One of the most commonly faced challenges by pet parents is living with a leash puller or even worse, an escape artist. You are out for your walk on a bright and sunny day when the birds are chirping and the breeze is blowing, when all of a sudden, your dog decides that he’s had enough of the guided tour and it’s time for a more independent recce of the area.
Dogs are smarter than you could ever imagine and if your pooch fancies slipping out of their leash every now and then, then it’s only a matter of time before they figure out that all that they need to do is throw their weight behind and duck their head to slip out of a standard collar.
And if you make the rookie mistake of pulling harder, you risk choking the poor dog or putting a lot of unwanted strain on their neck.
That’s why martingale dog collars have become increasingly popular in recent times. They have a very smart design with two loops that only tighten very lightly when the situation demands. For example, when your dog is trying to slip out of the standard flat collar. When they are at home and relaxed, the martingale just hangs off the neck.
If you are reading this, then chances are that you are intrigued by the martingale collar or are looking to get one for your smart fur ball who’s spending more time off the leash than on it during their walks. Either ways, this guide helps you understand how the martingale collar works and the things you need to consider before choosing the best martingale dog collar for your dog.
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|Dog Collar||Quality||Our Rating|
|If It Barks 1.5" Designer Striped Martingale Dog Collar||A|
|The Ultimate Leash Martingale Collar, Leather Series||A+|
|RC Pet Products 1 1/2" All Webbing Martingale Dog Collar||B+|
|EzyDog Checkmate Martingale-Style Dog Collar||A|
|PetSafe Petite Martingale Collar with Quick Snap Buckle||A-|
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Below you’ll find in-depth reviews of each of the above products.
There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about the working of a martingale collar that warrant some debunking. A martingale dog collar has a normal flat strap that goes around the neck of your dog. There’s a loop with a ring at the end of those straps. You attach your leather dog leash to the ring. When you tug even lightly on the leash, it tightens this loop making it impossible for your pooch to slip out.
Martingale collars are also used for training greyhounds because their necks are as big as their skulls making it easy for them to slip out of normal collars.
There is a purported myth that a martingale collar can choke your pet. In fact, it is quite the opposite. This myth stems from a rare and unfortunate incident where a martingale collar with a metal chain resulted in the death of a pet. While it is impossible to know what went wrong and where, the fact is that martingale dog collars are a vet recommended and completely safe way to ensure that your pet does not slip out of the collar, while ensuring that it does not choke the pet.
But like any pet related purchase, there are a few factors that you need to consider before buying a martingale collar.
Here are a few types of martingale dog collars that you can choose from depending on the size and breed of your pet.
This is the classic martingale collar with the looped design and can be made of nylon, leather or any other material that is usually used in making dog collars. While some of them have the loop and the D-ring made of the same material, others have a metal chain for the loop which according to some, adds to the durability of the collar. Having reviewed and used martingale collars for a while, we can attest to the fact that we have found no difference in the two.
Occasionally, during playtime or in the dog park, a martingale collar may get stuck in the jaw of your pet. And that is not the best of situations to be stuck in. Getting it off can be more difficult than you think. The buckle martingale has a quick release buckle that allows you to remove it in a jiffy. A buckle martingale is ideal for dogs with large sized skulls.
Last but not the least, we have martingale collars for sight-hounds who have a very different anatomical structure. They have very sleek and elongated skulls along with thin fur. These martingale collars have a wider profile and are softer to the touch.
Here’s our pick of some of the best products in the market. These have a proven track record and are trusted by pet parents. They are durable, stylish and easy to use. To ensure that we cater to our wide reader base, we have picked a variety of styles.
‘If it Barks’ is one of the most renowned names in the business when it comes to dog collars. This designer striped martingale collar is one of their bestsellers. It is a 1.5 inch wide collar that is made of durable nylon in a very thin profile webbing. This makes it a lot more comfortable and stretchable as compared to the thick profile webbed collars that one normally sees.
Handmade in the USA, the collar is extremely durable and looks very stylish on your pet.
The attractive stripes on the collar which is due to the polyester grosgrain ribbon is easy to clean and maintain. It does not fade or dull even after months of use.
The collar includes durable metal hardware that does not rust even after years of regular use.
