Before I explain, I stopped by the board to say thank you for your advice on recall. He's doing much better with it - not quite 100% but vastly improved. I ended up getting an e-collar but did more work with him before I started using it.
Back to reflective/reactive/clueless....
I guess I feel somewhere in between. I'm definitely a thinker, but definitely not a "freezer" either...have worked hard in life on thinking before reacting instead of reacting then regretting. But to pick one, reflective would definitely be it.
I'm generally pretty intuitive with people...I look right past most details, but I think I "see" moods and discern character very well (which I think means I subconsciously see the details and process them).
When I got Miles, I was pretty much clueless. I'd only had experience with my son's dog (part time as an adult dog), who has a totally different personality. That means I brought home what, to me, was essentially a six-month-old alien being, completely untrained to boot. I had no knowledge base from which to build any intuition. All I knew was that I'd be good to him, and that I'd be the boss, or else he would be.
Thankfully I used my logic and intuition to realize that your training style made sense and that you knew your stuff and could be trusted!!! Taking training at Cher Car was a great choice.
When you don't know dogs, it's hard to even understand what a reasonable expectation is. For example, I looked at the Cher Car facebook page one day and saw a video of a girl walking a young Dutchie, who was easily controlled and staying right next to her.
I saw that and realized it was a reasonable expectation for a young dog, but we weren't there yet. Miles is no Dutchie and I'm sure no Cheryl Carlson, but DARN it, my dog is going to be well-trained, and I just needed to work harder with him. (He's now doing a lot better and even pretty well with off-leash heels outside.)
So that's it - a lot reflective, somewhat reactive, and hopefully getting a little less clueless. Working hard and keeping at it.