Border Collie does not like outside
I'm taking care of a friend's 2yo Border collie for a couple of months. He is used to being inside but due to the hours I work I cannot walk or play with him as much as my friends did. I have tried putting him outside when I leave in the morning but when I come home some 14 hours later, I find he is still barking and whining. Once I came home to find that he had hurt himself clawing at the doggy door he is now too big for. I think he might be jealous of the cats that he can see through it who also like to stay inside. Should I leave him locked inside as he seems to like or can I train him not to fret and annoy the neighbours and maybe enjoy the extra room?
ANSWER: Border Collie does not like outside
It sounds like this BC suffers from separation anxiety more than anything else. Whilst dogs a habitual animals, there seems to be more too it. He obviously likes being inside, but in your case I would be very careful as you may come home to a mess you do not want. It is also questionable if that would eliminate the barking etc. I think appropriate interaction, good and transparent leadership will solve this. And yes the cats would add to his reactions, and maybe try and put them in another part of the house and see what that does. When leaving no communication and start putting him out when you are at home, so it loses the association of you leaving. If persists get help as dog could end up trying to escape.