Dog Diapering 101: How to Change Your Pet's Diaper

Dog Diapering 101: How to Change Your Pet's Diaper

A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Your Dog's Diaper, from Start to Finish

Dog diapers are a great way to keep your furry friend clean and dry, especially if they are dealing with incontinence or are in heat. However, changing a dog diaper can be a daunting task for some pet owners. Once you have decided whether to use a washable or disposable diaper and you are certain the diaper is the right fit for your pet, you can start making diapering a part of your dog’s daily routine, and with practice, the task should start to feel more natural to both you and your pup. In this guide, we will take you through the step-by-step process of changing a dog diaper to make it easier for you.

1. Gather Your Supplies

Before changing your dog's diaper, you need to think about what supplies you might need. Here is a list of supplies to consider:
  • A new diaper
  • Baby wipes or a damp cloth
  • Soap and water or no-rinse body wash
  • Disposable gloves if you prefer not to use your hands directly
  • Powder (to prevent rashes)
  • Dog-friendly ointment or cream (to treat rashes or sensitive skin)
  • Plastic trash bag

2. Prepare Your Dog

It's important to make sure that your dog is comfortable before you start changing their diaper. You can give them a treat or a toy that will keep them calm. The first few times putting on the diaper can be a challenge, so make sure to give yourself enough time and space. Over time your dog should become more comfortable with the diaper.

Make Sure Your Dog is Comfortable

3. Remove the Old Diaper

Start by removing the soiled diaper from your dog. If using a disposable diaper, fold or roll up the diaper and dispose of it in a plastic bag or trash can. If using a reusable diaper, prepare it to wash according to the care instructions.

4. Clean Your Dog

Clean Your Dog

Use baby wipes, damp cloth, or no-rinse body wash to clean your dog's genital area and anus. Do not use the same wipe/cloth to clean the genitals as you used for the anus. Once clean make sure to then dry the area completely. Once dry you can use powder to help prevent any rash or skin irritation.

If the dog has a rash you can try dog-friendly anti-rash ointments or creams to help treat the rash. Take extra care to check for rashes if your dog wears diapers overnight or for a prolonged time. Before using any sort of product on your pup, make sure the products are meant for dogs, and always test the product on a small area first to make sure your dog doesn't have any sensitivities or adverse reactions.


5. Put on a New Diaper

Open up a new diaper and place it underneath your dog's tail. Bring the tabs around your dog's waist and fasten them securely. You can check out this video for more detailed instructions on how to secure a diaper on a dog. Make sure the new diaper is snug but not too tight, as this can cause discomfort.

6. Reward Your Dog

Give your dog a treat or some praise for being a good boy or girl during the diaper change. You want to try and reinforce a positive association with wearing the diaper.

Are You Ready to Try Dog Diapers?

Changing a dog diaper might seem intimidating at first, but with practice, it can become a routine part of your pet care regimen. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your dog stays clean and comfortable. When you and your pup are ready to try dog diapers, check out our selection of disposable and washable dog diapers. For male dogs, you can check out our selection of male wraps (also known as belly bands).

If you have any questions or concerns about using dog diapers or changing them, don't hesitate to reach out to us at For healthcare-related or medical concerns, please make sure to reach out to your veterinarian for advice.

Dog Diapering Can Become a Routine Part of Your Pet Care Regimen

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or the health and welfare of your pet.


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