My Aussie Is Driving Me Nuts
by Jane Doe
My boyfriend had a 4 year old 77 lb Aussie before we started dating, and it's been a little over a year and this dog at first seemed well trained, but then we moved in together.
He had horrible separation anxiety and expects to sleep on the bed in the room every night, to be let inside and if he isn't he body slams the door/licks it and clanks his teeth on it.
He knows lots of tricks but when I try to make him listen to basic commands (come, stay, no) he ignores me. If I try to drag him to go where I want him to go he bites me and claws me. (He has a ton of loose skin and I know it doesn't hurt him.)
He respects his dad way more but still ignores him sometimes. My biggest issue is the freaking out he does. He eats door frames/doors, barks and whines nonstop, and is super aggressive toward other dogs and men that visit. That's why he is occasionally put up. He's good in a kennel but I can't leave him there forever.
I'm learning to hate this dog, and honestly think he is a huge part of arguments that happen between my boyfriend and I. I need serious help.