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Martingale Dog Collars - Training and Safety

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How To Use A Martingale Collar For Training


The Martingale collar was designed for sighthounds with heads that are smaller than their necks. These style of collars softly tighten against the dog's neck if they pull or spin around. It is typically used by whippets, greyhounds, and energetic canines.

A martingale is generally made out of durable nylon that forms a circle like most collars but also has a small loop on the back that is created by a different section of the same material. The bigger loop of the collar fits around the dog's neck and the small one loop sits at the back of the neck and has a D-ring which connects to the lead or harness. When relaxed, the martingale fits loosely and keeps your dog relaxed. But, when the dog tries to pull, the larger loop secures the collar around the dog's neck for a smooth no slip effect (without chocking).

Martingales perform much the same method as a choke chain collar but without the chocking effect. It uses a soft material or nylon to create the pull rather than a dangerous metallic spike chain. Dogs are less likely to suffer injuries when using a martingale collar.

Benefits
  • Reduce lead pulling
  • More control over your hound 
  • Great training tool

Safety Tips

Martingale are not as reliable with bigger breeds as they have less of an impact on the dog. However, unlike chain and spiked collars, they can be used on dogs with thin necks like greyhounds and whippets. Martingales should also never be left on twenty four hours a day. Only during training or walking sessions.

Downsides

There are considerably less doubters the no slip collar in contrast to other methods. The softer material and lower pressure of the martingale is the main reason for such a lesser amount of critical remarks. However, there is a risk when left unsupervised while using a martingale. The smaller loop of the collar could get stock on a branch or fence and possibly harm your pet. However, when the martingale fits properly and is used only under supervision, it can be a very appropriate training tool.