One of the best features of collars from ‘If it Barks’ is that they are backed by an ironclad warranty that replaces your martingale collar if the hardware fails or the stitching gives away.
Verdict: With more than 95% positive customer ratings, the option to choose from a whopping 7 attractive colors and three sizes, the designer striped martingale dog collar from ‘If it Barks’ is a complete value for money choice.
Nothing can beat the style and the durability of a quality leather dog collar. The Ultimate Leash martingale collar gives you the durability and the reliability of leather clubbed with the useful martingale design that gives you a ‘choke-free’ collar for your pet.
Crafted from handmade Amish Leather, this collar features a chain for the loop at the end of the leather. This adds to the durability, especially if you have a large sized dog that likes to lunge on other dogs. Also, it creates the classic ‘chain sound’ which is considered by many dogs as a signal to stop pulling.
The collar is made from 1” thick leather. So it will definitely hold up to the everyday wear and tear. But it is not at all stiff or tough to touch. In fact, it is quite the opposite. It is extremely comfortable to the touch and very pliable too.
A heavy duty nickel plated buckle allows you to fit the leash perfectly and does not bend or break even with 100 lbs. plus sized dogs.
Verdict: 95% positive customer ratings, durable leather construction and a very affordable price. If a leather martingale collar is what you need, this is the best one in the market.
RC Pet Products are a Canadian company that manufactures some great quality dog collars with a very distinct and attractive design. This is a 1 ½ “martingale collar from their range of dog training collars that features a soft webbing and retains the company’s signature design.
For starters, this is a lot softer than most other martingale collars that we have reviewed. This makes it a perfect choice if your pet has sensitive skin that gets irritated due to the friction caused by larger dog collars. The soft nylon material on both the sides of the collar ensures that it does not constantly rub against the skin making it itchy for the pet.
The collar is available in three sizes that range from 9 inches to 27 inches. If you like to take your pets out for a late evening or a late night walk, then the reflective label on the collar ensures that visibility is maintained.
Buying dog collars from RC Pet Products give you the added assurance that any damage to the collar will either be repaired or replaced. You can be rest assured that this is an investment that will completely outlast its purchase price.
Verdict: This is one of the most stylish martingale collars that you can buy. It has a very distinctive color pattern clubbed with a soft webbed design. Great choice for pets that like to flaunt their style.
The Checkmate Martingale-Style Dog Collar from EzyDog is a good quality adjustable dog collar that features the martingale loop along with a quick release buckle that makes it easy to put it and remove it from the dog’s neck.
In a very low profile design, the collar rests in a perfect position on the dog’s neck to allow enough correctional tug that reminds the dog not to pull on the leash. It prevents choking and works perfectly for correctional dog training or therapy.
You can choose from 7 attractive and bright colors which allow easy visibility even on a bright day. In the dark, the reflective stitching gives you uninterrupted visibility.
The unique design tightens slightly with each tug but leaves enough room to allow the dog to breathe comfortably. Also, you just need to adjust it once before putting it on.
The collar also includes a dog tag on the other side which sits a tad higher than conventional dog tags on other collars.
Verdict: This is the first collar on this list with a quick-release buckle which can prove to be an invaluable feature if you take your dog for a walk in an area with a lot of shrubs where the collar can get entangled. The durable and soft nylon and the attractive price tag make this a very good choice for a martingale collar.
Last but not the least, we have this Petite Martingale collar with a quick snap buckle from PetSafe. It is available at a throwaway price tag because it is part of Amazon’s Add-On program. But don’t be thrown off by the price. This is an extremely good quality martingale collar that has more than 85% positive customer reviews.
It is available in an array of sizes that range from 5 inches to 20 inches and the collars also vary in their width as we change the sizes. There are six color choices and all of them are equally attractive and stylish.
The collar is made from soft nylon and holds up pretty well to scratching as well as every day wear and tear. The martingale loop is positioned perfectly and the quick release buckle lets you remove the collar in a snap, when necessary.
Irrespective of whether you want a correctional training collar or a martingale collar for daily use, this collar from PetSafe fits the bill perfectly.
Verdict: At just under $7, this is the perfect martingale collar that would otherwise cost at least $15. Grab it with your other purchases on Amazon and save yourself some Benjamin. It is durable, has a very practical design and a great customer rating to back it up with.