Here at Doggy Boho, when taking part in annual dog shows such as the Great Greyhound Gathering and the Greyhound Extravaganza, we are often asked “Why a Martingale Collar?” and “What is a Martingale Collar for?”. The question will usually come from novice sight hound owners who are probably attending one of their first dog show events.
With so many different kinds of dog collar on the market it is difficult to know where to start but for sight hound owners the choice should be relatively simple. For your average dog we have the usual straight flat buckle collar worn by most dogs who’s heads circumference is more often than not larger than their neck, unlike sight hounds.
For sight hounds like greyhounds, Salukis and whippets there is the fishtail collar which is shaped to support the widest part of a hounds long delicate neck.
A lot of us are familiar with the old fashioned choke chain collar. This collar option is clouded in controversy, for good reason, but it does have a purpose in controlling a dog who is hard to handle. This type of choke chain collar can do serious damage to a dog’s trachea, soft muscle tissues and cause spinal injuries if not used correctly. This is where the Martingale Collar comes into its own. The Martingale Collar is a more humane option and is safer and just as secure as a choke chain collar.
The Martingale Collar is also known as a limited-slip collar. This collar is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds and other sight hounds but is more and more popular with owners of other breeds. The Martingale Collar consists of a length of material with a metal ring at each end. A separate loop of material passes through the two rings. The leash attaches to a ring on this loop. When your dog tries to back out of the martingale, the collar tightens around his neck. If the collar is properly adjusted, it will tighten just to the size of your hound’s neck and won’t choke him and will prevent the hound from escaping. Apart from its functionality, the Martingale Collar comes in beautiful fabrics and gives an owner the opportunity to bring out their hounds personality as shown in this beautiful image above of Jasmine wearing a Peacock Throne Martingale Collar from doggyboho.co.uk