Look at this:
Okay, so I used Flickr’s black and white filter to conceal that it’s a really bad photo, so you may not be able to tell what’s going on.
Let me narrate:
That is Silas, playing tug in the house. While he’s wearing his leash!
Last night I was planning to move to the quickly-clip-and-unclip-before-he-panics stage of training. So, we were playing the funnest game of all time, and I had his leash draped around my neck. I’ve been doing this a lot lately, to get him over “OMG, I see a leash!! What do I do?!” I clipped the leash on, less quickly and smoothly than I planned. And, nothing happened. He didn’t even flick an ear. So, I left it on, and we continued to play the funnest game of all time (which involves a Kong Wubba, tug, chase, and every obedience command he knows.) Today I tried it again, even though he feels pretty strongly that mornings are for napping, not playing. And he was fine.