11 June, 2012
Potty Training Puppy Predicament
I have worked with my family for almost two years. When I first started, the family had a dog. My duties DID require feeding the dog, taking him for a walk or two, letting him out, etc. My duties did NOT include any kind of housework or cleaning, just kids and dog, so it was fine. It was SUCH an easy going dog, and GREAT entertainment for the kids!! I did not mind at all. Unfortunately, the dog passed away this past January. Now, 5 months have passed with no dog. I show up Monday morning.. Lo and Behold there is a new 8 week old puppy, AND an 8 week old kitten!
So here is my predicament. It was just assumed that I would take care of these pets, since I took care of the last pet. This dog is not potty trained. And even though the cat is somewhat low maintenance, both animals need to be watched at all times! They get into everything, and the dog pees and poos everywhere!! I’ve been doing this now for only 5 days, and I’m completely fried!! Between watching two kids (age 3 and 6) and the two pets, training the dog and cleaning all potty messes, I don’t have a MOMENTS rest, even when the kids go to bed at night! MB has been extremely understanding and apologetic.
Yesterday, the dog had diarrhea and I was just darn sick of cleaning it!!! So I put a paper towel over the mess, and when DB came home he freaked out about me not cleaning it. (Not a thank you for the messes I cleaned ALL day long, he was just upset for the ONE mess I didn’t clean.) I took this opportunity to say look, no one asked me if it was ok that you added two pets to my daily duty. You assume that I know how to train a dog, and that I even want a puppy around. Basically, DB belittled me and said “its not a big deal, it is the way it is, we pay you to do it, etc.“ Mb sticks up for me, though. And she’s been *trying* to come home in the middle of the day for at least some temporary relief. I’m thinking the only way to ‘fix’ this situation is to get a raise to help compensate all the extra stress. (Although I highly doubt that’s going to fly with DB.)
Obviously the pets aren’t going anywhere, and obviously the parents aren’t going to do their part of caring for their new pets, so it’s once again left up to the nanny. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions here? How much of a raise I should ask for, how I should word it, or other words I can use to explain to my bosses (especially DB) about this situation? I should also add that MB and DB do NOT want the puppy crated. Even when I’ve tried to crate the puppy, it whines and barks and cries nonstop. AND, there is NO outside yard to put the dog! For temporary relief, I just stick him in a room with the door shut, but have tons of messes to clean within minutes it seems. Help?!
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