As some of you might know from my thread "a day at the dog park" you will know we recently adopted a dog with anxiety and behavior issues. Her poor behavior is mostly outside issues now. This weekend we were working on cleaning up an area of our yard. I did not want to leave her inside because I could hear her crying and whining in our sun room. I brought her out with us and tied her leash down to the fence so she could be near but not in any danger. She got very aggressive and was jumping, nipping, barking and whining. Eventually I just brought her back inside because she was making it impossible for me to get any work done because I feared she would hurt herself. She has seperation anxiety so I would like her to be more confident and comfortable. Any advice on how to properly train a tie down? Please be advised I am NOT tying my dog up and leaving her alone. I would never do that. This is more she can sit and wait calmly while I work in the yard nearby. Normally she has free range of our backyard in the fence but we are not ready to trust her when our chickens are free ranging just yet. She is good when she is in the fence but when she was on the leash she was panicking so I think it might be a great teaching opportunity to calm her anxiety. I just want to approach it correctly. When I tried to do an internet search it just brought up people who are abusing their dogs by leaving them tied up outside. Thats why I want to be clear that this is not the intention and this is only to be used as a teaching tool. She has overcome a lot of her issues and is becoming a wonderful companion. She looks to me a lot for guidance and we are building the trust level. Thats why it is all the more important that she can let this seperation anxiety go. Any advice is appreciated.