It has come as something as a shock to me that Pickles has become a moderately well behaved dog, and by that I mean better behaved than most. I don't know how it happened.
She probably would not win a dog obedience contest, but she knows the basic commands. Sit, down, stay, guess which hand & get away from the cat. When we're in walking mode, she walks at my speed, speeding up when I do, stopping when I do and so on. When she's in her groove, I barely have to hold the leash. I didn't do anything special, just lots and lots of walking, every day(over 2 miles this morning), and somehow I managed to let her know my expectations. She stays at my side now, and it's pretty nice. I have no idea when this happened, but it's been going on for a while now.
When we walk past dogs that are going crazy barking at her, she normally does not respond. That is a different story if we are in what she considers her territory, but out in the wilds of Valdese, she pretty much ignores the other dogs.
When she was younger, if you let her off the leash there was no telling where she would end up, and it was not easy to get her to come back - she had a great time. Now, most of the time she'll run around for awhile and then come right up to you.
She changed. She's calmer. She's more socialized to other dogs and people. She's turned into a pretty good dog.