Martingale Collar

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Martingale Collar

Teaching your pet to walk nicely on a loose lead can be a frustrating task, especially if you own a highly excitable dog that pulls or easily slip out of regular collars. There are many training tools available to aid the dog owner, including head halters, choke chains, and the martingale collar. Each training device has the same principle, which is to use a varying degree of uncomfortable force as an aversive aid to condition the dog to walk without pulling on the lead. The head halters can be difficult to use, especially on a large dog and the dangerous choke chains are illegal in some states of Australia. The training aid gaining most popularity is the martingale collar.

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Dogaloo™ Martingale Collar (Reflective)

Dogaloo's no slip martingale is excellent for dogs that easily slip out of regular collars and for hounds with necks that are larger than their heads. Its unique design tightens up only to a certain point to get your dog’s attention without choking or harming your pet.
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How To Fit a Martingale Collar


Which martingale collars you should avoid and why

A martingale collar is fitted to the exact size of the dog's neck, it will be comfortably loose when not in use. When the martingale ring is pulled, the collar should be very tight, but should not constrict the airway. If properly fitted, it is safe to wear everyday. However, some martingale collars seem to be more dangerous than the choke chain collar. There is a major issue with the martingale collars that have a chain as part of the device. It has been reported that the chain section can become lodged in the dog’s mouth, choking the pet. There have even been some lamentable events in which the dog has died. That's why RSPCA Australia doesn't recommend martingales with a chain.

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Reasons to use a Martingale collar

The Martingale or Greyhound collar is probably the most effective and safe collar for dog training. It is safer to use than a choke chain and it is favored by professional handlers and trainers because it offers much more control than a standard collar. When the short loop of the collar is pulled, the large loop tightens up only to a certain point to get the dog’s attention. This provides positive feedback and helps keep your pet from pulling and slipping away.
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Whippet and Greyhound Collars - Types and Uses

As mentioned before, Martingales are great for Sighthounds - such as Whippets and Greyhounds - because their heads are often smaller than their necks. Regular collars are not recommended for these breeds because they can easily slip out of it. The Martingale or no-slip style was created to keep the collar securely on your pet, even if your dog tries that infamous back-out move that all dogs seem to know.

Greyhound Collars

Greyhounds are strong animals, that is why is important to choose a sturdy collar. When choosing a Greyhound collar, make sure it is made from strong Nylon webbing and high quality metal hardware. Also check the stitching of the collar, it should stand up to the toughest pullers and dog park mates. Greyhound collars works exactly like Martingales, it slips over the head, and tightens when your hound tries to pull or back out of its collar. When the big loop tightens, your greyhound is unable to back out of it. That is why it is an excellent safety collar recommended for all Sighthound owners.

The Lurcher (Sighthound / Whippet Collars)

The Lurcher or Whippet collar was originally created for races. Whippet collars are wide in the front and taper down to the ends, where the buckle is located. These collars were designed to keep Whippets and Greyhounds from cutting off their arterial blood flow and breath when running. These types of collars are not very practical for everyday use or when walking your dog on a lead. You hound can easily back out of this collar, that’s why the no-slip collar may be a better option for you.

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