Sometimes our dogs need to have extra support when it comes to control over their bladders and toileting behavior. As much as we would like to train our dogs in the right bathroom habits, sometimes we can’t simply force them to go outside, possibly due to a number of reasons such as limited mobility or other underlying health concerns. The result?
Doggy diapers may then be used to protect both your pup’s potty hygiene as well as the cleanliness of your home.
However, diapers can be awkward. They can be difficult to put and keep on, and it can be tough to decide what the right size is for any given dog. If you’ve previous experience of using a dog diaper, you may have even needed to purchase additional accessories to help keep your dog’s diary in place.
Because a poorly fitted diaper can result in discomfort and irritation for your dog, and headaches for you and your family as you accidentally step in your pup’s mess.
Our advice? If you are considering a dog diaper for your own pup, it’s well worth doing your research on how to make dog diapers stay on.
In the following sections, we will provide an overview of things that you can do to help keep a diaper on a dog. This includes using positive reinforcement, making sure that you buy diapers of the right size for your pup’s body shape, consider the use of a belly band as an alternative solution, or possibly buying dog suspenders. We also know that how to keep a diaper on a dog in heat can be a particular issue, so we will look at each of these options and see what the benefits and drawbacks of each of them are.
Using positive reinforcement
As you’d expect, dogs aren’t any more comfortable wearing diapers than humans are. Their natural tendency will generally be to try to force them off because they are by nature uncomfortable, bulky, and feel awkward - especially if they’ve never experienced wearing clothing before.
One of the things that you can do is reward your dog for developing and maintaining the right habits. Just as you would reward your dog for learning a new trick, so too can you reward him or her for keeping diapers on. Offer your puppy a hug, verbal praise or a treat, and he or she will come to associate wearing the diaper with positive feedback.
Purchase dog diapers in the proper size
Dogs come in many different shapes and sizes, which is precisely why we love them. They are not like babies in the sense that they generally grow in more or less the same shape. Dog breeds vary widely, and therefore it can be difficult to determine the precise size and shape that is necessary to both do the job of capturing any leaks and keeping your pup comfortable.
One obvious way to tell is that if a dog’s diaper tends to fall off, it is clearly too loose. If the dog appears to be uncomfortable and squirms around a lot, it could likewise be too tight. You might need to do some adjusting and trying out different sizes before you figure out the right one.
Also, before purchasing a dog diaper you should carefully measure your dog’s waist size. Even large dogs can sometimes have very small waists. If the top of the diaper isn’t secured, it will be more likely to come loose and fall off. Similarly, the length of the diaper is important; it should be equal to or greater than the length measured for your dog.
Use a belly band
If dog diapers simply aren’t working for your dog, belly bands might be a viable option. But you should keep in mind that they are primarily intended for incontinence, rather than potty training. They are not designed to hold much urine, and they need to be changed frequently. However, one possible advantage is that they might actually discourage your dog from urinating - as dogs generally don’t like the feel of them.
Belly bands can also be useful in preventing your dog from developing “marking” habits. They are also recommended for aging dogs that experience difficulty controlling their bladders.
It’s important to note that when it comes to belly bands, not all dogs find them comfortable, so you should observe your dog’s behavior closely when wearing one and try to determine if it is an appropriate option.
Use dog suspenders
If you have a repeated issue with keeping your dog’s diaper on, you might consider the use of suspenders. Suspenders are generally used with touch-fastener closures and can be adjusted to fit the exact shape and size of your dog. Most suspenders have X-back shapes, which hold snug on your dog’s body and can do a good job of keeping the diaper snug.
Like belly bands, suspenders also carry the possible risk of being uncomfortable, or possibly making a diaper shift in the wrong direction if it is not put on correctly. Again, you should make sure that your dog seems fully at ease (i.e. not distressed) with whatever you put on him or her before you conclude that it is a viable long-term solution.
Dress your dog in a onesie
Fully clothing your dog in a onesie is also an option. If you put a onesie on top of the diaper, it should fully keep it in place and prevent it from shifting around too much. There are now a wide variety of onesies available, and they will give your dog more of a feeling of being fully contained, rather than feeling like they are walking around with a foreign object wrapped around their body - which their instincts are telling them isn’t natural for them to wear.
One thing that you should be cautious about with the use of onesies is that they will need to be cleaned frequently, like any other item you use for hygiene protection. Not regularly cleaning your dog’s onesie can not only cause smells, but anything trapped inside can cause irritation to your dog and possibly harm him or her.
If your dog has only a short or no tail, you might think that it’s not possible to put a diaper on him or her. In these cases, a belly band can be helpful. Or you could consider the use of suspenders or a onesie, as both of these are created specifically for the purpose of securing the diaper and preventing unnecessary shifting. In short, any problem that might cause the diaper to move around can be addressed by securing it with additional accessories. The degree to which you need to add this extra security depends upon the particularities of your dog’s size, disposition, and the amount that he or she tends to move around.
The potential problems of keeping a diaper on a dog in heat are similar. Your dog might be unusually anxious or nervous, and she might be more likely to try to push her diaper off. Again, fasteners of different sorts can be very helpful in this respect. Furthermore, in the event that your furry companion accidentally bumps into something, on the grass or around the house, they can help protect a vulva from any harm. It's important to make an effort to change your dog's diaper regularly.
Your dog needs to have their diaper changed every three to four hours. Forgetting to do so can lead to rashes and urine burns for your dog. It can also cause distress for them due to discomfort. Make it a priority to frequently change your dog’s diaper, ensuring that your dog remains comfortable and happy.
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