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If you have a dog with long, floppy ears like mine, you know how hard it can be to keep them clean.

Spaniels, like my English Springers, have long-haired, drop ears. Other breeds with drop leathers include Bloodhounds, Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels.


Pendulous aka "drop ears," are those wherein the leathers are folded, as opposed to erect or prick ears that stand straight up. My dog has long-haired, drop ears.

Spencer, waiting for the doggie spa to open, so he can have his oatmeal bath, manicure, pedicure, and hair cut –- he goes every fourth Thursday.


Drop ears are great for picking up dirt,  food, water and anything that may be "under-ear," especially when eating or drinking.

To keep droplets of water, and particles of dinner off my furniture and carpets, I’ve accustomed Spencer to wearing a dog snood –- a type of hood, made specifically to keep drop ears clean during meals or before dog shows.

Spencer modeling his snood, and waiting for a treat, I’m sure.


Snoods are made of cotton and elastic, and are sold in varying sizes. You can find them
online and specialty pet accessory shops. I have to admit, though, they don’t always come in the best colors or patterns, so I asked a friend to make them for me, at a generous price, of course.

A gray and white striped seersucker snood.


For my snoods, I bought some scrap vintage seersucker at a local antiques fair, but they can be made out of any light, cotton fabric you like.

An orange and blue seersucker snood.


They’re easy to clean –- just throw them into the wash. Best of all, they keep your dog’s ears clean too!


Now, how to keep doggie drool off my clothes any ideas?

To Make Snood:

1) Using light, cotton fabric, cut a piece measuring nine-inches by 22-inches
2) Sew two short ends together
3) On the two open ends, fold and iron about a quarter-inch down
4) Fold, and iron once more
5) This is a double seam, and creates the channel for the elastic
6) Sew these two seams down
7) Take a piece of quarter-inch elastic and wrap around dog’s head
8) It should have a little stretch, but not too much
9) Snip a small opening in the channels
10) With a safety pin attached to lead end, feed elastic through channel
11) Make sure not to pull end all the way through
12) Anchor it to outside of channel with a safety pin
13) When the lead comes out, tie the two ends together
14) Turn right side out, and it’s ready to put on your dog
15) Machine washable

To Use Snood:

• To get your dog accustomed to using a snood, put it on for a few seconds at first, and reward with praise and a treat for tolerating it.
• Gradually lengthen the time your dog wears it, consistently rewarding him or her after each use.
• If your dog doesn’t mind wearing the snood, he or she probably won’t mind eating with it on either.
• You can slip the snood on right before meals, so that your dog doesn’t get food all over his or her ears and then all over your furniture and carpeting.
• Once your dog is finished eating, just slip the snood off.
• Never leave a snood on an unsupervised dog -- it could pose a danger if your dog rubs his face on something and it gets caught, or covers his eyes and obstructs his vision.

Comments (9)

  • How much does it cost to make a snood?

  • omg. Snoods....I've died and gone to heaven.

  • I use dreamy Japanese silk or silk sarree material from India for my Afghan's snood...adorable!!
    I just used the same pattern as one of those plastic grocery bag holders but not as long...smooches peepskullz

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  • My dog wears one made of fleece to keep her ears warm in he cold Wisconsin winters.

  • I have been making snoods for my Irish Setters for years. I would love to have some sizes for other breeds, esp. King Charles Cavilier Spaniels. Can anyone give me measurements around the head right if front of the ears and the length of neck so I can make a pattern? Thank you!

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