Who is in Charge Here?

When a human is walking a lot of dogs at one time, you get a lot of comments.  Such as “Who is walking who?”  We know EXACTLY who is walking who.  Want proof?

Hu-dad - "Ok, Natasha, we have walked down the beach far enough. It is time to turn around and walk back."

Oh yeah, mister? Let's grab hold of this leash.

Sometimes you have to communicate with a firm tug on the leash.

But just remain firm or the human will think he is in control.

And it is difficult to retrain the human once you have allowed bad habits to form.

Any question about who is in charge?


  1. Lorenza on January 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    It is very clear for me… I wonder if hu-dad knows it too!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. Ina in Alaska on January 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    GRR..eat picture of Queen Natasha to show hu-dad just WHO is in charge!!! So funny!

  3. siku marie on January 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I so empathize! It is also good to throw in a few really unreasonable commands every now and then so that you can let the human “win.” That way they think they they are making progress…and they are really really good for a while.

  4. Huffle Mawson on January 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Um, no, I was never in doubt about who was in charge.

  5. The OP Pack on January 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Never a doubt, whatever the Queen says is right!!! We get that same question all the time too. In our case it is surprisingly usually Phantom who is in charge:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  6. Sagira on January 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Nope, I think you covered it. 🙂

  7. Khyra on January 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    No doubts at all!

    Your khredentials are the indikhator of THAT!

    All Hail QNTE!


  8. jack & moo on January 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    oh! reverse-leash training! That’s brilliant, Natasha! No wonder woo are the queen! (No doubt in our minds who the pack-leader is in your pack!)

  9. Kari on January 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Even just walking three I get asked if I am a professional dog walker… I should start making cards


  10. Sammie and Avalon on January 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Well alrighty then… so THAT’S how you do it heheh! We shall try that very technique out today for our afternoon outing – thanks so much for your advice! We will let you know how it turns out!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon

  11. Kristine on January 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    LOL. Or is it the humans letting you think you are in charge?

    Thanks for the smile!

  12. HoundDogMom on January 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    We always let them think they are in charge, but we all know better. You should see our human be in charge of us when a rabbit comes out from absolutely NOWHERE. Hee Hee…The HoundDogs

  13. Elyse and Riley on January 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    When Riley sees a squirrel on a walk…we know who’s in charge…Riley! She’ll try to dart off after it and practically drag me down the street while I’m desperately trying to get her into heel position or even just loose leash position. She gets a little distracted…!

    Elyse (and Riley)

  14. Houndstooth on January 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

    We all know Queen Natasha is in charge of everything! I love those pictures of her, though, especially that bug eyed one!

  15. HUSKYS RULE on January 5, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Thanks Natasha for clarifying this for all the humans out there that “think” they are in control!! You are right that re-training a human is difficult!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  16. Stumpy and cyndi on January 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

    We never had any doubt, but the Herd’s induction into HULA should clarify it for anyone who has questions.

  17. KB on January 5, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I knew the answer before even reading the post! But, the photos prove it! She rules with an iron paw!

  18. Mya Boo Boo Painter on January 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Way to show them who is REALLY in charge, Natasha! Woo make us proud!

    Mya Boo Boo

  19. Zoe on January 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Persistence is a very good trait in a leader. Keep up the good work, Natasha!

  20. The heartbeats on January 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Walking 2 GSD’s and a Boxer gets that question as well. And frankly, the implication is correct. I have no idea where I am going or what I am doing. I am totally fine with this because I have 1 controlling GSDs to keep the situation completely under control, 1 GSD for protection and the Boxer for entertainment. I just have to keep the leashes untangled…

    Mamma Heartbeat

  21. Pip on January 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

    You are the clear leader, Nitasha!

    Your pal, Pip

  22. Jana Rade on January 5, 2011 at 3:20 am

    LOL We know exactly who’s in charge in our house LOL

  23. Pepsi on January 5, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Hoomans THINK they’re in charge, but well, they have no idea we’re just letting them think that.


  24. rottrover on January 5, 2011 at 2:58 am

    “Natasha, You are the Pack Leader!” No question!!

  25. priscilla on January 5, 2011 at 2:31 am

    We always let the hoomans think that they in-charge but well….

  26. tula on January 5, 2011 at 1:15 am

    it’s clear- hu-dad is all ovah it! wink wink.


  27. Terri Jacobson on January 5, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I never questioned it for a minute.

    I like to pretend I’m in charge.

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