I had my landlords come over for an inspection today. My daughter opened the door before I could grab Banjo, so of course she was out there jumping up on them and going berserk. It took me a few seconds to manage to grab her by the collar, which prompted one of them to say "You don't seem to have any control over her" or something to that effect!
I didn't respond - they're my landlords - but I was pretty peed off about that stupid assumption. It is the only situation where Banjo does get out of control and I am working on it and found that using the time out method makes a huge difference. But when I dragged her off to lock her in the laundry, one of the landlords said "Oh no don't, she's alright". Sigh.
Unfortunately lots of people still mostly get to see that side of Banjo. They don't see how incredibly good she is when she does not get overexcited around new people. She comes when called 99% of the time, I can stop her from running up to dogs on leads or cats on the street with a "leave" 90% of the time, even when she is in full stride and only 1 meter away from the dog or cat, she stops dead when I say stay, she heels really well and I can prevent her from running up to people on the street with a "Who's that".
But at the front door and around our house it is easy to get caught off guard. But that does NOT mean I have no control over my dog!
PS: I really need to make work of the dog training party I have been intending to have for ages. We don't get enough visitors to practice on.