It's been two weeks since my first post here. As you know I took the advice given and I'm back to tell you that things are going fine, so far.
Panda has graduated from a small confined area to the run of the house when we are gone. Her behavior when we are gone is fine. I don't have even one complaint.
Keep you fingers crossed for me that this continues.
Thank you for your help. Besides giving me the help with my dog, you gave me a funny story to tell my friends. My story is about how I was making something so hard out of something so easy.