What is a Martingale Dog Collar?

There are many different kinds of dog collars on the market that are available for you to buy. There are so many, in fact, that it can get a little confusing. What do you want to buy? A pinch collar, an adjustable nylon collar, a regular leather buckle? There are so many choices that it can make your head spin !!

Martingale collars are a special kind of dog collar & are starting to gain popularity with the general population of dog owners. They have other names like; Safety collar, greyhound collar, humane choke collar, training collar, hound collar or limited slip collar. How a martingale collar works, is to tighten up around a dogs neck while giving greater control to the handler. This is done by a loop system that tightens around the dogs neck when it puts tension on the leash. It reduces the risk of a dog "backing out" of it's collar and escaping, which is important with dogs like Salukis, Greyhounds and Whippets, since the circumference of their heads is smaller than their necks.

Fitting a martingale collar to your dog is especially important. If the collar is too loose, it will not tighten up as it is supposedly to & your dog could escape from it's collar. To measure your dog for a proper fit you must measure the dogs neck right behind the ears. Since most martingale collars come with an adjustable feature, choose a collar that offers a size that comfortably fits between the measurements that you have just taken.

If you want to use a martingale collar for training your dog, it is best to buy a nylon one that has a chain loop. This will give you greater control over your dog & not be as harsh as a regular choke chain collar. If you want to 'show off' your dog, there are many collar makers that make beautiful collars from colorful ribbons & fabrics. The choices are endless & you will make yourself dizzy just trying to pick the right one.

An important note about martingale collars as since they do have a loop, your dog should never be left unattended while wearing one. It could snag on something & hurt your dog.