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Parenting: “Can’t Train an Old Dog to do New Tricks”

June 7, 2010 by  

This is a 1/2 doggy parenting post, 1/2 human parenting post. I’ll try to keep it quick and with only the facts.

We trained our Chow-Chow (is she not gorgeous??) to not go upstairs in our house. Never. Ever. How great is that? Initially we did it because a few of my family members have severe allergies to dogs — and I expected them to visit at least more than once wanted them to be comfortable at night. I’m so glad I went through all of that work to train her 8 years ago since they never come did that.

Also, I feel like I need another pat on my back for teaching the kids to just eat in the kitchen (I’m working on a 50/50% success rate these days), and to let me know the MINUTE they spill (in the kitchen or otherwise). This carries over to if something breaks. “If you tell Mommy the truth, right WHEN it breaks, I won’t be mad. But if you wait, and Mommy finds it herself, you may get in trouble”.

Clearly my 7, 5, and 3 year old “get that”. The baby (recently turned 2) — ehh, not sure if he would. But I say it all the time, regardless.

So, I’m busy working from home, and I hear 2 year old screaming incessantly, “Maa Ma. It broke. It broke. It broke. It broke.”

After about 7 mins. of ignoring, I yell upstairs “Oh, it’s okay honey. Don’t worry that it broke” (b/c clearly I was doing more important things). But the “Maa Ma. It broke. It broke. It broke. It broke” didn’t stop.

Argh. So I tell him to come down and SHOW Mommy what broke and I’ll fix it.

He comes to me and says, “Mama – come with me. I show you.”

I follow him and this is what he points to:

Any NORMAL person would have started freaking out on the DOG. “GET IN HER YOU LITTLE S#IT” would probably be echoed. But, you see…

My dog doesn’t GO UPSTAIRS. NEVER. EVER.

So, I ask 2 year old to turn around:

I now know what “broke”.


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13 Responses to “Parenting: “Can’t Train an Old Dog to do New Tricks””
  1. kasey says:

    LOL… At least he told you! I had a poop fiasco the other day… My daughter decided to play in her dirty diaper! I’m gagging right there with you!


    Kat Reply:

    I just hopped over to your blog and saw. Gagging is right! The irony of poop this week. THanks for coming by, Kasey!


  2. Krista says:

    I am laughing hysterically that you actually stopped and took a picture of the “broke” diaper!!!


    Kat Reply:

    I know, right? I did it just to send to Dave to SHOW him how gross our job is some days.. and just HAD to torture you all with it!


  3. Jayme says:

    O.M.G. That is hilarious! Do you seriously have WHITE carpets? Youa re lucky that he told you about it before you stepped in it!! And before it went any further.


    Kat Reply:

    HE DID step in it!


  4. Oh man – that is so truly terrible. Tragic, actually. But really freaking hysterical. I feel your pain sister. I can’t believe you actually went and took a picture of the mess! I would have been freaking out.


    Kat Reply:

    Don’t doubt the ONLY reason I did it was to SHOW hubby what a horrible day I was having… BUT then though — ding, ding! Blog post material.

    It was freakin’ GROSS! But then, I thought, I “would” rather be cleaning my kid’s vs. my dog’s!


  5. Dave says:

    For some reason, work didn’t seem so bad today…


  6. Melissa says:

    Only YOU would take a super duper close up of the poop stains on your stairs! You are too funny!And I can totally picture you running to get your camera, while making Nolan stay put so you can take that picture, I am laughing so hard right now! Needed this while I wait to feed the baby before I go to bed. Too funny Kat!


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