Having trouble walking on a leash properly
We just got a german shepherd that went through numerous homes being mistreated and he has no idea how to walk on the leash, there was a few problems with toilet training (now resolved); however he still suffers from extreme anxiety when i leave the room even if there is another person with him, he was also very malnourished and cowers if we pick up items such as a belt, hair brush etc..
Whilst trying to walk him he will sometimes walk at heel if we use the blue rope lead we have, however any kind of distraction sets him off, like a car or bike etc, and ends up pullin the rope too tight and we don't want him to strangle himself. We have a head harness that we haven't used yet as he cries every time he sees it, when we put it on him he tried to scratch it off so we took it off so that he didn't hurt himself.
While running in open areas he is completely fine and if I stop he stops too, he won't walk at all, let alone walk at heel. We have 2 leads a blue rope one and a chain with a leather handle, the chain attatches to the head harness and the blue rope one just goes around his neck.
Any help would be appreciated cause we need to get this under control now, he's 8 months old.