Potty Training Puppy Vs. Child (A Chart)

The 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 oldBegins 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 oldFully trained approximately after a million accidents.
Crate training highly recommendedPlacing child in locked box, while tempting, generally frowned upon
Forget to take out, you will have a small puddle to clean upForget 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 eatingGoes potty on the floor roughly five minutes after sitting on the potty for a half hour
Enjoys tummy rubs and happy voice after successDemands 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.



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  1. Jen @ Lita's World
    Twitter: litasworld

    Oh the joy! It’s amazing how easy some kids (and puppies) can be and how seemingly impossible others are! Best of luck to you!!

  2. Kristin
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Excellent chart! Can you potty train outside? Though that might encourage using the nature a little more than necessary.
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    • Jessica Anne says:

      Thank you! Thanks for keying me in on the chart making business. I do let her outside as much as possible and no panties at all as much as possible. Still, there are puddles and laundry.