You’re either here because you’re bored, are eager to read everything I write, or you’re potty training your new dog and want to hear a story of how for one new doggie parent, potty training went all wrong. Either way you won’t be disappointed!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again potty training is not easy. It’s even harder when you have to potty train a dog and their parent at the same time. I’m not going to claim to know everything there is to know about potty training but I do have a dog that is potty trained so I’ll let you do the math on that one. Although the shelter told me she was “potty trained” when I got her, that part of her training must have slipped her mind once she got home and she started having accidents. So I did have to re-potty train her and maybe she had to train me a little bit as well.
So back to the story you all are dying to hear.
A new doggie parent brought home doggie who like any other 8 week old puppy came home and peed all over everything. New Puppy Parent (we’ll call them NPP) decided they were going to go with the puppy pad method of training. They went to the store got some pads, laid one out on the bedroom floor, and let it sit there.
NPP decided to take the pup out for a walk before leaving for class, yay for walkies!
NPP’s roommate (me) came home hours later to find a foul smell coming from inside the apartment. The first and most obvious assumption is that Sahara pooped in the living room where she resides during the day. It’s been months since she’s had an accident and it didn’t even smell like her poop, yet I assumed she was the culprit. So I checked the entire living room, dining area, kitchen, and my bedroom and bathroom and could not find the poop.
I can’t find the poop but decide that it’s time to take Sahara out before she decides to relieve herself inside again. Outside she poops and pees. I’m already frustrated because she pooped in the apartment and I can’t find it, but now she still has more poop to poop outside and it looks and smells normal, I’m so confused. We go back inside so I can look around again…
Inside, I’m simultaneously trying to hold my breath and trying to sniff around to see where this poo is. I, for the life of me, can’t find it. I did notice it got stronger closer to the living room wall so I’m looking in and around the tv stand and cursing Sahara in my head for doing a darn good job hiding it this time.
And then it hits me…
I never checked the other bedroom where the puppy was and what do you know the biggest smelliest pile of puppy poo is sitting right there. It’s not even fresh poop either! That was the killer to me. Upon closer inspection, I realized this poop has some dirt and grass on it. It was brought in from outside!! It wasn’t even done inside!
NPP brought the poo in this morning after she took him out for a walk. You read that right, NPP BROUGHT THE POO IN FROM OUTSIDE!! I pick up the phone and call NPP. I said something along the lines of “Hey, did you bring bag up the poop from outside and bring it in?” Their reply? “Well yeah, I wanted him to know where to poop at.”
We’ve covered the part about this puppy pooping outside. Correct me if I’m wrong but dogs are supposed to poop outside, right? HE ALREADY KNEW WHERE TO POOP! NPP was backtracking on the potty training because they wanted to use the puppy pads. This was such a vital mistake to his potty training. Not only was this a hinderance to his training, after the air conditioner kicked on and picked up this smell it was promptly distributed and stunk up the entire apartment!
Learn from NPP’s mistake and don’t bring the poo in from outside. Save your roomies nostrils, they’ll love you for never having to know what that torture is like.
Read more about the debate of different potty training methods for dogs by clicking here!
Have any embarrassing potty training stories to tell? Leave me a comment so I can laugh at your pain, after all you probably laughed at mine, that sh!t stinks!!