Before you start teaching your dog to heel without a leash, you’re going to need to gear up. Even though your goal is to remove the tether, you should start out with a nice, comfortable leash and flat buckle collar for your dog’s safety until he’s solidly mastered the command. Treats and a convenient treat bag are also great items to have since you’re going to need to get and keep your dog’s attention.
Finally, your pooch should have loose leash walking mastered before teaching a heel, as this foundational behavior will make learning the modification much easier. There are a variety of different methods for teaching your dog to heel without a leash. Like people, dogs learn in different ways. Try one or more of the methods on for size to see which is the best fit for your dog.
My dog has been showing signs of anxiety since he was brought to me as a puppy. I thought over time he'd get over it, but I was wrong.Sometimes its in the car on car rides, and I cant leave him in the backyard alone or he yelps and whines.But other wise is fine. How can I break this habit and feel more confident?
Wiley Bear looks like a happy and curious pup! The two anxiety issues that you talk about can be remedied. Take a look at this guide for excellent tips on riding in the car: https://wagwalking.com/wellness/car-pet-friendly. It could be that Wiley Bear gets motion sickness. Start with having him sit in the car and give him treats. Then, sit in the car with you when it is turned on for a few minutes. Then, on another day take a very short ride. Each day extend it just a bit and be sure to include a very fun destination like the park or pet store in the ride. Here are more tips: https://wagwalking.com/wellness/natural-remedies-for-motion-sickness-in-dogs As for the anxiety outside, use a similar method. Stay outside and play games with Wiley Bear. Then, next time, pop inside for 30 seconds. Gradually extend the time each day (one minute, then two, etc). Make the yard a fun place to be with chew toys, water and a treat or two when he goes outside. Good luck!
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