What is a martingale collar?

What is a martingale collar? A martingale collar is a design of collar that helps prevent a dog from slipping out of their collar. Unlike traditional collars that have to be buckled uncomfortably tight to prevent escape, a martingale collar is loose and comfortable until engaged. Adjusted properly, a martingale collar never chokes, but contracts snugly to prevent escape when needed.

Martingale dog collars are also known as greyhound, whippet or humane choke collars. The martingale dog collar was designed for use with sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars are increasingly gaining popularity among other breed owners. They are particularly effective for any breed where the head is smaller than their neck and so are prone to slipping or backing out of their collar. This may also be true for breeds with thick fur around the neck which hinders the secure fastening of traditional buckle collars.

How does it work?

A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dog’s neck and a leash is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the leash pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape.