You may need dog diapers during certain stages of your pet's life. Puppies that aren't house trained, female dogs in heat and senior pets with incontinence issues can all benefit from wearing doggy diapers. Learning how to make a dog diaper saves money and is more eco-friendly than buying disposable products.
Just like sizing diapers for humans, you'll need to make diapers that fit your dog properly. A loose diaper will leak, and one that is too tight may restrict your dog's range of motion. You will need to know your dog's waist measurement in order to make a dog diaper that will fit him properly.
You can make disposable diapers or washable dog diapers. You can also make both depending on how and when you will be using them. For example, while you're at home, washable diapers will be a good option. If you're traveling with your pet, disposable diapers will probably be a better choice.
How to Make a Dog Diaper
Supplies You'll Need
There are many different methods you can choose for how to make a dog diaper. The biggest decision will be what type of material will be best suited for your needs.
Depending on which method you prefer, here are some of the supplies you may need:
- Disposable baby diapers (Huggies or any other brand)
- A pair of children's underwear (cheap ones like Carter's)
- A sanitary pad (I like wegreeco)
- Dog pee pads
- Some old clothing, towels or other material
- Velcro or just a packaging tape (like this)
Method A: Disposable Children's Diapers
Using disposable diapers for children is the easiest way to make your own dog diaper.
As you can see in the photo above, all you have to do is choose the right size diaper and cut a hole for your dog's tail.
Finding the right size is simple, as you just select the size that is recommended for your pup's weight.
Method B: Children's Underwear
If you're looking for a cheaper option, you can easily learn how to make a dog diaper with a pair of children's underwear and a sanitary pad.
As you will see in my video above, with this method, all you have to do is find a pair of underwear that fit your pet and cut a hole for his tail.
Place a sanitary pad inside the underwear, and change it out when it gets soiled.
Use a Dog Pee Pad for Diaper
In my video above, I demonstrate how to make a dog diaper using a dog pee pad or some other piece of cloth. Here's how to do it.
First, measure your dog's waist. Then, add 6 inches to this number.
You'll be cutting the pee pad or a piece of cloth into an hourglass shape.
Your dog's waist measurement, plus additional 6 inches, will be the width of the top and bottom of the hourglass.
Now, you'll have a piece of material shaped like a traditional diaper. Just place the pee pad or cloth around your dog (just like you would with a diaper) and secure the sides with packing tape or Velcro. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can sew Velcro to each side of the diaper for easy attachment.
Note: If you decide to use cloth material to make your DIY dog diaper, remember that it is not made to absorb large amounts of liquid. This means that the diaper will most likely leak if your dog urinates in it. You'll have to be especially diligent in changing the diaper as soon as your dog soils it.