Monday, August 31, 2009

My struggle with doggy potty training


When my husband and I got our first dog, it was not only our first dog, it was my first experience with having an animal in the house. My sister and I were never allowed pets in the house. No hamster, gerbil, bunny, cat, dog - no mammals in the house period.... (we did get a fish once on Valentines but in the grand tradition of fish owning...RIP little guppie)

I was not prepared for how big of an adjustment it would be. There were MULTIPLE meltdowns of Mommie Dearest proportions when there were accidents. I came from a home that was of museum quality. Everything was clean and in order 97% of the time....

But both of our dogs became potty trained and things became better. Until I got a job. You see when we got Hero our first puppy I was at home, so I had the time to train her and take her out. Once I went back to work....

Houston we have a problem....

Besides the destruction of furniture that was an obvious cry for help (and companionship) there was the problem of our dog holding it long enough for us to come home. So Toby, my husband, which no matter what type of research, blogs, forums that I show him will NEVER allow our dogs to be in their crates during the day, proposed a solution: Take them out first thing in the morning and alot some papers in a corner for emergencies. Somehow those papers ended up in a room off our kitchen.

Now, my kitchen, is my sanctuary. My place of work (while I'm at home) a place where I experiment, create, etc.... The longer the papers stayed in that area the more it irked me....

Then one day a dog used the floor near the papers instead of the papers themselves and I had a meltdown....

I immediate declared there would be NO PAPERS IN THIS HOUSE! To which my husband talked me down off the ledge. I'll put more papers down! Somehow the papers ended up being half of the room eventually....Then this past weekend it happened again. All papers were banished.... The argument ensued again...A compromise was reached. A small corner for emergency papers and Toby will remove them every day when we get home, plus I come home at lunch to take them out....

I'll let you know how that works out....Sigh.

-- Post From My iPhone

2 comments:

  1. These are the kinds of things that scare me about getting a dog. I would be having major meltdowns, and there would be no hubby talking me down...he would be melting down too! lol

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  2. I would feel better if he was melting down...At least I wouldn't feel it was just me!

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