OMG! You guys are all GENIUSES! I took my dog out twice today already to just focus on engagement training like you all suggested and she was SO happy. Way happier than fetch or frisbee or a walk. Several small dogs walked by us (went to a busier area to work on ignoring them) and she didn’t ONCE try to get into a herding position! She glanced over and then continued playing with me!!!
She is super affectionate but never in public. And today, she came over to me after playing and wanted to lick my face. She’s NEVER done that in public before.