You know how you thrive on a good piece of chocolate and 10 minutes alone with a magazine? Well, your Puppy thrives on positive feedback. That’s why she needs your approval in order to progress. Help your Puppy by encouraging her and making sure she knows you’re noticing her efforts — even when they’re not perfect. And don’t forget the power of a few stories, fun songs and silly dances.

Potty Scripts

  • “Good try! It’s okay that nothing came out yet. We can stay here and read a book for a while and see if something comes out, or we can try again later. What do you think?”
  • “Wow! I saw that you noticed that your Learning Designs® picture changed! Good job. Do you want to sit on the potty to see if any poop needs to come out, too?”
  • “I feel my tummy getting tight, I think I need to use the potty. Want to come with me?”

You can also use the Time to Potty app to plan potty pit stops. Use the set-up process on your mobile device as another bonding experience with your Puppy (what toddler doesn’t love to push buttons on gadgets?!). The app will help you and your Puppy get to the toilet in time, and help your Puppy to feel encouraged by his continued success. “Every time the Time to Potty timer goes off, we are going to find a bathroom and try to put something in the potty. It’s okay if nothing comes out, but we can try. And, you’ll get to play a game each time you take a potty break.”

Check for understanding by asking, “What are we going to do when the Time to Potty app goes off?... that’s right!”

If your Puppy resists using Time to Potty at any point, respect that. “Okay, do you want to put your Pull-Ups® back on, or should I? And you let me know when you want to start up Time to Potty again.” A short break is usually all that’s necessary before Puppies are ready to try again.

You and your child can also make a schedule with pictures that show the day’s potty breaks. For example:

  • Wake up
  • Go to the potty
  • Put on your Pull-Ups and get dressed.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Play time
  • Potty time
  • Snack time
  • Potty time
  • Lunch time
  • Potty time
  • Nap time
  • Potty time
  • Play outside
  • Potty time
  • Dinner time
  • Potty time
  • Bed time, good night!

How does your body feel when it’s time to go?

“Part of using the potty is knowing how your body feels when you have to go. I know I have to go to the bathroom when my tummy feels tight and heavy. I have to squeeze my tummy from the inside to keep the pee or poop from coming out until I get to the toilet. Do you ever feel your pee or poop coming? It helps to put a hand on your tummy to check. How does it feel in there? Once I sit down on the potty, I can stop holding my tummy tight and let it all go. Ahhhh. This helps my pee or poop come right out into the toilet! When you think you have to go, tell me so I can help you try, too. You're doing great so far. It’s so cool that you’re learning all this Big Kid stuff.”

Be sure to remember that if your child is a girl, it is important for her to learn to wipe from front to back. During potty training, there will be many more trips to the bathroom, but the idea is to give your Puppy the sense that we all go to the potty many times each day, as part of our normal routine. Practice makes perfect!