Dogs have chewed through drywall and framing, climbed over 7' fences and run for miles JUST to get to a female in heat. Trusting a belly band to keep you safe from an accidental breeding would NOT be wise. ;)
Many dogs don't do well with belly bands because they can just wriggle out of them. They're also made of cotton- an easy fabric to destroy, should the urge come about.
There have been cases of dogs breeding through female "panties", as well.
So while a good idea on paper- it's just not nearly trustworthy enough to put under such an important use.
Well, Bella, another great idea bites the dust. LOL! My dogs are small, so they can't scale a seven foot wall, in a single bound or otherwise. They are never given the opportunity to run off. They are never outside unless I am right there, and I have never seen a strange dog in my yard. NEVER! I have heard these stories though. I have nothing to keep my male and female separated but a baby gate and it hasn't failed me yet. Getting back to the belly bands, I use an ace bandage. Cut it to size. Naturally I do not wrap it as tight as you would for a sprain. It works like a charm. Good luck.
The belly band works pretty well on the small breed males, but you have to make sure they're covered completely. Cricketmom, I hadn't heard of using an ace bandage, but it sounds like it would great. I've heard of people making their own belly bands out of old (cleaned) socks. One problem with the store boughten belly bands is they seem so stiff, scatchy, and uncomfortable (not from my own personal experience). It takes Sammy a couple of hours to get used to it.
Ltlgto, as I said the Ace Bandage works like a charm. I actually thought about that one night when I was wrapping my knee. I tried using little boy underware, putting them on backwards for the tail. They are all too big. The panties that you buy for females in heat are kind stiff too, because they are lined in plastic. My male Maltese only weighs 41/2 pounds, so they did not stay up that well. Even when they did he would not move. I felt bad for him, and me. If you could have seen the way he looked at me. The thing about the Ace Bandage is you can wrap it once around the back legs leaving the tail out. I do not do that anymore, because Max is used to it. Another good thing is that Ace Bandages come in different widths.
Cricketmom, I know that look all to well. I remember the first time we put it on Sammy, it was like he was frozen. He didn't know what to do or how to move. What do you use to fasten the bandage together? Do you use pantyliners in them also? (beats the heck out of a wet belly)
Ltlgto, I bought some panty liners, and used to put them inside the Ace Bandage, but Max never did wet them so I stopped using them. I guess he figured he had better not do anything to get me riled up, because he hasn't figured out what he did to make me bandage him, yet. I used the clamps that come with the bandages at first. Max didn't couldn't reach them, but the other dogs could. Even put some ties on them, double knotted. Didn't stop the escape artist. So, now I use big safety pins. Max is so shy, he always looks like he is in trouble, but never is.Did you see the picture of my new Yorkie, "Jasmine?"
I was thinking it would be real easy to sew a couple of pieces of velcro on the bandage. Sammy peed with his belly band on as soon as he was used to it enough to move. I haven't seen your new Yorkie. Please post a link. Does she need pup pals. You know where she can get some. Elvis goes in to be neutered and his puppy teeth pulled tomorrow. He looks like a little black shark. :-(=) His sister had 8 pulled on Monday.
cloe, have you ever had an un-neutered male in a house with 8 un-spayed females. He's housebroken, but he will try to mark. When he peed his belly band, it was when he went outside to mark a tree. It's also for keeping his parts where they belong.
Cricketmom, I found Jasmine by going through Sugar Baby's pup pals, and through Cricket. What a doll. She looks like a little ewok in the second picture.
Cloe, a male dog peeing in the house has nothing to do with being house-broken really, but kind of like saying this sofa or whatever has my scent on, it is mine. It is a guy thing.
Ltlgto, velcro is a magnet for Maltese. They love that sound it makes, just like tearing paper. Poor Elvis, give him a hug from me. Thanks for looking at Jasmine and what you said. She is totally opposite from Cricket at her age.
I gave up on the belly bands and now just use diapers. You just wrap them around just as you would a bellyband, then tape the two ends together. I have one that will mark damn near every piece of furniture when I'm not here and another mill rescue that has been a challenge to train. The diapers form a cup away from the skin. Works like a charm
I had no idea. We had unneutered males before and they never did that... then again, we didn't have a female in the house at the same time. Currently we have a neutered male and a fixed female, both never mark and are very clean. Glad all of you with marking dogs do find relief in the bands though. How often do you change them? Do you wash them?
We use panty liners cut in half in the belly band, and you change those. They work pretty well. Cloe, I hope I didn't sound too snotty. When I re-read what I wrote, I thought I may have come off that way.
Nah, it's OK, I was not offended or anything. I honestly had no idea that these existed, nor that a housebroken dog would mark. In my opinion I always thought marking is part of a partially non-housebroken dog. That must be a lot of work wrapping and unwrapping a dog, washing the liners, etc. You people are truly dedicated. I am dedicated to my dogs as well, but I would not have the patience for it. Good thing both the Golden and the Shih Tzu don't do it...
OK, doggie belly bands...fantastic! I need one for my 8 yr old Jack Russell, works shifts schedules have made him insecure. Another great way to make belly bands is out of horse polo wraps (I only know this because I have a horse as well). Polo's are made of stretchable fleece and are 4-5" in width and 8' long. I'm gonna make some this weekend and solve my little Jack's house issue.