What is a Martingale Collar? Is it good for my Dog?

 

Martingale collars are designed with two parts. A section of a flat collar and a control loop where the leash is attached to a D-ring, which tightens when pulled. This limited-slip collar was originally marketed for sight hounds as their large necks and smaller heads easily enabled them to escape traditional style collars. The tightening action of a martingale collar evenly distributes pressure around the neck and prevents the dog from backing out of the collar.

Martingales have grown in popularity among trainers and owners of other breeds as these collars work much better than a regular collar, on all dogs, are more humane than choke chains, and provide added control for strong pullers.

  • Ideal for all sizes and breeds especially dogs with a larger neck than their head.
  • No slip design reduces the chance of a dog backing out of the collar.
  • Humane tightening action evenly distributes pressure when the collar tightens, increasing control with strong pullers.
  • The looser fit will not catch on the fur of breeds with long coats reducing knotted fur around the collar.
  • Will not tarnish white coats, unlike other styles with a metal chain.

All collars need to be appropriately adjusted to function and fit properly. See our sizing guide to learn how to measure your dog for their perfect fit.

How to Use a Martingale Collar

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The action of a martingale collar should be pull and release, pull and release. It is not meant to provide constant tightening action. It will tighten when pulled on, then the slack in the leash should release the tension and relax the collar. If you find your dog pulls constantly we recommend seeking the assistance of a trained professional to help you with some basic loose leash walking skills and training for your dog.

How to Measure For the Perfect Fit
For a collar to be safe, function appropriately, and looks its best, it needs to fit properly.

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Step 1 - Measure Dog's Neck: Using a soft tape (seamstress tape) measure around your dog’s neck where their collar naturally sits. Pull the tape until it is snug but not tight. You should be able to comfortably put two fingers between the measuring tape and your dog's neck. Record your measurement.

If you do not have a soft tape, use a piece of string and measure around your dog’s neck using the above instructions. Take the string and lay it flat on a smooth surface and use a ruler or tape measure to obtain the measurement.

Step 2 - Measure Dog's Head: The collar will need to be large enough to fit the neck, but also large enough to fit over the head and ears. Using the same method from step 1, measure the head starting at the throat and going around the head, including the ears.

Record the measurement and use it while determining the correct size collar to order. You will need to find the corresponding size of collar that will fit both the head measurement as well as the neck measurement.