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We just went for our last walk of the day. Get to the corner and there is a stunning long coated GSD coming up the road. Owner sees me getting the Punk out of the way so he gives us room, but then stops right across from us and puts his very good boy in a down/stay. He and I have a conversation about how Shadow is terrified of other dogs and will often go on the offensive if she feels threatened. He was shocked when I said Shadow is 9.5, complemented her and said what a pretty girl she was. Lol. His dog was stunning and I told him so. The whole 5 minute chat his dog holds it's down stay AND Shadow holds her sit/stay! He moves off first so she can see them moving away and then we head off in the other direction and carry on. Huge praise! Tons of pets and best dog evers.
We get to the school and big yellow Lab coming. So I move her off a bit and put her in a sit/stay again. She huffs as it walks past but never moves, no barking, no whining, no growling, no shaking. Labs people call to her that she is a really good girl. We let them move off and carry on, more praise, Shadow is all wiggles now from all the praise. Get to the end of the school and loser dog is out. It's tied on a cable that reaches right to the road and it charges everything that comes near it. Scares the crap out of Shadow every freaking day! It comes charging to the edge of the road and Shadow kind of flips it off and KEEPS WALKING! I was so proud of her. She got extra treats when we got home. And I told her all the way what an awesome incredible wonderful BEST DOG IN THE WORLD she was.

I guess a couple of years of not getting attacked or charged or chased did what no amount of training could. We were across a street from the GSD, so 20 feet-ish, 15 feet from the Lab and always across the street from the bad dog, because it's a bad dog.
I have passed closer to other dogs, about 10 feet, but always moving and needing repeated corrections because she gets freaked right out when they get behind her.
 

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Shadow and I have bumped into her boyfriend, Sarge the coatie, a few times now.
The other night we happened to meet at the school so.....
I put Shadow in a sit and as we were chatting, Sarge and owner moved casually closer a bit at a time. Six feet or so! Shadow was relaxed enough to lay down!
Then we switched it up and we moved around while they stayed still. No problem.
We had a bit of a ruckus when Sarge got too excited and bounced at her, but she warned him off and promptly relaxed again. She does still have a need for space, but she did so well. We will not be walking past the bad dog anymore. Her owners took exception to me putting Shadow in a sit right across the road. Apparently their dog not behaving is my fault. Lol. I get the frustration, but I need to communicate to my dog that it doesn't matter what the other dog is doing, she is still ok and still needs to listen.
 
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