dreaded time has come. Penny does not like diapers. She takes off a soiled one immediately. She cries if I try to buckle her in her car seat with a tiny bit of pee in it. She takes them off randomly and runs around with a naked booty. I thought maybe she would train herself, or maybe her sisters would train her, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. It is time to potty train. (insert scary music here)
I find myself with both a potty training toddler and a puppy at the same time. It’s interesting to note the similarities and differences between them in this area. I made a chart for your enjoyment.
Potty Training: Puppy vs. Child
|Begins training at 6-8 weeks old||Begins training between birth and 4 years dependent on parental motivation and patience|
|Generally fully trained by 6 months old, although can have an accident up to a year old||Fully trained approximately after a million accidents.|
|Crate training highly recommended||Placing child in locked box, while tempting, generally frowned upon|
|Forget to take out, you will have a small puddle to clean up||Forget to put on the potty, you'll have a large lake on the floor for your child (and any siblings) to splash in. Plus, more laundry.|
|Goes potty roughtly 10-15 minutes after eating||Goes potty on the floor roughly five minutes after sitting on the potty for a half hour|
|Enjoys tummy rubs and happy voice after success||Demands candy, chocolate, or other bribe after success. Cries because 2 M&M's isn't enough|
So there you have it. Overall, I think the puppy wins. Also, if you need me, I’ll be huddled in a pile of peed on clothes, rocking back and forth.