Martingale Collars: Safe and Humane

Nov 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Training a pup is hard, but there are tools that can make the process enjoyable for both you and your K9 friend. Trainers and rescue groups most often recommend a Martingale collar due to the innovative design that keeps dogs safe without allowing them to back out of the collar. 

Originally, the low-slip collar was designed for hounds, as the traditional collar made escaping way too easy. The hounds’ small heads and larger necks demanded a better solution. What makes the Martingale collar unique is its special control loop: the leash is attached to a D-ring that tightens when pulled. When tightened, the collar evenly distributes pressure around the neck and stops the dog from backing out of the collar. 

Approved by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and acknowledged by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a humane collar, Martingale collars are suggested by professionals for their safety and efficacy. These collars work for a variety of situations, including energetic puppies, fearful rescues, or dogs excited to be in a new space. Dogs can get rambunctious enough to pull and potentially escape a regular collar. A Martingale collar is a safe option for your dog until they learn how to walk with a leash. The even pressure that is applied prevents neck injuries and therefore means a safer walk for you and your dog. 

To use a Martingale collar, you’ll need to be sure you’re purchasing the correct size. First measure your dog’s head size at the widest part of their head and then measure around the neck where the collar usually sits. When properly fitted, the collar should be able to slide over your dogs head and then when tightened, you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. For proper functionality, make sure when attaching the leash to clip to the D-ring rather than the side rings. 

Downtown Tabby has the right collar for your pet. 

We can help you choose the best collar for your pet based on their size, leash habits, walk routine and preferences. Come on down and see us! Our team will be happy to chat with you about ways to keep you and your pup safe and happy. 


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