How To Make a Dog Cone? Find What You Need To know!

Have you ever tried to stop your dog from licking his wounds? I have used different methods to stop my dogs from licking their wounds. We, the Smart Dog Owners, do not let our dogs lick their wounds.

How To Make a Dog Cone

So, how do you stop your dog from licking his wounds? The answer is simple. You have to make a dog cone. You can also call it a “cone of shame.” Dogs undergoing surgery or having serious wounds need a cone of shame.

How to make a dog cone?

You can make your dog cone at home. Homemade dog cones are also better and more valuable. Some people like to make cardboard dog cones. It pains me when I see dogs chewing sores. You can use different methods and materials to make dog cones.

Read the article below to understand how to make a dog cone: 

1. Cardboard dog cone

How to make a dog cone?

Supplies

As you can know from the name, a cardboard dog cone is a dog cone made from cardboard. You need the following supplies to make your own cardboard dog cone:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil or marker or a carpenter’s pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard box
  • Duct tape or vinyl strips
  • Shoelace or zip ties

Step-by-step guide

You can make your own dog cone from a cardboard box. You can use the following steps to make your own cardboard dog cone:

  • Select a suitable cardboard box.
  • Disassemble the cardboard box.
  • Take out your measuring tape.
  • You have to determine your dog’s neck collar size. I usually draw a complete circle with a 9-inch radius.
  • Use your marker or a pencil to mark the cardboard box in a circular form.
  • When you are done drawing the circle, you have to draw another part to cover the area from your dog’s ears to the edge of his nose.
  • This second circle will be much bigger than the old circle.
  • Cut the marked piece and then make it into a cone shape.

2. Thigh highs dog cones

How to make a dog cone?

Thigh highs dog cones, more commonly known as pantyhose dog cones, are suitable for small dogs. Well, it is a fashionable collar. I have used it for my Chihuahua. You should try it too.

Supplies

You will need pantyhose and scissors to prepare this fashionable collar for your small dog.

Step-by-step guide

You must be careful about the measurements before cutting out a pantyhose dog cone for your small dog.

  • Check the width of your pantyhose. Make sure that it is fit for your dog.
  • Check the stretchiness of your pantyhose. Make sure that you do not make it too tight for your dog.
  • Start cutting your pantyhose. It will be approximately 6-inches from the top. Cut it like a neck warmer.
  • Make holes at both ends like the ones you see in a neck warmer.
  • Let your dog wear it for some time. Notice whether you need to fold it or not. You can fold it to make it look more fashionable.

3. Pool Noodles

How to make a dog cone?

You can use pool noodles and thick twines to create a fantastic Elizabeth cone of shame for your dog. Sometimes it seems like a beaded necklace. You can prepare pool noodles dog cones for big dogs.

Supplies

You will need pool noodles, thick twine, and a knife to create a pool noodle Elizabeth cone of shame for your medium-sized dog.

Step-by-step guide

  • You have to measure your dog’s neck size to prepare a pool noodle dog cone for your dog.
  • Make sure you cut a suitable length of twine for your pool noodle dog cone. It is always a good idea to cut three or more inches of extra twine while making a pool noodle dog cone for your big dog.
  • If you do not have twine at the moment, you can also use your dog’s collar.
  • You need small sections of pool noodles. You can use your knife to cut pool noodles.
  • Start assembling your pool noodle dog cone by looping the twine or dog collar through the pool noodles.
  • Keep on adding the pieces till it looks like a beaded necklace.
  • Tie the knots and try it for your dog.

4. Towels

How to make a dog cone?

You can use a towel to prepare a comfy Elizabeth cone of shame for your dog. You can make a towel dog cone in different sizes.

Warning: You need help to prepare this amazing dog cone. You need someone to distract your dog while you put on the towel on your dog’s neck.

Supplies

You need to find a soft, thick towel to prepare this super comfy dog cone. You will also need duct tape, scissors, human assistance, and something like peanut butter. Peanut butter helps you distract your dog.

Step-by-step guide

  • Measure your dog’s neck size. Using a towel to measure your dog’s neck size is better.
  • Now fold the towel according to your dog’s neck size. You do not need to make it too tight for your dog.
  • Use duct tape and let your dog wear this towel dog cone.

5. Plastic bucket

Plastic bucket dog cone

You can use a plastic bucket to protect your furry little friend. The plastic bucket dog cone works more effectively than many other homemade dog cones. You need to carefully measure your dog’s neck size while you try to create a plastic bucket dog cone. 

