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7 DIY Dog Cones You Can Make at Home (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

a black dog wearing a cone of shame

If you’ve recently brought your dog home from the vet after surgery or treatment from an injury, they may have a new accessory: an Elizabethan collar (e-collar), a.k.a. a dog cone. Unfortunately, your dog may not take kindly to wearing this new plastic contraption that  some dog owners refer to as “the cone of shame.”

Luckily, you can learn how to make a DIY dog cone from things around your house. These ideas are easy, simple, and worth giving a try to help your dog feel more comfortable.

They still do the most important job, which is preventing your dog from licking, irritating, and possibly infecting their wound. Read on to learn about seven DIY dog cone ideas made from everyday items in your home.

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7 DIY Dog Cones You Can Make at Home

1. Towel Dog Collar, From Dog Training Nation

The first DIY dog cone on our list is the towel cone. If you want a comfy alternative, you’ve found it with this towel dog collar from Dog Training Nation. It’s as easy as wrapping a folded towel around your dog’s neck and duct taping it in place — that is, if your dog is willing to stand there while you fit it. If not, that’s why we added peanut butter or a treat to our list of materials, to help keep your dog occupied while you figure it out.

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Materials: Towel, duct tape, and a treat, like peanut butter
  • Time: 5-10 minutes

2. Pool Noodle Collar, From Budget101

If you have an extra pool noodle sitting in your shed from the summer, this pool noodle e-collar from Budget101 will keep your dog’s recovery afloat. The foam texture of the pool noodle is far more comfortable and easy to slip on and off your dog’s head.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Materials: Pool noodle, kitchen shears, and a ribbon
  • Time: 10-20 minutes

3. Bucket Collar, From Cuteness

This idea from Cuteness is the next on our DIY dog collar list, and it is as straightforward as finding a bucket large enough to fit around your dog’s head and cutting a hole in the bottom. We suggest that you attempt this project if you’re confident with a sharp knife. Also, make sure that you sand or cover the edges of the cut opening for your dog’s comfort and safety.

  • Difficulty: Moderate. Requires knife skills.
  • Materials: Bucket, utility knife, scissors, tape, and twine
  • Time: 10-15 minutes

4. Butter Tub, From K9 of Mine

If you own a smaller dog, you need to use smaller materials. Instead of a bucket, try K9 of Mine’s idea of recycling a butter tub to make your dog’s e-collar. Clean the butter tub, cut out the bottom, and slip it on. Make sure you don’t leave any sharp surfaces around the cut edge.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Materials: Empty butter tub and scissors
  • Time: 5-10 minutesaaaaa

5. DIY Cardboard Cone Collar, From Pet DIYs

Take that cardboard box from your last Amazon delivery, and shape it into a dog cone. If you’re already handy with scissors and duct tape, this project from Pet DIYs is for you! Keep in mind that cardboard’s archenemy is water. If your dog is a sloppy drinker or is planning to jump in puddles or roll in snow, this cone collar isn’t going to last.

  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. You’ll need crafting skills.
  • Materials: Cardboard, scissors, duct tape, and shoelace or zip ties
  • Time: 15-30 minutes

6. Paper Plate Collar, From Mommy Blog Expert

Mommy Blog Expert teaches how to make a DIY dog cone alternative for small to medium dogs. Simply grab a paper plate, trace a hole that will fit over your dog’s head, cut it out, and place it over your dog’s head. Make sure to use a sturdy paper plate for best results.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Materials: Paper plate, pencil, and scissors
  • Time: 5-10 minutes

7. Neck Pillow Collar, From DOGSaholic

The final DIY dog collar on our list is very straightforward. If you own a neck pillow for travel, DOGSaholic states that it can work great around your dog’s neck. The crescent shape cradles your dog’s head while preventing your dog from bending toward their wound. Of course, this idea works best if your dog is just resting.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Materials: Travel neck pillow
  • Time: Less than 5 minutes

Featured Image Credit: allymime, Pixabay

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