Nothing says spring has sprung like a wet hound dog. On a recent walk past a nearby pond Jack decided to investigate a turtle basking in the sun on a log near shore (you can see in this photo that the turtle is long gone, poor thing, Jack only wanted to sniff it...).
Along with scaring off the turtle he made me realize I am going to have to be brave and try out the longer, retractable leash so that I don't end up taking a dip along with the dog. I'm the sort of person who actually reads the instruction manual that comes with the leash so I learned all about how dangerous it can be to use a retractable leash on a dog that is not under control. That's when a relative loaned me a "pinch" collar to help me train Jack to heel. Last night I watched an episode of It's Me Or the Dog and Victoria was specifically stating how cruel these collars are and that they should not be used. Yikes. Poor Jack. I feel like an abusive parent. Now my new worry is that I have been cruel to use the pinch collar to help train him to walk on the retractable leash! This dog training stuff seemed a lot simpler when my parents were doing it and I was seven years old.