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Quick Guide for a Martingale Collar

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Martingale collars are a great tool for walking your dog and for all around dog training. Many dog owners are making the switch from traditional dog collars to martingale collars for a number of reasons. But for those of you who are left out of the “loop” (see what I did there?), here are the basics on what a martingale collar is, what it does and the benefits of making the switch

What is a Martingale Collar?

Quick history lesson…

Martingale dog collars were originally designed for the sighthound breeds like greyhounds because their necks are larger than their heads. In fact, these collars are also known as greyhound, whippet or humane choke collars (if there is a humane way to choke a living creature). Traditional collars would slip off of such breeds hence the need for a more adjustable and comfort fitting collar.

As stated before, these collars are quickly becoming the alternative to choke chains or the traditional buckle collar, as Martingale collars are available in a large variety of sizes, widths and patterns.

How Does a Martingale Collar Work?

The martingale collar is a pretty simple yet ingenious design. It’s made up of two loops. There is a larger loop which is slipped onto the dog’s neck and a leash is then clipped onto a smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull,

Variety of Martingale Collars

the tension on the leash pulls the small loop taut which makes the larger loop tighter and smaller around the neck preventing escape.

So when you pull, or your dog tries to pull you, the collar immediately tightens around the neck correcting the dog’s behavior. Once the pulling stops, the collar is loosened again. With enough practice, your dog will understand what it is you want from him/her whenever you go out for a stroll.

How to Use a Martingale Collar

To use your martingale collar, first attach your leash to the D-ring on the small loop (also known as the control

loop) and you’re pretty much ready to go for a walk. Now remember, when correcting your dog’s behavior or trying to get their attention, gently pull on it and then let go immediately. It’s important that you don’t pull continuously or in high volume lest you strangle your friend. Small gentle pulls will do nicely.

If your dog tries to lead the walk thus pulling on the collar, they will immediately realize the discomfort they are causing themselves and stop. There is no need to pull or tug at the same time they do. All that does is multiply the pressure on the neck causing extreme discomfort.

It is recommended that when practicing walking your dog with the martingale collar that you use this opportunity appropriately by teaching them to heel and walk. They must learn to follow your lead, and the collar allows them to learn from their mistakes comfortably. This also strengthens the bond between dog and dog owner because of how in tune the collar makes both of you with each others’ kinetic energy.

Sparkle Party Martingale Dog Collar

Two Things to Keep in Mind

1. It is important to get the proper size collar for your dog. Remember when we talked about how martingale collars were originally intended for breeds like greyhounds? Well now they have proven useful for almost all breeds thus they come in many sizes. It helps to have your dog around when shopping for one. However if you’re ordering online or your local pet stores that don’t allow dog, it isn’t possible to fit your dog on the spot. Just remember that the collar will need to fit over your dog’s head then adjust to their neck size.

2. All dog collars are potentially dangerous when left on a dog as they roam free. Always protect your companion by detaching collars when they are not being used for walking or training purpose. It takes two to tango in any situation involving a collar. Never leave your dog unattended with a collar on.

It cannot be stressed enough how useful a tool the martingale collar truly is. Dog owners make the switch for many reasons, but mostly because they love their canine companions. The corrective nature of the martingale collar is definitely preferred to the tugging and yanking motions we intuitively use with choke chains and buckle collars. It’s much easier on the dog’s neck.

Try the martingale collar and you’ll see that it’s great for you and your companion.


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