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 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.
How to Measure a Martingale Collar
To measure your dog for a Martingale Collar, use a soft tape measure or a piece of string and take the measurements at point A, B, and C as shown in the drawing below. Choose the size that fits within this range to ensure that your collar fits perfectly. For Sight hounds, the measurement at points A and B may be the same or very similar, this is because their heads are often the same size or smaller than their necks. For non-sight hounds, these measurements will be different and you will need to choose a collar size that is large enough to slip over the head (point A) but not too large to fit correctly at point B.
In other words, choose the smallest size that will still fit your dog. If your dog has a 15 inch neck, choose the Medium, which is adjustable from 14 – 18 inches rather than the Large, which is adjustable from 15-20 inches.
How to Fit a Martingale Collar
The Martingale collar is an essential tool for many dog owners and trainers. Proper fitting of a martingale collar is needed to prevent your dog from slipping out of the collar and possibly injuring himself. Slip the martingale collar over the hound’s neck. Pull it up to the narrowest part of the neck, which is right behind the dog’s ears. Pull up on the smaller control loop where the D-ring is attached. The two metal slides should come together but not touch each other. If they do, the collar is too loose and needs to be adjusted. There should be a two finger distance between the two slides. When properly adjusted, it will ensure that the collar will tighten properly when pulled. Since all collars present the possibility of choking, you should never tie up your dog outside while wearing a martingale style collar. Nor, should you allow your hound to gambol or play with other hounds whilst wearing one as the loop could become entangled..
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