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Monday, November 12, 2007

Potty Training the Puppy

I've mentioned in previous posts that my hubby got duped into adopting a new puppy, and that we're in the process of potty training him AND my daughter at the same time.

When my youngest daughter came to me this morning telling me she had to go potty, I had no idea of the events that were about to unfold.

"Well, go potty, honey." I told her.

She shook her head. "Uh-uh. Outside."


"I go potty outside." This took a minute to sink in. When it did, I couldn't help but giggle - apparently she'd been observing my husband and I taking the puppy outside to potty, and scolding him if he went in the floor, telling him, "You go potty outside."

I told her that only the puppy goes potty outside. This seemed to perplex her a little. "Why?"

...and here's where I made my mistake. Instead of giving her a straight answer, I thought I'd be funny, and told her, "because he's not tall enough to reach the potty."

Fast forward to lunch time. I'm preparing a meal fit for finicky toddlers, and thinking that all was well with my children, considering I wasn't hearing any whining, screaming, banging, smashing, or puppy yelps.

Then my oldest daughter's voice floats in, "Mommaaaaaaa......"


She's standing in the hallway pointing into the bathroom, a deadpan "someone's gonna GET IT" look on her face. Suddenly there's a huge SPLASH followed by a few smaller splashes, and my oldest daughter's eyes growing to the size of saucers.

I get to the bathroom, to find my youngest daughter guiltily standing next to the toilet, and the puppy splashing away - and I'm not really sure if he was playing, or trying to get out of the toilet (he loves to jump in the shower with us, strange dog).

My youngest daughter grins at me and says, "Look, Momma - I help Chopper go potty."

So, the lesson here today is: Don't tell your children that your pet doesn't use the potty "because they're not tall enough," or you'll wind up with a soaking wet pet and mess you REALLY don't want to clean up.

I'm just glad it wasn't a cat.
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