Supplies

You will need a measuring tape, a knife, and scissors to prepare a plastic bucket dog cone for your doggo. You will also need a plastic bucket, duct tape, and string.

Step-by-step guide

It is not difficult to create a plastic bucket dog cone, but you will have to cut a hole at the bottom of the plastic bucket. You can use your knife or cutter to cut the hole at the bottom of your plastic bucket.

  • Be careful, and do not apply too much force. Try not to cut your fingers. Protect your hands. I always use a sharp cutter to cut open the bottom of my plastic bucket. In this way, I protect my hands and fingers. You can also wear gloves to cut open the bottom of your plastic bucket. 
  • Smoothen the edges of your plastic bucket. Do not leave sharp edges. You can use duct tape to cover the edges at the bottom of your plastic bucket.
  • Use your knife to make holes at the bottom of the plastic bucket. Try not to make too big holes. Small holes on two sides will be enough at this stage.
  • Pass the strings through the holes.
  • Let your dog wear this amazing plastic bucket. You can tie the strings to your dog’s collar.
  • Make sure that you tie the strings properly. You do not want the plastic bucket to fit too tightly around your dog’s neck. There should be some distance between the plastic bucket and your dog’s neck.

It is a very simple project as you can prepare a sturdy dog cone by following these simple steps.                                                                                                                                        

6. Egg Crate Soft Dog Cone

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The egg crate soft dog cone is a modified version of the comfy dog cone. You just need to replace the towel with the egg crate. We can cut an egg crate to prepare a comfy dog collar.

An egg crate is a more suitable option because you do not need to spend too much money to prepare this comfy dog collar.

Supplies

You will need scissors, measuring tape, thread, and a needle to prepare the egg crate soft dog cone. You will also need egg crates, felt, and Velcro strips to create the soft cone for your dogs.

Step-by-step guide

  • You will need to measure your dog’s neck size. You can use your measuring tape.
  • You can cut the egg crate according to your need. The size of the egg crate will depend on your dog’s neck size.
  • Start by cutting the edges of the egg crate.
  • Cut the felt according to your dog’s neck size. You need this felt to cover your egg crate.
  • Do not leave any sharp pointed edges. You do not want to hurt your dog.
  • Use your needle and thread to sew the Velcro strips. I know this requires a moderate skill level, but if you know how to sew things properly, you will have no problem sewing the Velcro strips.
  • Your egg crate soft dog cone is now ready. You can try it for your dog.

7. Butter Cup Dog Cone

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A buttercup dog cone is similar to a plastic bucket dog cone. It does not allow your dog to lick his wounds. Preparing a buttercup dog cone for your doggo is simpler and easier. You only need to replace the plastic bucket with a buttercup.

Supplies

You will need a butter container, tape, compass, marker or pencil, and a sharp knife to prepare the butter cup dog cone.

Step-by-step guide

  • You should start by measuring your dog’s neck size.
  • Check whether the buttercup is suitable for your furry little friend or not.
  • You can start by cutting the bottom of the butter container using your sharp knife.
  • Use duct tape to fit the buttercup container around your dog’s neck.
  • Your buttercup dog cone is ready. You can always use duct tape to make it tight.

FAQs | How To Make a Dog Cone?

When do dogs need homemade dog cones?

Dogs need homemade dog cones after going through surgery. Homemade dog cones are also prepared when dogs are spayed or neutered. Some people prepare dog cones when their dogs face a yeast infection or any such skin disease.

2. What can I use instead of a dog cone?

You can use duct tape to tie a universal cervical collar around your dog’s neck. Make sure that it perfectly fits your dog. Duct tape makes it tight for your dog.

I use a 3-inch cervical dog collar because I can always use duct tape to make it tight. In this way, it does not get off my dog’s neck.

Conclusion | How To Make a Dog Cone?

Still asking yourself, “How to make a dog cone?”

You can follow all of these simple methods to prepare homemade dog cones. Homemade dog cones are always cheaper than other cones.

Dog cones are prepared because they protect your dogs from reopening their own wounds. We have compiled this list of homemade dog cones because different dog cones are prepared for different dogs.  

Jackob Evans

Hi, I’m Jacob. I’ve been a professional blogger for over six years, and in that time, I’ve written countless blogs that have helped millions of people worldwide. A DVM by profession, I have treated and cured thousands of dogs, if not millions.

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