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So, I've been bringing Beau to my boyfriend's house a couple times and it is blatantly apparent that he has separation anxiety. I've been bringing him because Michael has dogs and a fenced backyard - two things Beau doesn't have. He gets to play with dogs over there and doesn't have to be on a leash or hooked up to anything. It's not ideal because the other dog (a husky) humps him.... almost constantly. One of the other dogs is little, and it plays good. We keep the husky hooked up while Beau is there so that Beau can play with it on his own terms and not be humped the whole time, and he can get away from the husky.
The problem doesn't arise until we try to go into the house and leave him outside to play. (After we made sure all the dogs got along good, and there wasn't any way for him to get out, etc). When we tried to go inside, Beau thought he was supposed to come inside too..... Which he can't at Michael's family's house, sadly. (Which is why we only go to visit) Beau went crazy trying to get into the house with us, busted through the door several times and ran into and through the house. Then when we finally got him back outside, he whined/whimpered, clawed, jumped, chewed, gnawed on the door to the point that I was a nervous wreck thinking he was going to hurt himself or break their door down and come running in the house again and knock one of the kids down!
We've been through this twice. The first time was almost traumatizing for both of us, because we're always together. The second time was better, only because when he busted through the door that day (Mind you, this is the third or fourth time he's busted through their door and flew into the house), I took him back out, made him sit on the steps, and calmly told him "Stay" then I stood up, took a step back, and closed the door. After a minute or two, he went to play with the dogs, and he spent most of the time that day playing with only a little time by the door wanting inside.
Am I doing anything wrong? My mom is horrified that I'm leaving him in the backyard and he's not allowed inside. (Also - this is for maybe a max of 4-5 hours, and I'm constantly peeking out windows to check on them, and going out to play) Is there anything I can do to help Beau with his seperation anxiety? It's not only at Michael's that he does this kind of stuff. If I go up stairs at my house and leave him downstairs behind the baby gate, he'll whimper and gnaw on the gate until I come back, or try to jump it if I don't come back fast enough. Or if I'm outside and he can see me, he'll jump at the door or windows so bad my mom has to either tell me to come inside or put Beau in the kennel for fear he'll break the windows. And he does the same thing with our doors at home (chewing, scratching, etc) when we leave - we don't have the problem with him busting inside because he's an inside dog because we don't have a fence. But I've hooked him up outside a couple times to his tolley thing and he'll jump at the door if someone isn't out there with him. I know goldens are family dogs, but he needs some dog time too.
Merry Christmas Eve!