I was out walking Bruno and Spencer and spotted two Golden Retrievers on a retractable leash walking their owner up ahead. We were across the street. I kept walking, waiting for the Goldens to see us. Bruno and Spencer saw the dogs a ways back and were just looking as they walked. When the Goldens saw us they started to pull and bark. The owner told them to cut it out but the dogs ignored him. The dogs were already in charge of their human by leading the way on the walk; there was no reason to listen to their follower. Bruno and Spencer kept walking. Spencer looked as he walked but never pulled or stopped. Bruno had turned his gaze back to the path ahead, stopped looking and kept walking. I gave the pup a couple of "leave it" commands and he too stopped looking and kept walking.
So what was the difference in the two packs and their reactions?
In my pack I am the leader and my dogs were following me. I kept going so they kept going. I didn't react to the dogs so they didn't react to the dogs.
In the Goldens’ pack one of the Goldens was in charge and that dog reacted so the other dog reacted and neither dog thought it necessary to listen to their human follower.