Do you wish to learn how to make a dog cone (or dog collar) out of pool noodles? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you will find this article helpful.
A pool noodle dog cone is a simple device made using pool noodles, which serves the purpose of preventing dogs from licking wounds. It can also be helpful at taming chewing behaviors and, to some extent, controlling the dogs’ neck movements.
We may also refer to the pool noodle dog cone as a pool noodle dog collar.
The pool noodle dog collars usually work just as well as those that are factory-produced.
Yet the DIY pool noodle dog cone is less expensive, more versatile, looks better and is somewhat more comfortable to the dog.
Learning how to make a pool noodle dog collar shouldn’t be too hard.
Actually, making a dog cone out of pool noodle shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Yet the DIY dog cone pool noodle produces can save you (and your dog) a great deal of trouble. Through the pool noodle E-collar, you can get to keep your dog from licking on its wounds or surgical stitches.
That way, you can avoid infections and other wound complications that would otherwise be very hard to treat.
But before we venture further in learning about making a dog collar out of a pool noodle, we first of all need to acquaint ourselves with the pool noodle.
After that, we will revert to learning how to make a dog collar out of pool noodle. This article has further information on how pool noodle dog cones work. And it also has information on how to make the pool noodle dog cones.
What Exactly Is A Pool Noodle?
We can best describe a pool noodle as a ‘floater material’ made using polyethylene foam, and which people use to maintain buoyancy in water while swimming.
Thanks to the help of a pool noodle, even people who don’t have swimming skills can get to enjoy the pleasures of swimming.
That is because the pool noodle helps them remain afloat.
The pool noodle in question here is different from an inflatable floater. A pool noodle doesn’t need inflation.
The pool noodle is able to maintain buoyancy without inflation, due to the material it comes out of (polyethylene foam).
As it turns out though, the pool noodle has other potential uses, besides serving as a ‘floater’ while swimming.
In this article, for instance, we are trying to learn how to come up with a homemade dog cone towel using a pool noodle.
The thing with a pool noodle is that it is flexible. Therefore it easily goes round a dog’s neck. And its thickness is big enough to keep a dog wearing it from licking itself.
That is the basis for using a pool noodle for dog cone (or using a pool noodle for cat cone).
All in all though, the pool noodle is a floater made using polyethylene foam, which people use to maintain buoyancy in water while swimming.
Can You Make A Dog Cone From A Pool Noodle?
It is possible to make a DIY homemade dog cone using a pool noodle.
There are three things that make a pool noodle suitable for making a dog cone.
First is the fact that the pool noodle is highly flexible. This means that making it go round the dog’s neck is easy.
Second is the fact that the pool noodle is thick enough to keep a dog from licking. This is the case once a dog wears a collar made out of it.
And third is the fact that the pool noodle is soft enough not to hurt a dog.
It is on account of these three facts that making a pool noodle dog collar is a possibility.
People have been making dog cones out of pool noodles for many years.
In fact, if you research on what else can you use instead of a dog cone (the readymade commercial dog cone), you will see that many sources recommend the pool noodle.
That is mostly what you learn if you research on “what can I use instead of a dog cone”?
Using a pool noodle dog collar instead of cone (the commercial readymade dog cone) comes with certain benefits. We shall be looking at those later on.
What is clear is that there are some authorities that endorse the use of pool noodle instead of cone for dog.
This idea, of using pool noodle instead of cone for dogs, means one thing. It means that making a dog cone from a pool noodle is a viable undertaking.
In the final analysis, we see that it is possible to make a dog cone from a pool noodle.
Does A Pool Noodle Work As A Dog Cone?
Often, people express skepticism upon hearing about the idea of using a pool noodle dog cone.
They seek to know, does a pool noodle collar work as well as those (factory-made ones) sold in shops?
So this is a question on the effectiveness of the pool noodle dog cone.
The pool noodle dog cone does it work? Or to put it another way, the pool noodle dog collar does it work?
Indeed, does a pool noodle collar work? And if ‘yes’, exactly how do pool noodles work as a dog cone?
