Introduction: Doggy Diapers

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Now before I hear any whining from ya'll who believe that dogs should do their business out of doors. Let me explain. I have 8 dogs. They make alot of poo. I have to clean up said poo from the yard. But only for 7 of those dogs. The "other" dog (we will refer to her as "JJ") is unable to do her business out of doors. She is handicapped and she cant walk, and she enjoys her day in a childs playpen. Soooo, my solution to the the amazing problem of washing three loads of towels a day was to come up with a diaper that could be easily made, easily washed and easy to maneuver on to and off of "JJ". I got the idea from washable baby diapers and you can make these for any size dog, handicapped or not. So lets get to down to business!

PS: JJ is not dead, even though she appears lifeless.

Step 1: Needs

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First, some sewing skill is required. Not much but some.
Second, you do need a sewing machine.

Third, get your materials:
- a chamois (or shamie), the kind you dry your car with. (I got a three pack at a Wal-mart for cheap)
- Thin elastic
- Velcro
- Measuring tape
- Thread
- Paper bag or paper towel or any paper
- Marker

Step 2: Measure It!

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So first we need talk about measuring your particular dog. I will use my dog as an example and she is very small. She weighs in at a whopping 1.5 lbs!

-Remember to write it down! (Your dogs measurements, not mine!)

- measure around the waist (JJ is 9 inches around the waist)

- Measure from. . . ahem. . . butt to waist (JJ is 5 inches)

-Measure between the legs (JJ is 2.5 inches and I forgot to pic that)

Step 3: Pattern It

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Bare with me, this may sound complicated. But this just making a pattern. This is where the paper bag comes in handy. Try to make a rough pattern. When you are done, put it on your dog to see how it fits then make adjustments as nesessary. Use my shape as a rough guide.

- Double the butt-to-waist measurement. This is the long of the diaper. I added two inches for the padding, making mine 12 inches long.

- The part labeled (front) came from the waist measurement. I shortened it by 1 inch. Making the "front" 8 inches wide on the end.

- Between her legs was 2 inches. I added 1 inch to make the middle of the diaper 3 inches.

- The butt end is 1/2 of the waist measurement. Making it 4.5 inches.

- The tabs on the "front" end are 1.5 inches.

Step 4: Cut It

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To make things run a bit faster I folded my chamie in half and traced the pattern onto it to make two diapers.


IMPORTANT: Save your SCRAPS, we will use these later!

Step 5: Sew It!

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Sewing steps are as follows:
-Zig-Zag around perimeter. To make my diapers a bit hearty and keep them from fraying I sewed a zig-zag stitch all the way around the perimeter of the diaper.

- Sew elastic on both sides of the "middle". (This is where the sewing skills come in. I had no idea how to work w/elastic. For this I sewed through the elastic, pulling it tight as I went) 

- I used the scrap here to make a "pad". By rolling up the scraps and make a tube, then sew it in the middle of the diap. (This is not entirely necessary, but sure cuts down on "breakthrough leakage".)
    
-Last step is to cut and apply velcro. I sewed it on, as these will be washed multiple times and adhesive velcro wont stay very long.
           -(Long velcro goes on back of "butt"; tab velcro goes on body side of "front")

Remember that perfection is not key here. These are doggy diapers!

Step 6: Hole It!

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To get the tail hole:

-Put your new diap on your doggy
-find where the tail should poke through.
-take diap off of doggy and snip where the tail goes through
-as an extra precaution against tearing, sew around the hole.

You are now done. Put the diap on the doggy and wait for the business.

Comments

LisaG154 (author)2016-08-26

Amazing! I have a number of furbabies that I rescued. Disposables get expensive and they won't stay on the dog very long. I've been buying washables but that gets expensive as well. I've made my own male wraps and am now on the way to making diapers for girls too. I use poise incontinent pads on mine to absorb more in the event of an accident before I take them out.

deborahw42 (author)2016-03-06

I am the proud mommy of a chihuahua that was born with spina bifida. His hind legs were not fully developed and are atrophied. They remind me of chicken legs. The rescue I got him from kept him in a pen because he has no urinary or bowel control, but when I got him I modified baby diapers for him. He took over the house using his front legs (he "bounces"). Anyway, now my get calls him the Mexican Bull Dog because his shoulders are so buff. I've been looking at cost effective diapering solutions (disposables tens to add up), so I think I will invest the time, effort, and money into these. Thanks for sharing!

rwood10 (author)2015-09-06

Poor little gal...she is beautiful. You are taking such good care of her My girl is just a little bigger (Chihuahua) this is perfect. Thanks for this item.. I need them since I decided to keep my girl intact. I fear the surgery on a two lb female dog.. :)

NetWt4Lbs (author)2012-11-25

is she only paralyzed in the rear?

porklips (author)NetWt4Lbs2012-11-25

Nope, she has too much water on her brain (hydrocephalis) and does not have a sense of balance. She could take a few steps before she would fall down when she was a wee thing, (like a toddler) but as her body grew so did her legs and now she cannot do much more than roll around. So her body is in perfect shape, but her brain is much like a new born puppy. Sooooo, she cant walk, she cant be housetrained and I got tired of washing towels everyday, thus these easy diapers were born!

Yorkielvr4evr (author)porklips2015-08-09

Hi am am a newbie to this site. Actually created a account just so I could reply to your post. I just recently had a litter of baby yorkies and reading this about your baby touched my heart so much. It is so AWSOME that you care for (jj) so much!! She is beautiful. I was reasearching for my male yorkies who mark on everything they pass inside. The diaper idea came to mind so I'm gonna give it a try real soon!!

porklips (author)Yorkielvr4evr 2015-08-10

Thank you! And good luck with your new batch of babes! I hope the diapering works out!

Donna1960 (author)2015-07-15

Great pattern! How do i determine the length of the elastic?

NorthernSuze (author)2014-12-29

Thank-you for sharing. I have an elder dog who is having difficulty making it through the night. If I miss the alarm to take her out, a diaper seems to be easier on her than an accident on the floor.

kg1 (author)2013-12-20

I love love love this tutorial! I did something similar with 1 of my dogs, a dashie, who got paralyzed in his back legs shortly before he died. We also kept him in a childs playpen (bought from a yardsale) and used baby blankets underneath him to relieve himself and washed him everyday with washclothes.

Bued (author)2013-11-17

Excellent tutorial and much appreciated. I adopted 2 little dachshunds that were previously kept as outdoor dogs and until I can train them to stop going anywhere they wish I need to put diapers on them. And...when I visit family and take them with me I don't want them to be lifting their legs on furniture! Your solution will help tremendously.

Q: Why did you choose a sham instead of a towel? Is it more absorbent?

porklips (author)Bued2013-11-17

Yes, I thought that because they are designed to dry a car that they would be more absorbent. I think that a hefty dishtowel or thick bath towel will work just as well. These were cheap and a perfect size to make 2 diapers from each one. In the future I will probably just try to use a towel. But I have been using these diapers for three years and they are still working great!

teekolu (author)2013-01-11

yes, yes, what annieannie says below - bless you for loving this little angel, so glad she has you in her life and now has some comfy little diapers too ;)

annieannie (author)2013-01-05

You are a fantastic momma!!! Bless you for going the extra mile and offering this precious baby a loving home!!!!!

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