While shopping last week, I overheard a woman talking on the phone with her significant other. Of course I could only hear one side of the conversation. It went like this.
Okay, so Sadie peed in the house [laughter]. That’s what puppies do.
No, I’m not coming home. You’re going to have to clean it up yourself.
Honey, remember when we talked about getting a dog and I explained that a puppy is a baby and doesn’t know anything? We both agreed that we would be willing to train a puppy.
Of course that included going to the bathroom. Did you honestly think a puppy would automatically know to go outside?
Kittens are different.
I don’t know why puppies can’t be like kittens but they aren’t.
Remember what I just said, a puppy is a baby. You wouldn’t scold a baby for peeing in their diaper because they don’t know what to do. It’s the same with a puppy. She’s a baby. She doesn’t know she shouldn’t pee on the floor until we teach her.
No, I already said that I’m not coming home to clean up the mess. You have to do it.
Just use rubber gloves and then wash your hands afterwards.
I promise that you won’t pick up any infectious diseases or get worms. It will be fine. Then take her outside and show her what to do.
No, please don’t pee in the yard. That was a poor choice of words. Take her outside and tell her to go potty. Bring a treat and if she goes to the bathroom, praise her and give her the treat.
I know she just went but remember, she’s a baby. She might have to go again.
You know what to do?
Okay, I love you too. Good luck.
When she hung up the phone, she was shaking her head, laughing and muttering under her breath. Something told me she was going to stay away from home longer than she’d originally planned.
May the farce be with you!