That's what I'm doing to eliminate the car anxiety. Here's how I'm working him right now:
I've been having him sit, then I give him the command to get in the car, then I have him lie down, and then I'll close the door on him for 10 seconds or so, and then open it back up, command him to get out of the car, and then to sit again. These workouts are causing him very little anxiety, as his anxiety doesn't really begin until I'm in the front seat, the car is on, and really especially once the car starts moving. So I'm just very slowly working our way up to all of that so as to reduce the anxiety first. My plan is to get him to be able to hold the down stay in the back with the door closed for a good minute, then start walking around the car to the drivers side, then getting in the drivers seat, then turning on the car... etc. Etc.
His OB is pretty solid when he isn't anxious btw. And I almost never take him anywhere anymore just because the car anxiety is so bad, which is why I've started doing these short, easy training sessions with him. I do these sessions about 4-7 times a week, just depending on how much time I have.
I've been using his reward marker word, treats, praise, and no-reward marker word only for these sessions so far. I only use corrections when I'm 100% sure he knows the command under that particular distraction. So far he hasn't had much anxiety at all because he loves to work. The only time he does is if I leave the car door shut for a little bit too long, but I've only done that a couple times as I am trying to set him up for success and make this process very fun for him and not cause any more anxiety
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Last edited by Tulip; 02-25-2018 at 01:00 PM.