How to Choose a Dog Belly Band

Belly bands for dogs are relatively new, but considering how useful they are it’s a wonder why they weren’t made sooner!

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Belly bands serve a variety of different purposes, but all of them are meant to help your beloved canine with bladder control issues.  Choosing the right belly band for dogs isn’t particularly difficult, but there are some key factors you need to take into consideration.

Size

Before you can pick the right belly band you’ll need to know your pup’s size.  You can measure your dog with a tailor’s tape measure.  Much like with human clothing, sizing can vary by brand.  If your dog wears a medium in one brand they could be a size small in another.  Be sure to know your furry friend’s exact measurement and be sure to check the size chart anytime you’re trying a new brand.  If your dog is in between sizes, take their weight into consideration.

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Sex

While they’re especially popular for male dogs, female dog belly bands exist as well.  Belly bands for female dogs are farther back so they have a hole for the tail.  This might make them a little more difficult to put on.  Male dog belly bands simply wrap around, while the ones for female dogs almost resemble underwear.  Belly bands are generally marketed to male dogs more than female, but belly bands for dogs can be useful for either sex.

Material

A belly band for dogs can be either reusable or disposable.  Which you choose is ultimately a personal decision, but depending on why you’re buying them one may be better than the other.  For example, if your dog will need to use them for a lengthy period of time then a washable, reusable belly band is better.  You’ll save money in the long run and it causes less waste for the environment, but you do have to deal with the mess yourself.  Disposable wraps are great for dogs who don’t need to wear them at home but may need to when going out, dogs receiving treatment for a UTI, or dogs who experience separation anxiety.

Age

Some puppies take longer to house train than others in which case a band might not be needed.  Older dogs, especially those who have Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD for short, also known as ‘Dog Dementia’), may have a harder time controlling their bladder.  So while they’re technically housetrained they’re prone to incontinence, and may need a belly band to help them out.

For house training, we recommend skipping the dog belly band and using the traditional crate method. Also, check out our Clean Up & Indoor Dog Potty shop section.

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