Yes I agree with the NILIF. However, regardless of the fact that she is a GREAT person, she is a pet owner who doesn't think that all pets need to be obedience trained the way we tend to do here on the forum. Sassy does have good recall (as far as I've seen) and she is a dog that doesn't tend to leave her side, so this is good enough for my friend.
She may view this thread, so I hope I don't get into hot water here, but she does tend to humanize her animals.
I have suggested training (as in classes, private, etc) many times to her, but I doubt this will happen. I have loaned her my Turid Rugaas books, my Patricia McConnell books, my Ian Dunbar, my canine behavior photography books....etc but she didn't read them.
The thing is, last night I was at a wonderful party with her, and poor Sassy (there was about 7 of us in the house besides her and her dad, and we all are very familiar to Sassy) peed several times when we first got there, without anyone even petting her. She puts her head down like she's very afraid, even though I squatted down, let her come to me, didn't look at her (I looked sideways), just let her sniff my hand, made my kids walk in an arc.....towards the very end of the evening, she did play tug with my 14 year old daughter. My friend and I had a conversation about her being fearful, and she's convinced it's not genetic, it's because she was in a rescue and possibly abused before she got her. I said I thought after 4 years of loving (and spoiling) I thought it was more genetic, then she brought up that with her understanding of genetics she didn't feel that at all.
Heh! You were both posting while I was typing (and managing my own pup!)