Dogs In Diapers (and How to Put Them On)

Dogs In Diapers (and How to Put Them On)

It might seem that dogs wearing diapers is a silly idea but there are actually a lot of reasons when this might become necessary. For example: 

  1. Maybe your dog is elderly and becoming incontinent, or an illness is causing urinary problems. 
  2. Perhaps your dog has a case of "Excitable Urination" or is marking his territory inside? 
  3. Could you be managing a female dog in heat?

Dog diapers can also be helpful in the following situations:

  • During travel. 
  • In multi-dog households, one dog may be house-trained but not the others.
  • To prevent your dog from licking their wounds. 

These are just some of the reasons you might find yourself considering doggie diapers.

Old Age and Incontinence

Old Age and Incontinence

When our dogs start to get older one of the conditions they develop could be doggie incontinence.

You might find your dog is leaving puddles around the house or on furniture or even having accidents in their sleep. This can be frustrating and heartbreaking for any pet parent to deal with but luckily there are options!

Dog diapers can help to keep your home clean and dry and most importantly, give your dog a sense of security and dignity as they age.

Causes of doggie incontinence

Doggie incontinence is usually caused by a weakening of the muscles that control urination or by hormonal imbalances. If you think your dog may be incontinent, it's important to take them to the vet for a check-up so that any underlying health issues can be ruled out or treated. Once any health problems have been ruled out, your vet will likely recommend doggie diapers as a way to manage your dog's incontinence.

Excitable Urination

Excitable Urination

Excitable Urination is a condition in dogs whereby they urinate small amounts when they get excited, nervous, or scared. This can happen in the following conditions:

  • When greeting people
  • During car rides
  • When going for walks or even when hearing loud noises.

It's important to note that this is not the same as incontinence - your dog is not losing control of their bladder; they are unable to hold it in when they get excited.

Use of dog diapers for excitable urination

Suppose your dog is suffering from Excitable Urination. In that case, dog diapers can be a great way to help them feel more comfortable and confident in situations that would normally trigger their accidents. 

In addition, dog diapers will catch any urine released and prevent your dog from getting anxious about making a mess. 

This can help reduce the number of accidents overall, help keep your house cleaner, and make life much easier for you and your dog.

Marking Territory

Another common reason that dogs might need to wear diapers is if they are marking their territory inside the home. This is usually more of a problem with male dogs but female dogs can also be guilty of it occasionally. 

If your dog is marking their territory, it will urinate small amounts in specific places around your home to claim that space as its own.

This can be frustrating for pet parents, but luckily, there are ways to stop it. 

  • One way is to have your dog neutered or spayed, which will often help to reduce or eliminate the urge to mark territory.
  • Another option is to use dog diapers which will prevent your dog from being able to urinate inside the house. This can be a great solution if you're struggling to stop your dog from marking its territory.

Traveling With Dogs

Traveling With Dogs

You might want to consider using dog diapers if you plan on traveling with your dog, whether by car, plane, or train. This can take some of the pressure off of you, so you won't constantly worry that your dog will make a mess while you're in an airport or a car. 

It can also help prevent accidents if your dog is nervous about being in a new place like a hotel room. Dog diapers will catch accidents, making traveling with your dog much less stressful.

Multi-Dog Households

If you live in a household with multiple dogs, there's a good chance that at least one of them will need to wear diapers at some point.

This is because dogs are often territorial and mark their territory inside the house. It can be a problem if you have multiple dogs, as it can lead to fighting and urine wars between the dogs. Yikes!

To avoid such a situation, you can use dog diapers to ensure each dog has their own space they can't mark. This will help keep the peace in your home and make life much easier for you and your dogs. Hopefully, once they are used to being around each other, you can slowly wean the diaper use away.

Dogs with Allergies

Dog Allergy

If your dog suffers from allergies, you might find they need to wear diapers more often than other dogs. This is because allergies can cause your dog to itch and scratch a lot, leading to further skin irritation and accidentally urinating or defecating. 

Dog diapers can help to catch any accidents and prevent your dog from making a mess. In addition, dog diapers can help to protect your dog's skin from further irritation.

Allergic reactions can often cause your dog's skin to become sore and inflamed, so you must do everything you can to protect their skin. Dog diapers can provide a barrier between your dog's skin and the allergens causing the reaction, which can help reduce the severity of the allergies.

Female Dogs in Heat

If your unspayed female dog is in heat, it might cause messes around the house. This is because when a female dog is in heat, they will often bleed from their vaginal area. This can be quite a lot of blood and become quite a problem staining your furniture and rugs.

