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Sounds like he might have separation anxiety. Along with a TV or Radio, put a t shirt in his bed that has your smell on it. Wear it to bed and then put it in his area. You can also help him gain more confidence. Leave the room or pretend to walk out of the house. Do what you would normal do when you leave, put shoes on, grab purse, put coat on etc. When you close the door, wait until he stops barking. You can yell quiet from behind the door or make a loud noise to startle him. Once he stops, walk in but don't make eye contact, wait several seconds and then praise when he is quiet and calm. Never walk in when he is barking. If you walk in and he starts to bark, walk out again until he is quiet. Practice this several times a day. He will gain confidence and learn you will always return. Separation anxiety can start at any age. Keep you departures and arrivals calm. Just remember, ignore him when you first get home just for a beat. It's hard but make sure he is calm and sitting before you greet him. Good luck!