Shortly after we adopted Beauty the wonder dog from the Oregon Humane Society we enrolled her in dog school for training. What we learned the first day is that the training really is more for the humans than the dog. She was a pretty well behaved dog to begin with, the training was so we could learn how to properly motivate her to listen to us. Anyway, it occurs to me that potty training is sort of the same. Henry pretty much knows what is expected of him and how to do it but it's my ability to help assist him that success or failure hinges on. If I press too hard, it makes the process too stressful or causes him to become stubborn. If I'm not observant enough, opportunities for victory are missed.
Today is day four of potty training. Since removing the diaper this morning - yes, he's still using them at night - Henry has not had an accident and he has pooped on the potty. Things that have worked include letting Huck run around the condo in the buff, tracking his pees and poops so I can anticipate when he might need to go and get him to the bathroom in time, staying close to home, reading books to help him relax when he's on the pot, and rewards (chocolate or a bit of candy cane and a sticker for his potty chart) for pees and poops done in the potty. And applause, plenty of applause. No negativity or punishment when things go wrong, like yesterday when I heard "oh no," from the living room and found Huck bent over his underwear, which he had been wearing but removed, that were filled with unpleasantness. Oh no, indeed, Bean.