Martingale Collar Guide

What is Martingale Collars?

Martingale dog collars are also known as “greyhound collars” because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. 

A martingale collar is made with two loops. The large loop is placed around dog’s neck and adjusted to fit loosely around the base of the neck. The smaller loop where there is a D-ring to attach the leash to. 

Unlike traditional dog collars that have to be buckled tight to prevent escape, and press on the front of a dogs neck when they pull on the lead, a properly fitted martingale collar will sit loosely and comfortably around the base of the neck, but will naturally tighten up and distribute pressure comfortably and safely around the dogs neck when tension is applied.

Why do professional dog trainers or dog walkers use martingales?

Martingales are recommended by trainers for improving leash walking. If you prefer a gentle control while working on leash manners or agility training, martingale collar is a nice option. Properly fitted, martingale collars are safely at preventing pulling, escaping or other unwanted behaviours. 

Is Martingale collar only for Greyhounds?

No, martingale collars aren’t just limited to Greyhounds! We've hardly seen martingale collars on other dog breeds apart from Greyhounds in New Zealand. However, they're a safe and comfortable option for a variety of dog breeds if it fits properly. It's a great option for people who want a little more control of the leash without putting their dog in harm’s way. Martingale collars are useful for dogs that pull on their leash, or easily escape from traditional collars.

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They are much gentler than a buckle collar or a choke collar. Martingale collars offer more support and more control in certain situations. If a dog is prone to slipping out of its current dog collar, then a martingale collar may be recommended. If a dog likes pulling when on lead, a martingale collar can be useful for improving leash walking and eliminating pulling. 

Will it fit my dog?

Size M: 34cm to 50cm - Greyhounds, Whippets, Vizsla, Huntaway, Thai Ridgeback, Border Collie, Labradoodles, Giant Schnauzers, Dalmatian

Size L: 44cm to 64cm - Golden Retriever, Labradoodle, Wolfhounds, Malamutes, Huskies, afghan hound, Border Collie, Boxer, Dalmatian

To give a sense of stability to dogs' neck, our collars are 38mm (1.5") wide which is wider than a regular collar. 

Martingale dog collars should fit loosely and comfortably. They only tighten when necessary.

How to determine if the collar fits my dog?

1. Use a string or tape to form a loop.

2. Adjust it to find the loop that can easily slides over your pup’s head.

3. Once on, ensure that it can also slide off without hurting your pup’s ears.

4. Then measure your hound’s neck, or where you would like the collar to sit when in use.

5. Now you have these two measurements, compare them to the sizes in our collar's size. If our size covers both these measurements, then the collar is the right size for your dog!

    How to wear?

    Martingale Safety

    While martingales can be appropriate for all-the-time wear, however martingales are designed to be used on leash, so there are some considerations and tips for safety:  

    • To avoid the small loop get caught in objects, consider to take off the martingale collar when your dog is unattended.
    • Take off the martingale collar when your dog is in the crate.
    • It's better not to leave collars on playing dogs.
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