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I really think you answered your own questions. There was a change in the household due to your surgery and the time you had to recoup. I hope you are doing well now. Looks like she couldn’t cope with the change in daily routine. I believe you have to start Crate training and SA 101 all over again. It will take a lot of time but I think with lots of patience and training you can get her use to the crate and staying home alone. Maybe one or two days a week she could go to day camp. How about a dog walker coming to your home to take her out? This way she will get one walk during the 5 hours you are gone.
Another consideration to lessen her stress and/or anxiety is giving her a frozen KONG to chew on. I wouldn’t give pillows or stuffy toys. As you have found out they like to de-stuff them and I’m afraid she might eat the stuffing which could cause a bigger problem. There is also a medication called Clomicalm for SA. You need your vet’s prescription for this. If you don’t like the idea of medicating, there is a plug-in called D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) which is very helpful to stress related behavior in pups and dogs.
Sometimes the naked eye cannot see blood in the urine. By the time you see blood it usually means it is a really bad infection and may have possibly gone into the kidneys. Signs of a UTI is frequent and inappropriate urination. Only the vet can tell for sure if she has a UTI.
As soon as you’re well enough I would consider obedience training for her. I’m sure it would be a big help in you becoming leader of the pack and it would be something you both enjoy. BTW how is your male doing?
Here’s links to help you with crates and SA training.
Crate training your pup and older dog
Sometimes dogs prefer wire crates
I hope this link works; it has a cool set up of a crate and x-pen
If it doesn’t work I got it from this site. I enlarged the photo.
Thanks for the links! I am sure I will use them. This week I have put Mya in the bathroom with a baby gate blocking the door so she can not get out. I have left her with two toys to keep her amused. She has had only one accident this week during my absence. AS soon as she sees her crate she begins to tremble & shake. When I leave for work, she barks a little but that is it. Again, thanks for your advice. Duncan, me little guy is doing much better. I have been reinforcing the obedience with him daily and am using it with Mya as well. Things here are turning around for all of us.
Thank you for the update. I’m happy to hear all is going well. It’ll take time but I’m sure with that and patience you’ll have everything worked out very soon. Dachshunds are a little different as you can’t give them an inch or they will want a mile. :
Keep up the good work and take care,