The truth of the matter is that a pool noodle dog collar works.
When you put it on a dog’s neck, the dog is unable to lick its wounds (or whatever else you don’t want it to lick). Therefore the cone ‘works’ to that extent.
This DIY dog cone of shame actually works just as well as the ones sold in dogs. It is a homemade dog collar of shame, but it is nonetheless very effective.
What makes it effective is the thickness of the polyethylene foam from which the pool noodle is made.
The thickness of the polyethylene foam is such that when a dog collar is made out of it, and a dog wears it, licking is not possible.
You can therefore confidently use pool noodle instead of dog cone due to the noodle’s effectiveness.
A dog cone should keep a dog from licking. The dog pool noodle cone serves that role well. This is what makes the pool noodle collar for dogs as effective as any other.
Is A Pool Noodle Dog Cone Safe?
Here, we need to start by asking ourselves in general terms, are pool noodles safe for dogs? The answer is ‘yes’.
Consequently, the pool noodle dog cone collar should also be safe, by extension.
True, the homemade pool noodle dog cone may be prone to falling apart. This is due to the pool noodle dog cone DIY construction.
If it falls apart, the dog may end up licking the wound it wasn’t supposed to lick. That can in turn lead to all manner of complications.
To be fair though, the risk of falling apart doesn’t apply only to the DIY dog cone with pool noodle as the core material.
Even the factory-produced dog cones we buy from stores do sometimes fall apart too.
A carefully sewn pool noodle collar for dogs can be just as safe as any other.
If you follow the right set of steps in making the dog cone pool noodle dog collar, the end result should be a reliable item.
Often, even the use of pool noodle collar for dogs after surgery is a possibility. In the post-surgery period, the objective is to keep the dog from licking the surgical wound or tearing the surgical stitches.
A dog cone made from pool noodle is able to keep the dog from doing that.
This means that the pool noodle dog E Collar has a decent safety profile. That is provided the homemade dog cone collar is properly sewn.
Pool Noodle Dog Cone Pros
One advantage that the pool noodle dog collar offers is in that it is inexpensive.
You can make the pool noodle cone using free/cheaply available materials.
Thus the dog cone pool noodle can help you save a bit of money. This is money that you’d otherwise have spent buying a factory-made Elizabethan collar.
That is how the pool noodle E collar saves you money.
Another advantage that the Do It Yourself dog cone [made using pool noodle] has is that it is somewhat more comfortable to the dog.
We all know that pool noodle is a soft material. It is also a lightweight material. Thus when you use pool noodle for dog cone, the end product is quite comfortable for the dog to wear.
Using pool noodle cone for dogs is gentler than using dog cones made using harsher materials.
Further, the pool noodle cone of shame tends to have a somewhat better appearance than the factory-produced ones sold in stores.
A pool noodle around dogs neck doesn’t nearly look as ‘bad’ as a factory-made e-collar. This, by the way, also applies with regard to use of pool noodle cone for cat.
You just need to view dog cone pool noodle Tiktok videos, to see how nice these dog cones look.
At yet another level, we see that the pool noodle dog collar is versatile. After all, in other words, this is a swimming pool noodle dog collar.
Thus besides keeping the dog from licking what it shouldn’t, the structure can also be helpful for buoyancy when the dog is swimming.
Therefore when you make a dog collar from pool noodle, it can serve multiple uses.
Pool Noodle Dog Cone Cons
Firstly, the pool noodle dog collar is made using polyethylene, which is not a particularly environmentally-friendly material.
Secondly, making a dog head cone using pool noodle takes a bit of time.
And there are those for whom time is a very scarce resource.
They may not have the time to learn how to make a pool noodle dog collar. Further, they may not have the time to learn how to use a pool noodle for a dog collar.
How Do You Make A Dog Cone Out Of A Pool Noodle?
Upon learning that it is possible to make a dog cone using pool noodle, the question that usually follows is on how exactly to go about it.
You therefore find someone asking, how do I make a noodle collar for my dog? Or how do you make a dog collar out of a pool noodle?
