In this post, we are going to get the "poop" on doggy diapers, when your dog may need one and some helpful tips on getting the diaper on your canine companion. Plus, we'll take a look at the top five best doggy diapers on the market today.
Best Doggie Diapers at a Glance
Types of Doggie Diapers
There are three main types of doggy diapers. These include:
1. Disposable. As the name implies, this type of doggy diaper is made from an absorbent material that is not washable and is meant for a one-time use. However, like baby diapers, these will end up in the landfill where they will stay for years.
2. Washable. This type of diaper is usually made from a soft cotton material that can be washed over-and-over again.
3. Belly Band. This type of "diaper" is simply a band that goes around the parts of a male dog. It can come in both the disposable and washable kind.
Why Does My Dog Need a Doggie Diaper?
There are three main reasons why people choose to put a diaper on their dog: incontinence, female in heat and housetraining.
Incontinence in Dogs
Incontinence in dogs can be caused by many different issues like old age, spinal injuries or some underlying illnesses like urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and even certain medications.
Female in Heat
When a female dog is in estrus (or heat) she may have discharge leaking from her vulva. The use of a diaper will keep this contained and will also make it more difficult for a male dog to breed with her (however, do not use a diaper to prevent pregnancy).
Housebreaking a Puppy
Doggy diapers or wraps are a good way to help housebreak a puppy and to keep the mess contained. Also, like human children, most dogs will be uncomfortable in a wet or soiled diaper/wrap, so this may help in the training process.
Tips For Putting a Doggie Diaper on Your Dog
Putting a diaper on a dog may not be as simple as putting one on a child. Here are some helpful tips to help you along the way.
Tip #1 - Have Help
The first time your dog has to wear a diaper will be the most difficult. For this reason, enlist the help of another person who can distract your pooch with treats. Follow the instructions on the diaper you have chosen to fit it onto your dog.
Tip #2 - Praise and Patience
Getting your dog to wear a diaper should not be a frightening experience, be sure to give your dog plenty of praise and have patience through the process.
Tip #3 - Distraction
Once you have the diaper on your dog, you will want to distract her/him from trying to chew it off. This can be done with toys, treats, praise and even simple grooming (if your dog enjoys it). This YouTube Video shows you how to properly measure your dog for a diaper size.