I went to a brunch at a friend's place today. As they are dog people, I took Banjo. I walked in and the first people I saw were tiny ones. There were a 2 and a 4yo and also a little one who was only just walking. So I had to keep Banjo on the lead as I did not trust her around kids who probably weighed less than her.
I couldn't relax. I had the dog pulling on the lead and whining, trying to get to my friend's dog and trying to jump up on anyone that passed and just not settling at all. Eventually I put her in the car so I could eat my food.
Got her out immediately after and sat away from people a bit, feeling rather anti-social and with the dog still feeling miserable on the lead.
So I finally got out the clicker and the treat bag and started walking her past the kids, clicking her every time she looked at me. First on the lead, and quite quickly she'd calmed down enough and was focusing so much on me that I could do an off the lead session. Took me maybe 20 minutes and after that, she did not even look in the kids' direction! I still watched her closely and if she did get a bit too close to them, I'd just get her attention and she'd move away.
Clever dog! And I could finally relax and chat to my friends with a glass of champers!
And Banjo had a biiiig play with my friends' energetic lab until she looked like she was going to fall asleep whilst walking.