Good morning my friends! I hope your Christmas shopping and prepping for the holidays is going well! I have almost everyone on my list all shopped for thanks to Amazon Prime. What a great way to shop! Today I want to bring the blog back to the basics and give you a how-to on belly bands for your dog. The website itself will give you everything you need to know about what a belly band is and how it will help you and your dog, but there is a lot of supplemental information to be shared that will help you a lot!
In case you haven’t read through the whole website already, I’ll start with the basics. A belly band is a wrap that fits around your male dog’s waist covering his pee pee. It is used to catch urine for any scenario, whether your dog is incontinent or they have a deviant pee problem. They work great for stopping dogs from marking at home and when traveling and visiting new places. The belly band serves as a reminder for some dogs not to pee where they shouldn’t, and other dogs will let loose with the band on. Either way, you have peace of mind knowing that your dog is not ruining carpets and furniture wherever he is! Some belly bands are just a fabric that wraps around your dog’s waist and you have to purchase feminine pads to place on the inside for them to catch any urine. Our belly bands offer pads that are sewn directly into the band so that you don’t have to reach in and pull off a soaked pad. They also have an barrier layer that stops any accident from leaking out of the band and onto your furniture your dog may be on. They are also more environmentally friendly because the whole product is completely washable and reusable. If you want more information on how and why our belly bands are the best, let me know! That may need a whole blog post in itself! ;)
The most important thing you must do when purchasing your dog a belly band is measure your dog. I cannot tell you how many customers I have done exchanges with who admit they never measured their dog in the first place! I have started to recommend measuring your dog at least twice before deciding on a size. Then follow the sizing chart using your dog’s measurement. Of course you should use a flexible, non-stretchy, long object when measuring your dog’s waist like a fabric tape measure. If you can’t find your fabric tape measure, a phone charger (unplugged) will do the job and then measure the phone charger with a rigid tape measure. When in doubt, ask me! I have plugged my video on measuring your dog below.
Okay, now that we’ve gone through the basics of belly bands and how to pick the best size, the question is, “When do I use them?” and that depends on what you need them for. If you doggy only loses control of his bladder at night time, only put them on then. If they only pee when you aren’t home, put one on before you leave the house. If you really just can’t trust when they will go pee, then they need a belly band all the time! The belly bands are used to catch accidents before they hit the floor. They are not meant to be left on after your dog has soiled it. So we recommend taking off the soiled belly band as soon as you realize it is wet. If your dog has long hair, his belly hair might be a little bit wet depending on how much he went in his band. If he is wet, the best case scenario is to give your doggy a bath to get him all clean. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always give us time to bathe our dogs every time they go in their band. Not to mention, over-bathing your dog isn’t good for him either. So we’ve found that the best practice is to clean your dog up the best you can and let his fur air-dry before putting another band on him. Leaving a wet band on your dog or even putting a clean one on when his fur is wet can lead to irritated skin and more complications. Then we recommend giving your dog a “half bath” once a week. What’s a half bath? When you only wash their back end where the belly band goes!
I have a question for you regarding your belly bands that are now soiled and smelly. What do you do with them? Before we moved, we had our own washing machine that we would put them in until it was time to do the laundry, but now we don’t have our own washing machine. I’m curious to hear how you tackle this issue. I have thoughts of designing a antimicrobial, smell proof bag that can store used belly bands until you’re ready to wash them. What do you think? Would you be interested in a product like this? Recently we have been using plastic garbage bags and it’s not my favorite solution.
As far as washing your Coddled Canine belly bands go, I always throw the used belly bands in with my normal laundry. I use regular laundry detergent without fabric softener and run them on cold or warm. Then I dry them in the dryer on a normal cycle. To lengthen the life of your belly bands, close the velcro parts together before washing. This way the hook velcro will not stick to the absorbent material and pull on the fibers.
That is it for the most part on belly bands, however, I want to urge you to remember one thing. Take off the belly band before you take your dog outside!!!! I know that sounds silly, but every single person in my family has forgotten to do so at least once while taking Riley outside. Poor baby, so confused will pee outside, but still wet himself! Don’t do what I do and take it off before going outside! Also, it may go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyways, belly bands are not a substitute for taking your dog outside. For one, they still have to go poo, and two, that’s just not fair for your dog. Belly bands are an accident solution, not a lazy solution.
The most common issue with belly bands, at least for me, is forgetting to put them back on after we go outside! I know you're probably thinking, "Abbey, you have a belly band business! How do you forget to put Rye's belly band back on?!". The answer is...I don't know. But it happens. Then I have to clean up pee spots. If you are having trouble with cleaning up urine accidents, let me know and maybe I can write a post about that as well!
Please let me know if there is any aspect about belly bands that you would like me to talk about. Also let me know if you would purchase a soiled belly band bag to store your belly bands before you’re ready to run the washer. Lastly, if you’ve made it this far in the blog, I want to announce that I am currently working on designing a PREMIUM belly band that brings belly bands to a whole new level! I won’t release any of the details yet but I want to get you excited for that! So keep your eyes open for more information. As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful week! Thanks, Abbey
Abbey is the owner of Coddled Canine and her dog, Riley. Join us on our crazy adventures as we journey through this awesome life together!
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