Friday, August 30, 2013

How to Make A Belly Band for Male Dogs

So my male dog is notorious for marking.
No matter how much I let him out, I find a spot.
It drives me crazy. I stumbled upon a 
site that showed belly bands and I thought hey that 
might help. They are reasonably priced but I thought I 
would try to make my own.  So I went to my fabric stash
and had at it.  The following is what I did.

I measured his waist and also how wide I 
would need it to be.

Next I saw that there needs to be a pocket for the maxi
pad that will absorb the urine.
Online it looked just like the lining of a boys swim
trunks.  Well, guess what?  I cut those out of my boys 
trunks and save them for, because you just might need it
sometime. So glad I had that on hand.

So I found some flannel and cut both out to size.
then laid the liner over to figure out where it should go.

I then folded the cut edge of the liner under so there
would be a cleaner edge when I sewed it.
I did not sew the elastic part, so that I could slip
the pad in the pocket.

With right sides together I sewed the edges, leaving the end
open so I could turn it inside out. 

After I sewed the sides.

I pinned the open edge and sewed it.

I went ahead and sewed around the edge for a neater look.

Next I found some velcro, I got real lucky and found some
navy blue. 

Finished product.  I like it but I see that he has a 
little gap. I could either just let it go or sew a little piece of velcro
there.  Knowing me I will probably let it go. 
It saved me about 9 dollars, it took me a little over an hour.
Bonus, I had all the material to make it.
I gotta say, I LOVE THIS BAND!  
I have so much peace knowing that I am not going to see marking
or smell the marking.  I have had to change the pad and wash the band already.
But I didn't have to mop or wash my couch.  That is a good thing.

1 comment:

  1. No need to have all that fabric on the dog's back ... I wonder why no one has thought to design a band that thins down to a slender connection on the spine or two elastic bands instead of the whole thickness needed on the underside. Tha's what I'm going to do. I don't like putting clothes on my poodle as it makes his curly hair even more irritating as the curls are mashed and rubbed into his skin with sweaters and belly bands ...


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