How to Use a Belly Band for Housebreaking

by Barker Brown

The key to housebreaking is consistency: taking a dog out at regular intervals, repeating short commands and praising his successes. Housebreaking a dog is a process that takes time, and it is important to remember that accidents can and do happen. To protect furniture and carpet, as well as reinforce appropriate elimination, some dog owners use a belly band, a soft cloth that wraps around a male dog's midsection to absorb urine.

Step 1

Use the belly band only when the dog is indoors and not restricted to his crate. Using it between outdoor "potty breaks" to minimize stains and smell on furniture and carpet also discourages territory marking, as the dog will not be able to smell his scent after urinating.

Step 2

Leave the belly band on for a bit after the dog has an accident. Most dogs dislike the feel of a wet pad against their skin and eventually learn to head outdoors to urinate instead.

Step 3

Buy several belly bands so that a clean extra is on hand when others are dirty or in the wash.

Step 4

Remove the belly band when the dog is outdoors.

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