Dog diapers can help to catch the blood and prevent staining during this time. Female dogs in heat often need to wear diapers for about three weeks, so it's essential to be prepared for this if you have an unspayed female dog

After an Operation

After an Operation

If your dog has been recently operated on and has stitches in the rear area, a doggie diaper can help protect that area.

Many pet owners use the dreaded "cone" to keep their pets from licking or biting at their wounds, but a diaper to cover that area might be more comfortable in certain situations!



Last but not least, puppies often need to wear diapers. This is because they haven't yet learned how to control their bladder or bowels. As a result, puppies will frequently urinate or defecate inside the house without knowing any better. 

Dog diapers can help catch any accidents and make potty training much easier for you and your puppy.

Puppies often need to wear diapers for several months until they are fully potty trained, so it's essential to be patient and have a lot of patience. Potty training takes time, but eventually, your puppy will get the hang of it and won't need the diapers anymore.

Putting on a Dog Diaper

It might seem daunting if you've never put a diaper on a dog before, but it's pretty straightforward! There are a few different types of dog diapers available on the market. 

Types of dog diapers 

The most common type is a disposable diaper, similar to a human baby diaper. These diapers have an absorbent pad in the center and adjustable straps around the dog's waist. 

Some brands also have a tail hole to accommodate tails of all shapes and sizes. 

Other types of dog diapers include the following:

  • Washable diapers are reusable and can be washed in the washing machine.
  • Diaper covers are waterproof covers that cover a washable or disposable diaper.

What type of diaper should you use for your dog?

The type of diaper you choose will likely depend on your preference and how often you need to use them. Such as 

  • If you use them frequently, Velcro diapers might be the best option, as they're easy to take on and off and can be washed and reused. 
  • Disposable diapers might be best if you only need to use them occasionally or if your dog is particularly fiddly.

Steps to put a diaper on your dog

To put a diaper on your dog:

  1. Start by putting them in a standing position. If they're particularly fidgety, you might need someone to help hold them still.
  2. Place the diaper under their belly and wrap the straps around their back.
  3. Adjust the straps so they're snug but not too tight, then fasten them together. You can use Velcro or snaps, depending on the type of diaper you're using.
  4. Once the diaper is fastened, give your dog a little treat and praise to let them know they've been good.

If you're using a disposable diaper, attach the absorbent pad to the diaper. To do this, peel off the adhesive strip on the back of the pad and stick it to the center of the diaper.

If you're using a washable diaper, you can either use an absorbent pad or stuff the diaper with a porous material like old towels.

Once the diaper is fastened and the absorbent pad is in place, your dog is all ready to go! They might look silly in their new outfit, but they'll quickly get used to it. Just be sure to keep an eye on them at first and make sure the diaper stays in place. Then, if it starts to slip down, simply adjust the straps and try again.

How Long Can a Dog Diaper Stay On?

A dog diaper can stay on for several hours, but it's essential to check on them regularly to ensure everything is still in place and not soiled. In addition, changing the diaper as soon as possible is necessary if they have an accident. Otherwise, the absorbent material will quickly become full and start to seep, which can lead to skin irritation for your dog.

When you do need to change the diaper, remove it in the same way you would a human baby diaper. 

  • If it's a disposable diaper, peel off the adhesive strips and dispose of it in the trash. 
  • If it's a washable diaper, remove it and place it in the washing machine. Be sure to wash it on a gentle cycle with warm water and mild detergent.


We all love our dogs and we want the very best for them. Making the decision to use a diaper for them or not is a personal one but you will make the choice that's right for you and your pooch. Whatever decision you make, we wish a long and happy life for your furry friend.


Q1. Why would a dog have to wear a diaper?

Possibly because of urinary incontinence. This may be caused by a urinary tract infection, a weakened sphincter muscle, diabetes, or a bladder condition. If your dog is incontinent, speak to your veterinarian. Medications or surgery may be indicated to manage the condition. However, diapers may also be a part of the solution.

Q2. Are dog diapers cruel?

Considering whether or not to have your dog wear a diaper is never ideal. It can feel cruel, especially since few dogs love wearing them. Often, however, diapering your dog can increase their freedom and decrease the stress of your pet making messes they can't control.

Q3. Why does a male dog need a diaper?

Male dog diapers can help to minimize the work of cleaning up after your young puppy or a dog that is still going through potty training or even a senior dog that is unable to wait for a long time for a potty break.

Q4. How long can you leave a dog diaper on?

Diapers need to be changed at least every 3-4 hours (sometimes more). It is extremely important that they're changed often to prevent urine scald and urinary tract infections.

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