Every pet dog needs a collar. They are useful for training, security, as well as identification. Martingale collars, which are an upgrade on choke collars, are distinguished by the additional loop behind the collar. The collar is a bit loose at first. If the dog pulls on the collar, the secondary loop constricts, making the collar tighter. With the proper fitting, martingale collars never choke the dog, but tighten and help you control the dog when you need it most. This is most useful with dogs that have slender, similarly wide necks and faces, such as greyhounds.
Did You Know?Martingale collars are perfectly suited for collar training. They suitably, but firmly, restrict the dog's movement without choking it. Buckle martingales, which have a release clasp at their side, can be used so that there is always an emergency release available.
Due to their precise and possibly harmful nature, martingale collars should only be fitted after the dog has been measured properly. Here's how to do just that.
Measuring your Dog for a Martingale Collar
While measuring your dog, it's important to use a soft tape that doesn't irritate the dog. A tailor's measuring tape is adequate for the job. If you don't have one, you can simply measure the dog with a string, and then measure the string later. For dogs with long hair, be careful to press the tape against the skin, or else the extra hair will allow the dog to slip through the collar.
Measurements should be taken at three points: the widest part of the head, the narrowest park of the neck, and where the collar will actually rest.
A buckle-less martingale collar, which is the most common variant, needs to be slipped onto the dog's head. So, the collar has to be wide enough to pass over the widest section of the dog's head. This will be your reading A.
Reading B is to be taken at the narrowest point of the neck. This comes behind the ears. Reading C is where the collar is going to rest when attached. This falls between the middle and the base of the neck. Take the C reading by pressing the tape against the neck, and then add 1-2 inches (depending on reading A) to the measurement as the size of your collar. It needs to be large enough to slip over point A and be suitably tight at point C.
Size Chart of Martingale Collars
|Reading in inches||Size of Collar|
|7 - 11||XS|
|10 - 15||S|
|14 - 19||M|
|18 - 24||L|
|20 - 29||XL|
If your readings fall beyond this chart, custom-size martingale collars can also be made. If the readings fall between the sizes, always go for the larger option, since all sizes can be adjusted. The basic rule to remember with martingale collars is, you should buy the smallest size that your dog is comfortable with.