If you were to ask your dog what was his favorite thing in the world, he might say something like, “running in the yard,” or “stealing your sandwich off the table,” or “chasing the neighbor’s cat.” It’s very unlikely he would say, “Wearing a diaper.”
And that’s because dogs just aren’t comfortable in diapers. Heck, even human babies aren’t comfortable in diapers. Because it feels weird for a dog to wear one, he will often try to pull or scratch his diaper off. This is not ideal as obviously, if a diaper doesn’t stay put, you run into more of a chance of your rugs and furniture becoming soiled with urine and feces.
Here are some ways you can make those dog diapers stay on:
Use a Belly Band Instead
If you have a male dog who is urine incontinent and not fecal incontinent, good news! You don’t even have to mess with diapers (mess being the appropriate word). A belly band can be used instead, and these bands easily stay in place, even when your dog is running around playing.
Belly bands are also called belly wraps. Thick fabric wraps around your dog’s waist, holding an absorbable pad right over his penis. To use belly bands correctly, make sure to place it high enough on your dog’s waist so it can effectively contain the urine. Also, be sure to change the pad regularly.
Fit Your Dog with a Onesie
Many people find they can fit their small dog with a baby onesie. If the onesie is snug enough (but not too snug or your dog will be uncomfortable) the onesie will keep the diaper in place.
Of course, to make the fit work, you will have to cut a hole in the onesie for your dog’s tail. Do this before the onesie is on your dog, or you risk snipping their tail with the fabric. You can drape the onesie over the back of your dog and mark the area where his or her tail will go with a pen or sharpie. Then cut a hole. TIP: Start with a small hole as you can always make the hole a little bigger if necessary by stretching the material.
Use Canine Suspenders
Canine suspenders fit very similar to a harness and typically attach around your dog’s torso with either Velcro or buckles or a combination of both. Some suspenders will slip directly into the diaper, pulling it tight. This prevents the diaper from slipping off. Other styles create a series of criss-cross straps with a spot to insert a sanitary pad. If your dog is particularly active, you might find suspenders helpful.
Modify Boy Underwear
You can also try purchasing a small pair of boy’s underwear. The underwear should be slightly smaller than your dog’s waist measurement. As with the onesie, you’ll have to cut out a hole for your dog’s tail. The underwear will help to keep your dog’s diaper in place.
Ensure the Proper Fit
This is the absolute best way to help your dog be comfortable in their dog diaper, so they won’t constantly try and get it off. Think about it, wouldn’t you keep taking your shoes off if you didn’t bother to buy the right size for your feet? Of course you would.
If your dog’s diaper is too big, it’s going to fall off on its own, and if it’s too small, it’s going to irritate your dog until they finally rip it off. So…
You’ll definitely want to accurately measure your dog’s waist. Not their big, broad chest, but their small, narrow waist back closer to their tail. A fabric measuring tape is best.
Please refer to our sizing guide to ensure you get just the right fit for your pup.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Unlike most human beings you know, your dog is always looking for ways to make you happy. When he or she knows keeping that diaper on makes you happy, they’ll keep it on. So, remember to use positive reinforcement when putting on or changing your dog’s diaper. Give them hugs and pats and plenty of treats to make the activity a positive one for them. Your dog will come to associate wearing a diaper with rewards.
Also, to keep your dog happy, comfortable and healthy, make sure to change their diaper or belly band pad regularly.
If you have any more questions about how to get your dog’s diaper to stay on, we’d love to help. Just get in touch with us and we’ll help you ensure you fit your dog properly. As the leading manufacturer of washable dog diapers and washable dog belly bands, with sizes ranging to fit the tiniest of tea cup chihuahuas to the largest great Danes, Pet Parents® strives to keep all of our customers, two-legged and four-legged, happy.