Frequently asked questions
What sets the P-Suit® dog diaper apart from similar products?
Barkitwear®’s P-Suit® is the only waterproof dog diaper that is designed to fit a dog’s unique anatomy. Our patented-three piece design allows this waterproof barrier to cover the dog’s belly without having it wrap around your dog’s body, allowing your dog to stay cool while wearing the garment.
Its patented three-piece, escape-proof design also works with all types of dogs and behavioral & incontinence-related issues. It has hand-set adjustable snap & Velcro systems that allow for adjustment around the dog’s neck, waist and body length, and its machine-washable components make it a reusable dog marking & incontinence solution or training aid that will immediately stop urine marking on your furniture, rugs and drapes. We even send you a T-bar Velcro piece that attaches to your P-Belly® so that your P-Suit® doesn’t pill during washing.
Our P-Suits® use durable, dog-friendly, cotton-blend fabrics that have ease, good recovery and breathability. This allows your dog to eat, sleep, run around, and play comfortably while wearing it. There are no hard buckles and rigid strapping, and because our P-Suits® are machine-washable, they will last many months with daily use if taken care of properly. We are finding that our customers usually reorder P-Suits® anywhere from 3-6 months, and sometimes up to a year! This is because our product is both high-quality and American-made.
The P-Belly® has a sewn-in absorbent soaker piece that can be used with very light marking, but we find that by using a disposable sanitary adhesive napkin, you will not have to wash your P-Belly® as often. Please see our section on which sanitary napkins to use depending on your dog’s behaviors.
With the P-Suit®, you will be getting a product that works, and one that will protect your home from dog marking or incontinence issues for many months to come, all without needing crates or gates.
What is dog marking, and how can I stop it and other types of behavioral peeing?
Dog urine marking occurs when a male or female dog pees in small amounts around various locations either outside or inside a house. Dogs often mark as a way to communicate with each other, and it is especially common in households with multiple dogs. Studies have shown that it is tied to dominance and pack status behavior. It is not always a training issue, but our P-Suits® can stop this behavior immediately while you look into training options.
We recommend consulting with your veterinarian to rule out any health issues while using the P-Suit® dog diaper. Getting your dog spayed or neutered will also help reduce the likelihood of continuous dog marking, although a lot of dogs with this behavior are spayed and neutered.
One of our long-time customers, for example, owned two house-trained dogs for over three years with no marking issues. Then out of the blue, for no reason all, this customer’s older dog started marking around the house. After some investigation, our customer discovered that her new neighbor allowed her dog to stay outside during the day, which caused the customer’s dog to become territorial.
What types of sanitary napkins should I use with my dog diaper?
We recommend using any winged, adhesive, and disposable sanitary napkin with the P-Suit®, as this would cover the full area of the P-Belly®. Our P-Belly® is designed to work with most winged adhesive sanitary napkins. Depending on how much your dog is peeing, you can use lightweight or medium flow brands such as Always®. For full-bladder peeing or incontinence, we recommend using heavier incontinence pad brands such as Tena®. All sanitary napkins must be completely inserted within, and encased by, the P-Belly® in order to work.
We ship all P-Suit® orders with an Always® disposable sanitary napkin already attached for shipping purposes. We include this in each shipped order so that you can try the P-Suit® on your dog without the risk of soiling the garment, which would keep you from doing any returns or exchanges.
If you find the sanitary napkin you’re using is too long for the P-Belly®, simply cut the back end of the napkin, close up any openings with Scotch tape to eliminate fluff spillage, and place it inside the P-Belly®. When inserting the sanitary napkin, place the cut end towards the rear of the P-Belly®, and tuck it in. This will decrease any risk of leakage.
Can the Barkitwear® P-Suit® be used for dog incontinence?
The P-Suit® dog diaper can be used for dog incontinence if a heavier sanitary napkin or incontinence pad is used in conjunction with the P-Shirt® and P-Belly®. The P-Belly® soaker will not hold a full bladder, so you must use an adhesive sanitary napkin or incontinence pad. For incontinence issues we use incontinence pads, which work extremely well.
If the pads are too long for your dog’s P-Belly®, you can cut the disposable pads at the end, use three pieces of Scotch tape to keep any fluff from flying out, and tuck it underneath the flaps of the P-Belly®. Your dog’s pad should be checked often, and you should replace the sanitary pad each time after your dog pees.
Always be sure to use a baby wipe to clean your dog’s belly well, because he will not be able to clean himself while wearing the P-Suit®.
Can the P-Suit® dog diaper be used with female dogs?
Absolutely yes. While males are more likely to mark than females, female dogs can mark. Our P-Suit® is designed to be unisex, and can help with incontinence and females in heat.
Can I use the P-Suit® dog diaper for issues other than dog marking or incontinence?
Yes! Customers have used our P-Suit® dog diaper to stop dog shedding on furniture, control female dogs in heat, and even control stud dog breeding. You can also use the P-Suit® with your dog while traveling, so that you don’t need to worry about your dog marking in your friend’s house or hotel room.
How does my dog clean himself or herself while using the P-Suit® dog diaper?
Just like human babies, dogs should not be left in diapers for a long time. When you do change your dog and your dog has peed into his or her diaper, you should clean his or her belly with baby wipes so that you can keep your dog’s belly clean and free from irritation.
Will my dog get overheated while using the P-Suit® dog diaper?
The P-Suit® dog diaper uses a breathable, lightweight cotton & polyester fabric blend, so your dog should not get overheated while wearing the garment. If you notice excessive panting, it could mean that your dog is warm and needs water.
