How to Keep Dog Diapers From Falling Off (Care Guide!)

Dog diapers are specially designed to absorb your dog’s waste and keep their bottom area clean and dry. Diapers are particularly useful for female dogs in heat, puppies who are not yet house trained, or senior dogs with incontinence issues.

While diapers provide many benefits, one common complaint is that they can slip off easily. So how do you keep dog diapers from falling off?

How to keep dog diapers from falling off

How to keep dog diapers from falling off
You’re happiest when your fur-friend is happy – image from pixabay by Mylene2401

Here are five tips to help you ensure your dog’s diaper does not keep falling off:

  1. Make sure the diaper fits properly. If the diaper is too big it is more likely to slip off. If it is too small, it can irritate your dog. Be sure to measure your dog before choosing a size and adjust as needed.
  2. Select a snug-fitting diaper. A snug fit helps to keep the diaper in place.
  3. Use a diaper with a waistband. A diaper with a waistband will help to keep the diaper in place.
  4. Secure the diaper with dog-specific fasteners. These are designed to hold the diaper in place and won’t damage your dog’s fur.
  5. Choose a breathable material. A diaper that’s too heavy or made from non-breathable material will be more likely to cause irritation, which can make your dog want to take it off.

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Why does my dog’s diaper keep falling off?

Here are 4 insights as to why your dog’s diaper keeps falling off:

  1. The diaper may be too loose. Check the fit of the diaper and make sure it is not too big for your dog.
  2. The diaper may not be fastened properly. Make sure the diaper is securely fastened at the waist and around the legs.
  3. You may be using the wrong kind of diaper. Some diapers are designed better than others. Try a different brand or style of diaper.
  4. If your dog is overweight, has a skin condition, or is constantly scratching at its diaper, this could be the cause. Talk to your veterinarian to rule out any other possible causes.

If these steps do not help you figure out why your dog’s diaper keeps falling off, talk to your veterinarian for more ideas.

What is the best way to put on a dog diaper?

One of the best ways to ensure a dog diaper does not keep falling off is to put it on correctly. So that it does not fall off:

  • Place the diaper so that the tape or Velcro is facing up, and the cloth or insert is facing down.
  • Gently pull the loose end of the cloth insert until it is snug against your dog’s stomach.
  • Bring the two ends of the tape or Velcro together and fasten securely.
  • If possible, wait a few minutes for the diaper to adhere before taking your dog outside.
  • Be sure to check the diaper every few hours to make sure it has not fallen off.
  • If necessary, reattach the diaper using tape or Velcro.

For more information, check out our guide to How to Make Dog Diapers Stay On!

How long can a dog wear a diaper in heat?

Just like with people, how long a dog can wear a diaper depends on the individual. Some dogs may be able to wear a diaper for several hours without any issues, while others may need to have their diaper changed more frequently.

If you’re unsure how long your dog can comfortably wear a diaper, it’s best to start with shorter periods and then gradually increase the duration as needed.

In addition to how often the diaper needs to be changed, there are also a few other things you’ll need to keep in mind when using diapers on your dog in heat.

First, be sure to choose a comfortable and well-fitting diaper. If the diaper is too loose, it may fall off; if it’s too tight, it may cause discomfort and chafing.

Additionally, it’s important to keep an eye on your dog to make sure the diaper isn’t causing any problems. If the diaper seems to be making your dog uncomfortable, or if there is evidence of urine or feces leakage, it’s time to change the diaper.


How to keep dog diapers from falling off
Dog diapers can help senior dogs with incontinence

Can I use human diapers on my dog?

You shouldn’t use human diapers on your dog because they are not made to fit a dog’s body and may cause irritation. There are special dog diapers available that will stay on better and be more comfortable for your dog.

How tight should a dog diaper be?

A dog diaper should be snug, but not too tight. If it is too tight, it can cause skin irritation and discomfort. If it is too loose, the diaper may fall off.

Ideally, you should be able to fit two fingers between the dog’s waist and the diaper. As your dog adjusts to wearing a diaper, you may need to adjust the fit accordingly.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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