Dog owners of Border Collies know that you have to keep these dogs busy, stimulated and challenges. This is truly extreme....although I could see this taking over the agility world!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Day 2 of potty training and it has been a test for both of us. My creativity is coming out, I decided to solicit a little help from her favorite New York Yankee Player Derek Jeter. I have a life size stand up picture of him and my daughter has never seen it, so I decided to pull it out and tell my daughter that Derek Jeter, The Captain of the New York Yankees was proud of her and to keep it up! She absolutely loved that and now has to have him in her room, I must say when I had him out, I forgot he was there and jumped when I turned the corner to see him. Can't imagine she wants this figure in her room in front of her bed, waking up seeing him.
So how did it go? Two accidents, no surprise, one being in her new bathing suit which she was upset about. I knew she had to go and we had just sat on the potty for 15 minutes, she even told me she was not done several times when I asked her. She still does not tell me though, I have to work on a two hour potty schedule. I have also added an extra incentive, mini marshmallows. She gets one for pee and two for....well.....you know. The stickers can only do so much as an incentive. I am not discouraged and will not give up on this! If I could only get Derek Jeter to call her...maybe she will listen to him!!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I feel like I have been procrastinating on potty training, but I really have not. I chose to do the change from crib to big girl bed first since my daughter was not happy with her crib. This has been successful and I am glad I did it. Now I have decided to go cold turkey, stop the diapers and just do it!
I started by telling my daughter a couple of days prior that we were not buying anymore diapers, I only had so many left and that was it. Each day I was priming her for the day we did not have anymore diapers and moving on to using the potty. I decided not to use the personal small potty, personal choice. Nothing against anyone else who uses them, I just feel that if they cannot use a regular toilet, then how will they feel going on any other toilet, like at a mall or even a friends home. This way I am not carting around a potty with me in my already gypsy wagon of a vehicle!
Day one came, I added a twist to the training, some incentive. It is not enough to get to wear big girl pants so I pulled out a Hello Kitty Sticker book, 700 Hello Kitty stickers to choose from and made a chart of her first weeks progress. For every time she uses the potty, she can choose one sticker to put on the chart, two if she poops(the real major problem she has with this training). Well she LOVED that idea, the chart, the stickers, it went over with a bang! Suddenly she was telling me she had to use the potty, to get a sticker of course. We did very good on day one, only one pee accident. I consider that a great start to this whole process, will keep you posted!