Choosing the right collar for your dog is not always easy. Choke collars seem a little inhumane. Buckle collars are easy for some breeds to back out of. Prong collars are useful for training, but do you really want to keep poking your dog all the time?
A Martingale collar is a great balancing at between a flat buckle collar and a choke collar. It provides enough shrinkage in size when your dog pulls that they cannot back out of the collar, but does not choke or poke them. It gives enough tension that it can still be used as a good training collar but is more humane than choke and prong collars.
What You Should Look For When Shopping For A Martingale Collar
The first thing to consider when shopping for a Martingale collar is the size. You need to make sure it is large enough to fit around your dog’s neck comfortably, but not so large that it can not be adjusted to fit.
You will need to measure your dog’s neck, right behind their ears, to determine the right size to buy. You should see size ranges listed on the packaging for the collar, or on the sales information page if you are buying online.
The collar is made with two different loops. The first loop is usually made of nylon and is what goes around your dog’s neck. The second loop slides through the two D-rings on the nylon collar and is what allows for the collar to pull tight when your dog tries to back out.
Make sure the nylon loop includes a slide adjustment so you can adjust the size to fit your dog perfectly. The second connecting loop may be made from nylon or a short chain. The chain loop usually lasts longer, so maybe your better choice.
Martingale collars come in a variety of different widths. Choose a width that will be comfortable for your dog. A 3/8” width is good for small dogs, a ¾” width is good for medium-sized dogs, and 1” width for large dogs.
How a Martingale Collar Should Fit
Getting the proper fit is crucial on a Martingale collar. That is why you must measure your dog’s neck before buying. As an example, a dog with a 14” neck should have a collar that is adjustable from around 10 to 16 inches. This allows you to use the slide adjustment to get the right fit.
You will want to adjust the collar so that it fits tightly when the secondary loop is pulled back completely. You do not want it loose when it is pulled back. It will look a little loose when it is hanging on your dog’s neck, which is what makes it comfortable for your dog.
If your dog is able to back out of the collar, adjust it slightly tighter, but use caution so it does not start to choke your dog.
How Expensive Is A Martingale Collar?
Prices will vary depending on the length, width, and materials of the collar, but we can give you a few pricing guidelines.
You should be able to find a high-quality collar for small dogs starting at $5.99 with high-end leather collars being about $19.99.
Collars for medium and large dogs are a little higher, starting at around $7.99, but upper-end prices are similar at about $19.99 for a nice leather collar.
What Breeds Is A Martingale Collar Designed For?
They were originally designed for dogs with heads equal to, or smaller, than the size of their necks. A few breeds in this category include Pitbulls, Greyhounds, Whippets, and Shelties.
We suggest using different criteria. Has your dog ever backed out of their collar? Would you like a little added control, but want to avoid a choke collar? If you answered yes to either of those questions, a Martingale collar is a great choice.
Their low price makes it easy to try a Martingale collar for your dog. We suspect you will never use a different type of collar, once you try the Martingale.