My she-pup does not like to be touched by strangers. She is very good with adults now, especially since we stay back a step or two. Kids don't even have to come close before she barks. It tends to scare some children. Lately I've been having her lay down and I sit with her as children go by. That way we are practicing calm behavior when she sees children. Before I've been correcting her when she barks and having her look at me but that didn't really change her behavior. So my next step was to think about teaching her the behavior I want first. It's not fair to correct her when she doesn't yet know what I want. I was working it all backwards.
So to connect that to the focus. My gal will give me very good focus if I ask for it, but I ask for it before we see kids. I never walk her off leash outside of fenced areas. I can't trust her yet. She'll break focus if something is interesting enough, and a simple command won't get it back. She is 18 months old now. Still young and impulsive. Somethings just take a lot of time, depending on the type of dog you have in front of you. My big boy, who was exposed to more children as a young pup, never barks at kids or is tempted to chase them.
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