How To Get A Dog Diaper To Stay On A Pug

Pug dog diaper that stays on

My senior pug has had recurring UTI’s and occasional incontinence when she is fighting the infection. I recently shared how we’ve tried dog diapers and baby diapers for pugs, and we shared which ones worked best for us. That post is called Are Dog Diapers Or Baby Diapers Best For Pugs? As you’ll find out from that blog post, we definitely found that the size, style and fit of different diapers makes a difference in how long the diapers stay on, and how much they sag. However, even with a great fitting diaper, we’ve found that over time, the diaper will work its way of the backside of our pug. This mostly seems to happen when she goes from laying down or sitting down, to standing up. Her legs or “knee” area slide around the leg openings and that causes them to fall once gravity gets introduced as she stands up.

How to get a diaper to stay on a dog. My pug tried a variety of diaper set-ups before we figured it out!

I looked up expensive options for dog diapers that stay on. Some of them are $40+! It’s tough to find dg clothing that fits pugs because they are barrel-chested. Plus, it’s currently the end of April and here in Michigan on sunny days, it’s a bit too warm for Beans. She starts panting if it gets much over 70 degrees inside. But, we don’t want to turn the air on just yet. So, we really didn’t want to try a baby onesie or other clothing based options as they would make her overheat faster. Her Puppia harness is mesh and ventilated so it doesn’t make her stay warmer like dog clothing would. I did try making her a customized t-shirt from an old 100% cotton shirt of my own, but it stretched far too much to work. So, we went to her harness. Beans already had a puppia dog harness, so I decided to try another route. Beans’ harness is a Puppia Superior Harness in size large. This fit her a few years back when she was about 27 pounds. She’s now down to about 24 pounds. Frank used to be about 31 pounds, and he is down to about 27/28 and he fits the Puppia RiteFit in an XL. Either harness (or really any harness that ends about mid-back) and any diaper that you find you get a good fit with, will work fine for this set-up.

Pug dog diaper that stays on

We simply put the harness on Beans. Then we put the diaper on beans (with a tail-cut out). Then we use children’s mitten clips to attach the diaper to the harness. We bought these hold ’em mitten clips because they were cheap on Amazon. I wouldn’t recommend them because we did find that after a week or so, the clips stopped being as tight, and on occasion, the diaper will slip right through the clip even though the clasp has not come undone. I read a review on that page that had a similar experience with the clasps becoming loose. If we continue to need to use diapers with her long-term, I’ll go with mitten clips that are rated as being stronger, like these extra strong mitten clips.

*Edit to add*

We have continued to use dog diapers on beans as she does seem to have incontinence, not just a UTI. We did buy stronger mitten clips. We went with the exact ones listed and have been using them about 6 weeks now and they have held up much better. On rare occasion one will pull lose from the diaper, but that is usually when we have cut the hole for her tail too high on the diaper, so the diaper is sagging down her butt and the clips are over-extended. When we cut the hole lower on the diaper, the diaper goes higher up her back and then they stay on place great.

How to keep a diaper on a dog

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well Beans ignores the diaper. She never intentionally tries to get it off, as far as I can tell. With diapers that do not fit well and sag in the crotch, she hesitates before jumping. I think when she feels the excess material between her legs, it makes her feel like she can’t jump or something. Once we found a diaper that fit her well without sagging, and got the harness and clips figured out, this method has worked really nicely.

Do you have a dog that wears diapers? Feel free to share your tips for how to get a dog diaper to stay on.


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Comments 5

  • Lauralee Hensley

    Don’t have an incontinent dog right now, but I’ll sure keep this in mind. How brillant. The harness and mitten clips and using the human child pull-ups, simply brillant.

  • Linda Dean

    Thank you thank you thank you!! My Rosie is 14 years old and has increasing incontinence issues due to her hind legs becoming weaker. (the weaker her legs, the more she tinkles) Other than this hiccup, she is still going strong. This information has transformed her/my life!! No more tinkle tracks or puddles!! and she rocks an easy-ups!!

    • Emmy - Author of Post,

      Aww I love hearing that it helped someone! When we first tried dog diapers just on their own I honestly thought ‘There is no way anyone does this regularly!’ because they wouldn’t even stay on for 5 minutes. Yet we had to figure something out because I don’t have the heart to make her stay trapped in the kitchen to avoid pee in the carpet…but I also wasn’t about to live with pee all over the carpet and furniture regularly. Something had to give! So, it was a relief to find a way to keep the pull-ups on her. I bought the 3/4 size the first time which is what is in these photos, we made them work, but since that first pack we’ve switched ot the 2/3 size which fits a bit better.

  • Jennifer Taylor

    We have been using regular pampers size 6 (two pugs rescue pugs that aren’t trained to pee outdoors) and we just put them on sideways (creating more of a belly band) instead of trying to cover the tail at all (have to pick up dog poop on floor and spray with bleach) which has worked very well for us. I think that we need the largest size diaper because one of our pugs is pretty big and also sideways, they need to be bigger so they don’t cut into their undersides. You do have to pick the dogs’ back legs up after you put them on to make sure that their “area” is covered (otherwise they don’t work, of course!)

    The diapers look a little bunchy but do the trick! We also buy these compostable inserts made by Flip (made for human babies) that we cut in half (half for each dog) and put in the disposable diapers and then we can compost the inserts instead of throwing out a lot of disposable diapers (can use the disposable diapers to hold the inserts for awhile until the tags get too worn). We don’t put them in our regular compost because but have a separate place for them out back. We haven’t figured out how long they will take to compost yet, but it is awhile but still better than adding so much to the landfill! We are hoping to find or make some cloth reusable covers that will mimic this design so that we can stop getting disposable diapers altogether.

  • Karen Ladd

    Thank you for this

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