Martingale Facts and Sizing
A martingale is a collar that provides more control over the animal without the choking effect of a slip collar or prong collar.
Martingale dog collars are also known as humane choke collars. The martingale dog collar was designed for sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars have gained popularity among other breed owners in the recent past with many trainers now recommending them instead of choke chains or buckle collars. A martingale collar is a must have for new rescues and flight risk dogs!
A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose whenever the dog is not pulling against the leash. proper fit is essential.
The martingale collar works great as your dog’s normal, everyday collar. Or, it can be used specifically for training.
How to determine the size you need for a Slip-On Martingale collar:
- Measure the largest part of your dog's head, and the middle of his/her neck.
- If your dog's head is larger than its neck, you will need a size that is large enough to slip comfortably over its head.
- If your dogs neck is larger than his head, then you need a collar that will fit comfortably around its neck. Your dogs head size will not matter in this case (e.g., Greyhounds, Shelties, etc.)
- Add 2" to the largest measurement (head or neck) so that you have some room for weight gain or coat growth. For x-small/small collars, 1" to 1.5" will do.
- The collar size you select should adjust large enough to fit over the head, and adjust small enough to fit comfortably around the neck.
Shown here is our 1.5" martingale