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How to Make a Trumpet Collar
(Elizabethan or e-collar)

Question:

Can you make a dog trumpet collar? (To protect a wound healing) The last time I had to buy one it was so expensive, and I thought I had read somewhere on how to make one.

Answer:
This type of dog collar is also known as an Elizabethan or e-collar. Following is a link with instructions on how to make one using a plastic bucket or cardboard box for bigger dogs or a sturdy paper plate for a small dog.
http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/elizabethan.htm

We think that for a bigger dog you could also just use the cardboard semi-circle, and then duct tape the edges together rather than threading the dog's collar through it or making holes and lacing the sides. Of course, you might go through quite a bit of tape if you need to take the collar off and put it back on each time your dog eats - we usually go with what we have on hand first.

Another idea might be to take an old lampshade and cut it to size, then tape the edges or staple them together.

Jo

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Dog harness for bike riding

by Mary
(Chicago)

Question:

Hi All
I am looking for a harness type that will keep my dog on the side of the bike when we go for a ride. I did see one in a book and it reminded me of the old side cars on motorcycles. Any suggestions?
thankx
mary

Answer:

Mary, thanks for your question. Offhand, we cannot think of a particular harness like that. However, if you were to make our custom dog harness and combine it with using the B-Loop on the front stem on your bicycle, your dog would be at the side. See bicycle exercise with dogs for the B-Loop instructions. Just using the B-Loop with a collar and leash setup puts Comet at the side of my bicycle and I can adjust the length of the leash to keep him closer in or further out as needed. Our dog bike leash page has further details on proper use of this device.

Having the leash attach right above the front wheel keeps the center of gravity low enough so that he can no longer pull me off when he decides to go crazy over a cat!

Hope this helps - Jo

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Dog's Leash

by Noriz
(Philippines)

Question:

If my dog is already a teen/adult, and I didn't let them experience using a leash, would they still have a chance of wearing one now?

Answer:

Noriz, first realize we are not experts on dog training. However, in our opinion you can train a dog to get used to new things even when they are older.

It takes loving kindness and patience. And some dogs respond better when you give them treats. Just don't overdo the treats. And keep the training sessions short - less than ten minutes and no more than twice a day.

Yelling, hitting or forcing a dog to do something they see as uncomfortable will not work - it will just make them scared or mean.

You might start out by just attaching the leash to the collar and letting the dog get used to how the weight of it feels.

And then you can let the dog walk around with the leash to get used to something following him/her.

It helps if you have taught your dog to come without a leash. You can then give a gentle tug and issue the "Come" command to have the dog follow you. Otherwise, you will need to teach that command as well.

For further information, we recommend SitStayFetch.

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Homemade Dog Party Collar

by Kate
(Maumelle, AR, USA)

Question:
How do you make a pet "party" collar?

I've seen them in several stores and online but the prices are ridiculous! Our pug hates wearing clothes but she can still dress up for holidays with a party collar. She has a green one for St. Patrick's Day and a red sparkly one for Christmas.

They are stretchy around her neck so they aren't uncomfortable and extremely light weight. They are ideal for dressing her up!

Answer:

Although we haven't tried making one, it looks like you would want some wide pants elastic to make a base collar. First fit the elastic around your dog's neck without stretching it. Then cover it with a tube of shiny, solid colored fabric to hide the white elastic color. Next simply take bunches of gauzy type fabric in the same or a contrasting color, sew it to your base collar in the pattern you desire, and glue on stars, sequins, bells or anything else you fancy. Check the fit on your dog before you sew the ends of the base collar together. You can also use several different colored fabrics. It will look more professional if the colors of the thread you use match your fabrics.

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Braided Leather Martingales
for Dogs

by Carol Pettyjohn
(Yucca Valley, CA, USA)

Question:

I want to make my dogs braided leather martingales for training and then for regular collars. They seem different from the ones for horses. Is there a leather book that shows how? I'm going to use braided rawhide if you think that will be strong enough.

