Thanks for the replies and personal experiences...it is helpful. The different twists some of you used to the method I am using are interesting...
Steve...I agree that some bad behavior is as you suggest...worth more than a food morsel...could you expand on your " ignore that, this is better" approach....you have my curiosity.
That was meant as just a broad, generalization of what your doing with her, but the idea of there's no satisfaction from looking at that dog, paying attention to me has some benefit, will have a certain limit, depending on the dog and what kind of foundation you put on her.
In even more broad terms, but specific to my dog. I play with him, a lot. Around people, and different things. In different places, everyday. It just makes it easy to make distractions, not be distractions so leave it, ignore that, etc, is pretty easy.
My rott, it was different. First he had to learn he wasnt going to do what ever he wanted, then he figured out the only fun would be doing what I wanted him to do. Complete opposite of the shepherd, but the end was the same. The common theme though, is its not up to them to decide. When it comes to bad behavior, reactive or whatever term, I don't like the idea of letting them do what they want and then choose not to or when to stop. If it works for someone, they'll think its great and for them it is. I'm more comfortable with obedience to me.