He or she could also be feeling stressed from wearing the garment for the first time; if this is the case, gradually introduce him or her into the garment in small time increments, and use positive reinforcement such as food or treats while your dog is wearing the garment. However, not all residences are the same, and we recommend observing your dog’s behavior and err on the side of caution–particularly if you live in an area where extreme high temperatures are the norm and/or in a residence that lacks air conditioning.
Our P-Suit®’s waterproof barrier is only in the belly portion in the P-Belly®, and our P-Suit® has ventilation openings in the leg area that allows air flow into the belly area.
How do I find my dog's size?
If it fits, the P-Suit® dog diaper will work! Our size chart is unique, however, and we require measurements that are different from those required for other products. Our body length measurement, for example, is taken from the middle of the chest, across one side of the body, and ending mid-tail.
Please visit our Size Charts page for detailed instructions on how to measure your dog and find the right size. If you’re still unsure about what size fits best on your dog, do not hesitate to contact us.
How often do I have to clean the P-Suit® dog diaper?
We recommend washing the P-Suit® dog diaper on an as-needed basis. If you are using a disposable adhesive sanitary napkin with your dog’s P-Suit®, we recommend disposing soiled sanitary napkins and inserting new ones into the P-Suit® bottom piece every time after your dog pees. Having extra P-Suit® bottoms on hand will also allow you to continue using the P-Suit® diaper while you're cleaning used bottom pieces.
The P-Suit® bottom piece will catch any overflow from your sanitary napkin. If there is no urine overflow that makes it onto the soaker portion of the bottom piece, you do not need to wash the bottom piece.
How do you clean the P-Suit® dog diaper?
We highly recommend first rinsing all soiled pieces of the P-Suit® under running water, and then presoaking them in a bucket of sudsy water prior to washing. Before putting the P-Suit® into the washing machine, attach the Velcro T-bar to the P-Suit® bottom piece to keep all fabric from pilling during washing & drying with the Velcro strips. Machine wash all pieces in cold water with no fabric softener, and tumble dry all pieces at either low or medium heat.
For a clean machine, our inventor, Cat, usually runs an extra rinse cycle on in an empty washing machine after washing our dogs’ P-Suit® diapers.
Do I have to use the P-Suit® top and bottom together?
You must use the P-Suit® top and bottom together for the P-Suit® to work properly. We highly recommend using a disposable sanitary napkin so that you don’t have to wash your dog’s P-Suit® every time he or she marks or pees into it.
Most of our customers will buy additional bottoms to use on their dogs while cleaning soiled P-Suit® bottoms.
Can I use the P-Suit® dog diaper for dog training?
The Barkitwear® P-Suit® diaper can certainly be used as a training tool to help discourage your dog from urine marking indoors. Acts as simple as introducing new furniture, rugs, drapes, visitors or even pets are enough to prompt a male dog to mark in the house.
We’ve also had customers even report back to us that their dogs have stopped marking completely after using the P-Suit® dog diaper. While we cannot guarantee this result for all dogs, we can guarantee that it can be an immensely helpful training aid in many circumstances
What is the difference between our P-Suti® diaper and belly bands for dogs and other dog diapers?
Our P-Suit® escape proof dog diaper is different from belly bands in both its dog-friendly design and in the way it is constructed to capture and contain urine marks. For instance, belly bands compress a dog’s midsection and anatomy when worn, and are very prone to leakage since they only cover the area immediately around the dog’s privates. Belly bands can also fall off if not tightened properly, and are intended for use with male dogs only. On the other hand, the P-Suit® dog diaper is designed to accommodate both male & female dogs, and its lightweight, breathable stretch fabrics, hand-set adjustable snaps and escape-free, clothing-like design ensure that the training system is secure and comfortable on your pet. The P-Suit® bottom also cover the area both in front of and behind the dog’s anatomy, reducing the potential for leakage from heavy urine concentration. Since dogs also tend to pee forward, belly bands are ineffective on capturing pee and keeping your dog from getting wet and uncomfortable. The P-Suit® bottom accounts for this issue through its cupped, bowl-like design and moisture-wicking fabrics, which helps stop the forward progress of dog urine in a way that doesn’t result in leakage.
When I put the P-Suit® diaper on my dog for the first time, he or she seems to just stand still and be unresponsive. How do I get my dog to move around?
We recommend giving your dog some time to adjust to wearing the P-Suit®, especially if he or she is not used to wearing dog garments in general. If this is the case, introduce your dog to the P-Suit® in small increments, and use positive reinforcement such as treats or play time while your dog is wearing the garment. It is also possible that your dog may need a different size. As long as you can easily slip your fingers underneath the collar and see that the garment doesn’t cover the anal area under the tail, your dog is wearing the right size, and any adjustments can be made around the neck and tail using our hand-set snap system. If you feel that you may need a different size for your dog, discontinue use of the training system and contact us immediately for a size exchange.
How long will the P-Suit® dog diaper last?
Our P-Suits® will last at least several months with daily use. All pieces can be purchased separately, and can be swapped into your existing P-Suit® dog diaper complete set.
Can the P-Suit® dog diaper keep my dog from defecating in the house?
The Barkitwear® P-Suit® complete set is designed specifically to stop dog peeing and incontinence, and therefore will not keep your dog from defecating in the house. We’ve actually designed the P-Suit® diaper with a tail opening to ensure that your dog is comfortable in this area!
What fabrics and materials do you use in your P-Suit® dog diapers?
Our P-Suit® tops are made of a spandex-type fabric that has good recovery and will accommodate your dog’s body. Our open-air design also maximizes breathability and remains secure on your dog regardless of whether your dog is running around, napping, or seated. Our detachable bottom pieces are designed to be used in conjunction with winged adhesive disposable sanitary napkins, and use fabrics that are designed to absorb any excess pee without it leaking onto your furniture, rugs, or drapes.