Answer:

Appreciate your question, Carol. Leather braiding seems to be a closely guarded secret and even the books that contain photos and instructions can present a challenge.

There are two books that I have been looking at recently that may help you. They do not cover a dog martingale, however, so you would need to have one to copy or look at photos online to see how they differ from a horse martingale.

The first book is called "Leather Braiding" by Bruce Grant and it's dated 1950. The ISBN number is 0-87033-039-X. I was able to purchase a used copy through Amazon. It covers flat and round braids, buttons, edge lacing, buckle covering, fancy knots and braided appliqué - no dog leashes per se.

The other is called "Braiding Fine Leather: Techniques of the Australian Whipmakers" by David W. Morgan. The ISBN number is 0-87033-544-8 and the copyright is 2002. I requested this through our local library and finally have it in hand.

This book has a chapter on how to braid a short dog leash using eight strands and contains many more details about leather types, strengths, and the oils and soaps needed for supple braiding.

In addition, he tells you how to make your own strips of leather vs. buying precut lace, as it's called, and how to pare the edges for different types of braids. He also instructs you as to how to test each strand for strength before weaving.

Unfortunately, the only reference to rawhide is that those in Argentina use it for their braided leather horse gear, although it is from foals rather than cattle. You may be able to ask an area arts organization or horse facility if they can put you in touch with anyone working with rawhide.

There is also someone you may be able to reach by email from Absaroka Western Designs and Tannery that I found under a Google search for "working with rawhide." There is a lot of information about rawhide on that website.

Included is a recipe for homemade rawhide dog chews you can make from scrap pieces. Apparently, you want to get pieces of rawhide that do not contain fat and have had the tanning glue removed. Rawhide dog chews have gotten a bad rap because they contain fat and other chemicals that adversely affect some dogs.

Hope this will be of some help to you. Please let me know how things work out in the Comments section. Photos are always appreciated and can be sent us through our contact form or by going to Share Your Dog Story...

All the best - Jo

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Reply to Braiding Leather Dog Martingales

by Carol Pettyjohn
(Yucca Valley, CA, USA)

I actually know how to braid rawhide and, for the dog size, I'm only using 3-4 strands which is more suitable for a dog than the 8 strands for a horse. They sell nylon martingales at pet shops and I have one and it's not like what we make for a horse. The horse one is like a hackamore made out of braided rawhide. My personal horse who is 30 yrs old and still being ridden would not take a bit. I broke her finally after a few months of tie downs etc. and finally figured this out.

What I really wanted to see is a picture of a doggie one and I'll figure it out. The one I have is a regular collar that has like a noose that pulls up on the top of their nose. The horse one is split at the ears like a regular bridle.

I have a pit bull and Shar-Pei Lab mix so their ears don't stand up. I probably will end up modifying one for a colt and make it especially fitted to the dog that will wear it. Anyhow I really appreciate you getting back to me. My FB friends are all dog people so I will sure put you on my Website. I'm sure I'll need something else for all my animals. I'm trying to find a house to buy in the mountains and then I can foster more dogs and cats. :) Carol

Hi Carol - not quite sure what you're after here - I thought a horse martingale was something that runs from the girth between the horse's legs to the base of the bridle and the split is at the breast.

Below is a YouTube video that shows a harness that is linked to a dog collar that comes closer to what I would think of as having the martingale effect.



By the way, glad you like my site and will share it with your FB friends. All the best with finding a house in the mountains!

Jo






































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Can anyone tell me how to make a show lead?

by Kristen
(Enumclaw, WA)

Question

I have recently joined a local 4H group and I need a show lead for a fair. I don't want to purchase one but don't want to look not professional - can you help me make one or should I buy one?


Answer

Kristen, it looks like it should not be that difficult to make. However, we are going to turn this over to our site visitors since we are not sure quite how to make one. Anyone have any suggestions for Kristen as to how to make a professional looking dog show lead? (Please answer in the Comments section).

Thank you!

Jo

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