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I have been to a fair number of dog shows and sell all kinds of dog clothes at these shows. One of my more popular items is my dog britches (dog diapers, seasonal panties, etc.) If you are not a regular attendee to AKC conformation shows, you may not know this, but the dogs have to be intact (not spayed/neutered) in order to show. This means that the girls will have their heat cycles periodically and there will be a potential mess to deal with.
Open Tail Design Panties
One of my more popular items
I watched dog after dog stiffen up or cringe when it came to stuffing their tails through the holes of the usual dog panties.
Standard Dog Britches
I decided to try to improve on this much needed item of clothing by creating a dog diaper without the hole while still allowing for tails. This is a design I came up with for dogs with big tails. They are designed without a set hole so that your dog doesn't have to have that tail stuffed through the diaper.
Turns out these dog britches are great for fitting all types of dogs because they adjust in so many places. They can be worn with or without crossing to accommodate straight builds or very tucked individuals. They are also great for dogs without tails because the tail is not the method of anchoring. And since there is velcro adjustment for the straps, growing pups can wear them from their first cycle right on through adulthood.
To put them on, the straps are first wrapped around the waist. Then the tail straps are pulled up on either side of the tail and attached to the velcro at the waist. These britches are designed to sit in front of the hip bones so they can use anatomy to help keep them in place.
I use soft cotton fabrics, mostly flannel, to make these britches so they will stay nice and soft; not rubbing or chafing sensitive skin. For the same reason, I avoid elastic or waterproofing. Instead, to collect the flow, a human pantiliner with stickum is placed in the appropriate area and can just be changed as needed. Although my diapers are washable and reusable, using a pad means less frequent laundering.
Houdini Britches, For those dogs who are expert at escaping their diapers.
I make each and every set of britches. In addition to my open tail britches, I do make the standard britches as well as the Houdini britches. I have many sets premade for shows or fast turnaround, but I also make custom seasonal panties to suit any dog. I can even make these in manly colors and dimensions for incontinent boys.
Please take a look at my website, www.madebyde.com, to see current fabrics, measurement diagram and other pertinent info for ordering. If your dog (and you) has to deal with heat cycles, at least it can be a little more comfortable and stylish.