My kids asked this a lot, and by kids I mean the teenagers in my English classes at school. It seems that every time I went out on the ice with the dogs I learned something new, and hurt myself something wicked at the same time.
I think that’s where the learning came in. If it doesn’t kill you… and all that. 😉
So, what I did this time was try to use the dog whip to strike the ice to one side of the dogs to get them to turn. It’s so much easier to get Maratse or Petra to do it. And, if we just agree that I am not Indiana Jones (although, I really want to be!), this was the result.
I never struck the dogs with the whip. I never intended to, and I never needed to. They took one look at what I did to myself with the whip, and decided to pull the sledge.
So we got there in the end, although it nearly cost me an eye.