I've had a lot of foster dogs to house train recently and I also happened to have a few dog diapers around for product testing. This got me to put two and two together and try out using the diaper as a house training aid. I discovered that the diaper can be very helpful in many cases!
Generally, dog trainers recommend diapers only for incontinent dogs or dogs in heat and not for house training. I think trainers are worried that people will use the diaper as a crutch and end up not successfully house training the dog at all, which is a valid concern. However, I've found that the dog diaper can be a really helpful aid if used as part of a complete house training program for certain dogs.
Is your dog a good candidate for house training using a dog diaper?
First, find a good-fitting and comfortable dog diaper.
Next, it is important to teach the dog that wearing the diaper is a good thing so that he or she is not frightened by the process or become upset when you approach. Do this by taking it slow with your dog and using lots of treats during the process of putting the diaper on. A second person can be helpful at first to feed the treats while you position the diaper. If your dog tries to wiggle out of the diaper once it is on, try to interrupt, and then reward him or her for calmness. If your dog really dislikes the diaper it may just not be worth it since you will be able to house train your dog just fine using the basic house training protocol without the diaper.
The time to begin using the diaper on your dog is when you are almost 100% sure that your dog won't have an accident in the house. The diaper is helpful in the following ways:
If your dog has an accident in the diaper it means that you need to:
Okay, I'm ready for your comments! I have a feeling people will either love or hate this idea. Just remember, that I am proposing using a dog diaper during house training is an add on to a traditional house training program which uses prevention of accidents and rewarding for going potty outside. The dog diaper will not allow you to skip all of the "hard work" but it can help with clean up and consistency.
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