Is your male dog urinating everywhere? Do you want to train your dog as to where he could do the call of nature? Or you are planning on a trip with your dog but he cannot urinate anywhere and you need an immediate solution? Fret no more, because we can answer all your pet woes! This dog belly band is a great solution for your dog headaches. This will help you train them, eliminate the unwanted urine and most of all, this is a traveler’s pet must have!
This is washable, inexpensive and easy to sew in less than an hour. You will just need minimal materials for this project. And what is great about this is that this is a beginner-friendly activity. This will save you the hassle of getting one from the pet store or online. You can also personalize this base on your liking. Sound fun, right? Let us start sewing this now and get the training going before it’s too late!
Gather all the materials needed:
- a soft crafting felt
- a big sewing needle
- a crochet thread
- 1-cm. in width garter
- a small safety pin
- a measuring tape
- a black Velcro
- a pair of scissors
Step 1: Measure the body of your dog. Wrap the measuring tape around his waist and take note of the measurements. Make sure to take the length of his waist all the way down to his butt since this will serve as the width of the belly band.
Step 2: Cut the soft crafting felt based on your dog’s measurements.
Step 3: Fold at least one centimeter on the longest side of the felt body. Sew this using a small running stitch. Do this on the opposite side as well. This is the piping of the belly band.
Step 4: Cut two of at least 5 to centimeters long garter. This length would perfectly fit a small breed dog. If you have a larger dog, double its length to accommodate the size of his waist. For reference, 10 centimeters long for medium breeds and 15 centimeters long for large breeds.
Step 5: Create a small slit on piping that was made from the former step. The slit should be placed at least 5 centimeters away from the ends of the belly band body. Do the same procedure on the opposite end of the same piping and on the other piping on the other side. You should have four small slits now.
Step 6: Insert a small safety pin at one end of the garter.
Step 7: Carefully insert the garter through the slit, using the safety pin as a guide to slip it further on the other end.
Step 8: Continue inserting the guide pin of the garter and leave a small piece of the end of the garter on the slit.
Step 9: Sew the end of the garter on the slit. This will keep the garter in place since we will be pulling this garter on the other side afterward.
Step 10: Carefully pull the other end of the garter with the safety pin. It should be expected that the piping of the belly band would tighten.
Step 11: Adjust the tightness of the garter based on your preference. On this belly band, we made sure that it is tight enough to hold and leave no space on the belly of the dog so as to avoid leaks while he is urinating.
Step 12: Sew this end too to hold the garter in place. Cut the excess garter if necessary.
Step 13: Do the same process on the other piping and make sure that it has the same tightness on the opposite side.
Step 14: Measure the Velcro on one short end of the belly band and cut it according to size. Do the same thing to complement the opposite side.
Step 15: Sew the Velcro on the short ends using a backstitch. This would be enough to keep it sturdy for frequent washing. Take note that the pair of Velcro should be sewn accordingly to make it complimentary to each other and be properly locked in place.
Step 16: Try the belly band on your dog and make the necessary adjustment possible.
Step 17: The belly band should fit like this – just the right tightness and can still have some room for breathing.
Step 18: Let your dog walk first for several minutes and make him comfy. You can add some panty liners or napkin inside the belly band if it serves you a heavy purpose. Finally done!
You can now have your dog safe and your place free from his urine. This can also be used for travels wherein you don’t have any access at all to places where he can urinate. This can also be used for training if you want your dog to urinate in a certain place in your house or in your garden. You just remove this belly band if he is in the right place and make sure to give him some reward or treat afterwards so that he will know that he Is doing a great job. Hope this helps you in your “fur”-rent hood! Let us know!