Thankfully, learning how to make a pool noodle dog cone isn’t hard. In fact, learning how to make a pool noodle into a dog collar shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Sometimes, all you may need to do is watch a dog cone pool noodle Tiktok video, to understand the concept.
If you can’t find a suitable pool noodle dog cone Tiktok video, you can follow a text tutorial. Through a text tutorial, you may be able to adequately learn how to make a pool noodle collar for a dog.
There are three key steps in the process of making a pool noodle dog collar.
Firstly, you need to acquire some pool noodle and rope/twine.
Secondly, you need to measure then cut the pool noodle and rope.
Thirdly, you need to sew the pool noodle dog collar.
Let’s now look at each of those steps individually.
Acquiring The Pool Noodle And Rope
What you need here is pool noodle of appropriate thickness.
Before you can use pool noodle on dog cone, you obviously first need to have the pool noodle. So this is essential in the design of homemade pool for dogs.
Appropriate pool noodle for dog collar needs to be reasonably thick.
You then need to get the rope (or twine) around which you will be sewing the pool noodle. This is essential, if at all you are to make a dog collar with pool noodle.
Measuring And Cutting The Pool Noodle And Rope
You first need to establish how wide the neck of the dog for which you are making a pool noodle cone is.
Then cut a rope to go round it, with some 2 or 3 extra inches.
Also cut the pool noodle into the sections that you will be sewing around the rope, in order to end up with the pool noodle dog collar.
Sewing The Pool Noodle Dog Cone
The objective here is to join the pool noodle sections around the rope you measured and cut earlier.
There is no specific dog cone sewing pattern to use.
You don’t even need to go searching for any special pool noodle hacks for dogs or special homemade dog cone ideas.
Yours is just to get the pool noodle sections to go around the rope/twine, then secure them properly by sewing.
The end result should be a proper homemade cone of shame for the dog. It may also be capable of being used as a pool noodle cat collar.
How To Use A Pool Noodle Dog Collar?
After learning how to make the pool noodle dog cone or how to use a pool noodle for a dog collar, the next question is on how to deploy the collar.
Once you manage to get a dog collar made from pool noodle, getting it on your dog is the next logical step.
The first step here is to slide the pool noodle dog collar down the dog’s head.
Get it to go roughly 1/3 way down the neck.
Thereafter, using the extra 2 or 3 inches you left on the sewing rope, tie the collar on like a tie. So you use those 2 or 3 inches of the rope as a strap. Then tighten the pool noodle dog collar somewhat, so that it doesn’t move easily.
What Can I Use Instead Of A Dog Cone?
If the idea of using pool noodle as a dog cone doesn’t appeal to you, you may find yourself seeking other alternatives.
Remember, the objective in using a dog cone is (typically) to keep a dog from licking wounds.
This is an objective you may be able to achieve through the use of, say, a bodysuit.
Onesies can also be effective at keeping a dog from licking.
There are also certain inflatables which can serve the same purpose as the dog cone.
Final Verdict – Pool Noodle Dog Cone
It is possible to use pool noodle to make a dog cone.
The pool noodle dog collar can then come in handy at things like, say, keeping the dog from licking its wounds.
In a dog that recently had surgery, the collar can be helpful at keeping it from licking and interfering with its stitches. It can also greatly lower the risk of infection in the postoperative period.
Making a dog collar using pool noodle is easy. You really only need to sew thick enough sections of pool noodle round a rope (or twine), to end up with a dog collar.
So you first cut the pool noodle into sections of appropriate size. Then you measure the rope or twine (in line with the dog’s neck size), providing an allowance of an extra 2 or 3 inches.
Thereafter, you sew the pool noodle sections round the rope or twine. The end result should be a usable dog collar.
A pool noodle dog collar can save money. It can also be more aesthetically appealing than a factory-made dog cone. And it can be more versatile, as it can also be helpful when the dog is swimming.
Moreover, the pool noodle dog cone is likely to be somewhat more comfortable for the dog to wear than a factory-made dog cone.
That is because pool noodle is, by its very nature, a soft material that isn’t harsh on the dog’s skin.