my legs. Yet he screamed at me about endangering his dogs. I told him to get his dogs before I did, he did nothing. So I MADE them leave her alone then continued walking.
I also had a situation where a loose mastiff attacked Koda while she was a pup. I kicked the dog in the face many times, and the owner immediately came after me for it. I didn't back off at all, being the defiant person I am, and called AC on his idiot dog.
Mom To~ Dakoda (b/t GSD), Simi (b/w DSH), Nashoba (sable GSD)