What is going on here?
Ruby the Corgi Pup was doing fine in the house-training department, once we addressed the UTI that she apparently had at the time she arrived here at 8 weeks of age.
Recently, she started peeing on the floor again. So forthwith it was back to the vet: he couldn't find an infection but did see some crystals (which it develops are not out of the ordinary in dogs and may not indicate pathology). But he put her back on Clavamox and the not-very-nutritious Royal Canin S/O diet.
This conveniently developed three days before I had to go in for cancer surgery.
Okay, so we're going along on this routine. We're now about 3/4 of the way through the Clavamox prescription.
Meanwhile, backstory: Cassie, the 7-year-old corgi, occasionally poops in a corner of the family room. This doesn't happen often, and I've assumed it has been because she couldn't get outside when I was running around the city doing errands or teaching. It's a mild annoyance but not a real problem. Cassie has never peed on the floor.
Recently I've been finding more piles AND puddles of pee. The piles have the characteristic smell of Royal Canin S/O (which smells awful!), and I'm now certain that both the puddles and the mounds are coming from Ruby.
Catching her in the act is very difficult -- of late, it's been impossible. She's an accomplished stealth pisser. Yesterday both my son and I evidently were in the room with her when she deposited a puddle and a mound. Neither one of us saw her doing it.
The thing is, she was going outside. This is a new development or relapse. For some weeks, she was doing her thing faithfully outdoors and had learned to go to the door and bark to get me to let her out. Now all of a sudden she seems to have "lost" the housetraining.
This is getting very old. Yesterday I cleaned up three messes, and the cleaning lady found another one. My floors, which are all tile, are SATURATED with that enzyme de-stinker stuff.
On the 27th I have to go back for still more cancer surgery, and what will happen after that remains to be seen. So the "lost housetraining" routine poses a challenge. There's a limit to what I can cope with, and we're right on the verge of it.
Just now she's in her X-pen, which I broke out of storage this morning. She will have to stay locked up or outside every single minute. But IMHO that is hardly optimal. I'm accustomed to having my dogs live in the house with me. Even if I wanted to leave her outdoors, that's not possible because it's 110 degrees out there. She might not survive a day in that kind of heat, and even if she could, obviously that would be abusive. Keeping her locked up every breathing minute seems kind of cruel, too, especially since she's had the run of the house. And of course it's a nuisance to have a dog pen taking up half the square footage of a room that I live in.
I'm afraid I've never heard of a dog that came UN-housetrained. Is this a corgi thing? Anybody else experienced this? If so, what did you do, if anything, to retrain the dog?