How to Make DIY Dog Diapers

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When you think of diapers, you probably picture babies, but diapers aren’t just for human babies; they can be helpful for four-legged babies, too.

Whether you have a puppy that is having a difficult time getting the hang of house training or your senior dog has developed incontinence, dog diapers can come in handy.

It may sound (and look) silly, but putting a diaper on your pooch can save you from cleaning up endless wet spots, prevent your floors from being damaged, and may help your dog avoid unnecessary stress.

There are plenty of ready-made doggie diapers on the market, but they can be pretty pricey. Fortunately, there’s a way that you can combat the mess without spending a fortune.

How? By making DIY dog diapers.

Interested in trying your hand at DIY diapers for your pooch?

In this guide, you’ll find a collection of blueprints for easy to make, effective, and reusable canine diapers.

All you need are some basic supplies (fabric, yarn, a sewing machine, or even just a needle and thread) and you stitch up a own collection of diapers for your four-legged family member.

Reasons to Use a Dog Diaper

Puppy Wearing Pads in Playpen

Anyone else have a dog with a leaky booty?

Before we dive in and share instructions for DIY dog diapers, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might need to make and use them; after all, putting a pup in diapers does sound a little strange.

Believe it or not, however, there are some really good reasons to diaper up your pooch. If any of the following situations apply to you and your furry friend, you should definitely consider making up your own doggie diapers.

  • House training woes. Whether you’re trying to train a puppy or your furry critter is older but can’t seem to master house training, dog diapers can be a real life saver.
  • Incontinence. Just like humans, dogs can become incontinent (unable to hold their urine) as they age. If that’s the case for your pooch, diapers will definitely come in handy.
  • Marking issues. Male dogs, in particular, like to lift their legs to “mark” their territory. If your furry friend has a tendency to leave wet spots indoors, a diaper can help to combat the problem.
  • Females in heat. If your female pup hasn’t been spayed, a doggie diaper can be a great asset when she’s in heat. She’ll be able to enjoy cuddles on the couch and spending time with the family instead of being shunned into a pen or crate during her monthly cycle.

Whatever your particular situation will be, there’s no doubt about it, dog diapers can be super handy.

Benefits of Making Your Own Dog Diapers

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As we mentioned, you can easily purchase ready-made diapers for your pooch. Just visit any pet store or retailer that sells pet products and you’ll find an endless supply of options to choose from. But why should you forego already made diapers and make your own instead?

Here’s a look at some very compelling reasons to give DIY dog diapers a try:

  • You’ll save money. Yes, we already said it, but it’s worth mentioning again. Making your own diapers can save you a pretty penny. High-quality ready-made diapers (considering the fact that the contents they hold are less-than-pleasant, you definitely don’t want to use anything substandard) can be quite pricey. By crafting DIY, reusable diapers, you can save yourself a bundle.
  • Proper sizing. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and though ready-made diapers do come in several different sizes, finding the right size can be a challenge. You might have to try several different options to get the right size (which means spending money unnecessarily), and even then, you may not find a size that will work for your pooch.
  • It’s rewarding. Believe it or not, making DIY dog diapers can actually be pretty rewarding. Not only will you have the opportunity to put your creativity to work, but knowing that you’re making something that can benefit your pooch – and you – can feel really satisfying.

Types of DIY Doggie Diapers

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Just like diapers for babies, there are two different types of DIY diapers for dogs: disposable and reusable. Obviously, both are intended to hold urine and feces, but let’s take a look at how they differ.

Disposable DIY Dog Diapers

As the name suggests, disposable DIY dog diapers are meant to be disposed of. They’re meant for one-time use only. In other words, once your pooch wears one of these diapers, you take it off and trash it, even if he hasn’t urinated or soiled the diaper (use the same diaper twice and there’s a chance your furry friend could develop a bladder infection).

The benefit of disposable DIY dog diapers is simplicity. If you don’t have the time to constantly wash Fido’s diapers – or you just don’t want to be bothered with the hassle – this type of DIY diaper is the right choice for you and your pooch.

Please Consider That:

Disposable dog diapers are not biodegradable, so when they wind up in landfills, that's exactly where they stay! 

Reusable DIY Dog Diapers

These diapers are made of fabric and can be reused several times (hence why they’re called “reusable”). Once your pooch wets or soils the diaper, immediately remove it and clean it. You can toss it in the washing machine or hand wash; whichever option works better for you. Also note that, like with disposable diapers, you should wash the reusable variety every time you take it off your pup, even if he or she hasn’t dirtied it, as this will help to avoid infection.

The primary advantage of using DIY reusable dog diapers is that you don’t have to constantly refresh your stock like you would have to with disposable diapers. Plus, there are some super cute fabrics out there that you can make into diapers, giving your pup an “edge” on fashion. Not to mention the positive impact you'll make to the environment!

DIY Dog Diapers: The Best Designs

When it comes to DIY doggie diapers, the simpler, the better; you don’t want a complex design that’s difficult to put on and take off. Additionally, you don’t want to spend a fortune to make it. With that said, consider the information presented above, as well as your specific needs to determine which design will work for best for you and your pooch.

So, without further ado, we present to you a collection of our favorite DIY dog diaper designs.

1. Modified Disposable Baby Diapers for Dogs

If you’ve decided that disposable DIY diapers are the right option for you and your furry family member, this design is pretty easy to make. All you have to do is modify disposable baby diapers so that they can be used for your pooch. Here’s what you’ll need and a quick video on how to make a dog diaper from a baby diaper:

Complexity Level: Low

What You'll Need: 

  • Clean disposable baby diapers or pull-ups (choose a size that’s as close in size to your dog’s waistline)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Method: 

  • Place the diaper over your pup’s hindquarters to pinpoint where the tail will be; mark the spot on the diaper.
  • Next, measure the circumference of the base of your pup’s tail.
  • Using that measurement, cut a hole in the back of the diaper where your dog’s tail will be positioned.

Once the hole is cut, you just slip the diaper on your pup so that it’s cover his or her midsection, place his tail through the hole, and furry friend will be ready to go!

2. Modified Reusable Baby Diapers

This design is basically the same as the previously mentioned DIY dog diaper, but instead of using disposable baby diapers, it involves using reusable or cloth baby diapers. With this design, you’ll save more money because you won’t have to constantly refresh your supply, as you can wash the diapers and use them over and over again.

Complexity level: Low

What You'll Need: 

  • Cloth baby diapers (choose a size that’s close to the size of your pup’s waistline)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Method: 

  • Place the diaper over your pup’s hindquarters to pinpoint where the tail will be; mark the spot on the diaper.
  • Measure the circumference of the base of your dog’s tail.
  • Using the measurement of the circumference of the base of your dog’s tail to cut a hole in the diaper where his or her tail will be positioned.

After the hole is cut, the diaper will be ready to use. Place it on your four-legged family member so that it covers his or her midsection.

3. Wee-wee Pad DIY Diapers

This design involves turning dog pads (the type you’d put on the floor when your pup is house training) into disposable DIY dog diapers. Dog pads are specifically designed to absorb liquids, so they can work well as diapers. This design is would work particularly well for larger dogs, as they’re bigger than human baby diapers.

Complexity Level: Low

What You'll Need:

  • An adult sock
  • Scissors
  • Disposable female sanitary pad
  • Measuring tape

Method:

  • Mark out an hourglass pattern on the wee-wee pad that’s large enough to cover Fido’s midsection and rear end.
  • Cut out the hourglass shape.
  • Place the makeshift wee-wee pad on your pup.
  • Use tape to secure it in place. Take care to avoid placing the tape on your pup’s skin or fur.

4. Sock DIY Diaper

If your pup is small, you can use a sock to make a DIY reusable diaper. This option shared on Imgur is easy, affordable, and relatively effective. 

Here's how to make a dog diaper out of a sock:

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Complexity Level: Easy

What You'll Need:

  • Disposable wee-wee pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Method:

  • Measure the circumference of the base of your dog’s tail.
  • Cut a hole in the bottom and the top of the sock, about an inch from the toe.
  • Cut the ankle part of the sock so that it’s almost cut down to the heel.
  • Place the hole over your dog’s tail and tug both sides of the opened ankle section of the sock around the hind legs.
  • Adjust the sock so that it’s providing proper coverage over your pup’s bits.
  • Tie both sides of the sock. You want it to be securely tied, but loose enough so that you can fit two fingers underneath the sock.
  • Place a sanitary pad between the sock and your dog’s bits to provide some absorption

5. No-Sew DIY Dog Diaper T-Shirt

Originally WikiHow's concept for a baby diaper, Pop Your Dog used the concept for a dog diaper. Using an old T-shirt to make a reusable diaper for your pooch. No sewing is required, which is definitely a bonus.

Here's what you'll need and how to make a dog diaper out of a t shirt:

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Complexity Level: Easy

What You'll Need:

  • Cotton T-shirt (choose one that corresponds as closely to the size of your pup as possible)
  • Scissors
  • Disposable sanitary pad

Method:

  • Lay the shirt out flat on a stable surface.
  • Fold one side of the shirt and line up the seam of the sleeve with the middle of the color.
  • Fold over the opposite side of the shirt in the same manner.
  • Fold down the top portion of the shirt so that it creates the shape of a “T”.
  • Fold up the bottom of the shirt so that it meets the bottom of the sleeves.
  • Place the shirt on your pup so that his hind legs are sticking out of the sleeves and his tail is sticking out of the neck hole.
  • Put a sanitary pad between your pup’s bits and the T-shirt.
  • Tie the T-shirt to secure it in place; make sure there’s enough space to fit two fingers underneath it.

6. DIY Towel Diaper

Use an old towel to make a DIY reusable diaper for your pup.

Here's what you'll need and how to make a dog diaper from a towel:

DIY dog diaper designs

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Complexity Level: Easy

What You'll Need:

  • An old towel
  • Scissors
  • Diaper bins
  • Measuring tape
  • Disposable sanitary pad

Method:

  • Measure the circumference of the base of your dog’s tail.
  • Cut the towel in an hourglass shape that will fit your pooch.
  • Determine where your pup’s tail will be placed in the towel.
  • Cut a hole that’s the same size as the circumference of your dog’s tail in the portion of the towel where his tail will be positioned.
  • Place the towel on your dog, using diaper pins to secure it in place.
  • Position a sanitary pad between your pup’s bits and the towel.

The Last Word on Doggie DIY Diapers

If your furry family member has been having issues with accidents in the house, give one of these simple, low-cost DIY doggie diapers a try. You can save yourself a lot of headaches, and your pooch a lot of grief! Just remember, whichever design you choose, make sure that you properly clean the diaper and your dog after each use.

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